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[#] Tue Oct 09 2018 09:45:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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A smartphone can be abused to behave like a telescreen. f*c*book's telescreen is built *by* a bad actor *specifically* for that purpose.

[#] Mon Oct 29 2018 08:52:26 EDT from zooer

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I blame Facebook.... well all of social media for all the shit for the past week.



[#] Mon Oct 29 2018 18:31:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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More so than you suspected, zooer. Apparently the most recent massacre guy had a history of posting anti-Semitic screeds on Gab, so the Silicon Valley Establishment pounced on the opportunity to finally deplatform Gab in its entirety. Funding, domain registration, etc.

Deplatforming of wrongthinkers on the big social media sites has been going on for a while now, but this one freaks me out. This isn't just "you've been kicked off our platform" but rather "your platform has been kicked off the Internet". Gab was built as a place where wrongthink was not censored, and because of that, the thought police quickly labeled it as a "hate" (aka wrongthink) site. Google took them off the Play Store, but now they've been removed from THE.ENTIRE.INTERNET.

Needless to say, this could happen to anyone. It could happen to us. The evil empire of Silicon Valley is quickly becoming more transparent about its effort to establish a monopoly on thought.

I wonder if this will eventually make the dark web go mainstream? The Internet liberated our minds from television, but now the establishment is establishing a new set of choke points. With the thought police now pressuring domain registrars and payment processors to disappear wrongthinkers, even "alternative" sites are now at risk. I guess I'd better work on getting my .onion address set up.

[#] Wed Dec 26 2018 11:23:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Someone was very inconsiderate and insulting, and had the audacity to give me an Amazon gift card for Christmas. Now I have to go buy something from that destroy-the-rest-of-the-economy marketplace, because if I *don't* spend it, Blofeld and his gang of rapists get to keep the money and earn interest on it.


Honestly, I hate gift cards in general. I'd rather not receive a gift at all. This is a part of Stupidfest that I really despise -- if you have to give someone a gift card (or worse ... cash) you aren't really giving a gift, you're just checking off a box on a list of artificially-created obligations.

[#] Wed Dec 26 2018 14:03:54 EST from zooer

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If it upsets you for so many reasons donate it to a homeless shelter or your church.



[#] Wed Dec 26 2018 15:12:00 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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That totally misses the point. That would be like making a donation to Louis Farrakhan in the name of your local synagogue.

[#] Thu Dec 27 2018 21:19:35 EST from zooer

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Obviously you hate the poor and churches.

 

Just buy a dashcam and record all the stupid crap you see while driving.



[#] Sun Jan 06 2019 18:28:24 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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2019-01-06 14:26 from nadnway <nadnway@nn.us> to ajc@citadel.org
Subject: robert webster-cathyxkxynh

hi, Its from .7248004099. waiting your confirmation :), got some good
pictures 4 you..
I saw you on a dating site last month.
I am dying to chat with new guys and maybe hookup.


OMG! I thought I'd never hear from NPC #7248004099 again!

[#] Tue Feb 19 2019 10:13:32 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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My policy is to ALWAYS chat with bots pretending to be humans when they pop up on the side of a web page without being asked.

 

 

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[#] Wed Feb 27 2019 09:02:32 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Sometimes you win.

I spent $24 on eBay to buy an 8-port gigabit ethernet switch for my home network. When the item shipped in an Amazon box, I gave the seller negative feedback, indicating that I shop on eBay specifically because it is NOT Amazon.
The last thing I need is for eBay to simply be place where people do retail arbitrage on Amazon.

The retail arbitrage person (in China of course) refunded half of my money in exchange for me removing the negative feedback.

So I ended up getting my switch for $12. And I think I have to stop buying consumer goods on eBay from listings that ship from the US, ironically.

[#] Mon Mar 11 2019 08:57:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ugh.

My idiot sister just bought our parents one of those fecesbook "portal" gizmos that follows you around your living space with its telescreen camera, supposedly for the purpose of letting you video chat with your "friends" whenever you want to.

If they think I'm going to join fecesbook just so they can reach me on that thing, there's going to be a lot of yelling and screaming.

As it is, I think I'm going to leave the room whenever they contact my son or my wife on fecesbook chat.

[#] Tue Mar 12 2019 15:44:48 EDT from zooer

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This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspend your social security number because we found some suspicious activity. So if you want to know about this case, just press one. Thank you.

 

 

From two different phone numbers, they leave an automated non-human message.

(281) 694-4361, (281) 694-4365

 

I searched for those number, they must be calling everyone today, it has been flagged on several sites.



[#] Wed Mar 20 2019 10:58:37 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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On my work email I get a lot of direct solicitations, which I guess aren't technically spam because they have my name and contact information, and I'm probably in some sort of database of decision makers in my industry or something.

But they get really annoying. The worst are the ones who assume they will be engaging me in further discussion and say (these specific words make me want to stab them) "when would be a good time to hop on a call to discuss?"

I don't hop on calls. I don't hop on anything. I have arthritis in one ankle. Get the f**k out of my inbox, and no, I'm not doxxing a "more appropriate person in my organization" for you to talk to.

The absolute worst of the worst are the ones presumptuous enough to send calendar invitations. Sometimes I accept calendar invitations without looking at them too closely, because a lot of people ask for my time and if I'm busy I ask them to find a free slot on my calendar. I have yet to have a solicitation-calendar-invite sneak past me, but it'll probably happen eventually.

[#] Fri Mar 22 2019 16:01:53 EDT from Freakdog

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Wed Mar 20 2019 10:58:37 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

The absolute worst of the worst are the ones presumptuous enough to send calendar invitations. Sometimes I accept calendar invitations without looking at them too closely, because a lot of people ask for my time and if I'm busy I ask them to find a free slot on my calendar. I have yet to have a solicitation-calendar-invite sneak past me, but it'll probably happen eventually. 

I hate those.

I decline them with no response and then I bitbox them.

I hate internal calendar invites...I'm suspicious of them when they come in, so I vet every invite that comes in.



[#] Mon Apr 01 2019 17:26:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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When you have a lot of people working remotely and/or in different places, sometimes the email calendar is the only reasonable way to coordinate people working together.

I really don't mind. To me, a calendar invite from a colleague says "we value your input on this matter". If I don't agree I can always decline.
A calendar invite from a cold calling salesperson, on the other hand, says "I'm going to try to trick you into getting on a phone call with me". This person deserves a fiery death from the heat of a thousand burning telephones.

Spam callers have gotten realy short-tempered nowadays. The moment they realize I'm not a good lead and I just want to waste their time, they tell me they want to fuck my sister. I don't know why they're so interested in my sister, but they can have her if they want. So now when I have one of these douchebags on the line I usually open right up with "Hey Madarchaud! Do you want to meet my sister?" It confuses the hell out of them.

[#] Wed Apr 03 2019 16:03:57 EDT from zooer

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Two things IG hates in ONE story  (Three things if you count CNN)

Hundreds of millions of Facebook records exposed on Amazon cloud servers

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/03/tech/facebook-records-exposed-amazon/index.html



[#] Fri Apr 05 2019 09:37:37 EDT from fleeb

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bottom-feeder: I'm gonna fuck your sister, you asshole.
me: Good luck with that.

[#] Sat Apr 06 2019 20:11:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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For some reason, they almost *always* use that line.

[#] Sun Apr 07 2019 17:34:49 EDT from zooer

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Does this belong in 'Bottom Feeders' or 'Linux'?

The Creator of Linux Says Facebook, Twitter, And Instagram Are "a Disease"
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-inventor-of-software-that-runs-social-web-absolutely-detests-modern-media



[#] Tue Apr 16 2019 14:32:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Sure took him long enough to figure it out. He made a big mistake in caving in to Ehmke and the SJW mafia that infests social media. He should have just stuck to LKML :)

I got a lovely email from a bottom feeder today. It was supposedly some foreign "hacker" who had "hacked my email account" and to prove it, the email was sent FROM MY ACCOUNT! Actually it wasn't. It had my email address in the header, but it didn't have the correct display name, and the envelope sender showed where it really came from.

Anyway, the email body was a PNG with text in it, saying that he/she/it had hacked my email account, has control of all my passwords and computers etc, and that they have a side-by-side video with me on my webcam on one side, and the porn video I was watching on the other side, and if I don't send him/her/it the Bitcoin equivalent of USD$1000, he/she/it is going to send the video to all of my contacts.

I suppose this would be a pretty good scam for someone who didn't know how to look at the envelope sender, and who might have watched some porn videos on the same computer. The scammer will probably fool someone.

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