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There’s a distinctive sound your computer makes when an online friend is trying to get your attention. Sometimes its high pitched, other times its a low, warm tone, but regardless of your chat software, the onomatopoeia probably reads something like “bleep” which — by no coincidence, we’re sure — is what BitTorrent is calling its new messaging platform. Unlike Google Hangouts, AIM or Skype, however, Bleep is a decentralized communication platform, design specifically to protect user metadata and anonymity.

“Our big idea was to apply distributed technology to conversations,” BitTorrent’s Jaehee Lee write on the company’s blog. “That means no servers required.” Instead of sending your chat communications to a central company server to be redistributed to your peers, Bleep uses the same kind of peer-to-peer communication technology used for decentralized file sharing to carry and distribute encrypted messages and metadata. BitTorrent does not (and can’t) track who you’re talking to, what you’re saying or when your conversations happened.

The company says the chat program is being designed to enable a more open internet, and will empower users to communicate without fear of eavesdroppers. That said, it’s still quite early: the chat platform is only available in an invite-only pre-alpha for Windows 7 and 8 desktop users, and the installed client can only be used on one device and cannot be moved. Offline messaging isn’t supported either – though voice calls are available to online contacts and particularly guarded users can sign in with an unlisted, incognito mode. Ready for a discreet conversation? Check out the source link below to sign up for the pre-alpha.

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Bleep is proprietary and closed-source. In addition, it’s owned by a company that habitually collaborates with the MPAA, a gigantic lobby group that is definitely not interested in your online freedom (recall SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, etc).

Tox is exactly what Bleep is claiming to be, except it’s actually free and open source. That means you can see the code before you run it, and millions of eyes can check to make sure it isn’t malevolent.

FOSS also provides clear practical benefits, examples being:

Tox runs on pretty much anything with a C compiler, not just Windows 7,

Tox can be themed to look just about however you want,

and Tox will never restrict features or show ads to try and get money out of you. If it did, someone would fork it and you could use the version without those antifeatures. It’s so easy that malicious developers know not to even bother trying.

Bleep is dangerous, because it lulls you into a false sense of security. The fact of the matter is that there’s no reason to trust any proprietary software, because especially in cases like this, there’s absolutely no good reason for it to be proprietary.

I don’t want to insinuate that Bleep are cooperating with the NSA, but I’m extremely skeptical of anyone who would use the Snowden leaks and privacy concerns as an opportunity to shill dangerous, closed-source software to honestly worried people who don’t know any better.

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tuckfheman:

Related : https://www.cosic.esat.kuleuven.be/fpdetective/

Coinbase uses such technology as well, reported by Kristov Atlas here. Even worse, he states that Coinbase may be tracking not just it’s users, but possibly merchants (that use Coinbase) customers.

AdBlock’s EasyPrivacy has been blocking this for five years. And more security-conscious/tinfoil people already have things like NoScript installed which will also block this by default.

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priceofliberty:

sugashane:

rhapsodistramblings:

Every scene in Utopia is infinitely more sinister and disturbing with that fucking weird demon voice singing hymns in the background.

Where can one watch this show?

this is copied from another post:

streaming:

torrents:

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I’m listening to two different Tox Radio bots at once, because I CAN.

freedom cacaphony

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priceofliberty:

antifeminist111:

thatalbanianguy:

check-your-privilege-feminists:

Interesting.

OMG, women are SO oppressed gaise. Seriously, they’re so fucking oppressed just look at this.

Could someone please provide a source that sasy that men lose their voting rights and drivers license if they don’t sign up for SS? I whent to sss.gov and I couldn’t find anything.

"Federal law (50 U.S.C. App. 451 et seq.) requires virtually all male U.S. citizens, as well as immigrant men residing in the U.S., to register with the Selective Service System (SSS) when reaching age 18. In an effort to ensure compliance among young men, many states have enacted legislation which links SSS registration with the process of applying for a driver’s license or state identification card. As a result of such legislation, in May 2002, the state of Delaware, which enacted driver’s license legislation in 2000, became the first state to reach nearly 100 percent registration compliance since the Agency began compiling this data. In that same year, seven other states increased their compliance rates by 3 percent or more after enacting similar driver’s license legislation."
It’s on SSS.gov, but you had to do a little digging

priceofliberty:

antifeminist111:

thatalbanianguy:

check-your-privilege-feminists:

Interesting.

OMG, women are SO oppressed gaise. Seriously, they’re so fucking oppressed just look at this.

Could someone please provide a source that sasy that men lose their voting rights and drivers license if they don’t sign up for SS? I whent to sss.gov and I couldn’t find anything.

"Federal law (50 U.S.C. App. 451 et seq.) requires virtually all male U.S. citizens, as well as immigrant men residing in the U.S., to register with the Selective Service System (SSS) when reaching age 18. In an effort to ensure compliance among young men, many states have enacted legislation which links SSS registration with the process of applying for a driver’s license or state identification card. As a result of such legislation, in May 2002, the state of Delaware, which enacted driver’s license legislation in 2000, became the first state to reach nearly 100 percent registration compliance since the Agency began compiling this data. In that same year, seven other states increased their compliance rates by 3 percent or more after enacting similar driver’s license legislation."

It’s on SSS.gov, but you had to do a little digging

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zerostatereflex:

Squishy Robots

"A new phase-changing material built from wax and foam developed by researchers at MIT is capable of switching between hard and soft states."

MIT researchers are trying to change the paradigm of your typical robot by mimicking organic substances. The idea is that the robot should be soft to conform to a particular environment, and interact with humans, though rigid enough to actually do a procedure. They can achieve this by applying heat at particular points to deform the object, then applying coolness to make the object rigid again. 

"Robots built from this material would be able to operate more like biological systems with applications ranging from difficult search and rescue operations, squeezing through rubble looking for survivors, to deformable surgical robots that could move through the body to reach a particular point without damaging any of the organs or vessels along the way."

The last gif is a example of bendable articulation. :D 

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priceofliberty:

So let’s recap:

1) The U.S. government spies on every online click you make, every app you use, every website you visit, every phone call you make, and has access to all the marketing profile data private companies have collected — in other words, Americans are profiled by their government.

2) The U.S. government considers a paltry 1% (that’s around 3 million) of Americans to be enough of a potential domestic threat that they are on full-time watchlists.

3) The U.S. government instigates and incites some of these individuals to actual crime that, but for government goading, would likely have never occurred.

4) The U.S. government actually insists that it has the right to indefinitely detain you if ‘national security’ appears to be threatened. If the threat is sufficient, there is precedent for the government to drone strike your house without ever giving you a trial.

If I ever disappear from the internet without saying something first, you’ll know why.

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amazingatheist:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/local/wp/2014/07/09/in-sexting-case-manassas-city-police-want-to-photograph-teen-in-sexually-explicit-manner-lawyers-say/

So, in Virginia, a 17-year-old and his 15-year-old girlfriend were sexting with each other. The boy gets arrested on two felony charges,…

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Before I crafted the badge I copied all the hi-res pics because I like ‘em

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dapper-dan-hale:

thearmedgentleman:

progenyofworms:

"We need guns as a final bulwark against tyranny!"

Uh, the US military is the most powerful armed force humanity has ever created. They literally have flying killer robots. And you’re arrogant enough to think they’re being stopped in their world domination by a disorganized group of hunters and gun enthusiasts?

YOU’RE NOT THEIR TARGET. THAT’S WHY YOU FEEL SAFE ENOUGH TO BOAST.

The world’s most advanced military has been sent running by a group of farmers with rifles and makeshift bombs. Before the invasions of their respective countries, they had no college education, worked in fields, and lived their lives without modern amenities such as the internet. They’ve killed thousands of well armed, well trained western soldiers, who are supported by aircraft, thermal imaging systems, drones, and armored fighting vehicles. Your average American has a high school, if not college education, disposable income, and can access the world’s biggest information depository with a few keystrokes. See what I’m getting at?

"Oh, but the drones!" you say "You can’t beat drones with a rifle!" wrong again. Drones have pilots, need fuel to operate, run on expensive computer systems, and operate out of a usually stationary base. As the wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan (Both Soviet and American), and Iraq have proven those places are vulnerable to attack. Even then, drones cannot enforce laws, conduct raids, or patrol the streets. You need boots on the ground for that, and when those boots on the ground are afraid that every door they kick down may have a rifle behind it, they may not want to do their jobs as much as they did before.

You seem to have a nonexistent understanding of warfare, since you clearly haven’t heard of something like asymmetric warfare. Combat isn’t always decided by what side has more men or better equipment, as demonstrated by Millennium Challenge 2002, an American combat exercise that ended in the simulated loss of an aircraft carrier, ten cruisers, five of the six amphibious assault ships in the group, and the twenty-thousand military personnel aboard them. How was this done? Well, General Paul Van Riper, the simulated REDFOR commander, disallowed the use of radio and ground-based radar, transmitted messages by motorcycle courier, and launched aircraft using World War Two era signals. American forces suffered further naval ‘losses’ when REDFOR began utilizing small boats to carry out both conventional and suicide attacks. With this loss, the American commanders ‘re-floated’ their ships, and required Van Riper to follow a per-determined script for the exercise, which guaranteed an American victory.

What Millennium Challenge 2002 showed was that a far less advanced, though tactically proficient group could cripple a modern fighting force. Even without organization or a central supply chain the Taliban have killed thousands of coalition soldiers and crushed any desire for war much of America and Europe’s populace has left, not to mention the overall monetary cost of the conflict.

As for the inevitable “TANKS BHURR” comment, tanks aren’t worth shit in an urban environment. During the first Chechen War, the Russians lost 10% of their tank forces, primarily modern T-72/T-80s in the city of Grozny alone. Remember what a tank is; a slow, heavy vehicle designed for destroying other tanks and providing fire support to infantry in an open environment. Cities are not open environments, and even with small arms and makeshift bombs a tank’s outer equipment can be damaged. Without infantry support in an urban environment, a tank is a coffin covered in composite steel armor and RHA.

Discounting an insurgency simply because the military is technologically advanced and large is a massive tactical mistake. Good luck flying drones when their pilots are being killed or kidnapped on their way to work, and their hardware is being bombed or sabotaged. Good luck running tanks when their tracks are being blown off by makeshift bombs and their expensive thermal cameras are being shot to pieces.

tl;dr don’t make comments about asymmetric warfare unless you know what you’re talking about.

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supersmashthestatebros:

they fixed it. you can click on the logo to refresh again. it’s so great to see the power of internet activism in action. seeing what can be accomplished when bloggers everywhere combine their powers, man, it’s refreshing.

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fetusdick:

TIHK is a patent pending handcuff key that utilizes an integrated clip for easy attachment to your clothing so it is ready when needed.  Its minimal, low-profile design and low-visibility coating ensure that it can be carried inconspicuously and go undetected when detained. Designed to fit all standard “peerless” style handcuffs.
http://tihk.co/

fetusdick:

TIHK is a patent pending handcuff key that utilizes an integrated clip for easy attachment to your clothing so it is ready when needed.  Its minimal, low-profile design and low-visibility coating ensure that it can be carried inconspicuously and go undetected when detained. Designed to fit all standard “peerless” style handcuffs.

http://tihk.co/

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