• Not Quite Off Topic: Switch to Linux/Ubuntu

    January 5, 2014

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    With great glee, I am now running Linux Ubuntu on all my computers as my operating system, forever replacing Windows. This very blog post is infused with Linux goodness. Smell it. Smell it. Yes, put your nose to the screen and sniff– smells like victory.

    With this move here at Chaos Manor, there are no Microsoft products in my home. None. OK, OK, anyone who enjoys tech stuff is already tired of Linux fanboys, a species just as creepy (but not as well dressed) as Apple jihadis. Computers are a tool to get stuff done people, not an stage on which you become a tool. Deal with that. Sleeping on a sidewalk to buy something makes you a sad, lonely person. Most people who sleep on sidewalks don’t have a home, think about that. So, I do not want to be seen as some weird dude in a basement somewhere obsessing about something as pointless in the Big Scheme as a freaking computer operating system. It takes the lotion and initializes its USB ports…

    But… but…

    While I am sure the NSA has found a way into our Linux, they at least had to do the heavy lifting. Nobody bent over and went all Deliverance to help them defile our lives. But Microsoft appear to have:

    • Microsoft collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

    • Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

    • The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

    • The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

    • Microsoft also worked with the FBI’s Data Intercept Unit to “understand” potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases;

    • In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;


    After I wrote another piece about Microsoft-NSA collaboration on Firedoglake, I got an email from a “strategic communications” firm claiming to represent Microsoft. The email reminded me that “Microsoft offers an adamant and robust denial, writing that ‘There are significant inaccuracies in the interpretations of leaked government documents reported in the media last week,’ and referencing this Microsoft blog post. The communications person “Wondered if you’d consider adding Microsoft’s comments to your blog, rather than just giving one side of the story.” And so I just did.

    That said, why are you still handing your money to Microsoft? Give Ubuntu a try. It is free, as is all the software you’ll need. Ubuntu has grown to the point where for most people and most hardware most times it just works. You can try it without messing up your Windows install any more than it already is. You can also buy prebuilt systems with Linux installed so you can just plug them in and compute.

    Microsoft Big Brother thanks you for your support. Viva la Linux!


    BONUS: But you have to believe the NSA has also hacked Linux, so what’s the point? It is indeed prudent to assume the NSA hacked Linux. However, since Linux is open source, meaning lots of people around the world way smarter than me can read the actual computer code behind it, there is some hope that at least some of the NSA hacks can be found and amended. And even if that is not possible, at least you are not paying Microsoft or Apple or whomever for the privilege of being spied upon.



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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Great. Do you realize how much more the Gov will have to spend to break into your house and millions of others to download systems?

      http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/358h9m

      01/5/14 2:14 PM | Comment Link

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    • wemeantwell said...

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      I’ll have more on this case hopefully later in the week. Bastards.

      01/5/14 2:53 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      wemeantwell said…

      quote:” Bastards.”unquote

      Holy mother of explicatives! Bout time. That’s EXACTLY what they are…among other things.

      As to the MS error reporting..
      here’s what I did,…for the moment.

      http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/disable-error-reporting-windows-7.htm

      On a side note, I see Bernie Sanders got pissed off enough to send a letter to Alexander DIRECTLY asking if the NSA spies on Congresscritters. As usual, the NSA answered with a non-denial denial.
      Unfortunately for Alexander, he can’t refute Russ Tice’s revelations. And that is exactly why Sanders is asking. Sooner or later, Alexander et al are gonna slip up with a lie they can’t backtrack out of like Clapper did. I can’t wait to see one of these slugs squirm on the witness stand.

      btw Peter..I propose a toast. Here’s to all the Surveillance State and their co-conspiring BASTARDS. May they rot in prison for the rest of their pathetic, and insidious lives.

      01/5/14 3:36 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Whoa!! On a side note..gawd I love the internet.

      While randomly clicking on links from one page to another, I just came across this..wow. Looks like DoS hasn’t got anything up on DOD.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/report-us-air-force-general-drank-too-much-fraternized-with-foreign-women-in-moscow/2013/12/19/7f3cdba0-68ed-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html?hpid=z4

      Hahahahahahahaha! A general, who oversees nukes, get’s drunk for 3 or 4 days, tries to lay a couple of Russian gals, insults Russian officials, and then looses his command!…holy mother of scandals. I love it when doods like this completely loose it. Living proof a schmuck in a General’s uniform is still a schmuck..Alexander notwithstanding. :)

      01/5/14 4:29 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Peter, please excuse me for using your blog to disseminate certain info that isn’t relative to your current post. What it IS relevant to..is BASTARDS.

      In this case, as I usually do, I spent a few hours yesterday researching the “war on terror” crap, by virtue of our benevolent government’s “Droning for Dollars” campaign..and I do mean dollars. Billions and billions of our hard earned tax dollars.

      In my search for information on “drones”, yesterday I came across an article on DoD’s “future UAV(drones) funding estimates”, whereby the author included the actual name of the Corporation that builds the Predator and other insidious machines of death…one GENERAL ATOMICS(goddamn, that sounds like something out of the movie Dune!)
      http://www.ga.com/about
      Unbelievable. I went to their site. Spent two hours looking at every single link. What I discovered borders on the insane. Talk about Orwell. This Corporation is what I consider evil incarnate. Which after looking up their history, is really really weird. At one time, it seems they were on the cutting edge of PEACEFUL uses of atomic energy. Over time, they became the foremost supplier, and controller of..you got it..URANIUM.

      I mean, notwithstanding developing proprietary Uranium processing equipment for peaceful uses, they bought up MINES all over the globe, processing companies, electronic companys and all kinds of other shit. BUT, at some point, which I haven’t discovered yet, they switched from peaceful purposes, to war making purposes. Like this..
      http://www.military.com/video/guns/naval-guns/railgun-update-from-general-atomics/904431955001/

      But here’s the point of my post. As my research continued, low and behold, another name popped up.
      I should have known. When we speak of Empire, the ruling class, the Plutacracy or Corportacracy, and most important, the MIC, I’ve often wondered exactly WHO they are. Well, let me introduce you to one of the ringleaders.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKeTXXL7Y_0

      If ever there was a poster child for every Corporate evil on the planet..this dude is him. In reality, General Atomics is only a small subsidiary of his main corporation..SEQUOYA FUELS. Fuels meaning..you got it..URANIUM. Talk about the MIC ..folks we’re talking the epitome here.

      Ya know, the more I delve into the MIC cesspool, the more I despise Capitalism, as from what I’ve seen now..it isn’t what we’ve been led to believe it is. And after finding this shit..I think I understand what the communists were trying to tell us. In reality..there is NO FREE MARKET. The cost is innocent human life on a planet wide scale.

      BASTARDS INDEED.

      ok, I’m done.

      01/5/14 5:31 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      These a-holes are so blatantly spying on US they don’t even try to hide it anymore.

      Sanders: Are you spying on US?

      Alexander: If we are, what you gonna do about it? Hahahaha

      01/5/14 5:41 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      No good deed goes unpunished:

      The public debate over the fate of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden intensified on Sunday with conservative Senator Rand Paul calling for a LIGHT prison term as punishment for Snowden’s disclosure of information on government surveillance programs.

      Paul, a Republican, said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” that Snowden does not deserve the death penalty or life in prison for the leaks, which have rattled the U.S. intelligence community, not to mention an American public that had been unaware of the extent of NSA data collection.

      Instead, Paul spoke favorably of “some penalty of a few years in prison” if Snowden were to return to the United States from Russia, where he currently is living, to face trial.

      Great, so he can share a cell with Kiriakou, another menace to this warped society.

      01/5/14 5:48 PM | Comment Link

    • Michael Murry said...

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      Good news about your experience with Ubuntu Linux distribution. I recently had two of my Windows XP systems go down due to bugs, hacking, and/or malware “features” installed on my computer by either Microsoft, the U.S. government surveillance agencies, or both. In frustration, I rebuilt both systems with Ubuntu Linux. Free, as you say, and certainly capable in most respects. I still have to maintain one Windows XP system because Ubuntu Linux does not have a printer driver for my Epson Aculaser M1200. Not Ubuntu’s fault, but Epson (Japan) simply doesn’t provide one. So now I keep the Windows system unplugged from the Internet and use a memory stick to transfer document files and pictures files back and forth between my one Windows computer and my three Ubuntu Linux computers. I look forward to the day when I can ditch Windows completely.

      01/5/14 9:22 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Not to turn this into a tech blog, but I set up my HP printer with a USB wireless device and can print out of Ubuntu that way. Might be worth a try.

      01/5/14 10:30 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”Instead, Paul spoke favorably of “some penalty of a few years in prison” if Snowden were to return to the United States from Russia, where he currently is living, to face trial.”unquote

      A few years in prison. For enlightening the entire planet to that which may save their future. right.

      Living proof the Empire is scared out of their wits.

      Paul..fuck you, fuck your colleagues, and fuck the USG. A few years in prison. right.

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      Son..your father must be ready to slap your face.

      01/5/14 11:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Son…your father must be ready to slap your face.”

      Here’s a funny slap to the face:

      http://www.marketmenot.com/directv-local-fisherman-commercial/

      01/6/14 11:58 PM | Comment Link

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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “I don’t believe such people have the right to take it upon themselves and make decisions’ about what should be made public,” said Kelly, who served as an FBI agent for 32 years until his retirement in 2001. “These are the same type of people that would look upon Snowden as perhaps a patriot when … in my opinion, he was a traitor.”

      So it’s okay for the FBI to rationalize criminal behavior?

      01/7/14 12:26 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…

      quote:”So it’s okay for the FBI to rationalize criminal behavior?”unquote

      They don’t even rationalize any more. They simply murder and keep their mouth shut…

      http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2014/01/07/fbi-has-had-plenty-time-explain-ibragim-todashev-killing/zEYoY6uax5NOhoW7OygjdL/story.html

      The entire planet knows the FBI has become the US Stazi.

      01/7/14 2:47 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Rich.. you know as well as I where we’re at and where were heading. The America we grew up in is dead. Finished. Kapooot. Boiling frogs indeed.

      01/7/14 2:53 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      oh, and now, they aren’t even a “law enforcement” agency anymore.

      http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/01/06/the-creep-of-counterterrorism-fbis-professed-primary-function-no-longer-law-enforcement/#comments

      Who needs the Mafia. Comey the godfather. youbetcha

      01/7/14 2:58 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “In my opinion, he was a traitor.” – Frank Rizzo impersonator

      Traitor. Takes one to…

      http://antiwar.com/blog/2014/01/07/nsa-insiders-reveal-what-went-wrong/

      01/7/14 11:03 PM | Comment Link

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