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go tell it on the internet

Posted by vlorbik on August 15, 2011

computer security at xkcd. if we could just get rid of these pesky “humans”…

same thing when i try to wear
my backpack into the drugstore.
“leave it up here where anybody
can easily take it, please… it makes
our robot overlords feel more
secure. women with purses are
okay [so what if they could easily
slip something into ’em out of
sight of our three-gazillion
hidden cameras whereas you’d have to
be some contortionist and master
thief to get anything into your
backpack while it’s on your frigging
back without being noticed].
we just feel more *secure*
when *you* take a risk. this
is a *business*, buddy.” good news
for both of us then: i’m outta here.
and anyhow won’t now be harassed
for my stockholm-syndrome “loyalty card”.
hell. i can get better drugs on the damn
street if i’m gonna have to *gamble*.

but just try living without a phone
or a bank account for a while if you
think you can escape this “password” snafu.
and xkcd doesn’t even *mention*
that “impossible to remember” *also*
implies “much easier to crack
even *without* a computer” since
the victim will of course want
to write the damn thing down
and make it easy to find.

also this: the “defense” department
is actually the *war* department and
changing its name didn’t change its
nature in the least. now this:
the emperor has no clothes. and:
if they call it “security”, somebody’s
rights are being trampled (and you’re next).
more wars! more prisons! more TV!

4 Responses to “go tell it on the internet”

  1. w.p. handel said


    holding a place for glenn greenwald’s
    “obama’s illegal assaults” in ITT this week
    (but not online till aug 26).

  2. w.p. handel said


    education riots in chile

  3. w.p. handel said

    “The reality in schools are imposed and shows us that the education system, based on the market, competition, the subsidy of demand, the standardization of the learning, the scapegoating of teachers, the profit with public money, the selection of students and the consequent educational segmentation is no longer for more.”

    robo-translation by “babylon”. viva santiago!

  4. vlorbik said

    “You refer to the Pentagon, as is usually done, as a defense organization. In 1947, when the National Defense Act was passed, the former War Department — the American department concerned with war which up to that time was honestly called the War Department — had its name changed to the Defense Department. I was a student then and didn’t think I was very sophisticated, but I knew and everyone knew that this meant that to whatever extent the American military had been involved in defense in the past — and partially it had been so — this was now over: since it was being called the Defense Department, that meant it was going to be a department of aggression, nothing else.”

    – Noam Chomsky, Radical Priorities, 251

    quoted in aaron swartz’s blog sidebar

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