Privacy ftw

I’m all for privacy on the internet.
Which is why I love Tor and other VPN / masking services.

Now I’ve fallen in love again and I’m going to give it a try as soon as I get home.
It’s Pirate Linux.

It’s a distribution of Ubuntu with Pirate pack installed. Which provides the user with more encryption features and really does everything possible to protect the users data.

Thumbs up Andrew for creating this wonderful dist!
http://piratelinux.org/

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Piracy

Today I was linked this “Open letter” by a friend. It’s aimed at Chris dodd.
I just don’t know what to say except… It’s awesome! I really share the authors ideas. Even though I’m only an internet-user I know exactly what he’s talking about.

I really do think that artists and actors should receive money for their creations… But the way that the music and film industry take to reduce internet piracy is all wrong…

With these things said; I suggest you read the letter youself. It’s really good.

Remember: Information wants to be free…

http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=4155

“Protector of the people”

Yeah, we all know the motto of most police forces in the world; To serve and protect.
But who protects us against the Police?

These two videos caught my attention today. And I dropped my jaw…
I know it can’t be easily for an officer to judge how much force that’s required to prevent a person from fleeing. I also know that it’s not uncommon for the to use too much force.
What really stun me here, pun intended, is how could these officers choose to use “Non-lethal”, I’ll come back to that term, force against these, I’m sure weighing < 100 pounds, young girls.

Video #1
In the first video you’ll see this 20 yo girl running and a 260 pound + cop sprinting 2-3 feet behind. 2-3 feet! I’m sure if he just would’ve made the effort to RUN he’d caught her. Instead he took the “easy” choice of pulling his taser and tase her in the back. Causing her to be paralyzed and falling to the hard ground, hitting her head really hard.
In a longer version of this video, which you’ll find if you search on youtube abit, you can see that the officers doesn’t even care about her injury. They stand around thinking about donuts for 3 minutes before they ask her if she’s all right.
[RAGE]
OF COURSE SHE’S NOT ALL RIGHT! WANT ME TO DROP YOU WITH YOUR HEAD ON PAVEMENT WITH A FORCE GREATER THAN YOUR BODYWEIGHT?!
[/RAGE]

I’m calm again… I’d really like to ask this cop “What where you thinking?” But… That would imply that he did think..

Now video #2.
I just don’t know what to say about this video… I just find it horrifying how a police officer can even consider to use this weapon on a child… Even though it’s “Non-lethal”, it’s still a weapon.
I don’t know, maybe their definitions are screwed up.. To me, a weapon is an instrument used to inflict harm or even death upon another living creature. Taser do harm people, even if it’s not directly. I wonder how the police define ‘weapon’, probably not the same way as me.

Now, the term “Non-lethal”.
What does it mean?
I looked this up, just to confirm. It means “Not capable of causing death”. So basically, you shouldn’t be able to kill a person with this weapon.
Although, do tasers count as “Less-than-lethal” weapons instead?
That’s a different term. “Less-than-lethal” implies that the chance of accidentally killing someone with this weapon is greatly reduced. I’m one of those who thinks it should belong to “Less-than-lethal” category. To be honest, I haven’t researched taser-guns that much, so maybe the are in that category.

Nonetheless, the level of force used in these videos are unnecessarily high. I mean, a child and a young girl..

 

I warn you, who are about to watch these videos, the content is disturbing…

#1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2L85M287gk

#2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVZD2d3FQHg

Outraged…

Wow…
My mind is blown… Now so soon after the SOPA and PIPA madness, shouldn’t we get some rest?

No.. In your dreams… United Nations (UN) is now proposing a convention giving UN more influence over the internet!

The Internet! The internet we’ve all enjoyed since it’s creation in the late 1980:s.
If this convention pass, we can’t enjoy internet in the same way anymore. UN can do basically anything they want.

So now is my question… How soon will private versions of the “internet” start to appear? Instead of one global network, we might end up with X number of smaller private ones?

Small private “Internets” driven by people who has the funds and resorces.
Small private “Internets” driven by companies.. Yeah, Their “intranets” become “internets”.

No more public opinion. No more anonymity. Everyone is segmented into different groups.

Is this really what the world wants… or need?
Just to stop internet piracy…?

 

Swedish link: http://www.idg.se/2.1085/1.433867/sa-ska-internet-regleras-av-fn
I’d provide one in english, but I was unavailable to find one 😦

4ever alone…

Been a while since my last post, and I apologize for that.

The fact is that I’ve been in a “struggle” for a few weeks now trying to maintain one of my dearest friendships..
We’ve been friends for a few years and came rly close to each other. We could really talk about anything.. Though 8 months ago she got a boyfriend.. Everything was fine… But a few months ago we started disagreeing.. In my opinion he was a jackass and I thought my friend deserve better than him.

Of course my friend ended up in the middle… So for a few months I’ve been struggleing to make her see how much of an jackass her boyfriend is..
Why do I think he’s a jackass?
One reason… He said, to my friend ofc, “if You don’t end your friendship with <Insert my real name> I’ll break up with you”..
This lasted a few months… She did everything possible trying to reason with him to drop the ultimatum…

Today… After months of discussions and fights…
I lost… She decided to listen to what her boyfriend wanted…

Life truly do suck…

What a dilemma…

I hate to think…

Last week a friend of my called… He knows I’m only working by contract until the end of April.
He called because he, his boss to be exact, wants to offer me a job. A job as a System Developer.

This is the job I’ve wanted for years.. But it doesn’t come cheap. I’d have to move 200 km (Circa). My girlfriend have to change school. But all that doesn’t matter, since she doesn’t want to move there.

So my dilemma…
Should I take the job of my dreams?
Or should I extend my current contract and keep working here…

No matter how many people I ask for advice, everyone will say different, the choice will be mine, mine alone.
Me: Hate dilemmas…

Dunno what to call this…

I’ve been searching for a way to get the color between two colours based on only a percentage. I’ve never been great with graphics / colours e.t.c.

But this script below is a modified version of this script, where you can easily create your own gradients. As I didn’t create the original script, all fame go to the author Andrew Pociu.

<?php

function PercentColor($Percent, $HexMin = NULL, $HexMax = NULL) {
    $maxPercent = 100;
    $HexMin = $HexMin ? $HexMin : "000000"; // Set own default colour here.
    $HexMax = $HexMax ? $HexMax : "FFFFFF"; // Set own default colour here.

    $FromRGB['r'] = hexdec(substr($HexMin, 0, 2));
    $FromRGB['g'] = hexdec(substr($HexMin, 2, 2));
    $FromRGB['b'] = hexdec(substr($HexMin, 4, 2));

    $ToRGB['r'] = hexdec(substr($HexMax, 0, 2));
    $ToRGB['g'] = hexdec(substr($HexMax, 2, 2));
    $ToRGB['b'] = hexdec(substr($HexMax, 4, 2));

    $StepRGB['r'] = ($FromRGB['r'] - $ToRGB['r']) / ($maxPercent);
    $StepRGB['g'] = ($FromRGB['g'] - $ToRGB['g']) / ($maxPercent);
    $StepRGB['b'] = ($FromRGB['b'] - $ToRGB['b']) / ($maxPercent);

    $RGB['r'] = floor($FromRGB['r'] - ($StepRGB['r'] * $Percent));
    $RGB['g'] = floor($FromRGB['g'] - ($StepRGB['g'] * $Percent));
    $RGB['b'] = floor($FromRGB['b'] - ($StepRGB['b'] * $Percent));

    $HexRGB['r'] = sprintf('%02x', ($RGB['r']));
    $HexRGB['g'] = sprintf('%02x', ($RGB['g']));
    $HexRGB['b'] = sprintf('%02x', ($RGB['b']));

    $GradientColors[] = implode(NULL, $HexRGB);

    return implode(NULL, $HexRGB);
}

for($i = 0; $i < 100; $i++) {
    echo "<div style=\"background-color: #" . PercentColor($i, "20DD20", "DD2020") . "; width: 100px; height: 10px;\"></div>";
}
?>