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Technical Recruiter Reply
Jul 31st, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Dear Recruiter

Hel­lo, and thank you for send­ing me your job post­ing for a JAVA DEVELOPER in GODFORSAKEN GULCH, IA . I regret to inform you that this does not meet my needs for the fol­low­ing rea­sons:

[Coy­ote Tracks]

A “tech­ni­cal recruiter” is a type of spam­mer or tele­mar­keter who spe­cial­izes in annoy­ing peo­ple in the com­put­er field. I’m not sure why they’re called that, as it’s appar­ent­ly a require­ment of the job that they have no tech­ni­cal knowl­edge what­so­ev­er. I fre­quent­ly get the sort of idi­ot­ic emails and voice mails that the post makes fun of.

Evil Empires are not democratic
Jul 14th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

Ille­git­i­mate. …a gov­ern­ment that’s rid­den with enor­mous secret agen­cies oper­at­ing under secret law inter­pret­ed by secret courts is not, can­not be, and will nev­er be, a democ­ra­cy or a repub­lic or what­ev­er form you’ve been taught all these years to salute?

This gov­ern­ment is a for­eign thing. And all those peo­ple you think you’re elect­ing mere­ly dance at the end of its strings. And it will nev­er be “reformed” or “held account­able” because by its very nature it is total­i­tar­i­an. It exists to rule you, peri­od. And as long as your mon­ey and your belief feeds it, rule you it will. [Liv­ing Free­dom]

Skype proves me right on security
Jul 11th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

NSA taps Skype chats, new­ly pub­lished Snow­den leaks con­firm.

Skype audio and video chats, wide­ly regard­ed as resis­tant to inter­cep­tion thanks to encryp­tion, can be wire­tapped by Amer­i­can intel­li­gence agen­cies, accord­ing to a new report in The Guardian. The report appears to con­tra­dict claims by Microsoft that they have not pro­vid­ed the con­tents of Skype com­mu­ni­ca­tions to the gov­ern­ment.

In a sto­ry pub­lished Thurs­day, based on doc­u­ments leaked by for­mer Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency con­trac­tor Edward Snow­den, The Guardian offers some detail about exten­sive coöper­a­tion between the FBI, the Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency, and Microsoft to enable gov­ern­ment access to user com­mu­ni­ca­tions via the intel­li­gence tool known as PRISM. That coöper­a­tion includ­ed, accord­ing to the leaked NSA doc­u­ments, enabling access to Outlook.com e-mails and chats, the Sky­Drive cloud stor­age ser­vice, and Skype audio and video calls.

The Guardian hasn’t pub­lished the doc­u­ments on which this sto­ry is based, but has instead quot­ed from them.

[Ars Tech­ni­ca]

This is com­plete­ly unsur­pris­ing. I’ve been warn­ing about Skype’s inse­cu­ri­ty since 2005.

What government is all about
Jul 9th, 2013 by Ken Hagler

I’ve come across a cou­ple of good arti­cles which clear­ly point out the real­i­ty of what pol­i­tics are real­ly all about–a real­i­ty which sta­tists des­per­ate­ly try to hide from.

The penal­ty is always death [nostate.com]

The Gun in the Room [Free­do­main: The Log­ic of Per­son­al and Polit­i­cal Free­dom]

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