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siftbot says...

Happy anniversary! Today marks year number 7 since you first became a Sifter and the community is better for having you. Thanks for your contributions!

PlayhousePals says...

No doubt about it! Some of these folks do quite well indeed. Before Google took over YT, there was a thriving, close knit and oh so supportive community of cat enthusiasts producing some interesting and creative video content ... a few of whom were just starting to "takeoff". Things definitely went downhill and I think it's been much harder to make a living that way since the change.

rebuilder said:

Do you think Maru's owner gets enough views to make a living from the ad revenue on these vids?

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siftbot says...

Happy anniversary! Today marks year number 6 since you first became a Sifter and the community is better for having you. Thanks for your contributions!

oritteropo says...

Things are ugly enough as it is.

It used to be that if spooks needed your passphrase, they'd sneak in an put a bug in your keyboard... but if they have the private keys to sign replacement firmware for your keyboard then they don't even need to sneak in any more (actually I'm not sure my keyboard even needs signed firmware).

I think someone cleverer than me could probably contrive a defense against that particular attack, but I'm not in the habit of checking the integrity of my peripherals, or working in a tempest shielded room.

I think strong crypto is probably safe, but in the real world the crypto is hardly ever the weakest link.

rebuilder said:


I'm hoping it really is mainly procedural means the NSA have. Already before this, I've been operating under the assumption anything I haven't personally encrypted using keys controlled only by me is not secure. Used to be I only went the whole mile when I felt it was necessary, now I'm starting to move as much of my net presence into the dark as I can, out of principle more than any immediate need. But if strong crypto is compromised, as some now worry... Things get ugly.

PlayhousePals says...

Well said. Too bad those that need to hear it won't/don't listen.

rebuilder said:

So first he says his opponents don't understand statistics and facts, then he doesn't want to hear any statistics as a response to his argument?

The gun control position doesn't claim that an individual finding themselves in a contrived horror scenario wouldn't be better off armed. It claims that in a society where any individual can easily get armed to prepare for ludicrous scenarios such as the one outlined in the video, the same individual is more likely to encounter violence than in a society where access to weapons is restricted.

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