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Privacy online - Cryptoparty

I just saw this article online, about a 'cryptoparty' held in Melbourne teaching people how to protect their identity online.

The article mentions a browser called 'Tor' and email encrypting...

So anyway, plenty of Sifters are savvy with this sort of thing. Any tips for privacy online?

I use Firefox with adblockers and Ghostery. What else would you recommend? I'm keen to do easy things to protect my privacy.

The Louis Experiment - What does it mean?

So Louis CK’s recent experiment with direct engagement has lit up the internets, attracting a lot of attention and catching people a little off guard. Louis, one of the world’s best and most famous stand up comedians, financed, arranged and delivered a stand up special without big corporate backing, selling it direct on the internet for much less than you would usually pay ($5).

For an online public accustomed to being ripped off, insulted and taken for granted, it was a welcome change; but it also challenged a community of people of whom a large proportion, if not most, if not all, have pirated entertainment product and put some blame on ‘big business’ for their actions. Suddenly, we wouldn’t be stealing from a big company – we would be stealing from a person, and a great artist who wasn’t a millionaire and had given us top quality entertainment off his own back.
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Where do we get our music from?

The Sift has been good to me, musically. It's introduced me to a range of artists, from the Deep Dark Woods to Spoon to Adele.

I've been thinking recently about musical sources - that is, where do you find your music? I have some friends I rely on for good tips, the Sift and to a lesser extent, radio and TV.

I guess I have fairly eclectic tastes, so I find music websites are generally too specific or hit/miss to be a reliable source of new artists for my collection.

But I'd be interested in any tips for more sources. Where do you source your musical discoveries from?

Steve Jobs - Philanthropist?

Interesting article about Steve Jobs from the New York Times:

Charity doesn't top Apple's tree

STEVE Jobs is a genius. He is an innovator. A visionary. He is perhaps the world's most beloved billionaire. Surprisingly, there is one thing that Jobs is not, at least not yet: a prominent philanthropist.

Despite accumulating an estimated $US8.3 billion ($A7.8 billion) through his holdings in Apple and a 7.4 per cent stake in Disney (through the sale of Pixar), there is no public record of Jobs giving money to charity. He is not a member of Giving Pledge, the organisation founded by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to persuade the nation's wealthiest families to pledge to give away at least half their fortunes. Nor is there a hospital wing or an academic building with his name on it.
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I just bought a HTC Legend - any tips?

I last bought a new mobile about five years ago, so the move to the Legend is somewhat of a quantum leap.

Does anyone have any useful tips or sites of interest I might want to visit?

I'm open to ideas.

Tags, Titles and Dupes - the System Don't Work!

So what's the story with tags, titles and dupes? I've been duping consistently in recent times. One time I may have even duped a video with the same embed! The most recent issue I had was with this video:

I duped it, and nothing came up:

I had the same tags: kendall, field trip

Then within a few hours Bleedmegood made the same mistake:

He had the same tags: kendall, field trip

I had the same problem with Conan the other day:

And on some Financial Collapse doco which was then duped again.

So what's the story? Is the system broke?

Joaquin Phoenix punchline not that funny

Just saw my first review of the Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary "I'm Still Here". To put it lightly, it's not positive.

Favourite quote: "If you take my advice, you still shouldn't see I'm Still Here because it is awful. It is not entertaining. It is not clever. It is asking you to pay money to be told you're an idiot, and specifically you're an idiot to have paid money to see it".

It's the second film reviewed in this clip of three:

Has anyone seen it?
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