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Dead Man's Switch

Date: 2021-01-27

Read time: 10 minutes

Summary: The dead man's switch is a powerful self-defense tool that is automatically triggered when the human operator dies. It is your insurance policy that contains digital dirt on your aggressor.

[Article] You Should Be Using an Old Computer

Date: 2021-01-22

Read time: 6 minutes

Summary: There is a war being waged on general-purpose computing. Every year manufacturers come up with new ways to make your computer harder to repair thereby increasing e-waste. Every year software companies make their ecosystems more locked down giving you less and less control over your own devices. To not use an old Thinkpad is to be on the wrong side of this war.

[Documentary] Sicko

Date: 2021-01-19

Read time: 4 minutes

Summary: In the documentary film Sicko Michael Moore does a great job of comparing the US healthcare system with healthcare in the rest of the civilized world by showcasing the wastefulness and cruelty of the US system.

Consumer Data Protection is a Distraction

Date: 2021-01-18

Read time: 4 minutes

Summary: "User data is protected by the strict privacy laws of (insert country here)", "We don't log your IP, trust us!" and "We provide next-generation security!" are all industry lies. Don't fall for them. No one knows how to fully secure data on a computer let alone an entire organization. Businesses can't protect your data. Don't give it to them.

On Spirituality

Date: 2021-01-17

Read time: 7 minutes

Summary: This post serves as a guide on how to interpret my previous posts on spirituality while explaining the purpose for future spiritual writing and suggests reasons why spiritual experiences and ideas are so hard to talk about.

[Video] Atheist Debates - Argument From Design, Part 1: Order and Purpose

Date: 2021-01-16

Read time: 1 minute

Summary: Matt Dillahunty refutes the argument that a god must exist because the universe requires a designer.

[Video] Atheist Debates - Argument From Design, Part 2: What Are the Odds?

Date: 2021-01-16

Read time: 1 minute

Summary: Matt Dillahunty refutes the argument that natural explanations are improbable, so god must've created everything.

[Video] Atheist Debates - Pascal's Wager

Date: 2021-01-16

Read time: 1 minute

Summary: Matt Dillahunty thoroughly refutes Pascal's Wager.

[Video] Atheist Debates - Supernatural Causation

Date: 2021-01-16

Read time: 1 minute

Summary: Matt Dillahunty discusses the difficulty of demonstrating the supernatural.

[Video] Fixing Social Media for Good

Date: 2021-01-14

Read time: 3 minutes

Summary: Recent events have brought the issue of social media censorship to the forefront. Luke Smith proposes federated platforms as a permanent fix for social media censorship.

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