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Avoiding Consumer Surveillance

Date: 2020-11-16

Read time: 8 minutes

Summary: Your purchases are being tracked. What you buy, where you buy it, when you buy it and what else you buy along with it. Consumer surveillance must end for privacy's sake. In this post I teach you how to avoid it from an individual perspective.


Raising the Bar on Privacy

Date: 2020-11-14

Read time: 3 minutes

Summary: The central premise of this post is: Even if you believe that "privacy is dead", you still have every reason to make surveillance more difficult for Big Brother. Resistance is not futile. If you accept that it is, you're playing into the hands of the surveillance state. Surveillance on all of us is far too easy therefore we need to raise the bar on privacy.


Site Update 002

Date: 2020-11-13

Read time: 1 minute

Summary: Find out what's new on my blog.


Legalize All Drugs

Date: 2020-11-08

Read time: 16 minutes

Summary: The war on "drugs" has been one of the greatest moral failures of our time, a colossal waste of money, time, resources and human life that could have been better spent on literally anything else. It's high time we put an end to it.


The Eternal Here and Now

Date: 2020-11-02

Read time: 6 minutes

Summary: In the subjective sense there's only one time and place for everything to happen. Memories from the past and thoughts of the future occur in the present moment. The mind's eye is the only place where things are seen. The mind's ear the only place where things are heard. It's all here and now.


Site Update 001

Date: 2020-10-30

Read time: 2 minutes

Summary: Find out what's new on my blog.


Using Email

Date: 2020-10-29

Read time: 13 minutes

Summary: Most email users are using email the worst way possible. Let's talk about the right way to use email.


Use Free Software

Date: 2020-10-20

Read time: 11 minutes

Summary: Free software is defined by the four essential freedoms. Learn why each freedom is essential and how they work together to protect users.


Metaethics

Date: 2020-10-11

Read time: 21 minutes

Summary: Philosophers have argued for thousands of years about how we should think about ethics, how to decide what's right and what's wrong. The range of answers has been extensive. I explain why we should abandon traditional moral theories entirely and instead opt for a reductionist, pragmatic approach to morality based on hypothetical imperatives.


Thoughts on Blogging

Date: 2020-09-22

Read time: 7 minutes

Summary: This post is about good rules of thumb and things to keep in mind when running a blog.


SIUe Unauthenticated SMTP Server

Date: 2020-09-21

Read time: 2 minutes

Summary: American colleges and universities are institutions with some of the weakest cybersecurity where you would expect better. This makes them easy targets for hackers. The reason is they don't have strong incentives to do better. Unless having poor cybersecurity is going to lose money, business as usual will continue and unauthenticated email servers will stay online.


Networked EV Charging Stations

Date: 2020-09-09

Read time: 7 minutes

Summary: Networked EV charging stations are a threat to democracy and national security. Collecting the locations on millions of law-abiding citizens is a capability no government or private entity should be allowed have. When I was attending SIUe in October of 2019, I emailed the parking services staff about the privacy concerns I had about the new Chargepoint stations that were being installed and encouraged them to install non-networked stations instead.


Free Will is Incoherent - Part 2

Date: 2020-08-22

Read time: 14 minutes

Summary: In part 1 I showed that free will is incoherent. In part 2 I discuss the implications of that fact on responsibility, compassion, justice and interpersonal relationships.


Ego Traps

Date: 2020-08-02

Read time: 8 minutes

Summary: Remember when you got stuck thinking about something but you didn't realize you were thinking until after? Even if you don't know what I'm talking about you've almost certainly had that experience before. Ego traps are the self-reinforcing thoughts that set you on the path of thinking without awareness of thinking.


Back Up Your Data

Date: 2020-07-26

Read time: 10 minutes

Summary: This post is a public service announcement about backups inspired by the post I lost. I've had my own backups for over 5 years, and never have I lost any data from those backups. The following advice is meant for individuals, not a corporate or business setting.



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