I am really trying to move away from the word ‘libertarianism.’ Progressives [have also done] a pretty good job in the last couple years of demonizing words like ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’—these are becoming like the dirty words of irresponsible people. I really like the idea of moving back to ‘voluntarism’ and weeding out people who don’t ask what that even means.
Politics is a place where people go to be angry, where people go to be paranoid, where people go to fantasize about bad things happening to people they don’t like. It is a terrible place—an extremely hostile place—for introducing new ideas.
Would the NSA's massive amount of conversation data be helpful in developing AI? : Futurology →

That awkward moment when your futuristic AI companion/operating system is also a deadly spy.


'Fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S. →
Science progresses by exploring the unknown, finding the unexpected, and being challenged by sceptics. The quest for knowledge is a search for things we don’t already know. It is, when all is said and done, an exploration of our ignorance. In the unforgiving post-graduate world where I was expected to apply my knowledge usefully to the satisfaction of my benefactors, I slowly came to realise that education was a form of classical conditioning in the Pavlovian mode; we were its dogs, and both the tricks we were to perform and the rewards we would consequently receive were made abundantly clear to us. It is a principle of democratic governance that the effectiveness of the process depends critically upon the vibrancy of opposition. If in parliament there is no effective opposition, then government tends towards virtual dictatorship, no matter that members were democratically elected in the first place. There is no doubt that science is governed. There are rules, and the rules are enforced.
How Gamma Finfisher was hacked →

Hacking is an offensive tool. In the same way that guerrilla warfare makes it harder to occupy a country, whenever it’s cheaper to attack than to defend it’s harder to maintain illegitimate authority and inequality. So I wrote this to try to make hacking easier and more accessible. And I wanted to show that the Gamma Group hack really was nothing fancy, just standard sqli, and that you do have the ability to go out and take similar action.

Related: Top gov’t spyware company hacked; Gamma’s FinFisher leaked

The maker of secretive FinFisher spyware — sold exclusively to governments and police agencies — has been hacked, revealing its clients, prices and its effectiveness across an unbelievable span of apps, operating systems and more.

The company that makes and sells the world’s most elusive cyber weapon, FinFisher spyware, has been hacked and a 40G file has been dumped on the internet. The slick and highly secret surveillance software can remotely control any computer it infects, copy files, intercept Skype calls, log keystrokes — and now we know it can do much, much more.

[Obama] said “this democracy is ours” and “the Founders trusted us with this awesome authority.” But that’s not how things work. We didn’t intervene in Libya, setting the stage for the attack on the CIA post in Benghazi. We didn’t use a political double standard in ruling on tax-exemption requests from nonprofit organizations. We didn’t try to frighten government whistle-blowers by subpoenaing reporters’ phone records, reading their email, and even naming one journalist (Fox’s James Rosen) as a co-conspirator under the Espionage Act. We didn’t ask the NSA to gather data on us.

We did none of these things. They did. Who are they? The wielders of power and the interests for whom they front.

More and more, people in this culture are able to hide behind comedy and satire to say things we can’t ordinarily say, because it’s all too politically correct.

If I called Nancy Pelosi a cunt—and I’ll go one better, a fucking useless cunt—I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. Bill Maher could call someone a fag and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, “I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.” He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, “You fag”? I don’t get it.

Gary Oldman, Playboy interview, June 25, 2014

In the same interivew, Oldman states, “I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in any category.”

See also: Cartman Shrugged.