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Швеция: „Ако настъпи криза или война“

Post Syndicated from Григор original http://www.gatchev.info/blog/?p=2141

Ако има три неща, които да не могат да се кажат за шведите, те са: че са неорганизирани, че не се грижат за хората си, и най-вече че са глупави. Швеция е пословична с доста неща, и всяко от тях е несъвместимо с тези трите.

Затова се постреснах мъничко, когато до (почти) всяко домакинство в Швеция беше доставена една специална брошура, озаглавена „Ако настъпи криза или война“. През 1947 г. Швеция наистина беше изготвила подобна брошура, и мине се не мине десетилетие през Студената война, я доставяше на домакинствата си. За последен път това се случи през 1990 г. Почти трийсет години беше история. Но сега я доставиха пак – в осъвременен вариант.

Често си мисля, че съм мъничко параноик. (И мъничко оптимист – понякога предвиждам вероятност за лоши неща, понякога за добри…) Но се боя, че моята оценка за мира в света в средносрочно бъдеще също клони към песимистична. Вероятността да се стигне до война в Европа засега ми се струва малка – да кажем, 10%. Но като се има предвид какви ще са последствията, това не е за пренебрегване… Накратко казано – личната ми преценка е да си живея живота щастливо и без страх от война, и да планирам мирни старини, но за всеки случай да имам в някое ъгълче на мозъка си план за действия при подобно развитие.

А има и друго. Държавите имат много начини да се сдобиват с информация за ситуацията в света. Много от тези начини не са от най-чистите и обществено приемливи, и по тази причина (а и по много други) придобитата информация не се огласява. Ако обаче е обезпокоителна в някое отношение, разумните и загрижени за бъдещето си държави вземат мерки според нея. Понякога дори ако тези мерки не харесват особено на електората им.

Как мислите, Швеция разумна и загрижена за бъдещето и хората си държава ли е? Ако да, за каква не-публична нейна информация ви говорят тези мерки? Да, една брошура не е много. Но струва пари, които могат да бъдат дадени за удоволствия за електората, съответно по-добър имидж за управниците. А гледам, че и военният бюджет на Швеция за тази година е подскочил забележимо, след десетилетия без увеличение…

Възможно ли е шведското правителство също да са мъничко параноици? Естествено. Само че правителствата страдат от параноя доста по-рядко от отделните хора. Особено когато тази параноя ги кара да правят неща, които се разминават пряко с изгодата им… Затова съм склонен да приема, че не-публичната (но обоснована на разни информации) оценка на Швеция за ситуацията не е много далече от моята.

Прегледах листовката (ето тук има неин вариант на английски, като PDF). Доколкото мога да го преценя, информацията в нея е типично по шведски простичка, добре премислена и надеждна при употреба. Ако недай боже се случи война (или дори само терористичен акт – листовката разглежда и това), тази информация би била от отлична полза на шведите.

Част от нея, примерно сигналите на сирените, вероятно са различни за България. (За срам не знам българските.) Но много от нещата биха били от отлична полза и за българи. Естествено, у нас само кръгъл идиот ще разчита на правителството или общината да се погрижат за него с шведска добросъвестност. Или да организират съпротива срещу агресор, вместо да ни продадат на него срещу жълти стотинки, мисля си… Но много от съветите в брошурата касаят какви индивидуални действия следва да предприеме човек, за да подобри шансовете си за оцеляване.

За незнаещите английски си позволявам да преведа набързо някои от най-важните изречения и абзаци. (Тук-там с мои коментари.)

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Извънредните ситуации могат да попречат на обществото да функционира както сме свикнали. Промените в климата могат да направят наводненията и пожарите по-чести. Катастрофи в други части на света могат да доведат до недостиг на някои храни. Проблеми във важни ИТ системи могат да попречат на електроснабдяването. Много бързо ежедневният ви живот може да се сблъска с проблеми:

– Отоплението спира да работи
– Съхраняването на храни и готвенето може да стане трудно
– Храни и други стоки могат да изчезнат от магазините
– Водоснабдяването може да спре
– Може да няма гориво за колата ви
– Банковите карти и банкоматите може да спрат да работят
– Мобилните телефони и Интернет може да спрат да работят
– Общественият транспорт (а и други видове транспорт) може да спре
– Лекарствата и медицинските услуги може да станат трудно достъпни

Помислете как вие и хората около вас ще можете да се справяте в ситуация, в която нормалните услуги на обществото не работят както обикновено.

Не само „вие“, а „и хората около вас“. Полезно уточнение, от което доста българи имат нужда… а някои са неспособни да схванат изобщо.

В случай на обществени затруднения, помощ ще бъде предоставена (от държавата и общините – Григор) първо на най-нуждаещите се. Мнозинството се очаква да могат да се справят сами, поне отначало. Колкото по-добре сте подготвени, толкова повече ще можете да помогнете на тези, които по една или друга причина не са подготвени.

Най-важно е да имате вода, храна и топлина, и да можете да получавате информация от властите и да поддържате връзка с близките си.

Помислете за рисковете, които засягат конкретно вас и мястото, където живеете и работите. Податливо ли е то на наводнения или свлачища? Има ли наоколо някакво опасно производство или друго, което е добре да знаете?

Така ми се иска да бяхме такова общество. А си зависи само от нас – дори не от всички заедно, а от всеки поотделно… дано схващате намека.

Внимавайте за лъжлива информация

Държави и организации и в момента използват подвеждаща информация, за да се опитат да влияят върху нашите ценности и действия. Целта им може да бъде да подкопаят нашата решителност и желание да защитаваме себе си.

Най-добрата защита срещу лъжлива информация и враждебна пропаганда е критичната оценка на източника:

– Това факти ли са, или мнения?
– Каква е целта на тази информация?
– Кой я изнася?
– Източникът заслужава ли доверие?
– Достъпна ли е тази информация и другаде? Къде?
– Нова ли е или стара тази информация? Защо бива изнасяна точно в този момент?

Търсете и преценявайте сами информацията. Най-добрият начин да противодействате на пропагандата и лъжливата информация е да сте си написали домашното.

Не вярвайте на слухове – използвайте повече от един надежден източник, за да прецените дали дадена информация е вярна.

Не разпространявайте слухове – ако дадена информация не е достоверна, не я предавайте по-нататък.

Не че няма и още много начини за различаване на лъжите от истината – но и това само да прави човек, вече няма да е малко. А напоследък е пълно с лъжи, старателно инженерирани с цел разлагане на „вероятния противник“, да припомня един стандартен израз от едно минало, което всички толкова искаме да е минало завинаги…

Терористичните атаки могат да бъдат насочени срещу отделни хора или групи, срещу масовия гражданин или срещу важни обществени функции като например електроснабдяването или транспортната система. Има много различни начини за извършване на терористична атака, но някои съвети са приложими в почти всички ситуации:

– Отидете на безопасно място и избягвайте големите групи хора.
– Обадете се на полицията и ги информирайте, ако виждате нещо важно.
– Предупредете тези в опасност и помогнете тези, които имат нужда от помощ.
– Изключете звука на мобилния си телефон и не се обаждайте на никой, който може да е в застрашената зона. Позвъняването на телефона може да издаде някой, който се крие.
– Не се обаждайте по мобилен телефон, освен при абсолютна необходимост. Ако мрежата бъде претоварена, особено важни позвънявания може да се окажат невъзможни.
– Изпълнявайте исканията на полицията, пожарната, спасителните екипи и властите.
– Не разпространявайте непотвърдена информация онлайн или по други начини.

Дори аз не се бях замислял, че в подобна ситуация е добре да не звъниш на хора, които може да са в опасност – и изобщо, за да не задръстваш мрежата.

Домашна готовност

Храна:

Важно е да имате в къщи запас от храна, която дава достатъчно калории. Използвайте трайни храни, които се приготвят бързо и не изискват много вода, или могат да се ядат пряко:

– картофи, зеле, моркови, яйца
– траен хляб – тортили, черен хляб, крекери…
– бадемово, соено или сухо мляко
– олио и кашкавал
– спагети, ориз, зърнени храни, сухо картофено пюре
– консерви – боб, леща, зеленчуци, месо, риба, супи…
– доматено пюре, в което могат да се сварят спагетите
– плодови пюрета, сладка и мармалади в буркани
– плодови сокове или други напитки, които могат да се съхраняват при стайна температура
– кафе, чай, шоколад, мед, бадеми, ядки, орехи, енергийни блокчета

Вода:

Питейната вода е жизнено важна. Предвидете поне по три литра на човек на ден. Ако качеството ѝ е съмнително, трябва да намерите как да я преварите.

Ако няма вода за тоалетната, поставете здрав пластмасов чувал в тоалетната чиния. Добрата хигиена на ръцете е важна за избягване на инфекции.

– бутилки
– кофи с капаци
– пластмасови бутилки за замразяване на вода в тях (не ги пълнете догоре, ще се пръснат)
– минерална вода
– туби, в идеалния случай с кранче, в които да събирате вода. Някои можете да напълните с питейна вода за резерв. Тях ги дръжте на хладно и тъмно място.

Топлина:

Ако токът и парното спрат в студено време, домът ви бързо ще изстине. Съберете се в една стая, закачете одеала на прозорците, покрийте пода с килими, направете под маса леговище, което лесно се пази топло. Мислете за риска от пожар. Гасете свещите и печките преди да заспите. Проветрявайте редовно стаята, за да влезе кислород.

– вълнени дрехи
– топли дрехи за излизане навън в студено време
– шапки, ръкавици, шалове
– одеала
– дюшеци
– спални чували
– свещи
– кибрит или запалки
– горивно отопление – газови бутилки с котлон или горелка, парафинови отоплители…

Комуникации:

При сериозен инцидент трябва да имате как да получавате информация от властите. да следите медиите, да поддържате връзка с роднини и приятели, и да потърсите спешна помощ при нужда.

– радио на батерии, слънчеви батерии или ръчно динамо
– автомобилно радио
– списък важни телефонни номера (на хартия)
– допълнителни батерии или пауърбанк за мобилни телефони и подобни
– зареждащо устройство за мобилни телефони, което може да се зарежда в кола

Други:

– спиртен (сух спирт) котлон и гориво за него
– фенерче, евентуално за глава
– батерии
– пари в дребни банкноти
– запас от често употребявани лекарства
– мокри кърпички
– дезинфектант за ръце
– тоалетна хартия и средства за менструална хигиена
– хартиени копия на важни документи, вкл. застраховки, банкова информация, регистрации
– гориво за колата

Списъкът е колкото може да се хване на една страница в брошура. Но който се е сетил сам за всичко това, го поздравявам. Аз имах пропуски.

Трябва да сме способни да отразяваме атаки, насочени срещу страната ни. Дори сега се правят атаки срещу нашите ИТ системи и опити да ни повлияят чрез фалшива информация. Можем да бъдем засегнати и непряко от конфликти в нашия регион. Потенциалните атаки включват:

– Кибератаки, които да повредят важни ИТ системи
– Саботаж на инфраструктурата (напр. пътища, жп линии, мостове, летища, електропроводи, атомни електростанции)
– Терористични атаки, които засягат голям брой хора или важни организации
– Опити да бъдат контролирани овластени хора или жителите на Швеция
– Прекъсване на транспортни връзки, което води до недостиг на храни и други стоки
– Военни атаки – бомбардировки, ракетни атаки и други военни действия

Ако Швеция е атакувана от друга държава, ние никога няма да се предадем. Всяка информация, че съпротивата трябва да се прекрати, е лъжа.

В реални условия дори Швеция може да се наложи да се предаде – но им се възхищавам на духа. Лично аз бих се замислил сериозно, преди да ги нападна.

Намерете предварително какви укрития има близо до местата, където живеете и работите, за в случай че се наложи да ги използвате. При предупреждение за въздушна или друга военна атака, веднага отидете в укритие, или ако няма време за това, в импровизирано укритие като мазе, тунел или станция на метрото.

Дано не се стига до това – но ако ситуацията стане напечена, идеята човек да е предварително информиран е чудесна. Не че в България имаме укрития за други освен слугите на народа, но все пак.

Научете се да оказвате първа помощ. Вашите познания могат да спасят животи. Ако сте първите, които пристигат на мястото на сериозен инцидент, веднага се обадете на телефон 112. Можете да звъните на него дори ако сметката ви не е платена или даже нямате SIM карта в телефона.

Войните са рядкост, за щастие – но автомобилни катастрофи, пожари, падания и други инциденти се случват и в най-добрите времена. Подписвам се с две ръце под съвета за първата помощ. Че каквито „специалисти по първа помощ“ съм виждал – не ти трябва автомобилна катастрофа…

ExtraTorrent Replacement Displays Warning On Predecessor’s Shutdown Anniversary

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/extratorrent-replacement-displays-warning-on-predecessors-shutdown-anniversary-180518/

Exactly one year ago, millions of users in the BitTorrent community went into mourning with the shock depature of one of its major players.

ExtraTorrent was founded in back in November 2006, at a time when classic platforms such as TorrentSpy and Mininova were dominating the torrent site landscape. But with dedication and determination, the site amassed millions of daily visitors, outperforming every other torrent site apart from the mighty Pirate Bay.

Then, on May 17, 2017, everything came crashing down.

“ExtraTorrent has shut down permanently,” a note in the site read. “ExtraTorrent with all mirrors goes offline. We permanently erase all data. Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones. Thx to all ET supporters and torrent community. ET was a place to be….”

While ExtraTorrent staff couldn’t be more clear in advising people to stay away from clones, few people listened to their warnings. Within hours, new sites appeared claiming to be official replacements for the much-loved torrent site and people flocked to them in their millions.

One of those was ExtraTorrent.ag, a torrent site connected to the operators of EZTV.ag, which appeared as a replacement in the wake of the official EZTV’s demise. Graphically very similar to the original ExtraTorrent, the .ag ‘replacement’ had none of its namesake’s community or unique content. But that didn’t dent its popularity.

ExtraTorrent.ag

At the start of this week, ExtraTorrent.ag was one of the most popular torrent sites on the Internet. With an Alexa rank of around 2,200, it would’ve clinched ninth position in our Top 10 Torrent Sites report earlier this year. However, after registering the site’s domain a year ago, something seems to have gone wrong.

Yesterday, on the anniversary of ExtraTorrent’s shutdown and exactly a year after the ExtraTorrent.ag domain was registered, ExtraTorrent.ag disappeared only to be replaced by a generic landing page, as shown below.

ExtraTorrent.ag landing page

This morning, however, there appear to be additional complications. Accessing with Firefox produces the page above but attempting to do so with Chrome produces an ominous security warning.

Chrome warning

Indeed, those protected by MalwareBytes won’t be able to access the page at all, since ExtraTorrent.ag redirects to the domain FindBetterResults.com, which the anti-malware app flags as malicious.

The change was reported to TF by the operator of domain unblocking site Unblocked.lol, which offers torrent site proxies as well as access to live TV and sports.

“I noticed when I started receiving emails saying ExtraTorrent was redirecting to some parked domain. When I jumped on the PC and checked myself it was just redirecting to a blank page,” he informs us.

“First I thought they’d blocked our IP address so I used some different ones. But I soon discovered the domain was in fact parked.”

So what has happened to this previously-functioning domain?

Whois records show that ExtraTorrent.ag was created on May 17, 2017 and appears to have been registered for a year. Yesterday, on May 17, 2018, the domain was updated to list what could potentially be a new owner, with an expiry date of May 17, 2019.

Once domains have expired, they usually enter an ‘Auto-Renew Grace Period’ for up to 45 days. This is followed by a 30-day ‘Redemption Grace Period’. At the end of this second period, domains cannot be renewed and are released for third-parties to register. That doesn’t appear to have been the case here.

So, to find out more about the sudden changes we reached out to the email address listed in the WHOIS report but received no response. Should we hear more we’ll update this report but in the meantime the Internet has lost one of its largest torrent sites and gained a rather pointless landing page with potential security risks.

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and more. We also have VPN reviews, discounts, offers and coupons.

Roku Displays FBI Anti-Piracy Warning to Legitimate YouTube & Netflix Users

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/roku-displays-fbi-anti-piracy-warning-to-legitimate-youtube-netflix-users-180516/

In 2018, dealing with copyright infringement claims is a daily issue for many content platforms. The law in many regions demands swift attention and in order to appease copyright holders, most platforms are happy to oblige.

While it’s not unusual for ‘pirate’ content and services to suddenly disappear in response to a DMCA or similar notice, the same is rarely true for entire legitimate services.

But that’s what appeared to happen on the Roku platform during the night, when YouTube, Netflix and other channels disappeared only to be replaced with an ominous anti-piracy warning.

As the embedded tweet shows, the message caused confusion among Roku users who were only using their devices to access legal content. Messages replacing Netflix and YouTube seemed to have caused the greatest number of complaints but many other services were affected.

FoxSportsGo, FandangoNow, and India-focused YuppTV and Hotstar were also blacked out. As were the yoga and transformational videos specialists over at Gaia, the horror buffs at ChillerFlix, and UK TV service BritBox.

But while users scratched their heads, with some misguidedly blaming Roku for not being diligent enough against piracy, Roku took to Twitter to reveal that rather than anti-piracy complaints against the channels in question, a technical hitch was to blame.

However, a subsequent statement to CNET suggested that while blacking out Netflix and YouTube might have been accidental, Roku appears to have been taking anti-piracy action against another channel or channels at the time, with the measures inadvertently spilling over to innocent parties.

“We use that warning when we detect content that has violated copyright,” Roku said in a statement.

“Some channels in our Channel Store displayed that message and became inaccessible after Roku implemented a targeted anti-piracy measure on the platform.”

The precise nature of the action taken by Roku is unknown but it’s clear that copyright infringement is currently a hot topic for the platform.

Roku is currently fighting legal action in Mexico which ordered its products off the shelves following complaints that its platform is used by pirates. That led to an FBI warning being shown for what was believed to be the first time against the XTV and other channels last year.

This March, Roku took action against the popular USTVNow channel following what was described as a “third party” copyright infringement complaint. Just a couple of weeks later, Roku followed up by removing the controversial cCloud channel.

With Roku currently fighting to have sales reinstated in Mexico against a backdrop of claims that up to 40% of its users are pirates, it’s unlikely that Roku is suddenly going to go soft on piracy, so more channel outages can be expected in the future.

In the meantime, the scary FBI warnings of last evening are beginning to fade away (for legitimate channels at least) after the company issued advice on how to fix the problem.

“The recent outage which affected some channels has been resolved. Go to Settings > System > System update > Check now for a software update. Some channels may require you to log in again. Thank you for your patience,” the company wrote in an update.

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Pirate IPTV Service Gave Customer Details to Premier League, But What’s the Risk?

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-iptv-service-gave-customer-details-to-premier-league-but-whats-the-risk-180515/

In a report last weekend, we documented what appear to be the final days of pirate IPTV provider Ace Hosting.

From information provided by several sources including official liquidation documents, it became clear that a previously successful and profitable Ace had succumbed to pressure from the Premier League, which accused the service of copyright infringement.

The company had considerable funds in the bank – £255,472.00 to be exact – but it also had debts of £717,278.84, including £260,000 owed to HMRC and £100,000 to the Premier League as part of a settlement agreement.

Information received by TF late Sunday suggested that £100K was the tip of the iceberg as far as the Premier League was concerned and in a statement yesterday, the football outfit confirmed that was the case.

“A renowned pirate of Premier League content to consumers has been forced to liquidate after agreeing to pay £600,000 for breaching the League’s copyright,” the Premier League announced.

“Ace IPTV, run by Craig Driscoll and Ian Isaac, was selling subscriptions to illegal Premier League streams directly to consumers which allowed viewing on a range of devices, including notorious Kodi-type boxes, as well as to smaller resellers in the UK and abroad.”

Sources familiar with the case suggest that while Ace Hosting Limited didn’t have the funds to pay the Premier League the full £600K, Ace’s operators agreed to pay (and have already paid, to some extent at least) what were essentially their own funds to cover amounts above the final £100K, which is due to be paid next year.

But that’s not the only thing that’s been handed over to the Premier League.

“Ace voluntarily disclosed the personal details of their customers, which the League will now review in compliance with data protection legislation. Further investigations will be conducted, and action taken where appropriate,” the Premier League added.

So, the big question now is how exposed Ace’s former subscribers are.

The truth is that only the Premier League knows for sure but TF has been able to obtain information from several sources which indicate that former subscribers probably aren’t the Premier League’s key interest and even if they were, information obtained on them would be of limited use.

According to a source with knowledge of how a system like Ace’s works, there is a separation of data which appears to help (at least to some degree) with the subscriber’s privacy.

“The system used to manage accounts and take payment is actually completely separate from the software used to manage streams and the lines themselves. They are never usually even on the same server so are two very different databases,” he told TF.

“So at best the only information that has voluntarily been provided to the [Premier League], is just your email, name and address (assuming you even used real details) and what hosting package or credits you bought.”

While this information is bad enough, the action against Ace is targeted, in that it focuses on the Premier League’s content and how Ace (and therefore its users) infringed on the football outfit’s copyrights. So, proving that subscribers actually watched any Premier League content would be an ideal position but it’s not straightforward, despite the potential for detailed logging.

“The management system contains no history of what you watched, when you watched it, when you signed in and so on. That is all contained in a different database on a different server.

“Because every connection is recorded [on the second server], it can create some two million entries a day and as such most providers either turn off this feature or delete the logs daily as having so many entries slows down the system down used for actual streams,” he explains.

Our source says that this data would likely to have been the first to be deleted and is probably “long gone” by now. However, even if the Premier League had obtained it, it’s unlikely they would be able to do much with it due to data protection laws.

“The information was passed to the [Premier League] voluntarily by ACE which means this information has been given from one entity to another without the end users’ consent, not part of the [creditors’ voluntary liquidation] and without a court order to support it. Data Protection right now is taken very seriously in the EU,” he notes.

At this point, it’s probably worth noting that while the word “voluntarily” has been used several times to explain the manner in which Ace handed over its subscribers’ details to the Premier League, the same word can be used to describe the manner in which the £600K settlement amount will be paid.

No one forces someone to pay or hand something over, that’s what the courts are for, and the aim here was to avoid that eventuality.

Other pieces of information culled from various sources suggest that PayPal payment information, limited to amounts only, was also handed over to the Premier League. And, perhaps most importantly (and perhaps predictably) as far as former subscribers are concerned, the football group was more interested in Ace’s upwards supplier chain (the ‘wholesale’ stream suppliers used, for example) than those buying the service.

Finally, while the Premier League is now seeking to send a message to customers that these services are risky to use, it’s difficult to argue with the assertion that it’s unsafe to hand over personal details to an illegal service.

“Ace IPTV’s collapse also highlighted the risk consumers take with their personal data when they sign up to illegal streaming services,” Premier League notes.

TF spoke with three IPTV providers who all confirmed that they don’t care what names and addresses people use to sign up with and that no checks are carried out to make sure they’re correct. However, one concedes that in order to run as a business, this information has to be requested and once a customer types it in, it’s possible that it could be handed over as part of a settlement.

“I’m not going to tell people to put in dummy details, how can I? It’s up to people to use their common sense. If they’re still worried they should give Sky their money because if our backs are against the wall, what do you think is going to happen?” he concludes.

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Practice Makes Perfect: Testing Campaigns Before You Send Them

Post Syndicated from Zach Barbitta original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/messaging-and-targeting/practice-makes-perfect-testing-campaigns-before-you-send-them/

In an article we posted to Medium in February, we talked about how to determine the best time to engage your customers by using Amazon Pinpoint’s built-in session heat map. The session heat map allows you to find the times that your customers are most likely to use your app. In this post, we continued on the topic of best practices—specifically, how to appropriately test a campaign before going live.

In this post, we’ll talk about the old adage “practice makes perfect,” and how it applies to the campaigns you send using Amazon Pinpoint. Let’s take a scenario many of our customers encounter daily: creating a campaign to engage users by sending a push notification.

As you can see from the preceding screenshot, the segment we plan to target has nearly 1.7M recipients, which is a lot! Of course, before we got to this step, we already put several best practices into practice. For example, we determined the best time to engage our audience, scheduled the message based on recipients’ local time zones, performed A/B/N testing, measured lift using a hold-out group, and personalized the content for maximum effectiveness. Now that we’re ready to send the notification, we should test the message before we send it to all of the recipients in our segment. The reason for testing the message is pretty straightforward: we want to make sure every detail of the message is accurate before we send it to all 1,687,575 customers.

Fortunately, Amazon Pinpoint makes it easy to test your messages—in fact, you don’t even have to leave the campaign wizard in order to do so. In step 3 of the campaign wizard, below the message editor, there’s a button labelled Test campaign.

When you choose the Test campaign button, you have three options: you can send the test message to a segment of 100 endpoints or less, or to a set of specific endpoint IDs (up to 10), or to a set of specific device tokens (up to 10), as shown in the following image.

In our case, we’ve already created a segment of internal recipients who will test our message. On the Test Campaign window, under Send a test message to, we choose A segment. Then, in the drop-down menu, we select our test segment, and then choose Send test message.

Because we’re sending the test message to a segment, Amazon Pinpoint automatically creates a new campaign dedicated to this test. This process executes a test campaign, complete with message analytics, which allows you to perform end-to-end testing as if you sent the message to your production audience. To see the analytics for your test campaign, go to the Campaigns tab, and then choose the campaign (the name of the campaign contains the word “test”, followed by four random characters, followed by the name of the campaign).

After you complete a successful test, you’re ready to launch your campaign. As a final check, the Review & Launch screen includes a reminder that indicates whether or not you’ve tested the campaign, as shown in the following image.

There are several other ways you can use this feature. For example, you could use it for troubleshooting a campaign, or for iterating on existing campaigns. To learn more about testing campaigns, see the Amazon Pinpoint User Guide.

YouTube Won’t Put Up With Blatant Piracy Tutorials Forever

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/youtube-wont-put-up-with-blatant-piracy-tutorials-forever-180506/

Once upon a time, Internet users’ voices would be heard in limited circles, on platforms such as Usenet or other niche platforms.

Then, with the rise of forum platforms such as phpBB in 2000 and Invision Power Board in 2002, thriving communities could gather in public to discuss endless specialist topics, including file-sharing of course.

When dedicated piracy forums began to gain traction, it was pretty much a free-for-all. People discussed obtaining free content absolutely openly. Nothing was taboo and no one considered that there would be any repercussions. As such, moderation was limited to keeping troublemakers in check.

As the years progressed and lawsuits against both sites and services became more commonplace, most sites that weren’t actually serving illegal content began to consider their positions. Run by hobbyists, most didn’t want the hassle of a multi-million dollar lawsuit, so links to pirate content began to diminish and the more overt piracy tutorials began to disappear underground.

Those that remained in plain sight became much more considered. Tutorials on how to pirate specific Hollywood blockbusters were no longer needed, a plain general tutorial would suffice. And, as communities matured and took time to understand the implications of their actions, those without political motivations realized that drawing attention to potential criminality was neither required nor necessary.

Then YouTube and social media happened and almost overnight, no one was in charge and anyone could say whatever they liked.

In this new reality, there were no irritating moderator-type figures removing links to this and that, and nobody warning people against breaking rules that suddenly didn’t exist anymore. In essence, previously tight-knit and street-wise file-sharing and piracy communities not only became fragmented, but also chaotic.

This meant that anyone could become a leader and in some cases, this was the utopia that many had hoped for. Not only couldn’t the record labels or Hollywood tell people what to do anymore, discussion site operators couldn’t either. For those who didn’t abuse the power and for those who knew no better, this was a much-needed breath of fresh air. But, like all good things, it was unlikely to last forever.

Where most file-sharing of yesterday was carried out by hobbyist enthusiasts, many of today’s pirates are far more casual. They’re just as thirsty for content, but they don’t want to spend hours hunting for it. They want it all on a plate, at the flick of a switch, delivered to their TV with a minimum of hassle.

With online discussions increasingly seen as laborious and old-fashioned, many mainstream pirates have turned to easy-to-consume videos. In support of their Kodi media player habits, YouTube has become the educational platform of choice for millions.

As a result, there is now a long line of self-declared Kodi piracy specialists scooping up millions of views on YouTube. Their videos – which in many cases are thinly veiled advertisements for third party addons, Kodi ‘builds’, illegal IPTV services, and obscure Android APKs – are now the main way for a new generation to obtain direct advice on pirating.

Many of the videos are incredibly blatant, like the past 15 years of litigation never happened. All the lessons learned by the phpBB board operators of yesteryear, of how to achieve their goals of sharing information without getting shut down, have been long forgotten. In their place, a barrage of daily videos designed to generate clicks and affiliate revenue, no matter what the cost, no matter what the risk.

It’s pretty clear that these videos are at least partly responsible for the phenomenal uptick in Kodi and Android-based piracy over the past few years. In that respect, many lovers of free content will be eternally grateful for the service they’ve provided. But like many piracy movements over the years, people shouldn’t get too attached to them, at least in their current form.

Thanks to the devil-may-care approach of many influential YouTubers, it won’t be long before a whole new set of moderators begin flexing their muscles. While your average phpBB moderator could be reasoned with in order to get a second chance, a determined and largely faceless YouTube will eject offenders without so much as a clear explanation.

When this happens (and it’s only a question of time given the growing blatancy of many tutorials) YouTubers will not only lose their voices but their revenue streams too. While YouTube’s partner programs bring in some welcome cash, the profitable affiliate schemes touted on these channels for external products will also be under threat.

Perhaps the most surprising thing in this drama-waiting-to-happen is that many of the most popular YouTubers can hardly be considered young and naive. While some are of more tender years, most – with their undoubted skill, knowledge and work ethic – should know better for their 30 or 40 years on this planet. Yet not only do they make their names public, they feature their faces heavily in their videos too.

Still, it’s likely that it will take some big YouTube accounts to fall before YouTubers respond by shaving the sharp edges off their blatant promotion of illegal activity. And there’s little doubt that those advertising products (which is most of them) will have to do so sooner rather than later.

Just this week, YouTube made it clear that it won’t tolerate people making money from the promotion of illegal activities.

“YouTube creators may include paid endorsements as part of their content only if the product or service they are endorsing complies with our advertising policies,” YouTube told the BBC.

“We will be working with creators going forward so they better understand that in video promotions [they] must not promote dishonest activity.”

That being said, like many other players in the piracy and file-sharing space over the past 18 years, YouTubers will eventually begin to learn that not only can the smart survive, they can flourish too.

Sure, there will be people out there who’ll protest that free speech allows citizens to express themselves in a manner of their choosing. But try PM’ing that to YouTube in response to a strike, and see how that fares.

When they say you’re done, the road back is a long one.

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Cloudflare Fails to Exclude Daily Stormer Evidence From Piracy Trial

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/cloudflare-fails-to-exclude-daily-stormer-evidence-from-piracy-trial-180504/

Last summer Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince decided to terminate the account of controversial neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer.

“I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet,” he announced.

The company’s lawyers later explained that the move was meant as an “intellectual exercise” to start a conversation regarding censorship and free speech on the internet. However, this discussion went much further than Prince had planned.

For years, Cloudflare had a policy not to remove any accounts without a court order, so when this was exceeded, eyebrows were raised. In particular, copyright holders wondered why the company could terminate this account but not those of the most notorious pirate sites.

This is also why The Daily Stormer removal became an issue in the piracy liability case previously filed by adult entertainment publisher ALS Scan. After Cloudflare’s CEO was questioned on the matter, it could be raised before a jury during the trial as well.

Cloudflare didn’t fancy this prospect. In March, the company asked the court to preclude any evidence related to Daily Stormer or other hate groups from the upcoming trial, fearing that it would lead to “guilt by association.”

“The apparent reason that ALS seeks to offer is not for its probative value but rather for its distracting emotional impact,” Cloudflare argued.

“Given the strong feelings such evidence would almost certainly arouse among members of the jury, this evidence creates an unwarranted and impermissible risk of unfair prejudice to Cloudflare.”

However, California District Court Judge George Wu was not receptive to this argument. Following a hearing on the matter last week the Judge denied the motion, which means that ALS is allowed to use the Daily Stormer case at trial.

“[Cloudflare’s motion] to Exclude Evidence Relating to Provision or Termination of Services to Hate Groups is DENIED.”

Motion denied

In hindsight, Cloudflare’s decision to disconnect Daily Stormer the way it did might not have been the best option, but t’s too late now.

According to recent court filings AS and Cloudflare have tried to reach a settlement but thus far that hasn’t happened. This means that the case will move to the scheduled trial, unless both sides can make peace beforehand.

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Hard Drive Stats for Q1 2018

Post Syndicated from Andy Klein original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-q1-2018/

Backblaze Drive Stats Q1 2018

As of March 31, 2018 we had 100,110 spinning hard drives. Of that number, there were 1,922 boot drives and 98,188 data drives. This review looks at the quarterly and lifetime statistics for the data drive models in operation in our data centers. We’ll also take a look at why we are collecting and reporting 10 new SMART attributes and take a sneak peak at some 8 TB Toshiba drives. Along the way, we’ll share observations and insights on the data presented and we look forward to you doing the same in the comments.

Background

Since April 2013, Backblaze has recorded and saved daily hard drive statistics from the drives in our data centers. Each entry consists of the date, manufacturer, model, serial number, status (operational or failed), and all of the SMART attributes reported by that drive. Currently there are about 97 million entries totaling 26 GB of data. You can download this data from our website if you want to do your own research, but for starters here’s what we found.

Hard Drive Reliability Statistics for Q1 2018

At the end of Q1 2018 Backblaze was monitoring 98,188 hard drives used to store data. For our evaluation below we remove from consideration those drives which were used for testing purposes and those drive models for which we did not have at least 45 drives. This leaves us with 98,046 hard drives. The table below covers just Q1 2018.

Q1 2018 Hard Drive Failure Rates

Notes and Observations

If a drive model has a failure rate of 0%, it only means there were no drive failures of that model during Q1 2018.

The overall Annualized Failure Rate (AFR) for Q1 is just 1.2%, well below the Q4 2017 AFR of 1.65%. Remember that quarterly failure rates can be volatile, especially for models that have a small number of drives and/or a small number of Drive Days.

There were 142 drives (98,188 minus 98,046) that were not included in the list above because we did not have at least 45 of a given drive model. We use 45 drives of the same model as the minimum number when we report quarterly, yearly, and lifetime drive statistics.

Welcome Toshiba 8TB drives, almost…

We mentioned Toshiba 8 TB drives in the first paragraph, but they don’t show up in the Q1 Stats chart. What gives? We only had 20 of the Toshiba 8 TB drives in operation in Q1, so they were excluded from the chart. Why do we have only 20 drives? When we test out a new drive model we start with the “tome test” and it takes 20 drives to fill one tome. A tome is the same drive model in the same logical position in each of the 20 Storage Pods that make up a Backblaze Vault. There are 60 tomes in each vault.

In this test, we created a Backblaze Vault of 8 TB drives, with 59 of the tomes being Seagate 8 TB drives and 1 tome being the Toshiba drives. Then we monitored the performance of the vault and its member tomes to see if, in this case, the Toshiba drives performed as expected.

Q1 2018 Hard Drive Failure Rate — Toshiba 8TB

So far the Toshiba drive is performing fine, but they have been in place for only 20 days. Next up is the “pod test” where we fill a Storage Pod with Toshiba drives and integrate it into a Backblaze Vault comprised of like-sized drives. We hope to have a better look at the Toshiba 8 TB drives in our Q2 report — stay tuned.

Lifetime Hard Drive Reliability Statistics

While the quarterly chart presented earlier gets a lot of interest, the real test of any drive model is over time. Below is the lifetime failure rate chart for all the hard drive models which have 45 or more drives in operation as of March 31st, 2018. For each model, we compute their reliability starting from when they were first installed.

Lifetime Hard Drive Failure Rates

Notes and Observations

The failure rates of all of the larger drives (8-, 10- and 12 TB) are very good, 1.2% AFR (Annualized Failure Rate) or less. Many of these drives were deployed in the last year, so there is some volatility in the data, but you can use the Confidence Interval to get a sense of the failure percentage range.

The overall failure rate of 1.84% is the lowest we have ever achieved, besting the previous low of 2.00% from the end of 2017.

Our regular readers and drive stats wonks may have noticed a sizable jump in the number of HGST 8 TB drives (model: HUH728080ALE600), from 45 last quarter to 1,045 this quarter. As the 10 TB and 12 TB drives become more available, the price per terabyte of the 8 TB drives has gone down. This presented an opportunity to purchase the HGST drives at a price in line with our budget.

We purchased and placed into service the 45 original HGST 8 TB drives in Q2 of 2015. They were our first Helium-filled drives and our only ones until the 10 TB and 12 TB Seagate drives arrived in Q3 2017. We’ll take a first look into whether or not Helium makes a difference in drive failure rates in an upcoming blog post.

New SMART Attributes

If you have previously worked with the hard drive stats data or plan to, you’ll notice that we added 10 more columns of data starting in 2018. There are 5 new SMART attributes we are tracking each with a raw and normalized value:

  • 177 – Wear Range Delta
  • 179 – Used Reserved Block Count Total
  • 181- Program Fail Count Total or Non-4K Aligned Access Count
  • 182 – Erase Fail Count
  • 235 – Good Block Count AND System(Free) Block Count

The 5 values are all related to SSD drives.

Yes, SSD drives, but before you jump to any conclusions, we used 10 Samsung 850 EVO SSDs as boot drives for a period of time in Q1. This was an experiment to see if we could reduce boot up time for the Storage Pods. In our case, the improved boot up speed wasn’t worth the SSD cost, but it did add 10 new columns to the hard drive stats data.

Speaking of hard drive stats data, the complete data set used to create the information used in this review is available on our Hard Drive Test Data page. You can download and use this data for free for your own purpose, all we ask are three things: 1) you cite Backblaze as the source if you use the data, 2) you accept that you are solely responsible for how you use the data, and 3) you do not sell this data to anyone. It is free.

If you just want the summarized data used to create the tables and charts in this blog post, you can download the ZIP file containing the MS Excel spreadsheet.

Good luck and let us know if you find anything interesting.

[Ed: 5/1/2018 – Updated Lifetime chart to fix error in confidence interval for HGST 4TB drive, model: HDS5C4040ALE630]

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10 visualizations to try in Amazon QuickSight with sample data

Post Syndicated from Karthik Kumar Odapally original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/big-data/10-visualizations-to-try-in-amazon-quicksight-with-sample-data/

If you’re not already familiar with building visualizations for quick access to business insights using Amazon QuickSight, consider this your introduction. In this post, we’ll walk through some common scenarios with sample datasets to provide an overview of how you can connect yuor data, perform advanced analysis and access the results from any web browser or mobile device.

The following visualizations are built from the public datasets available in the links below. Before we jump into that, let’s take a look at the supported data sources, file formats and a typical QuickSight workflow to build any visualization.

Which data sources does Amazon QuickSight support?

At the time of publication, you can use the following data methods:

  • Connect to AWS data sources, including:
    • Amazon RDS
    • Amazon Aurora
    • Amazon Redshift
    • Amazon Athena
    • Amazon S3
  • Upload Excel spreadsheets or flat files (CSV, TSV, CLF, and ELF)
  • Connect to on-premises databases like Teradata, SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL
  • Import data from SaaS applications like Salesforce and Snowflake
  • Use big data processing engines like Spark and Presto

This list is constantly growing. For more information, see Supported Data Sources.

Answers in instants

SPICE is the Amazon QuickSight super-fast, parallel, in-memory calculation engine, designed specifically for ad hoc data visualization. SPICE stores your data in a system architected for high availability, where it is saved until you choose to delete it. Improve the performance of database datasets by importing the data into SPICE instead of using a direct database query. To calculate how much SPICE capacity your dataset needs, see Managing SPICE Capacity.

Typical Amazon QuickSight workflow

When you create an analysis, the typical workflow is as follows:

  1. Connect to a data source, and then create a new dataset or choose an existing dataset.
  2. (Optional) If you created a new dataset, prepare the data (for example, by changing field names or data types).
  3. Create a new analysis.
  4. Add a visual to the analysis by choosing the fields to visualize. Choose a specific visual type, or use AutoGraph and let Amazon QuickSight choose the most appropriate visual type, based on the number and data types of the fields that you select.
  5. (Optional) Modify the visual to meet your requirements (for example, by adding a filter or changing the visual type).
  6. (Optional) Add more visuals to the analysis.
  7. (Optional) Add scenes to the default story to provide a narrative about some aspect of the analysis data.
  8. (Optional) Publish the analysis as a dashboard to share insights with other users.

The following graphic illustrates a typical Amazon QuickSight workflow.

Visualizations created in Amazon QuickSight with sample datasets

Visualizations for a data analyst

Source:  https://data.worldbank.org/

Download and Resources:  https://datacatalog.worldbank.org/dataset/world-development-indicators

Data catalog:  The World Bank invests into multiple development projects at the national, regional, and global levels. It’s a great source of information for data analysts.

The following graph shows the percentage of the population that has access to electricity (rural and urban) during 2000 in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.

The following graph shows the share of healthcare costs that are paid out-of-pocket (private vs. public). Also, you can maneuver over the graph to get detailed statistics at a glance.

Visualizations for a trading analyst

Source:  Deutsche Börse Public Dataset (DBG PDS)

Download and resources:  https://aws.amazon.com/public-datasets/deutsche-boerse-pds/

Data catalog:  The DBG PDS project makes real-time data derived from Deutsche Börse’s trading market systems available to the public for free. This is the first time that such detailed financial market data has been shared freely and continually from the source provider.

The following graph shows the market trend of max trade volume for different EU banks. It builds on the data available on XETRA engines, which is made up of a variety of equities, funds, and derivative securities. This graph can be scrolled to visualize trade for a period of an hour or more.

The following graph shows the common stock beating the rest of the maximum trade volume over a period of time, grouped by security type.

Visualizations for a data scientist

Source:  https://catalog.data.gov/

Download and resources:  https://catalog.data.gov/dataset/road-weather-information-stations-788f8

Data catalog:  Data derived from different sensor stations placed on the city bridges and surface streets are a core information source. The road weather information station has a temperature sensor that measures the temperature of the street surface. It also has a sensor that measures the ambient air temperature at the station each second.

The following graph shows the present max air temperature in Seattle from different RWI station sensors.

The following graph shows the minimum temperature of the road surface at different times, which helps predicts road conditions at a particular time of the year.

Visualizations for a data engineer

Source:  https://www.kaggle.com/

Download and resources:  https://www.kaggle.com/datasnaek/youtube-new/data

Data catalog:  Kaggle has come up with a platform where people can donate open datasets. Data engineers and other community members can have open access to these datasets and can contribute to the open data movement. They have more than 350 datasets in total, with more than 200 as featured datasets. It has a few interesting datasets on the platform that are not present at other places, and it’s a platform to connect with other data enthusiasts.

The following graph shows the trending YouTube videos and presents the max likes for the top 20 channels. This is one of the most popular datasets for data engineers.

The following graph shows the YouTube daily statistics for the max views of video titles published during a specific time period.

Visualizations for a business user

Source:  New York Taxi Data

Download and resources:  https://data.cityofnewyork.us/Transportation/2016-Green-Taxi-Trip-Data/hvrh-b6nb

Data catalog: NYC Open data hosts some very popular open data sets for all New Yorkers. This platform allows you to get involved in dive deep into the data set to pull some useful visualizations. 2016 Green taxi trip dataset includes trip records from all trips completed in green taxis in NYC in 2016. Records include fields capturing pick-up and drop-off dates/times, pick-up and drop-off locations, trip distances, itemized fares, rate types, payment types, and driver-reported passenger counts.

The following graph presents maximum fare amount grouped by the passenger count during a period of time during a day. This can be further expanded to follow through different day of the month based on the business need.

The following graph shows the NewYork taxi data from January 2016, showing the dip in the number of taxis ridden on January 23, 2016 across all types of taxis.

A quick search for that date and location shows you the following news report:

Summary

Using Amazon QuickSight, you can see patterns across a time-series data by building visualizations, performing ad hoc analysis, and quickly generating insights. We hope you’ll give it a try today!

 


Additional Reading

If you found this post useful, be sure to check out Amazon QuickSight Adds Support for Combo Charts and Row-Level Security and Visualize AWS Cloudtrail Logs Using AWS Glue and Amazon QuickSight.


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Stream to Twitch with the push of a button

Post Syndicated from Alex Bate original https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/tinkernut-twitch-streaming/

Stream your video gaming exploits to the internet at the touch of a button with the Twitch-O-Matic. Everyone else is doing it, so you should too.

Twitch-O-Matic: Raspberry Pi Twitch Streaming Device – Weekend Hacker #1804

Some gaming consoles make it easy to stream to Twitch, some gaming consoles don’t (come on, Nintendo). So for those that don’t, I’ve made this beta version of the “Twitch-O-Matic”. No it doesn’t chop onions or fold your laundry, but what it DOES do is stream anything with HDMI output to your Twitch channel with the simple push of a button!

eSports and online game streaming

Interest in eSports has skyrocketed over the last few years, with viewership numbers in the hundreds of millions, sponsorship deals increasing in value and prestige, and tournament prize funds reaching millions of dollars. So it’s no wonder that more and more gamers are starting to stream live to online platforms in order to boost their fanbase and try to cash in on this growing industry.

Streaming to Twitch

Launched in 2011, Twitch.tv is an online live-streaming platform with a primary focus on video gaming. Users can create accounts to contribute their comments and content to the site, as well as watching live-streamed gaming competitions and broadcasts. With a staggering fifteen million daily users, Twitch is accessible via smartphone and gaming console apps, smart TVs, computers, and tablets. But if you want to stream to Twitch, you may find yourself using third-party software in order to do so. And with more buttons to click and more wires to plug in for older, app-less consoles, streaming can get confusing.

Enter Tinkernut.

Side note: we ❤ Tinkernut

We’ve featured Tinkernut a few times on the Raspberry Pi blog – his tutorials are clear, his projects are interesting and useful, and his live-streamed comment videos for every build are a nice touch to sharing homebrew builds on the internet.

Tinkernut Raspberry Pi Zero W Twitch-O-Matic

So, yes, we love him. [This is true. Alex never shuts up about him. – Ed.] And since he has over 500K subscribers on YouTube, we’re obviously not the only ones. We wave our Tinkernut flags with pride.

Twitch-O-Matic

With a Raspberry Pi Zero W, an HDMI to CSI adapter, and a case to fit it all in, Tinkernut’s Twitch-O-Matic allows easy connection to the Twitch streaming service. You’ll also need a button – the bigger, the better in our opinion, though Tinkernut has opted for the Adafruit 16mm Illuminated Pushbutton for his build, and not the 100mm Massive Arcade Button that, sadly, we still haven’t found a reason to use yet.

Adafruit massive button

“I’m sorry, Dave…”

For added frills and pizzazz, Tinketnut has also incorporated Adafruit’s White LED Backlight Module into the case, though you don’t have to do so unless you’re feeling super fancy.

The setup

The Raspberry Pi Zero W is connected to the HDMI to CSI adapter via the camera connector, in the same way you’d attach the camera ribbon. Tinkernut uses a standard Raspbian image on an 8GB SD card, with SSH enabled for remote access from his laptop. He uses the simple command Raspivid to test the HDMI connection by recording ten seconds of video footage from his console.

Tinkernut Raspberry Pi Zero W Twitch-O-Matic

One lead is all you need

Once you have the Pi receiving video from your console, you can connect to Twitch using your Twitch stream key, which you can find by logging in to your account at Twitch.tv. Tinkernut’s tutorial gives you all the commands you need to stream from your Pi.

The frills

To up the aesthetic impact of your project, adding buttons and backlights is fairly straightforward.

Tinkernut Raspberry Pi Zero W Twitch-O-Matic

Pretty LED frills

To run the stream command, Tinketnut uses a button: press once to start the stream, press again to stop. Pressing the button also turns on the LED backlight, so it’s obvious when streaming is in progress.

The tutorial

For the full code and 3D-printable case STL file, head to Tinketnut’s hackster.io project page. And if you’re already using a Raspberry Pi for Twitch streaming, share your build setup with us. Cheers!

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За младото поколение

Post Syndicated from Григор original http://www.gatchev.info/blog/?p=2133

Върви ми в живота на тая комбинация – момиче, момче и люляк.

В момента, в който завих зад ъгловата къща, мярнах на двайсетина-трийсет метра разстояние по уличката млада двойка, застанала под люляков храст. Момчето беше навело един от клоните му, и двамата с удоволствие миришеха цветовете.

Застанах на място, скрит в сянката на короните на две ниски дръвчета – не исках да прекъсвам идилията им. Нека ѝ се насладят до насита. Даже реших, че ще бъда учтив и ще зяпам върховете на обувките си. Тях и да зяпам, няма какво да видя – а ако имаше, толкова повече. Друг надали някога ще разбере, но аз ще помня и знам какво съм правил. По-щастлив съм, когато не плащам със срам цената на воайорството. Ако толкова ми се прищат гледки от тоя сорт, Интернет е пълен, че и с откровено порно даже.

Не зная колко дълго се радваха на люляка, надали и половин минута. Момчето пусна внимателно клона и си продължиха. Без да си откъснат, забравили за люляка в момента, в който той остана зад гърба им. Изпълнени с щастие обитатели на свят, съставен от тях двамата и пролетната нощ.

Писал съм за такава история преди. И тази вечер беше на същото място – същата уличка, същият храст, още по-висок и кичест. И по същото вече нощно време, под светлината единствено на самотна жълта улична лампа. Нямаше го единствено тогавашният старец, да им се скара. За момент помислих с тъга – дано е жив още, пък дори все така кисел. Дано просто гледа в момента някой хубав филм, или похърква сладко и сънува как отново е млад и силен, и носи едно момиче на ръце и в сърцето си.

Мисля си как понякога насъбирам горчилка към днешната младеж. Как я смятам за необразована, не-любознателна, невъзпитана, безотговорна… Как постепенно се превръщам от момчето, навело люляка за момичето си, в намусения старец, който ги критикува от прозореца. Как един ден този старец е бил такова момче, и как един ден това момче ще бъде такъв старец…

А люлякът ще бъде все там – или ще има друг люляк другаде. Да пръска ухание в пролетната нощ и влюбени двойки да го миришат заедно, и да си тръгват после през техен си свят от аромат и обич. И може би, ако някой случайно ги зърне и се замисли, да разбере, че люлякът е там и за него. Да му даде частица от аромата си, да върне частица от спомените му.

И да му каже, че изборът какъв ще бъде е само негов. Че ако иска да остане момчето, което навежда люляка за момичето си, може – завинаги, дори когато вече отдавна няма да може да наведе храст, или дори да стигне от леглото до прозореца без бастун.

Защото младостта и добротата са вътре в нас, точно като обичта. И е нужно само да поискаме, за да вървим през наш мъничък свят, изпълнен с младост и доброта.

И, ако го пожелаем, с аромат на люляк и с обич.

За конспирациите и конспироманите

Post Syndicated from Григор original http://www.gatchev.info/blog/?p=2130

Представете си, че сте специалист по компютърна сигурност. Трябва да подсигурите компютрите в една мрежа срещу заразяване с вируси, троянски коне и други подобни софтуерни радости. Какво е първото, което ще направите?

Лично аз най-напред бих се поинтересувал от навиците на потребителите на тези компютри. Винаги и без изключение най-слабият елемент в компютъра е задклавиатурното устройство – логично е да се обърне внимание първо на него. Ако потребителят не поглежда нищо извън фирмения CRM, комбинация от приличен антивирус и добре настроен файъруол като цяло ще го опазят от заразяване.

Ако обаче потребителят прекарва половината си време в порносайтове, а другата половина – в торент сайтове, той заслужава доста по-специално внимание. Такъв потребител е „тифната Мери“ на всяка компютърна мрежа. Струва си да накичите компютъра му със следящ софтуер и непрекъснато да го държите под око – ако някой или нещо се опитат да проникнат в мрежата, вероятно ще е през тях.

Звучи като доста постен и базисен урок по компютърна сигурност, нали? Така е. Разказвам го, защото е полезен в едно не-компютърно отношение.

През 2016 г. един от хората в екипа на Доналд Тръмп – Джоузеф Шмиц – се вманиачава по търсене на изтритите е-майли на Хилари Клинтън. Той искрено вярва, че в тях има доказателства за какво ли не – като се започне от това, че тя тайно контролира държавата и унищожава всякаква политическа конкуренция, свърши се с това, че тя е поклонник на дявола, и се мине през сигурно и Шмиц не знае какво още по пътя. За да ги открие, той рови къде ли не – включително в Dark Web-а. Накрая получава купчина е-майли от някой с ник “PATRIOT” и гордо ги предава на ФБР за анализ и оценка.

От ФБР анализират внимателно е-майлите. Естествено, те се оказват фалшиви. ФБР обаче никога не са се съмнявали в това – те търсят следи кой може да е PATRIOT, и смятат това за много важно.

Дали са открили следи нямам информация. Ако съдя по косвени признаци, вероятно са. А ако съдя и по някои неофициални информации, догадката ми кой стои зад ника PATRIOT също е вярна.

Сега очаквате да разкрия това, нали? Няма да го направя, защото е от минимално значение – рискувам с него да ви отклоня от много по-важното.

Че този човек е точно Джоузеф Шмиц, а не примерно Джим Хоскинс, няма абсолютно никакво значение. Точно както и че той работи за екипа на Тръмп, а не за този на Клинтън, Сандърс, Буш или примерно Николас Мадуро. Или дори това, че работи като политик, а не примерно келнер. Няма никакво значение и че е намерил е-майлите именно в Dark Web-а, от какъв точно ник ги е получил, и т.н. Дори няма значение, че ги е предал на ФБР.

Това последното няма значение, защото ФБР щяха да знаят, че той се е снабдил с тези е-майли, и щяха да му ги изискат. Задължително. Това е и истински важното в тази история – откъде ФБР щяха да знаят, че той е намерил нещо, и с какво това нещо е толкова важно за тях. Всъщност, откъдето е ясно – очевидно са го държали под око, но защо именно? И с какво неговите находки са ценни?

И така, какви са отговорите на тези два важни въпроса? За една малка – уви, много малка – част от българите тези отговори са абсолютно очевидни. За огромната част няма очевидни отговори, или са очевидни съвсем други отговори.

Затова, преди да прочетете по-нататък, се опитайте да си отговорите на тези два въпроса. Важно е, за самите вас – за да разберете къде сте, какво трябва да очаквате и за какво трябва да внимавате.

… Отговорихте ли си? Чудесно. Ето ви истинските отговори.

ФБР са държали под око Шмиц по една много проста причина. Той вярва в конспирации от сорта на „Хилари Клинтън управлява държавата“. Иначе казано, той е „алтернативно адекватен“ – а това означава, че е изключително лесен за манипулиране. Конспироманията и сродните ѝ лудости са като конците на кукла – хване ли ги някой, лудият танцува под негова команда, без изобщо да го осъзнава. (И най-често даже се пази агресивно от срязване на конците му и връщане в реалния свят. Защото обикновено е стигнал до лудостта си заради нужда от нея, и тази нужда не изчезва със срязването на конците – само излиза на бял свят и започва да боли.)

Съчетайте това с отговорната му позиция към този момент – член на екипа на основен кандидат за президент – и получавате аналога на компютърния потребител, който по цял ден виси където в Нета не е разумно да се ходи. Идеалната отворена врата за всеки, който поиска да атакува и овладее „компютърната мрежа“, в която е той.

Затова и ФБР внимава за Шмиц и смята получените от него „е-майли“ за важни. Достатъчно добър анализ може да извади от тях както кой е истинският им създател, така и как целят да изманипулират куклата на конци и другите в мрежата ѝ. Иначе казано – кой се опитва да атакува Америка… Точно както добрият специалист по ИТ сигурност внимава най-напред за слабите места в поверения му домейн – ако някой атакува, ще е през тях.

А изводът, който искам да ви дам, е прост. Лудият е опасен не само за себе си. Той е опасен за всички наоколо. Пазете се от луди, които вярват в плоски Земи, световни конспирации и подобни. Те може да подлежат юридически на отговорност за действията си, но това не значи, че са реално способни да ги контролират – точно както пешеходната пътека дава предимство, но не и неуязвимост. Внимавайте за тях и се пазете.

(Или, ако трябва да цитирам дядо Стоян – над стогодишния най-стар брат на дядо ми, никога през живота си не влизал в училище, на шопския му диалект от 19 век: „От бик ша са вардиш отпреде, оти ръга. От кон ша са вардиш отзаде, оти рита. А от улав ша са вардиш отсекаде, оти и он не знае що прай!“)

И най-много се пазете да не полудеете вие. Да не се вманиачите по световни конспирации, борба с ГМО, „здравословно“ хранене, хомеопатия, лечение на аурата и прочее. Затова ви помолих да си намислите своите отговори, преди да прочетете истинските. За да прецените къде сте и накъде вървите. За себе си, без да го разкривате на никого – но да знаете, и ако е нужно, да вземете мерки. Докато не е късно. Инак вие може да не усещате нищо, но за околните гледката ще е тъжна. И ще сте опасни – и за себе си, и за тези, които обичате.

Canadian BitTorrent Traffic Tanked, But Video Piracy is Still Hot

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/canadian-bittorrent-traffic-tanked-but-video-piracy-is-still-hot-180403/

Piracy has become a hot topic in Canada now that there are calls to implement the first website blocking scheme in North America.

One outfit that’s kept a close eye on piracy-related developments in recent years is Ontario-based broadband management company Sandvine.

For years, Sandvine has monitored Internet traffic trends throughout the world. Some of these developments are, at least partially, linked to piracy. This includes the market share of BitTorrent traffic.

In recent years the percentage of BitTorrent-related Internet traffic has dropped significantly and newly released data by Sandvine shows that this is no different in Canada.

Between 2014 and 2017 the aggregate daily traffic share of BitTorrent dropped from 15.1% to a measly 1.6% on fixed networks. This suggests that absolute traffic also took a significant hit.

BitTorrent aggregate daily traffc share (Sandvine)

While Sandvine believes that most torrent traffic was infringement related, the drop doesn’t mean that video piracy is no longer an issue. A lot of this activity has moved to streaming sites and dedicated streaming boxes.

In its report, the company specifically highlights the issue of fully-loaded Kodi boxes. While the Kodi media player itself is perfectly legal, when paired with pirate add-ons it causes problems for copyright holders.

In Canada, it is estimated that nearly 10% of all households have access to a Kodi-powered device. More than two-thirds of these (71%) have their devices configured to access pirated content.

This brings the total of Canadian households with access to ‘pirate’ Kodi addons to 7%, which is slightly higher than the 6% in the US. This figure should not be underestimated, according to Sandvine.

“Sandvine believes that emergent forms of piracy such as the ‘Fully-Loaded’ Kodi ecosystem and subscription television piracy represent a real threat to the revenue streams of network operators,” the company says.

“Not only because the content is being stolen, but because in some instance subscribers are paying to pirate these services, with no money going into the pockets of the content creators or rights holders.”

It is worth noting that Sandvine doesn’t measure the traffic that’s generated by regular pirate streaming sites or other devices. So the total percentage of streaming pirates is much higher.

Finally, we have to mention that the Canadian company is not a neutral party in the blocking debate. As a company that sells blocking solutions, it could possibly benefit from the website blocking plans that triggered the release of these data.

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Cloudflare Doesn’t Want Daily Stormer Evidence at Piracy Trial

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/cloudflare-doesnt-want-daily-stormer-evidence-at-piracy-trial-180327/

Last summer Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince decided to terminate the account of controversial neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer.

“I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet,” he announced.

It was later explained that the move was meant as an ‘intellectual exercise’ to start a conversation regarding censorship and free speech on the internet. In this respect, it was a success, but the discussion went much further than Prince had intended.

Cloudflare always had a policy not to remove any accounts without a court order, so when this was exceeded, eyebrows were raised. In particular, copyright holders wondered why the company could terminate this account but not those of the most notorious pirate sites.

The Daily Stormer removal also became an issue in the piracy liability case adult entertainment publisher ALS Scan had filed previously. After Cloudflare’s CEO was questioned on the matter, it could now be brought up before a jury during the trial as well.

This is something Cloudflare would like to avoid, it appears. A few days ago the company asked the court to exclude any hate group related evidence or arguments from the trial.

“Cloudflare respectfully asks this Court to exclude any evidence or arguments that ALS intends to offer relating to Cloudflare’s services, including termination or non-termination of services, to hate groups,” the company writes.

“This includes but is not limited to services that Cloudflare historically provided to the Daily Stormer website, and Cloudflare’s decision to terminate services to that website following the tragic events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017.”

No hate groups

ALS previously harped on the fact that the CEO arbitrarily decided to remove one site from the service, while requiring court orders in other instances.

The adult publisher could use the information to argue that Cloudflare can take action against certain websites and that this has a significant impact on their operation.

Cloudflare disagrees. It doesn’t deny that it can terminate accounts but maintains that it can’t “remove” them from the Internet as they are merely hosting a cached version. According to the company, ALS wants to use the issue to cloud the jury’s opinion.

“The apparent reason that ALS seeks to offer is not for its probative value but rather for its distracting emotional impact,” Cloudflare argues.

“Given the strong feelings such evidence would almost certainly arouse among members of the jury, this evidence creates an unwarranted and impermissible risk of unfair prejudice to Cloudflare.”

The CDN provider adds that the Daily Stormer removal had nothing to do with copyright and is therefore irrelevant. The main reason the company decided to terminate the Daily Stormer account was that the site suggested that Cloudflare supported its views.

To prevent any guilt by association or distracting emotional impact, the CDN provider urges the court to prohibit the issue from being raised at trial.

“Cloudflare respectfully requests that the Court grant this motion and enter an order barring ALS from presenting to the jury any evidence regarding Cloudflare’s provision or non-provision of Internet services to “hate” websites such as the Daily Stormer,” the company writes.

Cloudflare’s motion to exclude evidence relating to provision or termination of services to hate groups can be found here (pdf).

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KeepVid Site No Longer Allows Users to ‘Keep’ Videos

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/keepvid-site-no-longer-allows-users-to-keep-videos-180320/

For many years, KeepVid has been a prime destination for people who wanted to download videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook, Vimeo, and dozens of other sites.

The web application was free and worked without any hassle. This was still the case earlier this month when the site advertised itself as follows:

“KeepVid Video Downloader is a free web application that allows you to download videos from sites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitch.Tv, Vimeo, Dailymotion and many more.”

However, a few days ago the site radically changed its course. While the motivation is unknown at the time, KeepVid took its popular video download service offline without prior notice.

The old KeepVid

Today, people can no longer use the KeepVid site to download videos. On the contrary, the site warns that using video download and conversion tools might get people in trouble.

“Video downloading from the Internet will become more and more difficult, and KeepVid encourages people to download videos via the correct and legal ways,” the new KeepVid reads.

While the site already made some changes over the years, such as restricting YouTube downloads to only “shared” videos, turning the download service into a cautioning educational page is rather unexpected.

The new KeepVid

The site now lists several alternative options to enjoy videos and music, including Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and Pandora.

The KeepVid team isn’t commenting on the overhaul. When we asked the site about the reason for the turnaround, it confirmed that the downloading feature won’t return, but that’s about it.

“KeepVid won’t provide video/audio downloading feature from now on,” a KeepVid representative informed TorrentFreak, adding that they will focus on developing other audio and video tools going forward.

Our follow-up question asking whether the move was motivated by legal pressure remains unanswered.

As a tiny glimmer of hope, the site mentions downloading videos could become possible again if video download tools and video sharing platforms “reach an agreement” in the future.

For now, however, it’s clear that, as a download service, the site is done.

Interestingly, the paid KeepVid pro software is still available. The same is true for the video conversion software and several other tools KeepVid offers elsewhere. The KeepVid pro ‘buy’ link is no longer working though, and the team informs us that this application will also “come to its destination.”

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Introducing the B2 Snapshot Return Refund Program

Post Syndicated from Ahin Thomas original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/b2-snapshot-return-refund-program/

B2 Snapshot Return Refund Program

What Is the B2 Snapshot Return Refund Program?

Backblaze’s mission is making cloud storage astonishingly easy and affordable. That guides our focus — making our customers’ data more usable. Today, we’re pleased to introduce a trial of the B2 Snapshot Return Refund program. B2 customers have long been able to create a Snapshot of their data and order a hard drive with that data sent via FedEx anywhere in the world. Starting today, if the customer sends the drive back to Backblaze within 30 days, they will get a full refund. This new feature is available automatically for B2 customers when they order a Snapshot. There are no extra buttons to push or boxes to check — just send back the drive within 30 days and we’ll refund your money. To put it simply, we are offering the cloud storage industry’s only refundable rapid data egress service.

You Shouldn’t be Afraid to Use Your Own Data

Last week, we cut the price of B2 downloads in half — from 2¢ per GB to 1¢ per GB. That 50% reduction makes B2’s download price 1/5 that of Amazon’s S3 (with B2 storage pricing already 1/4 that of S3). The price reduction and today’s introduction of the B2 Snapshot Return Refund program are deliberate moves to eliminate the industry’s biggest barrier to entry — the cost of using data stored in the cloud.  Storage vendors who make it expensive to restore, or place time lag impediments to access, are reducing the usefulness of your data. We believe this is antithetical to encouraging the use of the cloud in the first place.

Learning From Our Customers

Our Computer Backup product already has a Restore Return Refund program. It’s incredibly popular, and we enjoy the almost daily “you just saved my bacon” letters that come back with the returned hard drives. Our customer surveys have repeatedly demonstrated that the ability to get data back is one of the things that has made our Computer Backup service one of the most popular in the industry. So, it made sense to us that our B2 customers could use a similar program.

There are many ways B2 customers can benefit from using the B2 Snapshot Return Refund program, here is a typical scenario.

Media and Entertainment Workflow Based Snapshots

Businesses in the Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry tend to have large quantities of digital media, and the amount of data will continue to increase in the coming years with more 4K and 8K cameras coming into regular use. When an organization needs to deliver or share that data, they typically have to manually download data from their internal storage system, and copy it on a thumb drive or hard drive, or perhaps create an LTO tape. Once that is done, they take their storage device, label it, and mail to their customer. Not only is this practice costly, time consuming, and potentially insecure, it doesn’t scale well with larger amounts of data.

With just a few clicks, you can easily distribute or share your digital media if it stored in the B2 Cloud. Here’s how the process works:

  1. Log in to your Backblaze B2 account.
  2. Navigate to the bucket where the data is located.
  3. Select the files, or the entire bucket, you wish to send and create a “Snapshot.”
  4. Once the Snapshot is complete you have choices:
    • Download the Snapshot and pay $0.01/GB for the download
    • Have Backblaze copy the Snapshot to an external hard drive and FedEx it anywhere in the world. This stores up to 3.5 TB and costs $189.00. Return the hard drive to Backblaze within 30 days and you’ll get your $189.00 back.
    • Have Backblaze copy the Snapshot to a flash drive and FedEx it anywhere in the world. This stores up to 110 GB and costs $99.00. FedEx shipping to the specified location is included. Return the flash drive to Backblaze within 30 days and you’ll get your $99.00 back.

You can always keep the hard drive or flash drive and Backblaze, of course, will keep your money.

Each drive containing a Snapshot is encrypted. The encryption key can be found in your Backblaze B2 account after you log in. The FedEX tracking number is there as well. When the hard drive arrives at its destination you can provide the encryption key to the recipient and they’ll be able to access the files. Note that the encryption key must be entered each time the hard drive is started, so the data remains protected even if the hard drive is returned to Backblaze.

The B2 Snapshot Return Refund program supports Snapshots as large as 3.5 terabytes. That means you can send about 50 hours of 4k video to a client or partner by selecting the hard drive option. If you select the flash drive option, a Snapshot can be up to 110 gigabytes, which is about 1hr and 45 min of 4k video.

While the example uses an M&E workflow, any workflow requiring the exchange or distribution of large amounts of data across distinct geographies will benefit from this service.

This is a Trial Program

Backblaze fully intends to offer the B2 Snapshot Return Refund Program for a long time. That said, there is no program like this in the industry and so we want to put some guardrails on it to ensure we can offer a sustainable program for all. Thus, the “fine print”:

  • Minimum Snapshot Size — a Snapshot must be greater than 10 GB to qualify for this program. Why? You can download a 10 GB Snapshot in a few minutes. Why pay us to do the same thing and have it take a couple of days??
  • The 30 Day Clock — The clock starts on the day the drive is marked as delivered to you by FedEx and the clock ends on the date postmarked on the package we receive. If that’s 30 days or less, your refund will be granted.
  • 5 Drive Refunds Per Year — We are initially setting a limit of 5 drive refunds per B2 account per year. By placing a cap on the number of drive refunds per year, we are able to provide a service that is responsive to our entire client base. We expect to change or remove this limit once we have enough data to understand the demand and can make sure we are staffed properly.

It is Your Data — Use It

Our industry has a habit of charging little to store data and then usurious amounts to get it back. There are certainly real costs involved in data retrieval. We outlined them in our post on the Cost of Cloud Storage. The industry rates charged for data retrieval are clearly strategic moves to try and lock customers in. To us, that runs counter to trying to do our part to make data useful and our customers’ lives easier. That viewpoint drives our efforts behind lowering our download pricing and the creation of this program.

We hope you enjoy the B2 Snapshot Return Refund program. If you have a moment, please tell us in the comments below how you might use it!

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Откъде идвал грипът

Post Syndicated from Григор original http://www.gatchev.info/blog/?p=2123

– Здрасти!

Едва не подскочих. Не всеки ден се случва да те поздравят зад гърба ти, докато чакаш на опашката в магазина, умислен в нещо.

– Здрасти да е. Какво става с теб? – Беше стар познат, с когото се срещаме, обикновено на улицата, по веднъж-два пъти годишно.

– Абе, карах някакъв грип напоследък нещо. Гадна работа, вече втори месец направо не съм същият. Слабост, мине не мине пак се разкихвам и ми става зле…

– Грипът е така, разбишква имунитета лошо. Може до шест месеца да влачиш след него проблеми…

– Я стига бе! Толкова дълго действащи отрови има ли?

– Не е отрова. Вирусът оказва ефект върху популацията на белите кръвни клетки…

– Глупости. Ти си доктор бе, как не те е срам да не знаеш какво е грипът и откъде идва!

Премигах на парцали.

– Да не знам какво е грипът и откъде идва? Какво имаш предвид?

– Явно не знаеш. А поне не си ли наясно защо на грипа му викат испанска болест?… Добре, де – защото германците атакуват с него най-напред в Испания. През Първата световна. През нея повече хора са умрели от грип, отколкото от военните действия, това не го ли знаеш?

– Германците атакуват с грип в Испания? През Първата световна война?!

– Разбира се! Всичките тези германски заводи, Байер и прочее, те първоначално са създадени за производство на химическо оръжие. Дето вие му викате фарма и го гълтате. Доброволни опитни мишки за новите германски оръжия…

– Че ти не пиеш ли лекарства?! – тръсна устата ми сама. Идиотски въпрос, но бях твърде пищисан, за да се контролирам.

– Разбира се, че не пия! Аз не съм такъв идиот като стадото. Дето и ти го пасеш и тъпчеш с експерименти. Ама конкретно на теб ти е простено, защото си наивник, искрено вярваш, че правиш добро.

– Ами преди две години като ме питаше какво върши най-добра работа за зъбобол?! – Шокът продължаваше. Наивността също – акълът ми е от този сорт, дето идва с ден закъснение.

– Айде сега глупости. Да не мислиш, че съм пил нещо от тия, дето ми изреди? Отидох на зъболекар, извади ми зъба, всичко е както трябва.

– Щом така си решил… – Успях да се сетя, че не е добра идея да му казвам, че зъб с кариес има нужда от най-обикновена пломба, и ще продължи да му служи още десетки години, може би доживотно. Никой не обича да му кажат, че е постъпил като идиот. А полза от казването май нямаше да има.

– Вземи и се стегни! Вируси не съществуват. Те са измислица на военно-промишления комплекс, да си прикрие опитите с химическо оръжие. Спонсорират всички медицински ВУЗ-ове по света, да ви лъжат, че има вируси. И да пробутват на пациентите ви нови оръжия за тестване, като лекарства срещу вируси. И най-вече като ваксини. Срещу вируси и не само. Всички ваксини са всъщност прикритие за тестване на химически оръжия. Примерно тази за детския паралич е тестове на френско химическо оръжие. Института Пастьор е прикритие за френските военни заводи. Целият Европейски съюз за това съществува – за да могат Англия, Франция и Германия да си изпробват химическото оръжие върху другите страни в него. Срамота е интелигентен човек да не го знае…

– А все пак, ако тая ваксина не вършеше работа, нямаше ли детският паралич да продължава да се вихри наоколо? Пък нещо не забелязвам…

– Именнооооо! Не се ли сещаш, че детският паралич всъщност не съществува? Той е измислица на французите, да си прикрият тестването на оръжия за масово поразяване! Платили са някоя стотинка на историците, да впишат тайно в старите документи, че винаги го е имало. Имам познат, историк – той ми е казвал, че шефът му лично е бил замесен и е фалшифицирал български исторически документи на тема болести. Те после затова и го прибраха, да не приказва много. Уж бил психично болен, ама не на мен тая! Знаем как стават тия работи…

– Чакай малко, аз съм виждал с очите си деца, болни от детски паралич! Като бях студент, имаше епидемия, не помня точно в кой град, и бяха докарали три деца в Медицинска академия. Беше направо тъжна гледка – петгодишно дете на изкуствено обдишване. И трите бяха неваксинирани…

– Нищо подобно! Организирали са го преподавателите ви, за да ви мотаят главите. Обещали са на дечицата по някоя играчка, да се преструват пред вас на парализирани. Или пък даже специално са ги натровили с нещо, дето парализира. Някое друго оръжие за масово поразяване, от любимата ти фарма. Хем да не могат да ви кажат, че са били ваксинирани, нали беше тогава задължително…

Преди няколко месеца се бях натъкнал на подобен случай. Тогава се отнесох с ирония и вътрешна насмешка. Сега обаче се впрегнах сериозно. Дали защото медицината ми е по на душата от езотериката? Или защото потенциалът за вреда на тази сфера на лудостта е толкова по-голям?… За щастие, вече стоях пред касиера.

– Ъъъ, не ми се струва много вероятно. Ако го бяха организирали заради нас, щяха да ги покажат на всички студенти. А ги бяхме видели само четири групи от четиридесет и осем, после преди изпита бях говорил с колеги…

– Мръсните дела трудно се правят на светло. Затова са ги показали само на някои, пък вие ще разкажете на останалите. Направили са ви съучастници, без дори да подозирате… Зловеща работа е тая, фарма мафията. И оръжейната. Добре, че в Русия не могат да пробият толкова лесно, там сами си разработват лекарствата и всичко. Женшен, байкалски шлемник, все природни билки, нямат нищо общо с фармата. Ама сега и в Щатите Тръмп ще им види сметката. Той е човек от народа, няма да търпи подобно нещо… Айде чао ти, и се осведомявай по-добре!

… Чудя се, как ли би трябвало да се казва диагнозата на такива? Изтрещяли – не, абсолютно ненаучно е. Алтернативно интелигентни – не, това е по-подходящо за малоумните… Алтернативно адекватни, може би?

И още нещо ме замисля. Повечето от тоя сорт зомбита се кланят на Русия и очакват Тръмп, човекът от народа, да освободи Америка от каквото е злодеят за съответното зомби. Не всички, но доста над 50%. (По-малко драстични случаи съм видял поне десетина.) Аз ли съм помешан на тема Русия и Тръмп, та ги виждам навсякъде? Май не – защо почти не ги срещам в разговорите си с нормални хора или „обикновени“ луди?…

Всъщност, не е честно да се присмивам на такива хора и да ги обиждам. Някои от тези, които съм срещал, ги познавам сравнително добре. Всички са стигнали до вярването в подобни глупости от много и гадни неприятности. Кой вече от двайсетина години е реално клошар, живее където и както завари, не знае къде ще спи утре. Кой изгубил цялото си семейство в глупави, но смъртоносни инциденти… И май всичките – изгубили надеждата си, че някъде напред в бъдещето ги чака нещо по-добро. И започнали да вярват в на каквито дивотии са налетели, за да имат на какво да се опрат вътре в себе си. Когато реалността не предоставя нищо, на което да се опреш…

Но как иначе да ги нарека, освен луди? Познавам стотици психично болни – шизофреници, с биполярно разстройство, с ОКР… Между тях почти няма луди. Те не са загубили връзката си с реалността, или поне не така дълбоко и опустошително. Изглежда, че „психична болест“ и „лудост“ са две съвсем различни понятия, и допирът между тях не е голям. И че напоследък хората, които са психично здрави, но в същото време са и луди за връзване, не са малко.

… Както и да е. Мили мои читатели, искам да ви помоля – не губете надеждата си. Каквото и да става, вярвайте, че ще ви се отвори начин да оправите нещата, или че ще се намери кой да ви помогне да ги оправите. Вие лично, не някакви обстоятелства извън вас. Почнете ли да търсите обстоятелства извън вас, на които да разчитате, рискувате да станете като тези мои познайници.

Да станете… алтернативно адекватни. Или, казано политически некоректно – луди за връзване.

RIP: Стивън Хокинг

Post Syndicated from Григор original http://www.gatchev.info/blog/?p=2121

Беше най-великият от живите учени.

Беше най-жилавият и волеви от страдащите от ALS.

Беше пример за всички като мен, които мрънкат и не намират време и сили да творят наука и да раздават светлина.

Незаменими хора няма. Но някои са много, много близо до това да са.

Ако има Господ, сигурно ще има какво да научи от него…

Почивай в мир! Ако любознателността и волята ти не се окажат по-силни и от смъртта.