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Maxx D
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"Welcome to the VPN Section! This section is meant to be a resource to those who value their privacy, specifically those looking for information on VPNs (that isn’t disguised advertising). When I started down the path of retaking my own privacy, there was very little unbiased and reliable information with regard to VPNs."


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Several years ago, I was having dinner with a friend prone to conspiracy theories. She started explaining to me how this coalition of shadowy figures running oil and arms companies were secretly bankrolling the entire war in Iraq when I had to stop her with the bad news -- what she was describing wasn't a secret. You could read about all the things she was talking about on the front page of any newspaper, with the principals' names right there in black and white.

You would really think that we long ago passed the Poe Threshold, beyond which satire and reality are indistinguishable.* Conspiracy theories require a number of rather odd assumptions: that a lot of people are capable of working in secret to achieve some kind of end without this leaking (highly unlikely, if you've ever seen people try to keep secrets or do things in large organizations), that this end is somehow different from what the public sees (increasingly unlikely, because to be any more nefarious than what you see people advertising on their own websites you'd have to be sacrificing babies to bring about the return of the Old Gods) (and even that's pushing it), and that this conspiracy is somehow hyper-competent and secretly controls all things (incredibly unlikely, if you've ever seen how governments, companies, and so on actually run).

The sad truth is this: if there really were a secret conspiracy, it would be being run by complete idiots. The really nefarious stuff isn't done in secret; it's being done by people who boast loudly about it on social media.

(cf also "Real Names," as in "... are supposed to cause people to behave better." It turns out that the world's real assholes are quite proud of their assholism)

* That's named for Poe's Law, named for Nathan Poe, not Edgar Allen Poe.

h/t +Eli Fennell and +Xenophrenia.

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The Onion is funny. These other sites aren't—and that's intentional. They're cashing in on your gullibility and knee-jerk outrage.

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I'm surprisingly okay with this 

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If you liked MST3k, RiffTrax is a continuation on that theme. Right now you can get a decent bundle ($10 or more for all items)

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Apple announces new MacBook Pro, System76 gets flooded with interest

While you might expect some of these disappointed Apple loyalists to turn to a Windows machine—and I'm sure some will—some are turning to an unexpected alternative—Linux. You see, immediately after the Apple Keynote, famed Ubuntu laptop and desktop seller, System76, saw a huge jump in traffic from people looking to buy its machines. The traffic was so intense, that it needed to upgrade servers to keep up!

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Last week, President Obama confronted what I think may be one of the overwhelming crises of our time. While speaking in Pittsburgh, he decried the current media landscape. "We are going to have to rebuild within this wild, wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to," Obama said. "There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don't have any basis in anything that's actually happening in the world."
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