I want you to imagine someone for me. Her name is Jessica and she is 17 years old. She lives in a two bedroom apartment with her mother and uses an old laptop she got from one of her mom’s ex boyfriends. With it, she browses the portals that serve as her connection to the community constructed…
The OP makes a very good point, and one we all need to consider (it is far too common to blame users for being stuck with the often-immense costs of an awful security infrastructure), but I disagree that the problem is general purpose computing: rather, I think it’s closer to that we’ve tied permissive-by-default to the idea of general purpose computing. Sandboxing is, on general purpose operating systems like Linux and Windows (modulo not-Metro), still haphazardly deployed, with most userspace applications having full access to everything a user does. We can trust users to have autonomy over their own information without also trusting every piece of code that a user interacts with.
Put differently, we can be secure by default in sensible ways, without abandoning the ideals of general purpose computing and adopting an infrastructure that can be readily subverted for censorship and disenfranchisement. The choice between security and autonomy is a false dichotomy, in that neither can really exist without the other in a meaningful sense. Without proper security, we are beholden to the attackers that so readily compromise our information, but without control over the devices on which rely, our information is similarly at the mercy of those that produce and maintain these devices.
- Do not forget Michael Brown
- Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
- Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
- Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
- Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $400,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
- Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
- Do not forget Ferguson
Ferguson residents return for another day of protesting to find that overnight the police had ripped up their signs and threw them in the dumpster.
DS9 1X16 “If Wishes Were Horses”
I am about as impressed with this episode as Rumplestiltskin looks in this photo, which is to say, not very.
The plot is basically thus:
1. Odo is cranky. Bashir is disappointed Dax still doesn’t want to go out with him, even though he’s flirting with anything else that moves, and Dax considering you a “wonderful friend” is actually a huge f*cking compliment.
2. Crew members’ dreams come to life. That means Rumplestiltskin appears after O’Brien reads Molly a bedtime story, Sisko’s favourite baseball player Buck Bokai turns up, and Bashir wakes up next to his dream sex-kitten version of Dax. Betcha can guess which part I had the biggest issue with.
3. Spatial anomaly threatens to destroy the station. No one connects that to the presence of the dream people/figments.
4. Sisko realizes the anomaly is also a dream and everyone just needs to stop believing it.
5. Figments are actually aliens trying to learn more about human imagination. Buck Bokai alien gives Sisko a baseball and refuses to give us any other information (This does not satisfy me!). The end.
Before I get into the fantasy Dax discussion, I’ll highlight a couple other things that bug me about this episode.
- I find it really disappointing that we get to see Quark’s fantasy girls AND Bashir’s fantasy girl but we never get to see anything from Dax’s or Kira’s imagination. Basically we get a peek into the minds of five men (Sisko, Bashir, O’Brien, Quark, and a tiny bit of Odo) and for two of them that means imagining submissive women ready to please them.
Carmen Segarra is a former FTC regulator who joined the fed after the financial crisis to help rescue the banking system — but she was so shocked by the naked regulatory capture on display that she ended up buying a covert recorder from a “spy shop” and used it to secretly record her…