[cryptome] Re: Ask Zelda

  • From: Shaun O'Connor <capricorn8159@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2014 13:15:22 +0100

Hi Dougie

Aldrich is on my reading list as well and has been for some time(just
haven't got round to acquiring the book yet)

With regard to windows/Linux etc. Microsoft have got their drily little
fingers on the Linux code and are reportedly contributing about two
thirds of the code to the core program.which ultimately means that
Microsoft will be pushing  the Linux platform into a proprietary status.
This will be a gradual process over time so that  it does not get
noticed by the majority of end users of Linux based software.

Bill Gates sidekick is reported to have said "Linux is a cancer that
must be strangled".
Increasingly when users buy ready made software they are basically
paying money to be told what they can and cannot do with their software(
and hardware too) it is that increasing restriction that open source
software eschews  and it is what corporate entities find irksome because
open source software puts control. and by extension responsibility right
into the lap of the ultimate user.( it is the control element of open
source that corporates do't like)

OK that was kind of sort of off topic but since you mentioned Ubuntu
somewhere and took time out to read up on Stallman. I thought I would
try in my feeble way to explain the difference between open source
versus proprietary software.



I also have a mobile phone which gets quite scant use and although it is
often left running is rarely in the same location as myself.
On 06/09/2014 11:47, doug wrote:
> Hi Shaun,
> Tx for that little synopsis.  I have downloaded it and am looking
> forward to reading it myself.  I am reading the book on the
> unexpurgated open source history of GCHQ written by Richard Aldrich,
> the hyperlink to which was posted on cryptome at url:
> *2014-1240.pdf 
> <http://cryptome.org/2014/08/nsa-gchq-spy-turkey-der-spiegel-14-0831.pdf>
> and finding it very interesting.  I am nearly finished it now and might write 
> a little bit about it on cryptome.
> You mentioned a name in your posting and I wondered who Richard Stallman was, 
> as I had never heard of him, so
>  I looked him up on Wikipedia...I was curious as to why anyone wouldn't want 
> to use a mobile phone, unless they were a 
> spy or up to sumfink controversial, or like my elder brother, a complete 
> non-techy.  Silly me, I didn't know he was one
> of the inventors of computer open source software.  I only started learning 
> to use ubuntu a couple of years ago, and had
> never really followed linux based stuff, and never got on with or understood 
> D.O.S. Microsoft was what hooked me to
>  computers and computing.
> Anyway for those of you who would like to know more about Richard Stallman, 
> go to url:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman
> Dougie.
> P.S. I do use a mobile phone by the way...I always leave it on, but no one 
> ever phones me, and when they do,
> I usually find that it has run out of battery and the same thing happens when 
> I go to make a phone call,...
> waste of time when it is urgent.  It infuriates me missus... :-) .
> *
> On 05/09/14 14:01, Shaun O'Connor wrote:
>> Just been reading  ( and am still reading) Bamford, basically what
>> Snowden Et Al have done is furnish documentary evidence confirming
>> What Mr Bamford  has  painstakingly researched and written about 
>> over the last 30 years or so.years.
>> The real shift has been the exploitation of miniaturization of
>> eavesdropping devices to the extent that they can be incorporated
>> almost invisibly into innocent looking components or appliances.
>> add to that a gradual process of social engineering to encourage
>> people to buy off the shelf, ready made spy tools in the guise of
>> "cool" tech ( smart TV sets with built in cam and mic that cannot be
>> disabled even when the telly is"off", mobile devices with integrated
>> batteries, microphones. cameras etc.)
>> In short. we as  a society have become the unwitting arm of the ever
>> growing intelligence gathering  machinery. ( I wonder if Richard
>> Stallman still refuses to use a cell phone? )
>> ATB
>> -- 


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