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Solid advice on what to do in case the government shuts down the internet
....as is feared will happen right now in Hong Kong.
Dear Hong Kong friends: as people are worried about an internet shutdown, do not be afraid to make plans now. Find a VPN that you like and test it out. If Telegram is unusable, use Signal or WhatsApp (both are safe). If LIHGK is not usable, use Reddit or Facebook groups.
Above all, please remember that one of the biggest enemies you face are rumors. These will get worse if Internet access is curtailed; be careful about unverified news. As a general rule, you are best served by using a very big site (like Facebook or Google) than something small.
The very big sites are harder to shut down and to attack. They also have security teams that make it harder for people to interfere with them. Whatever backup plan you have, test it while things are still working, so you don't have to learn it when under lots of stress.
Twitter is another good choice for sharing information quickly. Google is also a safe option for chat/messages. All of these companies have experience fighting Chinese interference and will fight for you in case there is an effort to limit internet access in Hong Kong.
My biggest piece of advice: do not forget to look at cat pictures once in a while to reduce anxiety and stress!


VPN recommendations, via Zeynep Tufekci: 'the three I heard most about were: @getcloak (now encrypt.me), @theTunnelBear (PAID) and @FreedomeVPN. Don't use free ones.'
security  privacy  internet  shutdown  via:pinboard  via:zeynep  hong-kong 
20 days ago by jm
Google's Nest killing off old devices
Google is making customers' existing devices useless, less than 2 years after the devices were available for sale, with only 2 months warning. This is one of the reasons I won't spend money on the Internet Of Things shitshow.

'"Which hardware will Google choose to intentionally brick next?" asks Arlo Gilbert. "If they stop supporting Android will they decide that the day after warranty expires that your phone will go dark? Is your Nexus device safe? What about your Nest fire alarm? What about your Dropcam? What about your Chromecast device?"'
iot  fail  google  alphabet  nest  revolv  home  shutdown 
april 2016 by jm
This Is My Jam shutting down
but, crucially, with an Andy-Baio-approved archival process. Nicely done -- this is a good example of how to do it
api  archiving  music  mp3  this-is-my-jam  archival  shutdown 
august 2015 by jm
The ultimate SO_LINGER page, or: why is my tcp not reliable
If we look at the HTTP protocol, there data is usually sent with length information included, either at the beginning of an HTTP response, or in the course of transmitting information (so called ‘chunked’ mode). And they do this for a reason. Only in this way can the receiving end be sure it received all information that it was sent. Using the shutdown() technique above really only tells us that the remote closed the connection. It does not actually guarantee that all data was received correctly by program B. The best advice is to send length information, and to have the remote program actively acknowledge that all data was received.
SO_LINGER  sockets  tcp  ip  networking  linux  protocols  shutdown  FIN  RST 
august 2013 by jm
Scram
noun: an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor. It has been defined as an acronym for "Safety Control Rod Axe Man", due to this story from Norman Hilberry: "When I showed up on the balcony on that December 2, 1942 afternoon [at the Chicago Pile, the world's first self-sustaining nuclear reactor], I was ushered to the balcony rail, handed a well sharpened fireman's ax and told, "if the safety rods fail to operate, cut that manila rope." The safety rods, needless to say, worked, the rope was not cut... I don't believe I have ever felt quite as foolish as I did then. ...I did not get the SCRAM [Safety Control Rod Axe Man] story until many years after the fact. Then one day one of my fellows who had been on Zinn's construction crew called me Mr. Scram."
scram  nuclear  reactor  history  etymology  words  shutdown  emergency  wikipedia  1942  science  acronyms 
june 2012 by jm

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