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a write to be wrong

Today, I am humbling throwing in the towel in another “failed” attempt to gain a sense of accomplishment trough #NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writers Month.

To be honest, I am actually proud to be bowing out. It is a sign of success for me. It is a symbol that I willing to admit that I need to say “no”. It is a symbol that I am aware of other points that need higher focus. It is realization of that, although I know in my heart that I am a writer, there is no passion in this project for me. To carry on would only mean languishing in the feigned existence of intention and to judge myself harshly once more by how well I measured up in the lie.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; but there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out. Casey At the Bat, Ernest Thayer 1888

Lines I have known well through my life and always seemed to coexisted in. In parallel, by measure of the living game, I never had my winning runs and every time I stepped up to the plate, I just seemed to always swing and miss. The invisible pitcher seemed to be a cruel master of destiny whose single purpose was to take his opponent's glory out. As the years pass on, the stadium grew colder and the chill gnashed at the ever shrinking hope in the hollowing shell of the man stepping up to the plate.

It has taken me nearly forty years to recognize the pitcher. It took may falls and pains to cry the right tears to wash off the cover of that very real opaque figure. Nearly forty years he lived under that invisible cloak woven by denial and a warped perception of judgement. It was the #ADHD Me who stared me down and hurled those pitches and taunts. For all these years, I took his message to be “You are never going to win” and every time I took that message to be true. It became as self-fulfilling prophecy.

We met once again today and I heard his voice whisper out with a sneer, “Welcome back”. I stared back across the plate at the empty space between us. I picked up the bat, he wound up and pitched, and I just stood there. The ball, like time itself, whizzed by and I just lowered the bat. I expected a gleeful, sadistic question “Give up?” amidst a stream of a shaming laugh; instead, the tone changed completely. I detected a smirk on that face. “'Bout damn time you figured it out.” His smiled widened as he relaxed his posture and began strolling towards me. “This is not your game.”

There we were standing eye-to-eye and those last five words that haunted me all those years with anger, sadness, and envy. They sounded so different in the replay. The words tumbled through my mind through every scene that I could remember in my life and as if there was some magical remastering of the film, the sound had changed. What once was overpowering, demoralizing, and subjugating became matter-of-fact. He had faced me for a lifetime, not as an enemy, but as a mentor. “This is not my game,” I repeated back. The sentence began as if someone else had my voice and ended with a breath of fresh air filling the lung with understanding.

He was right. We walked out of the stadium together, each with a beer in hand, open ears, and open mouths. As the midnight had well passed, yawns made and the quest for rest had taken over, he turned to me to say, “This doesn't change a thing.” It was foreboding. “I am still going to be there, at all of them. Every part where you strive for glory and satisfaction. You are going to hate me and you are going to love me, my friend; but don't worry, you will find it. We will find it together. See you tomorrow.” He inserted a maniacal laugh just before his final words, “Good night”.

 
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from 중고나라 사기에 대한 법적 대응방안

보통 중고나라 사기에 대해서 법적대응을 한다고 하면 다음과 같은 순서를 많이 생각하십니다.

  1. 경찰신고
  2. 지급정지
  3. 배상명령신청

그런데 보이스피싱이 아닌 물품사기를 이유로 지급정지를 거는 것이 쉽지 않다는 사실은 잘 알고 계실 것입니다. 그래서 제 생각에는 상대방이 사기꾼임이 확실해졌는데 좋은 말로는 돈을 돌려받지 못할 것 같은 느낌이 오는 경우에는 곧바로 가압류를 거는 방법도 생각해 보는 것이 좋을 것 같습니다.

  1. 가압류
  2. 경찰신고
  3. 배상명령신청

이런 순서로요. 물론 상황에 따라서는 경찰신고를 먼저 하고 그 다음에 가압류를 하는 것이 더 바람직할 수도 있겠습니다.

이 글에서는 가압류의 의의, 가압류의 실효성 등에 대해 알아보겠습니다.

개인적인 의견이니 참고만 하시기 바랍니다.


1. 가압류와 (본)압류의 차이

가압류와 (본)압류는 완전히 똑같고 다만 신청시기만 다릅니다.

  • 가압류는 상대방이 소송절차 진행 중 재산을 빼돌릴 것을 염려하여, 소송 걸기 전에 또는 소송 진행 중에 하는 것입니다.
  • 압류는 소송이 끝나고 나서, 즉 집행권원을 확보하고 나서 하는 것입니다.

이미 집행권원을 확보해 놓았다면 가압류는 할 필요 없습니다. 그냥 압류를 하시면 됩니다.


2. 가압류는 은밀하게

가압류는 향후 법적 절차가 진행되는 와중에 상대방이 돈을 어디로 빼돌리지 못하도록 미리 묶어 두기 위해서 거는 것입니다. 그래서 가압류는 은밀하게 거는 것이 좋습니다.

가압류를 은밀하게 걸어야 한다는 이야기는 곧 가압류를 사전 협박용으로 사용하는 것은 좋지 않다는 이야기입니다. 만약 범인에게 “빨리 내 돈을 돌려주지 않으면 가압류를 걸겠다”고 협박하면, 그 협박을 들은 범인은 돈을 빼돌려서 가압류로부터 안전한 장소, 가령 여러분에게 노출된 은행이 아닌 다른 은행이나 증권사 계좌나 자기 동생 명의의 은행계좌에 보관할 것이고, 그러면 가압류를 거는 것은 사실상 불가능해집니다. (이 경우 가압류가 실패하면 강제집행면탈 혐의로 경찰에 진정서를 넣어 보는 방법이 있기는 하나, 성공률이 높지는 않을 것으로 보입니다.)

그러나 일단 가압류를 성공적으로 걸고 나서 사후적으로 협박하는 것은 괜찮을 수도 있습니다. 예를 들면, “나는 어차피 가압류도 걸어 놔서 배상명령만 신청하면 쉽게 돈을 돌려받을 수 있다. 차라리 지금 얼마를 주면 가압류도 해제하고 경찰신고도 취하해 줄 테니 그렇게 해서 끝내는 게 서로 좋지 않겠느냐?”라고 제안하는 것입니다.

단, 법원에 제출하는 가압류신청서에는 이렇게 가압류를 사후 협박용으로 쓰겠다는 내용을 적으면 안 됩니다. 가압류신청서에 “가압류결정 후 채무자가 변제하지 않을 때 본안의 소를 제기할 예정”이라고 썼다가 신청이 기각당한 사례도 있다고 합니다. 서울남부지방법원 2009카단7927.

그리고 아래에서 살펴보겠지만 가압류를 걸어 놓은 다음에도 사기꾼이 여러분을 엿먹이는 방법이 있으므로 협박은 상황 봐서 해야 합니다.


3. 가압류 대략적인 비용

  • 인지대 : 청구금액 상관없이 전자소송 기준 9,000원으로 고정입니다.
  • 송달료 예납액 : 전자소송 기준 현재 28,200원 예납해야 합니다. 쓰고 남은 것은 법원에서 돌려 줍니다. 보통 10,000원 정도 쓰인다고 보면 됩니다.
  • 금융실명법상 통보 수수료 : 금융실명법상, 타 기관이 은행에 요청해서 어떤 사람의 통장 거래내역이나 잔액에 관한 사항을 조회하면 은행은 그 통장 명의자에게 해당 사실을 통보하게 되어 있습니다. 이 통보 수수료로 2,000원이 소요될 수 있습니다.
  • 담보제공명령 : 가압류신청이 인용되는 경우, 법원의 재량으로 약간의 담보제공명령이 나올 수도 있습니다. 담보는 나중에 배상명령이나 소송절차가 끝난 뒤 다시 찾아 올 수 있습니다.

결론적으로, 송달료 예납액 중 나중에 돌려받을 부분 및 담보제공액을 제외하고 나머지만 계산하면 한 2만원 정도 든다고 볼 수 있습니다.

가압류신청이 받아들여지는 경우 이 2만원은 상대방에게 청구할 수 있습니다. 그러나 가압류신청이 기각되는 경우에는 상대방에게 청구할 수 없을 가능성이 높습니다.


4. 가압류의 효과

가압류를 걸면 사기꾼을 엿먹이는 효과가 있을까요?

그런 효과는 없다고 보는 것이 맞습니다.

계좌에 가압류가 걸리더라도 상대방은 그 계좌를 이용해 계속해서 입출금거래를 할 수 있습니다. 그런데 입금은 자유롭게 가능하지만 출금은 가압류가 걸린 액수만 제외하고 출금할 수 있습니다.

예를 들어 하나은행을 쓰는 사기꾼에게 10만원을 사기당했다고 하나은행에 10만원짜리 가압류를 걸었다고 합시다. 가압류가 걸렸을 당시 계좌에 200만원이 있었다면, 사기꾼은 가압류당한 10만원은 출금할 수 없지만 나머지 190만원은 출금할 수 있습니다.

가압류는 사기꾼의 일상생활에 지장을 줄 수 있는 협박수단이 아니라 그냥 향후 소송 및 강제집행을 위한 재산확보 개념인 것입니다.


5. 가압류의 실효성 문제

가. 사기꾼이 벌써 돈을 다 빼 갔을지의 문제

중고나라에서 처음 사기당하신 분들은, ‘사기꾼은 사기 직후 돈을 인출해 가버리기 때문에 일단 입금한 뒤에는 지급정지나 가압류를 걸어도 늦다’고 생각하시는 경향이 있는 것 같습니다.

그러나 꼭 그렇게 단정지을 수만은 없습니다. 중고나라 사기꾼들은 ‘소액으로, 다수의 피해자들에게, 장기간에 걸쳐’ 사기를 친다는 특징이 있습니다. 10만원돈 한 번 사기칠 때마다 그때그때 돈을 인출하는 행위를 장기간에 걸쳐 계속한다는 것은 현실적으로 많이 귀찮습니다.

그래서 제 생각에는 중고나라 사기꾼의 계좌에 일정액의 돈이 들어와 있는 기간이 꽤 있을 것 같습니다. 그래서 계좌 가압류를 했을 때 압류가 성공할 가능성이, 물론 그렇게 높지는 않겠지만, 그렇다고 또 그렇게 낮을 것 같지도 않습니다.

사기꾼이 해당 은행 계좌를 앞으로도 한동안 계속 우려먹을 것 같은 느낌이 오는 경우, 가압류도 한번 해 볼 만한 가치는 있다고 봅니다.

특히 일반적인 먹튀 사기가 아니라 ‘중고나라론’에 당한 경우 계좌압류가 꽤 실효성이 클 수 있습니다.

나. 채권자평등주의의 문제

가압류를 성공적으로 걸면, 향후 소송에서 이겼을 때 적어도 가압류된 돈 액수만큼은 100% 받을 수 있을까요?

그렇지는 않습니다. ‘채권자평등주의’ 때문입니다.

하나의 채무자에 대하여 여러 명의 채권자(A, B, C, ...)가 있는 경우에, 그 중 하나의 채권자인 채권자 A가 먼저 압류를 건다고 그 압류된 재산을 A가 독식할 수 있는 것은 아닙니다. 압류를 누가 했든 관계없이, 압류된 재산은 적법한 배당요구를 한 모든 채권자들이 채권액에 비례하여 공평하게 나눠 가집니다.

예를 들어 사기꾼이 여러분한테는 십만 원 사기를 쳤는데 그 외에 백만 원을 사기당한 피해자도 있다고 합시다. 여러분은 10만원을 사기당했으므로 10만원만 가압류를 걸 수 있습니다. 그런데 나중에 그 백만원 피해자가 여러분의 가압류 사실을 알게 되면 그 백만원 피해자는 여러분이 가압류해 놓은 사기꾼 소유의 예금 10만원에 대하여 ‘배당요구’를 할 수 있습니다. 그러면 가압류된 10만원은 채권 액수에 비례하여 공평하게 나뉘어, 여러분은 9,091원을 가져가고 백만원 피해자는 90,909원을 가져가게 됩니다. (집행비용이 없다고 가정할 때)

그래서 사기꾼은 자신에게 가압류가 걸린 사실을 알게 되면, 그 사실을 피해자들이 모여 있는 단톡방 등에 뿌려 버림으로써 가압류채권자를 엿먹이는 동시에 피해자들 사이에 내분을 일으킬 수 있습니다.

다만 그렇다고 가압류가 완전 무쓸모인 방법은 아닙니다. 몇 가지 이유가 있습니다.

첫째, 가압류를 걸지 않았다면 0원을 받을 수도 있었는데 가압류를 걸어 놓은 덕에 9,091원이나마 받게 되었으니 이득입니다.

둘째, 사람들은 배당요구를 하는 방법을 잘 모르거나 알더라도 귀찮게 여깁니다. 피해자들 100명이 모여 있는 카톡방에 가압류 통지서를 뿌린다 해도 실제 배당요구를 하는 피해자는 1명도 없을 가능성이 높습니다.

셋째, 사기꾼에게 가압류를 건 사람은 사기꾼에 대한 법적 조치를 하기 위해 많은 시간과 노력을 투입할 용의가 있는 사람(즉, 백수, 방학중인 학생 등)일 가능성이 높습니다. 사기꾼 입장에서, 괜히 할짓없는 백수를 열받게 하여 법적으로 추가타가 들어오게 하는 결과를 초래하기보다는 그냥 얼마 안 되는 돈 돌려 주고 조용히 끝내는 것이 나을 수 있습니다.

넷째, 강제집행면탈죄로 고소당할 위험이 있습니다. 사기꾼이 위와 같은 전략을 쓰려면 우선 가압류당한 계좌에 들어 있던 돈 중에 가압류당한 부분을 제외한 나머지를 인출하거나 다른 계좌로 옮겨 놓은 후에 위와 같은 전략을 써야 합니다. 그렇지 않으면 가압류채권자가 아닌 다른 피해자들은 ‘배당요구’를 하는 것이 아니라 본인들도 스스로 별도의 ‘가압류’를 함으로써 자신의 피해액을 만족받으려 할 것이기 때문입니다. 그런데 이렇게 다른 피해자들로부터 가압류당할 것이 무서워서 미리 돈을 빼돌려 놓는 행위는 정확히 강제집행면탈죄의 구성요건에 해당합니다.

따라서 만약 사기꾼이 어떤 은행에 돈을 넣어 놓았을 가능성(또는 어떤 은행의 계좌를 사기에 계속적으로 이용하고 있을 가능성)이 있어 보인다는 심증을 가지고 있다면, 일단 가압류를 걸어 봐서 손해볼 것은 없다고 봅니다.


구체적인 신청방법은 다음 글에서 알아봅니다.

 
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from Nick at Nite

I have a Thinkpad x200 that I still use daily, 2 years ago I had Libreboot flashed on it to get me closer to a fully open machine. I would usually run Arch or its libre variant Parabola but, I started to move more towards Fedora as my distro of choice (sorry Arch fans). I would run into issues of it not being able to boot after I installed Fedora so, here was what I had to do to get up and running. I'm also assuming you are encrypting your drives because....you should.

Post Install

After you finish installing you will need to enter rescue mode with your CD or USB of the Fedora image.

Mount /boot and /root on /mnt

  1. mkdir /mnt/boot
  2. cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/xxx [name]
  3. mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot
  4. mount /dev/mapper/[name-root] /mnt

Mount /dev, /proc, /run, and /sys to Prepare Chroot Environment.

  1. mount -o bind /dev /mnt/dev
  2. mount -o bind /dev/pts /mnt/dev/pts
  3. mount -o bind /proc /mnt/proc
  4. mount -o bind /run /mnt/run
  5. mount -o bind /sys /mnt/sys

Chrooting Into the Environment.

  1. chroot /mnt
  2. vim /etc/grub.d/10_linux Set the sixteenbit varible to an empty string.
  3. vim /etc/default/grub Add GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER="true"
  4. grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
  5. Reboot!

This has worked for me since Fedora 27 and I'm sure there are a million other ways to fix this but... it works for me.

Other Resources

OS Prober Libreboot-Fedora luksOpen

#Libreboot #Fedora

 
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from AverageDom

Today is the day. Today is the day I gonna change my path.

I got fat, lazy and weak, but this will change. I did it before, I will do it again. The last few months have been difficult and I've tried to get in a better mood by eating a lot of junk food. It worked, short term.

I miss the time. Sport, every day. Cold showers. Meditations. Pretty healthy lifestyle. I've changed. And I will change again. I can, and will do it!

I will find a new job with a great work environment, do more sport, take care of my mental health, eat way healthier and save more money for my plans for the future.

It won't be easy, but I will do it. I've done it before!

Write.as will be the platform I publish my journey. It is simply a great way to improve my English, support a great platform and hopefully meet some like-minded people. I'm going to try to publish a small post every day.

I have some projects in mind. Keep tuned, stay safe!

Dom

 
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from Nick at Nite

Secure Shell aka SSH is a tool I use daily in my personal and work life. Here are some tips and tricks I have learned over the years to optimize my usage of this essential tool.

Problem


You want to get around a pesky firewall that is doing some URL filtering and you have access to SSH (I'm not responsible for you getting fired). It is also useful as a quick and dirty way to protect your internet traffic in a public place like a Starbucks.

Socks5 Proxy

CMD:ssh -D [port] -fqCN [user@server]
CMD Breakdown * -D “Specifies a local 'dynamic' application-level port forwarding.” In laymans terms this is the local port you will be pointing your application to use (ie Firefox). * -fqCN Sends SSH to the background, quiets warnings and diagnostics, adds compression, and does not execute any remote commands.

Example: ssh -D 1337 -fqCN tom@jerry.com

Problem


You need to log into a web instance and they don't have HTTPS configured, why possibly give up your credentials for their mistakes? This method will encrypt your credentials using port forwarding, assuming you have SSH access to the web server.

SSH Local Port Forwarding

CMD:ssh -L [localport]:localhost:[forwardport] [user@server] CMD Breakdown * -L “Specifies that connections to the given TCP port or Unix socket on the local (client) host are to be forwarded to the given host and port, or Unix socket, on the remote side.” * Now just point your browser to http://localhost:[localport] and boom there is your login page.

Example: ssh -L 8080:localhost:80 hacker@mainframe.com

Problem


A SysAdmin's worse nightmare, the corporate VPN is down, and you have to drive all the way to the office at midnight. However you planned ahead for this and have given yourself another secure way in to your network. DON'T DO THIS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING!

SSH Reverse Tunnel

Client behind FW CMD:ssh -fN -R [forwardport]:locahost:[LocalSSHport] [user@clientip] External Client CMD:ssh -p [localport] [user@127.0.0.1] CMD Breakdown * -fN Sends SSH to background, do not execute a remote command. * -R Sets up the ports for the reverse tunnel.

Examples: ssh -fN -R 1337:localhost:22 elliot@ecorp.com ssh -p 1337 elliot@127.0.0.1

#SSH #Tricks

 
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from Diary, bike breakfast runs

I met a friendly dog on a bike breakfast run It was Saturday morning and we rose early to be on the road by 7am because of the heat.

We decided not to stay over at lodges or hotels anymore as we did in the past but to rather make planned breakfast runs instead. This entails us taking the bikes to a specific and different restaurant each time and have breakfast there, it would involve a planned route.

The whole point of the exercise is to let off steam after working long hours, enduring stressful weeks in a tough industry.

It was not our first such trip but it was the first trip I document in this way.

We stopped at a bridge on our route to Marken South Africa Marken, South Africa 30 minutes later I met a friendly dog friendly dog at a restuarant restaurant in the middle of nowhere.

All in all it was an enjoyable trip, we raked up 190km for the day. We left our home at 07:20am and were back at about 11:30am.

Regards GF

 
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from Greatness

If it's worth it, I will do it This is the saying I have lived my career life by. If the reward is there, I will do the work.

Find the right opportunity and dedicate your life to it. That is what I did. I worked for only two sales companies the past 24 years. The latest one I am with for 17 years. The reward is excellent and promotion is based on merit. The work is hard but do-able.

An opportunity is special when the reward is great and the work is of such a nature that it keep the outsiders out.

This means not everybody will do what I do. I am in direct selling and marketing, D2D. Some people will refuse to cold call, canvas or knock on doors. This fact and the fact that you have to be self-disciplined is what keeps the outsiders out. These are the reasons why I can have an opportunity and why I am rewarded well.

People don't want do what I do or they think they will not be able to do what I do. I think many people are able to do it, it's just a matter of them not being willing to pay the price I pay on a weekly basis.

What you put in is what you will get out. If the reward is there, I will do the work. I thank God for my opportunity, talents and gifts. It is all by the grace of God.

Regards GF

 
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from RaoulDuke

Quantum computing is seen as science fiction and to an extent as implausible.

The same was true for other technologies. Tales of Jules Vernes about silent, and undetectable submarines or trips to the moon eventually emerged into our reality.

Such as space rockets that millionaire philanthropists can play with exploring outer space, or nuclear submarines owned by the major military powers used as Queens on a global chess grid.

Instead of speculating on the potential failure to implement a technology that is quantum computing, my approach is to embrace the research done and the existing results.

Two decades ago , quantum computing was a decade away.

This still stands true today, reminding me of one funniest piece of dialogues written in the post-Tarantino cinema industry.

Turkish: What's happening with them sausages, Charlie?

Sausage Charlie: Five minutes, Turkish.

Turkish: It was two minutes five minutes ago.

The above brilliantly demonstrates that human impatience prompts for fast results, and that's one thing the quantum computer has not delivered.

So far the only quantum computer prototypes that exist are bespoke solutions, with known faults and limitations.

The reason I delayed my assignment, was indeed the fear of missing out on cutting edge technology.

Blogging or electronic gonzo journalism is a technology I seemingly missed out for almost a decade since it's inception. I've never written a blog post prior to this day, I have however published my writings using traditional print houses.

My inspiration for a story came today 17th of November 2018 for two reasons. I had forgotten about the deadline, I realized I was late, on the day of the celebration of the uprising against of the military junta in Greece following the protests of students of Athens Polytechnic school which was harder for me to ignore.

It was a historic day for Greece, sending a message on the end of censorship and repression of thought in the country for seven years.

I, therefore, decided to start this blog series on Internet privacy and encryption, using a theoretically untraceable blog platform for one reason.

The Fear of trace-ability leads back to my original educational background, journalism that is.

I recall the top independent Greek journalist Sokratis Gkiolias was assassinated by several gunmen in 2010 that rang on the doorbell of his apartment block.

Semi-automatic rifles fired sixteen bullets of which fifteen hit their target.

Gkiolias was investigating and about to publish a report on corruption. This was achieved using digital networks to collect citizen information from local investigators, sometimes involving whistle-blowers disclosing such documents demonstrating private or government corrupted deals.

While his involvement was hardly a secret ,nor it would be difficult for someone to find this address ,a confirmation of his identity linked to the blog was made public only following his death on the Google blogspot named “Troktiko” which translates in “Rodent”

The challenge was to reach a bigger audience than the traditional media had ,and they succeeded with the help of SEO experts.

Over sleepless nights the ever growing blog became a threat to the a real life version of the Ministry of Truth.

Some journalists got fired from their jobs in traditional media accused of collaborating with Gkiolas later joining the blog officially.

They wrote online and kept contact between them exclusively over email or Skype, as traditional cell were suspected to be wiretapped.

Journalists that had gotten a comfortable “corporate” type of job, exercising the wrong kind of journalism in mainstream Greek media saw that the views started exceeding 10 million clicks per day , leaving the major news portal of mainstream media of in.gr with 6 million clicks.

The site owned by the top press group “Lambrakis group” , running two of the most reputable newspapers got surpassed by a rogue journalist.

The life of Sokratis was claimed by a so-called ultra leftists terrorist organization called “Sect of Revolutionaries”.

However, following a cross investigation on shooting in a nightclub of Aya Napa in Cyprus, the ballistics reports show that the same weapons would have been used by a group of hired killers serving some local gangland interests.

Confusing at least.

This correlation was brought to light by a Greek magazine a few years after the events. The published story also shows there are no records of collaboration between the Greek and Cypriot police on the matter.

Gkiolias was caught asleep. Thanks to a make belief call of distress about his car being on fire.

In Greek, the word “Έξυπνος” ex- hypnos describes intelligence by the subtraction of sleep (hypnos) thus one being awake and alert.

Traditional Greek media still tend to repeat, word by word, a police report without investigating themselves.

The recent assassination of an antifascist artist Pavlos Fissas in 2013, was originally credited to football and hooligan violence, according to of course to a police report.

This report ran on TV for several days. Eventually, another investigation confirmed links to elected members of a neo-fascist party later convicted for his murder.

Troktiko Blogspot was an outsider since it investigated before reporting.

Too bad Gkiolias did not encrypt his online activity and identity.

So let's look back at the emerging technology that is quantum computing.

The estimate of what quantum computing can deliver seems to vary depending on how you measure those results.

Is it the democratization of the technology? Or the simple reality of it?

The first cloud offering of quantum computing over SSH from IBM is a sign that the technology has hit the market and is present.

In today's world most emails are sent without personal encryption , and even if someday PGP encryption is understood by mainstream audiences quantum computing will already be able to break this encryption.

Sending a message with a truly random key is a concrete advantage to enable the next level of digital privacy.

In the late 90's the NSA made attempts to introduce regulations on encryption in the booming software industry providing 40bits encryption algorithms.

It's alarming to see, this was simply to ensure the NSA's activities could not be eavesdropped on.

Large financial deals were revealed by Edward Snowden involving the RSA software company making back-doors available to the NSA over a 10 million dollars contract.

After cryptographic systems reached 256bit algorithms we then find out that without encrypting the handshake(TLS) communications stand no chance of being secure.

More recently messaging platforms like Telegram which offer a different type of personal encryption and message volatility, have been accused to be used by terrorists and consequently blocked by some governments including the Russian Federation, China, and Iran after the refusal to give the master encryption keys away.

The common practice of tech giants is usually the opposite.

They stand as proud collaborating patriotic vigilantes.

Apple, Facebook, Whatsapp, Google and other social media platforms acting as Agent Smith offer legal pipeline accessing to your data.

Privacy is a human right making the correlation, between authorities demonizing and banning encryption technologies while still not being able to stop terrorist attacks. Because they spy but do not listen.

The simplest of examples :

The DGSE (French external intelligence services) received a telephone call from a foreign embassy Morocco, of which one of the 2015 Paris attacks perpetrators held a passport from.

The call was notifying the French that one of their “dangerous” citizens transited to Greece via Turkey.

The information was discredited as Casablanca isn't an official ally.

Internal intelligence, missed out on this information and the opportunity to keep track of the perpetrators.

None of that information related to the perpetrators was encrypted, yet terrorists went through Europe without being tracked at all, and only used traditional GSM burner phones.

This proves that digital encrypted communication is not key to the success of a terrorist attack, and yet authorities try to prevent the public from using them.

Regardless if you are transmitting sensitive material or not, encryption is elementary to protect your intellectual property and privacy.

Quantum computing as a service allows software developers to access an API which can provide truly random keys for encryption.

Any encryption system that ever existed, has initially been deemed as un-hackable.

The NSA had already scheduled to build quantum computers to that effect, some documents were sent to the Washington Post.

The European Union has blocked content related to this so unless you use an encrypted VPN network to fake the origin of your Internet connection you are restricted from reading information online found in this article

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-seeks-to-build-quantum-computer-that-could-crack-most-types-of-encryption/2014/01/02/8fff297e-7195-11e3-8def-a33011492df2_story.html?utm_term=.cde9d266624f

I am a subscriber of the Washington Post, and I can't read their sources. Why banning or prohibiting such information is considered an acceptable policy? What if I anonymously decide to reproduce this information in Ireland? Will it be considered illegal yet ethical considering information on public affairs is expected to be made public?

Today cryptography is a race comparable to the space race or arms race.

Having myself been active in the computer industry long enough to be considered a senior analyst, I can safely testify that most organizations or individuals seldom consider encryption or secrets and passwords management as a must.

It's proven that is only a matter of time for a system to be hacked whether that was called Enigma or plain old SSL

The aim of this blog post is to prove my ability in a computer class and invite developers to kick-start they quantum experience by hooking up on a public API and to help the general public understand the advantages and the ease of using encryption.

The fact that we know little about practical implementations of quantum computing is simple.

The ones that had the funds, research capacity in terms of human resources and infrastructure have not revealed how they achieved computing in 49 to 72 quantum bits or qubits.

The challenge of this technology is not about the spy game. We safely can guess this will be the primordial use of quantum computing in the years to follow

Famous scientists like Dyakonov seem disenchanted by quantum computing as it would most certainly fail to allow progress in medicine.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/the-case-against-quantum-computing

Let's look at the differences between traditional computing and quantum.

A bit represents a data with either zero or one.

A qubit represents a character in a quantum way describing the data simultaneously as zero and one.

The superposition allows a combinatoric power that amplifies the combinations needed to reach the result of a calculation.

Instead of linear electronic wiring, using quantum mechanics we short-circuit the calculation by guessing our way to the solution.

This achieved with equipment capable of firing photons, controlling electromagnetic radiation and keeping the main CPU at a temperature just about around absolute zero.

Way colder than space! Yikes.

The worse part is that this information lives for about one second. It's getting better, it used to be just a few hundred microseconds...

Damn, this stuff seems as hard as writing information on magnetic tapes and capturing the airwaves to make a microphone recording hardware.

In fact, the main weakness of quantum computing is that they are neither fault tolerant, nor big enough to compute accurately the main known algorithm which is related to encryption.

Traditional encryption involving VPN tunnels, SSL encryption or two-factor authentication failed to protect banks from making cyber heists.

https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/mastermind-behind-eur-1-billion-cyber-bank-robbery-arrested-in-spain

This leads to my conclusion if you can encrypt your data and preserve your anonymity, do it using different keys for each task.

There are many guides on how to encrypt your mobile phone, that's the best place to start it is your most vulnerable device compared to a laptop or desktop.

I will close this story by linking to a more useful and tech-friendly site describing the steps needed to encrypt your mobile data.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/bjex48/how-to-securely-get-rid-of-your-devices

Encrypting your phone ensures your address book cannot be easily leaked even if lost or stolen.

It's not enough to avoid promoting your ideas, or lifestyle on non-encrypted networks or worse on social media that sell data to political campaigns.

We've forgotten that privacy is a human right, modern humans are led to believe they can become fashion stars or public celebrities by posting online whatever they eat, see or feel.

I hope this post was informative and will motivate you to encrypt your digital messages, one way or another.

 
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from AnonymousRoses

How writing helps me

I write books, not to show to anyone or to publish or anything like that, but I enjoy writing and so I write these stories for myself. I don't think that I am a good writer but sometimes I do think that I am not that, of course other times what I write is complete trash. Anyways writing these stories helps me express my anxiety and depression since I don't talk about it to others. Since writing is my only way to get out these emotions most of my stories include a character with one of these problems. I do this so that I can truly explain my problems to the fullest detail I can without letting people know that the words on these pages are describing me and my mind.

Though I don't share these stories with anyone I thought since I am anonymous I could share something about one of my stories. This paragraph that I will show you was from a book that I have not yet completed. Since I was not planning to share this with anyone it probably isn't that great.

Why do I feel all these things why am I Lost. Stranded. Stuck. And Abandoned.This is what happens. This is what I feel. What happens in my head. This is my anxiety. This is me. I have anxiety, I have depression. I try to be happy. I try to hide it but I can’t, I just can’t. Why do I feel a need to hide it, would they accept me if I didn’t or would I be left alone, again? Why do I feel alone, like I am in the middle of the ocean drowning. lost. terrified. Alone. Why are these the things that I feel? Why can’t I feel happy? Instead I feel lost and alone. When it happens I can’t breathe I can’t see I am stranded with nothing and I just can’t get to the top of the water. Why is this me? Why am I like this?

 
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from Serenity Laboratories

Written in May 2018. Left to rot on hard drive. Recovered November 2018.

A blank page. It was taunting them, they were sure of it. It represented 2 years – 2 years with the desire to fill it with anything, something. Technical insights, political opinion, erotica, anything that'd make the void go away. But yet, here it still was.

They began typing the first few sentences that came to mind. No, that wasn't good enough. Nobody was interested in reading that, not this topic, not presented this way, not written in this distinct lack of style. They started editing. First, a few minor details, then they began to cut out entire sentences. This could be taken the wrong way. That sentence gave away what they were really thinking, probably. Best make sure to cut that out. Read, redact, repeat. An hour later the word counter hadn't moved one tiny bit and they closed the editor, frustrated by their own inaptitude.

Discard without saving.

 
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Anonymous

Even a few weeks down the line, my heart still ached to hear his name, or to see them together after everything they did. In spite of that I denied it completely to myself and convinced everyone around me that I just didn’t care and I don’t feel any emotion towards him. But self denial is the worst way to move on. As time’s gone on I’ve learned that sometimes people are going to act in ways that aren’t kind or fair, despite being the best you can be and the nicest you can be. And the tricky part is you can’t react to it! It’s taken some time but the best way I’ve found is the lesson that Nelson Mandela taught, forgiveness is the key. Even though people can do some completely irreparable things, the fact that he was able to forgive those who murdered those he knew speaks volumes. If you spend all the time you have focusing on the things people have done then you are still giving into it, and still hung up on the past! It’s not about winning or gaining the upper hand or even what people think of you. As long as you are honest and true to yourself then life will respect you back for it. I called it the Gatsby mentality, because even though people thought some pretty wild things about him, he remained true to himself and even let people believe he was at the wheel instead of Daisy. So, in summary moving on is pretty tough, in fact it’s really hard and it does take time. But, in being the best person you can be and not allowing yourself to get angry, just taking a deep breath and rising above the situation at hand, not only are you taking a mature approach, but you are setting yourself up for a long happy life. Good times will come, because you honestly deserve them, and you must keep telling yourself that because having a positive mental attitude makes everything that bit easier. :)

 
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Anonymous

This is how SeneGence founder Joni reacts when one of her senior distributors jumps ship for another MLM ... word on the street is that a lot of Crown Princesses and up are abandoning this company.

What she's worried about is the distributor taking her downline with her.

Also, she can't spell SeneGence 😐

 
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from big roy

I was just tired of everything. Had no life. Was there hope fo me? Was there butterflies or donkey waiting to jerk me off? don't know, and won't know. Truth is – it'll never knock on your door.

Little steps, build that confidence. Little steps, build them skills. the discipline

So I have to come up with a schedule – that's easy I have to follow it – oh boi, there we go.

Is there anything I'd love to do?

Fly, choke motherfuckers etc. I wrote it down somewhere. Let me find it quick: ok got it

So, apart from Saturday, here's what's gonna happen:

Rule number 1: No sugar, no fucking bread, no coffee no smoke or porn or none of that stuff, okay?

Rule number 2: You wake up 5:30 every morning You flush your face with cold water You go to gym, and you should be finished with that by 8

 
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from forcedtoobserve

It's not that we need to make mental health and depression less taboo. It's that we need stop only showing the highlights of our life. We need to stop presenting as if everything is perfect. Actually, we need to stop presenting period.

Before social media, our form of self-expression was art. And if you made everything in art all sunshine and smiles, people would rightfully criticize you for not getting it right.

But I get it. Social media isn't art. It serves as a mini PR campaign for each individual. Everyone who has an Instagram is a Social Media Manager. And as a Social Media Manager, why in the world would you advertise warts and scars?

 
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from Snow & Sun

Chapter 4

Her worries had been meaningless. Of course they saw each other as soon as their eyes met. She felt embarrassed and so did he. She knew he had risked everything by coming here and still he obviously thought it was worth it. They hugged each other in a clumsy way, she thought that they might look like small kids being caught by doing something they weren't allowed to deal with. She tried to tell herself they were grown-ups with their own wills and own decisions but she felt a sting of bad conscience hovering above her head like a stubborn mosquito.

They went to the car without saying much. She was the one babbling to keep the awkward silence away. She had the impression he tried to push himself as much as he could towards the car door not wanting to come close to her by mistake. She almost smiled inside at his shyness and it made her glad at the same time. He wasn't anyone who would force herself upon her and she liked it. The crickets were singing like crazy when they finally got out of the car. She asked herself if they were trying to warn her or if they sang out of happiness. She felt the eyes from the receptionist when they left the lobby and was walking towards her little hut. She decided to keep her back straight and not being ashamed of herself or of him.

They left his small luggage and went down to the beach. It was totally dark and maybe that's why they were brave enough to hold each other's hands. No one could see it, not even the two of them. She was surprised to find herself so confident walking in the dark night with this stranger. The words were flowing easily between them as they had known each other for a long, long time. The sound from the waves was calming her mind and she felt she could continue walking forever. When they were back at their little resort they took a chai out on the veranda. She loved the sweet taste blended with spices. She looked at him and thought to herself that maybe this was a sign of themselves; sweet and spicy. Or as chocolate and vanilla. Or as snow and sun. No doubts they at least were their biggest contrasts but all these differences seemed to be melted together to some mysterious whole.

She smiled to herself by all these silly thoughts. This would probably just end up as a nice story to look back to further on in life. She should not put too many feelings into it because she would only get hurt. She damned herself for being such a practical, unromantic creature but this was the way she was and maybe she had to just accept it and just enjoy the moments together. Here and now is all you have anyway, right?

They went inside the little hut for the night. He asked if he should sleep at the floor on the extra mattress she had asked for. She could see he was stressed about the situation and she decided to just walk towards him and take him in her arms. What if he would put her away? She hesitated for a second but her body was already there before she could stop herself. Her worries were of no need. She could feel him relaxing when she held her and he kept his arms around her and time stood still and she felt her knees shaking just slightly. Nothing else was existing there and then. Only the two of them, two lonely souls from two different parts of the world. And their first kiss was natural like nothing and strong as a volcano and comforting like water after a thirsty day out in the drying sun. His lips were soft and wet and surprisingly strong, their tongues were hunting each other like hungry beasts and she could feel their hearts beating and screaming for each other and still, it was calm as a summer breeze that could only be found up north where she came from. This was a moment of perfection and she wished she could stop the time from hunting them towards the separation she already knew was coming.

 
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Anonymous

I'm at the end of a work trip. I came out here hoping to feel a new excitement about a position change. I don't. Or, at least I don't think I do, which is just as bad.

I've been putting off being honest with myself about wanting a new job for ages now. I feel a strange obligation to the people I work with to stay with them, even though after years and years, I've been repeatedly overlooked for leadership opportunities. When I ask why, it generally results in some kind of platitude about letting me stay focused.

They finally reached out with something pseudo-groundbreaking to me, but that's now turning out to not be as advertised, hence this writing.

I think it's time to find my sense of self worth and get it out there.

 
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