"Do You Know How To Use This Weapon?"


Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1993)


Funny, provocative and surprisingly accessible, MANUFACTURING CONSENT explores the political life and ideas of world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky. Through a dynamic collage of biography, archival gems, imaginative graphics and outrageous illustrations, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick’s award-winning documentary highlights Chomsky’s probing analysis of mass media and his critique of the forces at work behind the daily news. MANUFACTURING CONSENT features appearances by journalists Bill Moyers and Peter Jennings, pundit William F. Buckley Jr., novelist Tom Wolfe and philosopher Michel Foucault.




The Drowned Rat Of Democracy.

So I got my vote in for our national election today with half an hour to spare before the polls close at 19:00 NZST.

And of course I got absolutely bloody SOAKED on my way to and from the polling place at the Auckland High Court.

But it’s done.

How Voting In NZ Works.

My electoral vote went to the Labour candidate for Auckland Central because I like her and I’m a cradle Labour supporter. My party vote went to the Greens because we need more wild eyed tree huggers in Parliament.

Now I’m going to turn the election coverage on Radio New Zealand on, dry my hair, hang my jeans up to dry, and have a cup of coffee.

I have something akin to religious faith that my vote counts. I’m reasonably sure though that unlike belief in $IMAGINARY_BEING, our combination of Mixed Member Proportional Representation and Westminster Democracy actually *is* better than the alternative.

If the people I didn’t vote for end up running the show for another three years – well so be it. I’ve had my say.

It will be time to look towards 2017 and to push for some change.

l3net – a layer 3 networking blog: Firejail – A Security Sandbox for Mozilla Firefox


I’m giving this a try.

Originally posted on l3net - a layer 3 networking blog:

We often find ourselves running applications we received in binary format. These include not only traditional software installed on our computers, but also unauthenticated programs received over the network and run in web browsers. Most of the time these applications are too complex to be bug-free, or can come from an adversary trying to get access to our system. Firejail is a SUID sandbox program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications. The core technology behind Firejail is Linux Namespaces, a virtualization technology available in Linux kernel. It allows a process and all its descendants to have their own private view of the globally shared kernel resources, such as the network stack, process table, mount table, IPC space. Introducing Firejail The program is written in C and only needs libc and POSIX threads (libpthreads), available by default on any Linux platform. The

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Bits and pieces from Slashdot

This made me laugh. There’s a high concentration of smartphone and phablet toting Chinese where I live. Last week one Chinese male with his nose in his enormous tablet walked straight into me on the footpath and then went on his way without so much as looking up or speaking. It’s a good thing I’m not the pugilistic type. Otherwise it would be something like


*smack* as meat fist interfaces with meat face. That’s what you call “haptic feedback”.


An anonymous reader writes

The Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too caught up in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going. “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cell phone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” said Nong Cheng, a spokeswoman for the district’s property management company. However, she clarified that the initiative was meant to be a satirical way to highlight the dangers of texting and walking.

And this: BUGGER QUICKFLIX. They’ve expanded to N.Z. and frankly their service is woeful. If people are willing and able to give Netflix their money (I have mixed feelings about that too but it’s better than being stuck with bullshit local monopolies) then all power to them. The old regional licensing model is broken. Let it die.


ashshy writes

200,000 Australian residents reportedly use Netflix today, tunneling their video traffic to the US, UK, and other Netflix markets via VPN connections. A proper Netflix Down Under service isn’t expected to launch until 2015. Last week, Aussie video streaming company Quickflix told Netflix to stop this practice, so Australian viewers can return to Quickflix and other local alternatives. But Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford didn’t explain how Netflix could restrict Australian VPN users, beyond the IP geolocating and credit card billing address checks it already runs. Today, ZDNet’s Josh Taylor ripped into the absurdity of Quickflix’s demands. From the article: “If Netflix cuts those people off, they’re going to know that it was at the behest of Foxtel and Quickflix, and would likely boycott those services instead of flocking to them. If nothing else, it would encourage those who have tried to do the right thing by subscribing and paying for content on Netflix to return to copyright infringement.”

More foraging in my CD-R pile.

For a few years I didn’t have my own computer and my only internet access and digital media consisted of my grandfather’s (originally *my*) somewhat upgraded 1997 Pentium II machine with an aftermarket DVD burner.

He also had a decent-ish ADSL connection and he didn’t use a fraction of those zeroes and ones so I got into the habit of downloading buttloads of audio and video – public domain and… otherwise, and burning it to CD or DVD so I could play it on a DVD player.

I’m still finding things like this that I haven’t listened to yet:


This is good stuff. It’s grim in that Brothers Grimm way and it hasn’t had the sickly Post Victorian treatment.

Speaking of the Grimms:


I was fed all this stuff along with the Scots Presbyterianism as I was growing up. It’s interesting to come back to as an adult. It’s a different experience in some ways – in other ways it’s not.

Here’s Loreena McKennitt’s adaptation of one of the Scots stories in the English fairy tales collection. I don’t listen to this kind of thing much these days. It triggers things I prefer to forget.

Shutting Down Clementine And Rediscovering Wideband FM

I like to say rude things about radio in New Zealand and for the most part it consists of the same faeces smeared thickly across the broadcast AM and FM bands.

There are exceptions though. Radio NZ Concert is one.




Now I want to figure out FM stereo decoding in GNU Radio so I can get this playing on my computer. My analogue FM tuner does it well enough but that’s BORING.


Working in a console is a pain in the arse with my current non typing skills.

I think I’ll hail a passing Tardis and go back to 1990 so I can give myself a kick and tell myself to take Computer Studies and Typing in high school.


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