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Computer Users Should be Operators, But Instead They're Being Operated by Vendors and Governments

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Summary: Computers have been turned into hostile black boxes (unlike Blackbox) that distrust the person who purchased them; moreover, from a legislative point of view, encryption (i.e. computer security) is perceived and treated by governments like a threat instead of something imperative -- a necessity for society's empowerment (privacy is about control and people in positions of unjust power want total and complete control)

THE first part of Dr. Andy Farnell's series, dubbed Peak Code, was published a few hours ago. Minutes after it had been published I wanted to interject personal thoughts and opinions. I decided to do this in the form of a video. During the video I was hoping the article would become available over gemini://, but this did not happen due to server issues that have since there been resolved. We've had a tough week when it comes to uptime, primarily due to hardware catastrophe resulting in a much-needed and long-overdue upgrade.



The gist of my take is, we're dealing with a bizarre world of a fake security paradigm [1, 2], wherein the owners and users of their computers are presumed enemies and aren't trusted by the computers they paid for. Instead, those computers trust vendors and oligarchs, who basically exercise remote control and treat the user with great suspicion. How did we get to such an awful status quo (still getting worse) and, more importantly, how do we get away/out of it? This is a subject we recently discussed in the context of automobiles.

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