An Open Letter from Apple on Encryption & Government Overreach

Apple deserve lots of cookies for this. Not only refusing an FBI order to purposefully undermine iOS encryption and actively seek to help hackers, they have revealed it to the public and given a call-to-arms even the least tech-savvy among us should understand. To read it just keep scrolling as I have decided to host a copy, which I am happy to remove if Apple want me to, or you can go read it directly on the Apple website, or check it out on the Wayback Machine.   A Message to Our Customers The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of…


WTS 1×01 – Language Barrier

“——–!” (???) An unbelievably loud and imperceptible noise rang out silently across the vast nothingness. After it finished, deafening silence prevailed over the empty space once more, as had been so for uncountable eons. In the empty nothingness, an invisible light faded away. No-one was there to see it, in the emptiness, and thus it was seen by the formless giants that inhabit this minute piece of space. Then movement. That noise again. More nothingness. And time continues to stand still. ~~ Farkas PoV ~~ *THUD* Rudely awoken from my deep, dreamless sleep by a sudden movement and loud noise, I feel a sense of confusion slowly replacing my grogginess….


WTS 1×00 – Prologue: Bifrost

“World” is such a subjective term, don’t you think? It can refer to an entire planet or to the perspective of an animal, for example a lake with no outlets is the whole world from the point of view of the fish living in it. However, it can also be used for things bigger than the largest planets. From the perspective of gods it could be said the universe, or maybe the multiverse, is their “world” as that’s where they live, while individual planets are just like our lakes to them. But that’s not really important, and actually quite a silly thing to think about. It’s not like anyone could…


WTS 0x00 – Prologue: Isolation

For those who come after us, I apologise. I apologise for whatever crimes we may have committed to cause this. I apologise for not knowing the reasons or how to rectify it. I apologise for how there is so little we can do to even find out such things. It was a day like any other. I had that day performed the annual service to praise our goddess, who created this wonderful world and all that is in it along with the other deities. A day of universal peace no matter what conflicts were occurring, even bandits and criminals, few as they are, allowed this one day to be peaceful…


I Write Fiction

…or at least I am trying to. I have idea documents and/or prologues for several ideas hidden away in my Google Drive that, no, I will not let you see unless I decide to properly write them. One of these, though, I have started writing and will be posting on here. You can find the synopsis and chapter list here: Why They Sleep The first one will be out tomorrow, and after that I’ll be aiming to post once per week. Don’t get your hopes up, I am not at all confident in my ability to consistently complete one chapter per week, but I will be trying my best and…


Review: Koding

Standard Koding layout.

First of the two posts I mentioned last time: a review of Koding, the cloud service + Chrome app. What is it? The short answer is that it’s an IDE. But that really doesn’t do this thing justice at all. You can’t actually do anything offline, really, besides fiddle with some very basic settings. That’s because you don’t work on files locally, you spin up a VM (hosted on Amazon) and the IDE connects directly to it for file editing, terminal, etc. All VMs also come with a public URL for you to plug into any browser to run your app if it has a web interface. Who is it for?…


I HAVE RETURNED

Hello again! I have no good reason for having not posted for so long. I made this blog for the times when I find something interesting to the point I not only want to share it, but feel I have a fair amount to say in regards to it as well and thus simply sharing on Twitter and Facebook isn’t enough. Basically what happened was that after my last post I didn’t come across anything particularly eye-catching for a while and eventually it slipped my mind that I even have a blog to post on!  But now I have remembered, and I have found not one but TWO things to write…


Books Are Good

Those of you who know me personally should know that I love reading fiction, especially crime/mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy/magic. I am a firm believer that reading, both fiction and non-fiction alike, is entirely necessary for everyone. It encourages imagination, creativity, grammar and spelling, critical thinking, and increases knowledge – all of which is essential for growing children to be the best they can be. Not to mention sitting down with a proper book for a few hours is an ideal way to relax, and in this digital age where children are having touch-screen smartphones as their first mobile before they’re even teenagers and toddlers are playing with their parents’ tablets…


Anita Sarkeesian Somehow Attends E3, Attacks The Wrong Character

E3, Anita, & Rise

So somehow the hypocritical, donation-bait, lying, backstabbing feminazi Anita Sarkeesian got herself invited to E3, possibly the biggest gaming convention in the world, despite being a poisonous, destructive, hateful bundle of double-standards and self-imposed privilege in the world of gaming. While there, she took a fence at her name badge, and that’s funny because not only is the attached promotional image entirely appropriate to the game it’s advertising, but the character’s back-story in the series is actually something that should resonate with Sarkeesian’s agenda – assuming said agenda is legitimate, and she has even the slightest ounce of integrity and credibility. And I’m not going to bother talking about how she…


David Tredinnick is a Jackass

homeopathy is shit

Seriously. Massive jackass. The cunt doesn’t deserve oxygen, let alone any sort of actual power over the lives and medical treatment of others. tl;dr of Tredinnick’s views: I want you fine NHS employees to “determine what works for what conditions and provide those treatments for patients” without any proof of what any given treatment actually does. You mustn’t forget that “we live in a real-world where real world patient experience and outcomes must play a part” except for when those no-evidence alternative treatments don’t work, or do work but also cause other injuries/illnesses – I think we can all agree such “experiences and outcomes” are outliers and can be discarded from…