Rambler said ()

The question is, then, who do you trust for secure email? Is email, by design, inherently 'bad' or 'flawed'?

What options does your average Joe have, outside of setting up his own mail server, and expecting his contacts to use PGP Encryption, which, may or may not be crackable by the big agencies.


Rambler said ()

Is there anything else we should look for when deciding on a safe?

Think about placement. Ideally your safe will be in it's final resting place, so to speak, once you've placed it. Out of sight. You'd think this would be obvious but I've had friends who have visible safes in their garage or office or whatever. Even without talking about it, someone may think, "I wonder whats in there?"

So, out of sight. Out of mind.

If you own your home, embedding the safe into the house itself isn't a bad idea. Is it in a closet? Build a it into the wall by building a shelf above it and making it impossible for the safe to now be removed. Not that they could with ease before, because it's mounted to the floor joist and wall studs. And now you just built a wall around it and put a normal cabinet door in front of it to make it all look like original closet storage, or something.

Honestly though, if you just need a safe that'll store paper, maybe some important documents and a small amount of jewelry it makes it so much easier to hide it in a place where it can be secured out of sight. If we're talking a big gun safe... There is a reason why a lot of people just have it mounted in their garage or living room. They're heavy as fuck, the size of a refrigerator or larger and there is the idea that, "That summabitch too heavy for anyone to steal" but it can still be broken into.

And a note about locking mechanisms: Combinations can (easily) be forgotten. Trust me on this, lol. You're convinced you'll remember it, don't need to write it down, etc. Then you have no need to open the safe for a year and are scratching your head when you need to get in. On the flip side, keys can be found and keys can be stolen or locks can be picked. Hand/finger print safes rely on a battery, which can last a long time but not last forever.

If you're storing things that would be absolutely devastating to lose, you've got a lot to think about. If it's some guns, documents like passport or birth certificate and maybe a few thousand dollars worth of valuables then really any mid-range fireproof safe that can be mounted/secured to a wall or floor joists and be hidden should probably do.


Rambler said ()

I mean, to be fair, they have undercover people in any large demonstration, group, rally, etc.

They were in CHAZ/CHOP, in Minneapolis, in Kenosha. They're in the smaller rallies and groups lead by people who are trying to start a movement. They're in militias, big and small. They're certainly going to be in normal large gatherings requiring high security as well, like a political rally. (Especially if any chatter online may indicate to something else being planned)


Rambler said ()

What's crazy is that notebook has written, "Bring Assault Rifle" down. Like, any gun enthusiast would either cringe at the use or laugh if asked about 'Assault Rifles'. That's a media blanket term for all things scary looking. "Step to Step to creating Houston Militia"? Really? (Besides step 1 is coming up with a cool name and Punisher rip-off logo and have the local screen printer make a dozen or show XXL shirts.) This entire thing reads like it's fake but some really stupid people really do exist, too.

And if this is real, then it's likely staged. This is the "passport of a hijacker" level of coincidence in regards to how absurd it is if actually real.

N.B. I kept reposting this because I kept getting messages "500 Internal Server Error" and "Invalid CSRF token". Some but not all actually did post. There's something a bit hinky here.

It does the same thing if you post a link to my Invidious install and some other random sites. It's a Postmill thing, and from reading the error logs last time it happened it hinted towards some issue with Ramble / Postmill not being able to fetch a thumbnail from the source. It's been a minute so I'm not sure if the issue originates here or the linked site(s).


Rambler said ()

Fulltime Linux user since... 2010, part-time (dual boot) from probably 04-2010.

Hardware wise, I've never had any major issue. Nvidia cards sometimes cause relatively easily fixed issues. Some Linux distros such as Pop_OS! I believe come with Nvidia drivers and related packages installed, as well as Wine (useful for Windows programs/games).

As far as GUI goes: I stick with XFCE, Cinnamon or MATE desktop environments. Pretty familiar UI. Taskbar, menu, etc.

As far as support and fixing errors? Probably easier than Windows. My limited experience with Windows in recent (10 years) has been dealing with customers for a company that sold servers. Some users had Windows servers, but the company didn't have any specific Windows based staff/support available at all hours. Searching the web for the errors shown on their stuff would very frequently yield forum posts / threads with someone else asking the same question, but no one responding. Was incredibly frustrating at times. (And other times you'd find the answer, and it was a quick fix...)

Linux? Just copy/paste the error in your search engine of choice and you'll find a ton of discussion about that error. You'll find the resolution. You'll find someone else saying, "Well, that will work, but you can also do this." and someone else will respond giving you an opinionated history lesson on how the change from X to Y in a recent major update of the program in question was stupid.

Run Linux in a VM or try it on a USB stick first. If you kind of like it, then install it alongside Windows (dual boot).

I ran Pop_OS! for the first half of 2020. I liked it, and it worked great out of the box with my card and desktop build. I'm not a gamer by any means but I'll go through random spurts about once a year where I may spend a month playing Kerbal Space Program or City Skylines or something like that... and it all worked very well via Steam. I don't specifically recall any obstacle in getting it all to work that may be challenging to a newcomer, I think it all just sort of worked.