And so UK censorship expands

Dear Reader,

Do you remember, when they told you, not to worry about censorship in the UK? Because you were promised: Forever we will block only this secret list of child pornography, maintained by the “internet watch foundation”.

And do you remember, how manyincluding diablog – warned you? And how often we did?

Once started, censorship keeps growing. There is always someone complaining, and there is always someone feeling offended by something. And that something needs censoring, of course.

So, after the infrastructure for censorship was established with the UK internet service providers (ISPs), what happened next?

First of all the censorship went from “just child pornography” to a full fledged porn filter. Next the music industry got websites censored. And then the movie industry couldn’t stay behind, could it? So, they got more websites censored, like The Pirate Bay. And now? Now the book publishers got more websites censored. As you can read here:

The UK High Court has ordered British ISPs to block seven websites that help users find unauthorized copies of eBooks. Under the order, BT, Virgin, Sky, EE and TalkTalk must block AvaxHome, Bookfi, Bookre, Ebookee, Freebookspot, Freshwap and LibGen within the next ten days.

Needless to say, the porn filter was expanded quickly to include anything to do with guns, and alcohol, and drugs, and what not.

I truly hate to say it: Told you so!

Diablog also told you, how to circumvent censorship. By using either a proxy server, or TOR, or a virtual private network, aka VPN. But guess what, Virginmedia has started blocking VPNs as part of their “web safe”. They claim, VPNs are hacker software.

So, dear Brits, will you do something now? How long does the list of censored websites has to get? Or will you wait until your government starts censoring you? By then it will be too late.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room


got that wrong then…

Dear diablog,

I had mentioned earlier that this week could be car dominated – wrong! Maybe next week.

Whatever, Philippa

phirripa real

sent this clip to assist any traveller to Ethiopia (Smiles?) needing to cross Meshkel Square – no traffic lights, no markings no nuffing! Well done Health and Safety!

As you watch this time elapse clip, notice nearly all pedestrians cross on the right hand side – when you’ve been Smiles, try it on the left, just for me!

Yours, diablog, duckin’ and divin’



The hunger for data

Dear Reader,

We had plenty of posts on diablog about how governments are spying on us. Their hunger for data is driven by the wish to control people.

Equally hungry are corporations. Here are just a few recent examples, where one has to wonder:

Are they nuts?

Let’s start with Lenovo, which bought pretty much all of the computer and cellphone business of IBM and Motorola, and makes those famous Thinkpad laptops now.

They installed spyware for ads on the laptops. How crazy has one to be for that? When they got caught, for months they played it down. Then, when a hacker showed, how this could be used for Man-in-the-Middle-attacks, they paddled back.

The lesson here, I will not buy a Thinkpad or another Lenovo product ever again. If I buy a computer, I own it. If the manufacturer thinks, they can still control the computer, and what I do with it, – very much like Microsoft with its software -, then they should pay me to use it. Since they do not, screw them.

Second in line is Samsung. They are even more nuts.

First we learned, that Samsung TVs insert advertising into your movies you watch. Think about it, you bought (!) a movie on DVD or online to watch it without ads. You paid for it. And then Samsung thinks you should still watch ads, paying a second time with your attention. Again, the manufacturer thinks, just because you bought their product, they can still control it, and how you use it.

Then Samsung was caught, and they later admitted, that their TVs record everything said. The TVs have a microphone for voice control. OK, if you are too lazy to use a remote, fine. But what nutcase comes up with the idea to use the microphone for recoding all communication within range of the TV? For what? And then Samsung admitted, that the recordings are passed on to 3rd parties? What the heck?

Clearly, no Samsung product will come anywhere near me.

And now on to the two worst offenders.

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Native Wisdom

Dear Reader,

Since Glynsky posted one of those the young are stupid pieces here, I thought to throw in a piece of wisdom:

Where white man went wrong

Indian Chief “Two Eagles” was asked by a white U.S. government official:

‘You have observed the white man for 90 years. You’ve seen his wars and his technological advances. You’ve seen his progress, and the damage he’s done.’

The Chief nodded in agreement. The officiai continued:

‘Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?’

The Chief stared at the government official then replied:

‘When white man find land, Indians running it.

No taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water.

Women did all the work, Medicine men free.

Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing, all night having sex.’

Then the chief leaned back and smiled.

‘Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.’


Back to hunting,

Engine Room


Facts instead of Propaganda

Dear Reader,

This is just a quick follow up on the lively debate regarding surveillance and terrorism, which is one fig leave for more (non-working) surveillance.

So, how well is surveillance working against terrorism? Are you safer now than let’s say 10 years ago?

Someone started looking into the numbers. Have a look:


This is how well the war on terror works. How much safer you are thanks to mass surveillance, drone attacks and invasions.

Billions of Dollars wasted every year! Billions of people spied upon constantly.

Clearly, this war on terror is not working.

Maybe we should change course? Maybe take a look at where terrorists come from? And who is financing it? Who and what motivates terrorists? Maybe, if we eliminate their main motivation, we will be safer?

Stay sane,

Engine Room