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The Pegasus Shitstorm

It’s been a while since I checked on the latest Covid-19 news. So I thought, why not update myself and perhaps write an article if there’s anything major happening?

Forget the pandemic. What do I see all over the news? Pegasus! Pegasus! Pegasus!
SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Pegasus sounds familiar. Where have I heard that name before? And wallah! I look at my database and I see a few files about Pegasus.
So it’s nothing new.
Pegasus has been around for a few years now. But the mainstream media is just catching up after discovering that dozens of journalists were targeted by the spyware.
HA HA HA!

I spent over 2 hours going through Pegasus files all over again. And I got a fucking headache from it. Did you come here to learn the intricate details of Pegasus? Nyet! Do your own fucking research!

It’s not just journalists who are worried now. Just for the record, dozens of journalists have been victims of the Pegasus spyware. Less than a dozen people even remember the history of those innocent folks. So let’s not act like this is brand new information, okay? Journalists have been killed with the help of Pegasus spyware.
And now, it’s the turn of politicians, royal family members, business executives, human rights activists and government officials who have been targeted through Pegasus over the last few years.
What goes around, comes around. Let’s celebrate! Everybody gets a Pegasus! You get a Pegasus! You get a Pegasus! You get a Pegasus! Everybody gets a Pegasus! Hurray!

So now they’re all worried. When was Pegasus information first leaked? 2016? Yet everybody sat on their big fat fucking asses all through 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020! How convenient!

Edward Snowden warned people, waaaaay back in 2013, that the governments in multiple countries were conducting mass surveillance on innocent citizens. The headlines ran for a few weeks then everybody fucked off.
It’s 2021. This Pegasus spyware does nothing special that was not already revealed in 2013. Yet all the journalists are busy typing away dozens of articles on Pegasus. They’re milking the Pegasus cow for views but most of them are too fucking stupid to include any solid information.

As a private journalist, I want to extend a big fuck you to all the mainstream media journos. You imbeciles had a ton of data to work with, yet your articles are pure horseshit.

I’m going to link the Forensic Report by Amnesty for the cake.
And a shoutout to Washington Post for a fair attempt to write a decent article detailing the Pegasus spyware. The rest of the journos can fuck off. I skimmed through a dozen articles and was immensely disappointed.

Indian journalists are shitting bricks right now. Apparently over 1000 phone numbers in India appeared in the leaks.
Now the Indian government is vehemently denying any involvement in the Pegasus surveillance scheme. Hopefully, the Indian journalists still have a few working brain cells to understand that their government is lying.

India has been steadily climbing up the surveillance and censorship ladder over the past decade. The intelligent few probably got a whiff of this as early as 2015. The rest of the nation can prepare to become the next China.

Here are some of the victims of Pegasus:
Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen, Pakistan, France, Hungary.
If you live in any of the above mentioned countries, you’re about to experience Xi Jinping’s regime without visiting China.

One of the most disturbing information in the recent leaks is the emergence of zero-click attacks. Technology has advanced so far, that a user need not even touch their phones to be infected with Pegasus.

iPhones are generally known to be secure in the privacy community. Unfortunately, the Pegasus leaks have confirmed that iPhones are just as vulnerable to spyware, as Android phones.
Many spyware companies have found different ways to infect Linux machines with spyware as well.

One of the reasons spyware like Pegasus has managed to thrive for so long is that most modern phones and operating systems have been designed and built for surveillance, not privacy. This corporate greed by phone manufacturers has led to the growth of spyware companies like the NSO.

Perhaps it’s time to go back to Nokia 3310 and MS DOS.

As for the Pegasus shitstorm on the news? Boo fucking hoo! Why don’t you journos release the leaked data to the public so we can go through it ourselves?
The mainstream media is holding the leaked Pegasus data hostage, and feeding the public tiny crumbs of useless news articles everyday. They’ll probably keep this going in the news until some other shit comes up. Then bye bye Pegasus! And bye bye privacy! What? Were we supposed to start securing our devices? Not today!

List Of Countries That Censor LGBTQ+ Through Apple’s App Store

Below is a list of countries that censor LGBTQ+ apps on Apple’s App Store (ranked from the highest censored to the less censored):

Saudi Arabia, China (mainland), United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Algeria, Niger, South Korea, Gambia. Liberia, Senegal. Uganda, Zimbabwe, Angola, Benin, Chad, Malawi, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Congo – Brazzaville, Eswatini, Mauritania, Botswana, São Tomé & Príncipe, Tanzania, Yemen, Guinea-Bissau, Kuwait, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia, Bahrain, Jordan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Brunei, Cape Verde, Guyana, Laos, Lebanon, Mauritius, Russia, Seychelles, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bhutan, Cyprus, Dominica, Grenada, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Nepal, Suriname, India, Moldova, Palau, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Montserrat, Albania, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Cambodia, El Salvador, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Lithuania, Macao SAR China, Malta, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Solomon Islands, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Ukraine, Venezuela, Bermuda, Bolivia, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Latvia, North Macedonia, Panama, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Uruguay, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR China, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Portugal, Taiwan, Vietnam, Czechia, Greece, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Chile, Argentina, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland

Below is the list of apps that were censored (ranked from most censored to less censored):

weBelong – Find Your Community, Hinge: Dating & Relationships, #open ENM + Polyamorous Dating, Qutie – LGBT Dating, Adam4Adam Gay Dating Chat A4A, Trans – Transgender Dating, NUiT Astrology Match/Dating, Talko: Lesbian Dating & Chat, Feeld: For Couples & Singles, Butterfly Transgender Dating, Fiorry: Transgender Dating, Vent – Express your feelings, HER:Lesbians LGBTQ Dating App, SURGE – Gay Dating & Chat App, Daddyhunt: Fun Gay Dating, Blued – Gay Chat & Gay Dating, Taimi: LGBTQ+ Dating, Chat, OkCupid: Online Dating App, Sowlmate: Self-Care & Diary, Transgender Dating & Chat App,LESARION – lesbian dating, Wapo Gay Dating & Chat For Men, Wapa : Lesbian Dating & Chat, Lesly: Lesbian Dating & Meetup, Sapio — Intelligent Dating, the L (formely Rela), EDGE Gay/Lesbian News, GagaOOLala – Find Your Story, EDGE Gay/Lesbian News, GayRoyal – Dating & Chat, DIGSSO – GAY SOCIAL NETWORK, Kindu For Couples, Loov: Bisexual & Casual Dating, Grindr – Gay chat, Jack’d – Gay chat & dating, Rumpur: Gay Dating, GROWLr: Gay Bears Near You, Hornet – Gay Social Network, Threesome, Adult Swingers App, Lesbian Dating App – Wonder, Ace Date- Live. Chat. Meet., Tser: TS, Transgender Dating, Gays dating app – CHAT & DATE, CYBERMEN, Thurst.

Sources:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSCD9z4TMb4iT6SUUsxT6IE0eUCVg3hcAv3tuOF_pgYWftCAZrGl278_FvckW1oyuwtgx0I2NYXrWJi/pubhtml#

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I Got A New Laptop

Bam!

Here we go!

I finally got a “brand new” laptop.
I spent a lot of time procrastinating on the announcement because I was working on some other things.

Like my previous netbook, I will not be revealing any specifics at this point.
As far as I can remember, I’d never mentioned specific details regarding my netbook, until I was finally in the process of moving away from it.

Now that I’ve switched devices, I can finally make the announcement.

I know this sounds ridiculous but this is part of my privacy-security threat model.
Writing articles in my no-nonsense, straight-forward, factual style is a dangerous hobby. It could get me killed.
Don’t believe me? Just look at China, India, Thailand, Egypt and a dozen other countries where bloggers have been arrested, jailed, or assassinated.

So I will not be discussing which laptop I finally managed to procure. At least not yet.

I will say this – I had to hassle a lot to finally get my hands on this device.
Had to go through a lot of hurdles to buy it.
First of all, all the stores that I visited had Intel laptops.
And once I mentioned that I wanted a dedicated GPU, they directed me to the gaming sections, with the Lenovo Legions and HP Omens.
I was disgusted!

It’s going to get worse from now on. Because laptop manufacturers have finally found a new way to scam consumers with yet another useless genre – laptops for creators, which are becoming increasingly popular in demand.

Remember when they came up with the ultrabooks? Then they invented the convertibles.
Now, they’ve invented laptops with microbials. Have you heard of this shit?
Pretty soon, they’ll invent laptops with retractible silicon hands targeted towards the basement dwelling neckbeards.

The first thing that I did was to look up the prices of all the laptops online.
Then I went to all the stores in my area and gathered their prices.
All the local stores had jacked up the prices by a significant amount compared to online stores.

I’m not a rich bastard.
And every online site I visited had some bad reviews from customers regarding opened packages and faulty devices and receiving devices with different specs…
I didn’t have enough money to tolerate all these fucking problems, okay?
I just wanted a brand new device with no problems! Delivered ON TIME.

Now I did order a laptop online.
But I did it directly from the manufacturer’s. Figured I’d have less problems in doing so. Buoyiyiyiyiy! Was I so wrong!
But that’s a story for another day.

And then I pulled a real gangsta move: I went to a couple of stores, showed them a different manufacturer’s laptop and asked them if they could get me one and for how much.
Imagine going to an Apple store and asking if you could buy a Surface Pro.
LOL

They all agreed. All I had to do was pick the one with the lowest estimate.
In doing so, I was able to avoid getting ripped off.

Now I chose a 2 year old laptop model, because it’s the only one I could afford. And that really sucks because I spent 800 bucks on a 2 year old model that sold for really cheap in the US.
In fact, I could get a refurbished laptop for 600 bucks with better specs!

A part of me has some percentage of buyer’s remorse because the laptop that I bought has now been made obsolete by newer better models at the same price point.

And I feel like an idiot because now, my new laptop is literally old and the only consolation I can give myself is that maybe it suits me because I’m a minimalist. But we all know that’s bullshit. I got conned.

Had I waited until now, I could’ve got myself a hexacore brand new 2021 edition laptop or at least the powerful Ideapad gaming 3.
And, on that line of thought, if I could wait a few more weeks or months, I could get an even more powerful laptop!
Jesus Christ!
Where does this all end?

In the market today, CPUs get obsolete really fast! GPUs are likely to stay relevant for at least 2-3 years. But new CPUs are been churned out annually so it kinda sucks for people who don’t have money to buy a new laptop every year or so.

So this machine has a quad core processor, a dedicated GPU, a single channel 8 Gig RAM and a slow ass HDD.
That’s right folks, I couldn’t afford an SSD. And I couldn’t afford 16 gigs of dual channel memory either.
BUT, it is upgradable. So in the future, I could add another RAM stick, an SSD and so on.
The NVIDIA GPU wasn’t compatible with LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta. I did spend several days working on LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.2 beta but the GPU problem still isn’t fixed.
So, I have to switch to Windows whenever I want to use the GPU.

In hindsight, perhaps I should’ve chosen an AMD CPU – AMD GPU config since I primarily run Linux. AMD CPU – NVIDIA GPU configs have a lot of problems on Linux. AMD GPUs though, aren’t as powerful as NVIDIA’s.

AMD CPUs just became faster than Intel. Up until 2019, Intel chips were still more powerful than AMD’s.

So, how does my “new” laptop stack up against my old ones?
Well, the CPU is at least 500% faster than my HP laptop and over 1300% faster than my Lenovo netbook!

The integrated GPU is at least 900% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop and over 1000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

The dedicated GPU is at least 2800% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop, and over 3000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

So, is it an upgrade? Of course!
But is it the best upgrade I could’ve made? No.

At the time of my purchase, the Ideapad Gaming sold for around $850 which was already over my $800 baseline. I’m quite surprised that Lenovo dropped the prices so quickly. I think this only goes to prove how Lenovo pricks can’t be trusted. I’ve heard this from several reviewers as well – Lenovo keeps changing their prices all the time. If the Ideapad Gaming started selling so well, I bet they’d bump the prices up to $1000 the very next day!
FUCK LENOVO! LENOVO SUCKS!

I’ll be adding an additional RAM stick in the future, and get an SSD. That should significantly bump up the performance.

It’s very weird that LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta took longer to boot on the “new” laptop than my old netbook. I think there will be some optimizations in the future.
I do have a roadmap for the upgrades coming next year, so maybe I’ll write an article about that.

Footnote: In explaining the details of the specs, I believe I’ve already doxxed my laptop. Oh well!

Apple M1: The Greatest Chip Of The Decade

The M1 is an ARM based SoC designed by Apple inspired by their ARM A14 chip.

It has four high-performance Firestorm and four energy-efficient Icestorm cores.

The Firestorm cores have 192 KB of L1 instruction cache and 128 KB of L1 data cache and share a 12 MB L2 cache.

The Icestorm cores have a 128 KB L1 instruction cache, 64 KB L1 data cache, and a shared 4 MB L2 cache.

The Icestorm “E cluster” has a frequency of 0.6–2.064 GHz and a maximum power consumption of 1.3 W.

The Firestorm “P cluster” has a frequency of 0.6–3.204 GHz and a maximum power consumption of 13.8 W.

The M1 comes with unified 8 GB or 16 GB RAM. The RAM and the SoC are combined into a single chip.

The M1 has an integrated Apple-designed 7-core/8-core GPU.

And that’s the specs sheet.

This chip is faster than any Intel and AMD chip of it’s class.
In fact, this chip is in it’s own class with it’s 5 nm architecture.

This chip is also faster than any NVIDIA and AMD dedicated graphics card in a special way.

The M1 can consume a maximum of 14W.
In fact the M1 Macbooks don’t even come with a fan! My crappy Lenovo S20-30 netbook also came without a fan but it had a crappy slow piece of Intel garbage.

The battery life for M1 powered laptops is the outstanding.

The M1 Macbook Air was reportedly launched at the price of $999.
At this price point, I’d say this was an acceptable deal, BUT the Macbooks aren’t great.
Don’t get me wrong – the M1 chip is the greatest, so far. If I had the money, I’d buy a laptop with an M1 chip.
But Apple Macbooks aren’t a great purchase for consumers. And for several reasons; one being, very poor maintenance, repair and upgradability options.

The M1 is a trendsetter. It’s a spaceship in a world of supercars.

I’m excited to see what the competition will now bring on the table.
It’ll take AMD perhaps another 5 years to get their equivalent of an M1 chip.
It’ll take Intel 10 years or more. Because Intel sucks and FUCK INTEL!

Everyone was talkin’ about how cool AMD chips are. I mean, look at this! It’s more powerful than anything AMD came up wih and doesn’t even need a fan! If AMD is cool, then Apple’s M1 is ice-cold. And Intel – oh bugger! Intel may shut down by the end of this decade. Their CPUs are way overpriced and Intel HD Graphics is completely useless when the M1 is taken into consideration. And the Iris crap isn’t any better. No praise for Intel and their new generations of the same overpriced bullshit every year!

I mean, look at the performance vs power consumption here, both on the CPU and integrated GPU.
The Zen 3 products are the last great thing from AMD for the next few years. Because now they’ll have to go back to the drawing board, and redesign an entire new SoC that can compete with Apple’s M1. And compatible graphics cards that can go along with those.
Because that’s where the money is.

The M1 chip just falls short of AMD and Nvidia’s most powerful dedicated GPUs that were released late last year. That’s a big deal. Apple singlehandedly designed a chip with an integrated GPU that beat all the dedicated GPUs before it’s launch.

Nvidia will have to go back to the drawing board as well. Every company that wants to survive will have to do something! And if they don’t, rest assured that Apple will gain a whole lotta new consumers. Well that can’t be good for AMD, Intel or Nvidia, right?

Fanless SoC that runs like a beast! The entire motherboard is so small, they make desktop computers look like dinosaurs.

Now I don’t like Apple’s tiny motherboards and terrible upgrading designs. I hope the other companies would make better choices.
Imagine a 16 core M3 chip, with a fan and the same chassis as today’s average laptops. The thing would be a beast with the best cooling possible.
And I hope there would be upgrading options with RAM slots in addition to the integrated RAM. That’d be nice.

I think this new decade will bring along some of the most powerful chips we could ever have imagined. And the longer those are delayed, the larger Apple’s customer base will grow.

Apple’s 8 core M1 chip is already here.
Now we just have to wait and see when they’ll release a 12 core M2 and 16 core M3..
By the time those come out, if AMD and Nvidia haven’t released something as good, then dedicated graphics cards will become obsolete.
I mean, if there was an option for the M1 chip in a Lenovo, Asus or Dell laptop when the M1 Macbooks came out, I’d have bought one.

Tech Companies: The Fad Of Going Green

Last year, Apple dropped the bomb on their fanbase that they wouldn’t be shipping the chargers and earpods along with their new iPhones.

“Apple is also removing the power adapter and EarPods from iPhone packaging, further reducing carbon emissions and avoiding the mining and use of precious materials, which enables smaller and lighter packaging, and allows for 70 percent more boxes to be shipped on a pallet.”

Now how much of this is true?
None of it. I’ll explain why in a bit.

This year, Samsung announced that they wouldn’t be shipping their new phone with a charger either.
The same company that was mocking Apple for not including chargers with their phones is now copying that move.
Why?
Is it because they’re also “reducing carbon emissions and avoiding the mining and use of precious materials”?

A few years ago, when Apple removed the head jack from their phones in the interest of saving space and making “technlogical progress”, Samsung and other companies made fun of them.
We all know this was a load of crap because they were simply pushing consumers to buy their wireless earpods.
Lo and behold! Samsung and the other companies did the same shit.

Here’s the truth; and everybody knows this, but nobody’s saying or doing anything because they’re blinded consumers – tech companies don’t give a rat’s ass about the environment.
It’s all about the profits – how can we make more money from the consumers? That’s what they’re thinking.

Any company that really wanted to make progress by going green, would design phones with a modular design. All upgrades would be made by simply replacing individual modules.
Such a phone would last for decades.
Customers would spend less money each year, and tech companies would actually be helping the environment.
But y’know what the problem is? The problem is that these companies wouldn’t be making a lot of profits.
Their highest revenue would be the year they sold the phones, and after that, profits would trickle down to a minimum as customers would only buy individual modules when needed.
Now there’s a phone that comes to mind when I said this: the Fairphone.
Now I read about the Fairphone a long time ago, back in 2013, when they launched their first phone.
Within a span of 7 years, Fairphone has only released 4 models. And I think that’s commendable, considering that Apple, Samsung and other phone companies release dozens of phones every year.

If Apple gave two shits about the environment, the iPhone would’ve been designed like the Fairphone and a new model released every 5 years.
I’ve had a smartphone for 5 years and it still works like a champ.
Now when I got my phone, the Fairphone 2 was out. And I wish I’d asked for a Fairphone instead of a Samsung.
On the positive side, I’ve treated my Samsung the same way I’d have treated my Fairphone. I rooted it and installed custom ROMs all the way through. In fact, mine’s now running a personalized custom ROM with Android 10.
Another consideration is that my Samsung cost like 230 bucks while the Fairphone 2 cost 635 bucks. So, there’s that.
Now I feel better about owning my crappy Samsung. The price matters.

Anyway, Apple, Samsung and all the other companies have gone in the opposite direction of the Fairphone.
While the Fairphone was modular by design, one can’t even open the back of an iPhone to replace the battery.
Everything is soldered onto the motherboard, except for the battery and the cameras.
If you wannna see how crappy phone designs with respect to going green, check out Zack aka JerryRigEverything’s channel on YouTube.

What’s the deal with releasing a new phone every year?
Like how much tech progress could you make in a year?

While we’re discussing soldering, can we talk about laptops?
These days, a lot of laptops have soldered memory. That means you can’t even upgrade the memory.
And almost all laptops these days come with an internal battery. You can’t just slide and pop the battery out like my HP Pavilion from the last decade.

There was a time when laptops were modular. You could replace the battery, swap the hard drive, replace the keyboard, screen, almost everything, with relative ease. That’s what old Thinkpads are famous for.

Remember the days when laptops were rugged, made of strong plastic or aluminium? They were chunky bricks designed to stand the test of time.
They could last a decade.

How long does an average laptop last these days?
With all the soldered memory and sealed design, I doubt they’re used for more than 3 years.

Consumerism is on the rise, and it has been propelled by Tech companies like Apple and Samsung. Instead of releasing products that would last a long duration, they design products that hardly last a year before they have problems. That way, the consumer is forced to buy the new one when it’s released.

I’ve read stories of Apple intentionally slowing down old phones to make consumers buy new ones.

Look at the Apple repair costs on the Apple website.
It costs more than my phone to repair an iPhone.

What was Apple’s annual revenue for 2020?
How did they make that money? By screwing over the consumers? By screwing over the workers in Apple factories?

I look at the Macbook prices and it’s disgusting.
I could get a similarly spec’d laptop for half the price.

Anyway, there’s the article. Apple sucks. Samsung sucks. And anyone who buys into this “going green” bullshit has a very low IQ.

My Samsung’s going to last another couple of years. But when I do get around to buying another phone, if I ever do, it’ll be something along the lines of Fairphone or whatever phone that comes at the right price with a modular design.