Valve just released a massive new Proton update, making Red Dead Redemption 2, Death Stranding and Horizon Zero Down playable on Linux: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/wiki/Changelog#513-1 #linuxgaming #linux #proton #steamplay
Today, Tor published Attack Surface, the third Little Brother book, in which I really lean into this idea, finding my plot points primarily in irreconcilable and even vicious differences among people trying to do good.
I'm not just trying to tell better stories - I'm also trying to create better intuitions. So many of the techies who found inspiration through Little Brother still manage to rationalize their way into perverting technology into something that oppresses rather than liberating.
you know how Youtube is a fuckin' cesspool? Mozilla is doing a new research project to try and expose all the problems with their algorithms. Install the Youtube Regrets extension and report when it gives you shit recommendations, and help clean up this nightmare Google actively endorses and supports.
If you missed the presale, you can still get the audio, everywhere EXCEPT Audible, who refuse to carry my work as it's DRM-free (that's why I had to fund the audiobook; publishers aren't interested in the rights to audio that can't be sold on the dominant platform).
Here's some of the stores carrying the book today:
Supporting Cast (Audiobooks from Slate):
Propaganda, censorship, and surveillance are attributes of the same underlying aspect: Monopoly. Centralised control.
All three problems have the same effective solution: Break up the monopolies.
Propaganda is a function of amplification, attention, audience capture, selective promotion, discovery, distraction, stealing the air supply or acquiring of any competion, and coöption of the platform. Propaganda is an inherent property of monopoly control.
Censorship and Gatekeeping are functions of excludability, audience gating, selective exclusion, obfuscation, distraction, stealing the air supply or acquiring of any competion, and, again, coöption of the platform. Censorship is an inherent property of monopoly control.
Surveillance whether of the state, capitalist, or non-state actor varieties, is a function of population and provider capture, coercion or gatekeeping of vendors and pipelines, and, again, coöption of the platform. Surveillance is an inherent property of monopoly control.
Audiences, a public, divided across independent networks, with access to different editorial selection, from different distribution networks, with access to different input message streams, are far less subject to propaganda, censorship, or surveillance.
It's importance to realise that the key is not nominal control but actual control, which may be nonobvious or unapparent to many participants. A system with appearances of decentralisation may well be centralised under the surface. Retail brand labels vs. brand ownership, or Luxottica's stranglehold over the eyeglasses market, for example, give a false sense of "consumer choice" in a case of actual tight corporate control.
And why is this? What's the fundamental connection between monopoly and control? Control is about maximising desired outcome to applied effort. In monopoly, there is a central focus of influence, the monopolist. Even a very partial controlling share can still be effective. In a first-past-the-post majority scenario such as elections or corporate share ownership, the bloc which swings the majority has control, even if it itself is numerically a minority. In markets, networks, organisations, etc., a single place to permit or deny input or output increases control by decreasing effort and increasing effect.
Shout-outs to Cory Doctorow (@pluralistic -- a great profile to follow, and https://pluralistic.net), Matt Stoller (https://mattstoller.substack.com/?no_cover=true), Lina Khan (https://www.yalelawjournal.org/note/amazons-antitrust-paradox), Zephyr Teachout (https://bookshop.org/books/break-em-up-recovering-our-freedom-from-big-ag-big-tech-and-big-money/9781250200891), and others breaking through some seriously Borked chickenshit thinking on this topic.
Chinese APT spotted using a UEFI bootkit in the wild
-bootkit was used to install MosaicRegressor, an espionage toolkit
-targets included diplomatic entities and NGOs in Africa, Asia, and Europe
-bootkit most likely installed with physical access
Me: Hey Computer, I'm bored. Show me what would happen if, uh, if say ABBA were Knight Rider
Computer: .... working
Me: uh are you really
Computer: Here are is the music video you requested
(Under Attack, 1982)
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