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Cake day: March 11th, 2021


  • the setup actually isn’t bad at all. using a soundbar is a nice touch. i would do something about the clutter though; you want a nice clean desk for gaming sessions. too bad we can’t see the chair, you need something like an office chair for maximum comfort and not a gaming chair, as they actually aren’t very good for your back

  • the Republican Party checks off almost all of these.

    • powerful and continuing nationalism: MAGA and America First
    • disdain for human rights: the ongoing trans genocide and their support for the Palestinian genocide
    • identification of enemies as an unifying cause: the “woke” fearmongering
    • supremacy of the military: Trump has waffled between praising the military and calling them “losers”, so not quite yet
    • rampant sexism: reinforcement of traditional gender roles and the “tradwife” movement
    • controlled mass media: inside their sphere, yeah. Fox News, Newsmax, and OAN breathlessly hang on to every word Republican figures say
    • obsession with national security: bOrdEr WAlL!
    • religion and government intertwined: anti-abortion policies universally have religious justifications for them, plus several Republicans have said (and seem to sincerely believe) that Trump was ordained by Jesus
    • corporate power protected: corporate tax cuts and the withering of regulatory agencies under Republican leadership
    • labor power suppressed: the logical corollary to the above
    • disdain for intellectuals and the arts: distrust of experts and scientific endeavors
    • obsession with crime and punishment: running on being “hard on crime”
    • rampant cronyism and corruption: Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito’s undeclared trips from Republican donors are likely just the tip of the iceberg
    • fraudulent elections: not yet, and hopefully never 🤞

  • IIUC it wouldn’t be able to be automatically started then, right? I mean I guess you could drag it to startup but it would need the password to start. From a security minded perspective that’s good, but from a user perspective kind of sucks.

    that’s true, but since this is a record of everything you’ve ever done, i feel this is the irreducible minimum for security. a separate password prompt would signal to the less technically-minded users that this is Serious

    Always forced to foreground makes it even less convenient and kind of odd.

    this is a design pattern i borrowed from Linux (my OS of choice). modern Linux apps require your explicit permission to run in the background, so most of them don’t even bother with running in the background at all. that said, i suppose it can run in the background, as long as the status indicator is sufficiently noticeable, but you’d have to go into the settings and flip that switch yourself

    I don’t see this functionality as being useful if you have to remember to turn it on.

    i imagine that it would become a habit, or you’d set it to run on startup. my use case would be turning it on for specific tasks like research or shopping, where you might only later remember that that one thing you saw was actually really valuable

    I figure the cryptfs could be a bitlocker volume with a different key than the base C drives key to get similar protection. In theory it could also be based on the C drives bitlocker for a less secure, but still hardware level secured middle ground.

    can a user-installed app do that?

  • if i were designing a recall program, here’s how i would do it: it would take a screenshot every five seconds, OCR it, then run it through local quantized image recognition and word association neural networks, and then toss everything into a CryFS vault. when launching the recall program, you have to provide the password to unlock the vault so it can read and write to it. it can only run in the foreground (so you have to keep the window open for it to run, no closing it and forgetting about it) and it will display a status indicator in your system tray that provides a menu to pause or stop recording. afterwards, you can mark any text or region of the screen for redaction, and it’ll redact it across all screenshots and delete it from the database; you can delete individual screenshots or entire periods of time; and there will be an easily accessible self-destruct option that shreds the database (i.e. overwriting it with random garbage 21 times before deleting it off the disk). this is all offline and the application will not request network access

    i’m just making this up on the fly, so there are absolutely security and privacy considerations I absolutely forgot about, but this is the bare minimum i would like to see