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Oct 3, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
dunno if anyone else does this but I made an agreement with some spiders by the door to my house. the deal was: they catch all the bugs as they come into my house, but under no circumstances were they allowed upstairs. in return, I wouldn't murder them or disturb their webs this relationship flourished at first. I noticed plenty of dead bug bodies in their webs, and I hadn't seen a spider upstairs in weeks. the spiders just chilled in their webs, never moving an inch. I even greeted them as I entered and exited the house
Apr 9, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
I'm building a security solution that's gonna be a miracle for developers who want to have Enterprise-level security without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. It's called Sindle, and you can get on the early access list by subscribing on our site:
sindle.io It's a fantastic alternative to the likes of Sqreen, AlertLogic and Splunk. We're making the user experience incredibly simple, so easy in fact that we're confident anyone can use it, not just security analysts
Oct 11, 2019 5 tweets 5 min read
I wasn't able to get this section in to my article in the Guardian, theguardian.com/commentisfree/…, but here's a list of hopefully China-free alternatives to any Blizzard games if you're looking to play something else. #BoycottBlizzard HEARTHSTONE
@GodsUnchained : godsunchained.com
@PlayGwent : playgwent.com/en
@DotaUnderlords : store.steampowered.com/app/1046930/Do…
@wizards_magic : magic.wizards.com/en/mtgarena
Sep 19, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
Black or brownface is definitely in the top 3 for ways to cancel yourself It's kind of strange, there was definitely a lot of brown/blackface in the 90s and early 2000s. Was it more acceptable then or was there just no social media so cancelling people was more difficult? Maybe as there was no social media many people just didn't know it was bad.
Aug 13, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
Worst thing about leaving cert results is the 1% of people who screw up school/college and still end up successful just use the day as an opportunity to do some serious humblebragging Now I did screw up school/college and end up doing very well for myself, however I attribute 80-90% of that to pure luck and had several horrible, draining years where I tried to figure out what the hell I was going to do without proper qualifications.
May 24, 2019 4 tweets 3 min read
It's a disgrace the government has zero plans on the legalization of even the most safe, risk-free recreational drug. That lobby organizations exist to campaign against this based off of rare side effects normally induced by a combination with alcohol.

thejournal.ie/legalising-can… Where's the lobbying to outlaw alcohol? Alcohol can be linked to ~2.8 million deaths each year, 40% of all violent crimes are linked to alcohol, offenders are far more likely to be under the influence of alcohol than any other drug.
May 22, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
My dog used to be wonderful and chill, and would just sit and snooze beside you all day. Then we put her on healthy dog food from @forthglade instead of Pedigree. Now all she wants to do is play and run around and get attention. Is it bad that I preferred the malnutritioned form of my dog to the new healthy one
May 21, 2019 8 tweets 2 min read
Just a few points from my interview on facial recognition because of constant mis-characterization of my arguments and also a total denigration of my views as if I'm some tinfoil-wearing hermit. 1. The idea that just because the UK has good intentions regarding their facial recognition does not mean it won't be abused. History has proven that emerging technologies are consistently abused by law enforcement agencies.
Nov 24, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
Today is a day you almost never hear about - Holodomor Remembrance Day, where we remember the 8 million Ukrainians who starved to death as a result of the communist regime. Any mildly successful farmer was known as a 'kulak' and were killed or expelled to Siberia. If you were even mildly successful in the USSR, well you must have stolen it from someone else.
Oct 4, 2018 11 tweets 2 min read
One thing that staggers me in today's day and age is the total and utter loss of truth, the destruction of reasonable debate, and the forfeiture of integrity for political gain. I follow equally left/right Twitter accounts and the juxtaposition of both narratives and stories consistently amazes me. Both sides are meant to balance each other as there is rarely one 'correct' point of view, not drown each other out among the frenzied cries of tribalism.
Oct 1, 2018 18 tweets 4 min read
I've seen a lot of people discussing drugs, their usage, and how and why people die from them yet people continue to take them - I know a good bit about drugs (don't ask), and my best friend died from an overdose this year, so here's my perspective. Drugs in general serve only two purposes:
A) A method of escape, when reality has too much suffering and people want to temporarily free themselves from that existence.
B) A method of new experience, when reality is a bit too boring and people want to go somewhere exciting.
Sep 25, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
The UK's version of the NSA, the GCHQ, was found by the EU Court of Human Rights to be in violation of freedom of expression and the right to privacy on a national surveillance scale. Through a loophole, UK citizens could have metadata about their communications accessed without any court or administrative approval. UK law enforcement could request the metadata of your communications WITH NO OVERSIGHT.
Sep 10, 2018 12 tweets 3 min read
Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay and while I usually wouldn't participate in hashtags, this one is of particular importance to me. Here's some of the most important statistics regarding suicide in our society today. In the last 20 years suicide rates have increased by around 25%. More than half of those who died by suicide, had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition. There are only three causes of death which are increasing year over year: drug overdoses, Alzheimer's, and suicide.
Aug 9, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
People were advocating for the government to intervene in the baker situation (using force to compel someone to do something they don't want to).

People (including me) are advocating for the companies THEMSELVES to stand on the side of free speech, no government involvment There's a reason free speech exists and why it's so detrimental to the Internet, and it's very simple: Who gets to define what is not okay to say? Do you think just because the majority believes something is wrong, that makes it wrong?
Apr 11, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
Don't trust Amazon's Alexa or Google Home? Here are several frankly insane patents they've filed over the last five years Amazon: A system for listening in to conversations for keywords, even when you haven't said 'Alexa'. This would target statements like 'I love skateboarding' then store the statement as text, and use the text to target you with skateboard ads
Apr 3, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
When you give an app access to your camera and microphone, here are the permissions you're really giving 1.
+ Access both the front and the back camera
+ Record you at any time the app is in the foreground
+ Take pictures and videos without telling you
+ Upload the pictures and videos without telling you
Mar 27, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Just to expand on a few things as I don't have the time to respond to all the individual questions, I'm just a simple man 1. Yes, if you are using Facebook or Google services on an Apple product, the information is still being collected
Mar 24, 2018 41 tweets 13 min read
Want to freak yourself out? I'm gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it 1. google.com/maps/timeline?… Google stores your location (if you have it turned on) every time you turn on your phone, and you can see a timeline from the first day you started using Google on your phone