Take a Narrow Health Site Survey

This sort of survey isn’t going to make the best website possible for our country.

I found the survey easy to take, but the results will be skewed toward the menu options listed, instead of answering the question ask which was “where would I look for X”, which is “Google”. Making sure existing links continue to work forever, would be the best way to ensure material is locatable by the public.

ConCalls: Trial Begins for Sona in #RoboCon #elxnfraud

An important trial in Canadian history is underway in Guelph, Ontario. Michael Sona, the only person accused by prosecutors of carrying out the illegall robocalls in Guelph to redirect people to the “Old Quebec St. Mall”, faces jail and fines. However, he could not have carried out this crime by himself, calling into question the accuracy of the investigation by Al Mathews.

Here’s a list of some of the evidence being presented in court today, as I assembled it over the past 2 years. It includes one of the robocalls heard this morning, as well as another used elsewhere in Ontario, but not by the Guelph Conservatives under question in court.

Crawford’s note that CIMS is restrictive in access helps prove the point that the Poutine election fraud was a conspiracy since Sona did not have access to both download the required phone numbers then remove evidence of such an act. Someone with more database permission than Sona had to have acted to cover tracks of the illicit access.

ConCalls: Who Did The Domestic Calls? #RoboCon #elxnfraud

Some behind the scenes numbers about Elections Canada’s impotent investigation into illegal robocalls…

[note Prime Contact, which came up in the blogosphere earlier this week.]

81. At the national level, the Conservative Party, using data from its Constituent Information Management System (CIMS) database, called through two primary telemarketing companies: Responsive Marketing Group (RMG) for live calls, and RackNine for automated calls. Individual candidate campaigns used a variety of telemarketers. For its part, the Liberal Party used its Liberalist database and called electors through two telemarketing companies, Prime Contact and First Contact, while individual candidate campaigns used several telemarketers …

83. They were unable to establish the content of that call or determine that the call received was the one about which the elector submitted a complaint. As a result, in many cases, it was simply not possible to gather any information confirming the allegation made by a given complainant that he or she had received an inappropriate call.

So, because there was no recording of the crime, investigators and Elections Canada overlooked the testimony of witnesses from whom they were able to obtain evidence of phone calls made to those multiple people with the same complaint?!
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ConCalls: Commish Waves White Flag in #RoboCon #elxnfraud Investigation

Despite audio evidence of widespread illegal robocalls, the Commissioner of Elections Canada has announced “no offenses committed”!

Canadians have had a heaping helping of obvious crime going unpunished, where Conservatives are the apparent benefactors.

I sadly predicted this ludicrous situation with a satirical piece I wrote last year that many people mistook for reality.

Among the bewildering improbable findings by the Commish are this:
“It is useful to note, moreover, that the data gathered in the investigation does not lend support to the existence of a conspiracy or conspiracies to interfere with the voting process (see, for example, sections 1.3 and 4.3).”

A Federal Court Judge ruled the opposite! He found fraud was likely in multiple ridings, which as we know from the highly “secure” CIMS database, requires CPC HQ authorization to be available in multiple ridings. Local staff do not have access to riding information elsewhere in the country, so there would have to be a conspiracy for identical fraud to be happening in more than one riding, as the Federal Court ruled.

Also this from Andrew Coyne:

Someone, that is, committed massive electoral fraud, in a way that could only benefit the Conservative party and making use of proprietary party information. But they did it without the party’s knowledge or participation.

Or what else can one conclude from Thursday’s ruling by Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley

Apparently Elections Canada can conclude what they did after 2008’s malicious robocalls in the S-GI riding of B.C., and drop the whole thing because investigations are harrrrd.

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#HeartBleed Bug is a Pun You Should Care About

Your passwords used on the Internet are likely known to bad people if you’ve recently logged into Yahoo, the CRA, or other popular websites. You should consider changing all of your passwords next week if you’ve used them on the Internet, in case they were exposed by an attack using the “heartbleed” bug. This flaw in OpenSSL security allows attackers to get a “heartbeat” response from affected servers, including your password in an unencrypted form.

With computer security, if you have high convenience, you’re likely experiencing a low level of security. So throw away those old passwords, and pick some new ones to use with different websites. The more passwords you have, the fewer sites you’ll lose access to if one password is learned by an attacker.

PRISM: Hack The Planet

Most people would consider “Hack the planet” to be some sort of black-hat hacker battle cry. It might more accurately describe the unconstitutional efforts of the United States of America’s NSA spy agency.

From a comment on the story:
““The intelligence community’s top-secret “Black Budget” for 2013, obtained by Snowden, lists TURBINE as part of a broader NSA surveillance initiative named “Owning the Net.””

Translation: They declared a Technology War against this world”, using our own computers against us.

TURBINE is an illegal NSA program, supported by GCHQ and who knows what other intelligence services around the world.

The big questions now, has anyone found this malware, and will AV companies provide us with protection or are they controlled by the NSA?

Bitcoins – How to Start Mining

This guide describes an indirect way to mine Bitcoins at home. You’ll need to understand how to edit a batch file and run it in the folder with a program you’ll also download.

It’s become unrealistic to discover Bitcoins before specialized ASIC miners find them, so to get around this problem you can mine Litecoin-derived coins and automatically exchange them for Bitcoins. You’ll need a newish gaming computer in order to use this method. A cheap Walmart laptop will not suffice, nor will a low-end office or home desktop. You’ll need an OpenCL or CUDA capable video card (GPU).

First get a free wallet to store bitcoins. Blockchain.info is a good site I’ve been using for months, and they have an Android app if you want too. It takes about 5 minutes to set one up, and write down the important password that cannot be forgotten or money saved in the wallet will become lost.

Then go to:
http://www.middlecoin.com/ where you will see instructions on how to configure your batch file.

Download cudaminer (works with NVidia video cards) (64 bit version, if your Windows version is 64 bit) and put your wallet’s address (starts with the number 1) where it says in the command line inside a batch file, with a made-up password.
If you have a Radeon ATI/AMD card, use cgminer instead. Note that it’s a different program from cudaminer, so it’s “arguments”, the commands following dashes in the batch file, do not match cudaminer’s arguments.
(Bitcointalk.org is a major website, but appears to be down this afternoon.)

This is an example batch file
to start the cudaminer program. You have to change the mining4all.eu address and port, to the middlecoin address instead.
Please leave questions in the comments section.

I also wrote this other beginner’s guide last week that you might want to check out.

If you liked this beginners guide, Bitcoin tips would be appreciated at this wallet address:
17ypGH6vUrowdyvUthgQ87wzdq9d8egQta

Kickstarter hacked

I signed up for KickStarter and didn’t even end up using it. Because I was lazy/human, I used a password I’d used on some other websites when creating my account there.

Kickstart hacked, personal info obtained.

So now I’ve had to go to a bunch of other websites and change the password I used on KickStarter to something else, in case the account thieves manage to brute-force solve the encrypted passwords they got from KickStarter.

Was I smart and used a unique password for each of the sites potentially affected? I’m human.

Bitcoins – Where to Start?

Someone recently asked me (okay, multiple people did) where to start to learn about getting Bitcoins?
You can start here at my blog, now. A better place to look will be at one of the links below in my 15 minute introduction. Don’t put off learning, it’s the Napster of the financial world, it will change how we do banking, like Napster changed how we get and share music.

You could download the bitcoin.org client first. It’s an easy install, it’s where I began, but stalled out… 2 years ago. What’s easier I think is getting a wallet at blockchain.info instead. Make a secure password 6 words long with punctuation. Write it down, and put the password in a safe place like cash! Maybe with your insurance papers, your will, or your passport. If you croak, your family will need this password to get access to your bitcoins.

Once you have a wallet (your Bitcoin address), share it with someone who has bitcoin so they can send you some in exchange for something.

To learn how to mine bitcoins, start out trying to mine litecoins first, they are basically the same technology, so learn once, and the skill works both they basically use the same programs. minerd, cgminer, cudaminer are example program names you may use. minerd is obsolete, used for CPU mining. CUDAminer is for computers with NVidia graphics processing units (GPUs), and cgminer is specialized for ATI Radeon GPUs. You can start each of them with a .bat (batch) file with the website address of a group or “pool” of other miners like you.

It’s hard to explain any more by typing a short guide, but that should keep you busy for 15 minutes, and give you a starting point.

Also follow @jkozan and @jeffcliff1 for local & Canadian crypto-currency updates on Twitter.


If you liked this beginners guide, Bitcoin tips would be appreciated at this wallet address:
17ypGH6vUrowdyvUthgQ87wzdq9d8egQta