paranoia

OK everyone… Much has been made of the “prophecies” of the Mayas regarding tomorrow’s date (21 December 2012). According to everything the conspiracy theory bullcrap peddlers (i.e.: fraudsters) say, the world’s going to end tomorrow. In fact, due to my time zone, I have less than an hour to live. LOL. Yeah, right.

I’ll first give you a list of dates for apocalyptic events proposed by numerous people, as compiled by the nice folks at Wikipedia. Read through it. Guess what? Nothing happened. Jesus didn’t return. The Messiah of Judaism never came. The Antichrist didn’t come, either. The Apocalypse never happened. The world didn’t end. Our poor little old Earth is still spinning around herself and orbiting the Sun, we’re still here, making a mess out of our world and our lives…

And the paranoia peddlers still make a lot of money on the stupidity, fear and ignorance of the masses. But now, I’m going to give you (like thousands of bloggers and other internet users have done before), the REAL, 100% TRUE SECRET behind the Mayan Calendar and the End of the World! Ready? Here it comes:

The TRUE secret of the Mayan calendar.

The TRUE secret of the Mayan calendar.

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Mona (formerly slutrix)

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Shortlink: http://wp.me/p2pUmX-1V

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Continuing from where I left off in my previous post on the subject, I am coming back, this time with the opinion of an internet security expert. You see, in RL I happen to work for a software company and this obviously gives me acquaintances with people who are in the IT business. Therefore, it is only natural that they can offer me some concise, accurate information on many issues where my knowledge isn’t enough. Deciding not to be “The Scotty Who Knew Too Much“, I handed all the information I gathered during my investigation of the whole Gemini CDS Ban Relay to a friend who is an internet security expert and a participant in the local chapter of the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project). So, I asked him for his educated opinion. Here’s what he has to say on the matter:

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Last time, in an anger-fueled post I decided to touch on a very sensitive and drama-inducing subject: the paranoia that is eating through the minds of many content creators in Second Life. It was quite a few RL years ago (late 2006, in fact; this sort of time interval in Second Life terms amounts to about a century) that the drama around Copybot started to unfold. For a quick and dirty summary, I will point you all to the coverage from CNET, because it is a serious resource, far more serious than the rants of many people on the forums, blogs and discussion boards. According to the content creators protesting against Copybot, it harmed them no end and put their livelihoods at risk, because it would allow everyone to copy their work and resell it.

In my previous post, I mentioned how the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the (conservative) Cato Institute and journalist institutions like Ars Technica and TechDirt  pointed out how the RL content industry presents bogus data to the authorities and the governments in its lobbying attempts (which are more often than not accompanied by melodramatic TV adverts about struggling artists who will become destitute by piracy) to pass pro-censorship “anti-piracy” laws (see HADOPI, SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and CETA). Yes, bogus data. And the U.S. GAO even protested about the content industry not giving them all the data and the methodology they used to come up with these make-believe results and conclusions. Once again, you can have a look at Cato Institute’s article “How Copyright Industries Con Congress” and, of course, the other sources I mentioned in my previous post on this matter.

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In Real Life, we have all witnessed the paranoia and even maliciousness of the corporations that “create content”: from the likes of Kluwer and Elsevier to the companies behind such organizations as the RIAA, the IFPI and the MPAA, they have all been going on about how “piracy kills music”, about how even a single photocopy that a student might make of a single page of a scientific book “hurts their business” and “deters innovation” and such.

Of course, as proven multiple times by such great resources as TechDirt and Ars Technica, this is all bullshit. Pure and utter bullshit. First of all, the RIAA has been proven to be lying off its teeth about the supposed impact of piracy. Matthew Lasar of Ars Technica called the RIAA on its lies here. TechDirt debunked the bogus data of the US Chamber of Commerce (fabricated at the request of the “content industry”) here. Even the (overly) conservative Cato Institute called the copyright industry on its bullshit, in a seminal article titled “How Copyright Industries Con Congress“.

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