First point : The fact that USB drives contain microcontrollers is not news. The fact that microcontrollers - any microcontrollers - can be reflashed is also not news. The ridiculous Dragos Ruiu psychotic episode and its predictable co-opting for USG sponsored psyops is not really news.
Seriously, get over the nonsense. Not everything the USG propaganda machine aka "media" screams over is worth the mention. In point of fact, most nothing they push is worth the mention, that's why they're pushing it in the first place. It just so happens that the only practical way to silence signal on the Internet is through receptor exhaustion, and so they're working diligently to flood the communication channels with crap in the hopes that the legitimate content won't make it through anymore.
tl;dr : the USG is DDoSing you. Filter themi out.
Second point : CISCO, for a long time the most respected name in network hardware, lost all its market share last year as a result of having defrauded its customers at the behest of the USG. It is now in the desperate position of a large company with no market, and has been meanwhile reinvented by its actual owner - the USG - as a provider of... "secure" things.
tl;dr : Cisco caught stealing, is now being pushed by rogue state as data security expert. Don't buy their crap.
Conclusion : Your enemy is trying to get you to go on the "cloud", which is not what it seems, but the exact opposite thereof. Their efforts are transparent to the point of ridicule, but this does not mean they will necessarily be unsuccessful.
Bitcoin however does mean they will necessarily be unsuccessful on smart people, which has the following dreadful implication for your own survival : if you follow the piper and go into the holding pen, we will butcher you and your shepherd will not be able to protect you.
That is all, really. You don't necessarily have to be one of us, nobody really gives a shit. But if you go in the place where food goes, you will be food.
So now. Do you really wish to be food ? That's the only question that actually needs answering, superfluous derpage about "security" on curated venues owned by the producers of pseudosecurity theatricals are superfluous. Do you wish to be food or do you wish to not be food ?
Act accordingly, nature knows no mercy.
tl;dr : Put your nudies on the iPad, it worked just for all those other retardedii chicks.———
- theguardian.com, wsj.com, washingtonpost.com, forbes.com, cnet.com, bloomberg.com, businessweek.com, you name it. The rule of thumb is pretty simple : if they're paying tax in the US, they're lying to you. Because the USG actually requires it, "legally", as per their definition of legal. It's that simple. Forget about the entire set - it's not only that they don't actually count in terms of readership, engagement, relevancy to public discourse etc etc as directly measured by their sheer inability to drive traffic on par with your average blog. It's that they don't even have anything actually interesting to say. And no, "social media" is neither a solution nor a replacement. "Social media" in its USG sponsored implementation is certainly media but in no sense social. Just definitively broken and in any case not long for this world.
The solution is the WoT, which at the most barebones implementation would consist of a list of blogs maintained by people you know and trust. That's it, and spread it out. Decentralize, but effectually, not just for the sake of the label. [↩]
- I won't soon forget the imbecile what's her name claiming that "hackers" went to the trouble of "faking" her 50 different pictures of fully clothed tongue displays.
Yeah, totally, that's what hackers do all day, re-enact the frightfully transgressive taboo smashing behaviour of putting the tongue out. Because these hackers are about as intellectually limited as your average starlet. Makes sense, so much sense. [↩]