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Website Lets You ‘Call a Deplorable’… or ‘Call an Elitist’


The final presidential debate was last night, and while we’re going to refrain from making any commentary about it, we can’t help but be amused by a pair of websites created by former Facebook product manager Alexandre Roche in anticipation for the event. They’re called and, and they work like this: if you’re a Hillary Clinton supporter and feel the desire to have a, uh, levelheaded conversation about the issues with a die-hard Trump supporter, you can visit ‘Call a Deplorable’, enter your phone number and wait until the system matches you up with someone from the other side. The same idea works the other way: if you’re a die-hard Trump supporter, you can visit ‘Call an Elitist’ and wait to be connected with a Hillary supporter. Your actual phone numbers are kept anonymous, just in case you’re matched up with someone interested in doing a little more than having a simple phone conversation. You should know that you might have to wait a while until you’re matched up, because it all depends on demand. Still, if you’re so convinced your candidate is the right choice and can’t figure out why the opposite side just can’t see it your way, you now have a simple way to ask them directly.

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Onion Pi Could Help You Remain Anonymous On The Internet


Worried about all the NSA spying? You’re a law abiding citizen but are incensed that your browsing habits are being recorded and analyzed, in possible violation of your constitutional rights? There are ways to make that tracking more difficult (though, fair warning, possibly not impossible) with the DIY project pictured above. It’s called the Onion Pi, uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and access to TOR to give you access to potentially anonymous surfing.

Browse anonymously anywhere you go with the Onion Pi Tor proxy. This is fun weekend project that uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and Ethernet cable to create a small, low-power and portable privacy Pi. Using it is easy-as-pie. First, plug the Ethernet cable into any Internet provider in your home, work, hotel or conference/event. Next, power up the Pi with the micro USB cable to your laptop or to the wall adapter. The Pi will boot up and create a new secure wireless access point called Onion Pi. Connecting to that access point will automatically route any web browsing from your computer through the anonymizing Tor network.

The link below brings you to a page that sells a pack with all the parts you need for the project. It’s $95, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Tor foundation. But yeah, you still have to put it together yourself.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Boingboing ]

Anonymous Hacks Into Syrian President’s Email — Password Was 12345

By David Ponce

Syria’s uprising could take on a new twist in the coming days as news that hacker group Anonymous has gained access to Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad’s personal email account surfaces. Unfortunately for the leet pride of most of Anonymous’ hackers, they didn’t have to do much work to gain entry as Al-Assad’s password was simply “12345”. Once in, the group had access to 78 different inboxes belonging to either the president or his staffers. We have no doubt that these emails are being read as we type this and once the good bits start to surface, it’ll be interesting to see who gets embarrassed. We just need to look back a few months at the fallout from the WikiLeaks cables to see how damaging this type of information can be to governments worldwide.

We should soon find out more. In the meantime, if your password is something as stupid as “12345” or even “password”, do yourself a favor and just go change it. It doesn’t even need to be anything too elaborate; a short string of hard-to-remember unrelated random characters is less secure than a longer string of say, a few related words. Like “idontlikerememberingpasswords”.

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