What’s up today? (Part 1)

Correct. It was the reduction in sources of bugs in code and particularly mutli-thread handling. EG race conditions, memory mishandling, overloading of variables, and so on

RUST is great for OS and similar programming since a lot of the nasty tiny bugs are very difficult to introduce into the program since the code constrains so much sloppy handling.

There are a number of projects (including Linux, Windows) that are taking up RUST because it is better than other current languages.

The difficulty comes from the requirements to not take shortcuts etc.


IIRC David said Rust was a much better “systems language”. Before that people generally chose C++, and before that C, then Assembly, then machine code.

To say Rust is hard to program is naive IMO, it makes it harder to write incorrect code, and easier to write correct code than any of the others I listed. When programming systems which lots of other code, services and users rely on this is more important than when writing a single app, especially if the app isn’t critical like a game. You probably should consider Rust for critical apps like a wallet though.

It might be more correct to say it’s easier to write a game app than a wallet app, because you need to be able to achieve a much higher standard of reliability in the wallet. Doing that in an “easy to write” language like Python is going to be much harder than doing the same thing in Rust IMO.

So why write vdash in Rust rather than say Python? I think it would be perfectly fine and maybe easier for some to use Python for that, or nodejs etc. In my case I wanted to learn Rust, and tbh I prefer systems languages and now that I’ve got the basics I’d choose Rust again because it’s actually high productivity - far harder to introduce bugs - which to my mind is easier than something like Python. More head scratching to get the code written, less to get it working!


Ok, I get it, it’s easier to write some sort of software in Rust, than in other languages. Hmm fair enough for me, I was probably unnecessarily generalizing.

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Search no longer includes DuckDuckGo, but now includes DuckDuckGo :smiley:


Strike push bitcoin into Argentina:


Make the “semantic web” web 3.0 again – with the help of SQLite


Essentially the idea here is that the semantic web didn’t take off because people don’t bother translating the data in databases into the html markup, too much extra work. But if the database itself is directly queryable on the client, as it would mostly need to be on SAFE, then you don’t need special markup to add the raw data to the html, because the database is already available for anyone who wants to use it (though by itself doesn’t help with the issue of data from different sources being in structured in incompatible ways and using incompatible formats)

HN discussion has some quite interesting comments too


e2e Encrypted Chat Illegal Across EU

Chat apps are now classified as telecommunication providers by EU, meaning that member states are bringing in legislation to enforce wire tap interception on these services, seriously damaging the security and privacy of e2e encrypted messaging services:

The problem is, the new Directive (which became law in December 2018 and required Member States to implement in national legislation by December 2020) reclassifies messenger/chat services as electronic communications service providers and as such puts them in the same category as telephony providers (number based communications services providers).



Does this affect e2e email like protonmail as well or just chat apps?

Nothing they can do with p2p apps like qtox though.


You know you want it:

Privacy. Security. Freedom


That recent comnet had me thinking it’d reach my 2 week commitment and have to get my SN tattoo.


What if the Industrial Revolution had started 2,000 years ago rather than 200? (And why didn’t it?)

This article focuses mainly on why didn’t it happen until much later, and is a very interesting short read.


Interesting read. The lack of imagination and endless negativity in the mainstream narrative is shocking and depressing. They seem to want us to wallow in self pity, self doubt, self loathing and generally expect apocalyptical outcomes at every turn.

I don’t know what or who is the motivation for this. Some people do like to watch folks suffer (soap operas are full of it, for daily doses), but I know lots of people tuning out of the ‘news’ and its drip feed of fear.

When there is hope, people feel empowered. When they are empowered, people take risks. Where people take risks, there is progress. Maybe ‘the powers that be’ fear such feelings in their captive populous?


Hmmm, Maidsafe could have a new headquarters and David can be the king!


How about something to say what it is about. Is it the old doom sayers that world is ending, or crypto is ending, or what. Its not like we’ve haven’t requested this many times.

With nothing to inform me what it is about then I personally have no interest in watching sorry.


In his testimony in early December, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell admitted it is “probably a good time to retire” the Fed’s characterization of inflation as “transitory”—up, until that time, Powell described inflation as temporary. Today’s guest explains what happens when the Fed “takes away the crutches.”

Gerald Celente, the Founder/Director of the Trends Research Institute and publisher of the weekly Trends Journal magazine says, “When interest rates go up, the cheap money flow stops, the economy is going to go down, and the equity markets are going to crash.”

In this episode, Gerald shares his 2022 Outlook for:

  1. Gold, silver, Bitcoin
  2. Commercial real estate
  3. U.S. economic front
  4. China’s dual-circulation policy
  5. The rise of the “Metaverse”

Host Robert Kiyosaki and guest Gerald Celente discuss what trends you should be watching in 2022 and how current events both locally and globally will affect your investments.


Another domino in line to fall … we will see, but seems that it’s inevitable that another one will drop within a year or so and more will certainly line up as well.


Possible because it has many similarities with El Salvador:

  • importance of remittances in the economy
  • small country
  • no independent monetary policy (its currency is pegged to a basket of currencies)
  • volcanoes!

One big difference though is that the population is largely banked contrary to El Salvador.

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# Journalists in El Salvador Targeted With Spyware Intended for Criminals

Maria Abi-Habib

5-6 minutes

The announcement came months after the U.S. government blacklisted the Israeli firm that produces Pegasus, the technology used to target the journalists.


![Spyware has been found on the phones of 22 reporters and editors from the El Faro newspaper in El Salvador over the last year.|600x400](https://static01.nyt.com/images/2022/01/12/world/12salvador/merlin_198350874_af5809b4-1920-4b32-b9a1-80c9a437a791-articleLarge.jpg?quality=75&auto=webp&disable=upscale)

Credit...Rodrigo Sura/EPA, via Shutterstock

Jan. 12, 2022

El Salvador’s leading news outlet, El Faro, said on Wednesday that the phones of a majority of its employees had been hacked with the spyware Pegasus, which has been used by governments to monitor human rights activists, journalists and dissidents.

The revelation came just months after the American government blacklisted the Israeli firm that produces Pegasus, the NSO Group, in an attempt to curb the largely unregulated global market in spyware.

According to Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School and Access Now, two cybersecurity watchdogs that analyzed the phones of El Faro’s employees, the spyware had been installed on the phones of 22 reporters, editors and other employees between July 2020 and November 2021.

During that time, El Faro was investigating the Salvadoran government’s clandestine connections to the country’s gangs and corruption scandals. The government has denied any connection to local gangs.

“It’s completely unacceptable to spy on journalists,” said Carlos Dada, the founder and director of El Faro. “It endangers our sources, it limits our work and it also endangers our families.”

The cybersecurity watchdogs said 13 journalists from other Salvadoran news organizations were targeted as well. An El Faro journalist’s phone had been reinfected with the spyware over 40 times, the most persistent hacking attempt by Pegasus yet to be discovered.

“NSO Group’s tentacles continue to spread across the globe, crushing the privacy and rights of journalists and activists into oblivion,” said Angela Alarcón, who campaigns on Latin America and the Caribbean at Access Now. “Revelations that Pegasus software has been used to unjustly spy in El Salvador may not come as a complete surprise, but there is no match to our outrage.”

It remains unclear who was using NSO’s surveillance technology to spy on the journalists. El Salvador’s government denied responsibility, and a spokesperson with NSO Group would not say whether Pegasus spyware had been provided to El Salvador’s governments, past or present.

“The government of El Salvador is in no way related to Pegasus and is not a client of the NSO Group,” Sofía Medina, the communications director for President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador, said in a statement.

“The government of El Salvador is investigating the possible use of Pegasus,” the statement added, before going on to describe a similar hacking attempt targeting Salvadoran government officials.

The development is the latest scandal to rock NSO Group, a prized Israeli technology company whose spyware [has long been under scrutiny](https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/technology/nso-group-how-spy-tech-firms-let-governments-see-everything-on-a-smartphone.html) for its ability to capture all activity on a smartphone — including a user’s keystrokes, location data, sound and video recordings, photos, contacts and encrypted information — and for mounting allegations of misuse by repressive governments.

In August it [was revealed that Pegasus](https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2021/07/18/takeaways-nso-pegasus-project/) had been secretly installed on the smartphones of at least three dozen journalists, activists and business executives across the world, including close associates of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In Mexico, it was used against [influential journalists](https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/world/americas/mexico-spyware-anticrime.html) and others.

The [Biden administration blacklisted NSO Group](https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/03/business/nso-group-spyware-blacklist.html) in November, stating that the company had knowingly supplied spyware used by foreign governments to “maliciously target” the phones of human rights activists, journalists and others.

The measure was a notable break with Israel, an American ally, as the company is one of Israel’s most successful technology firms and operates under direct surveillance of the Israeli government.

After the American government blacklisted NSO Group, the company promised that Pegasus was only licensed to governments with good human rights records.

But in December it was [announced that the iPhones](https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/03/us/politics/phone-hack-nso-group-israel-uganda.html) of 11 American Embassy employees working in Uganda had been hacked using Pegasus spyware.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for NSO Group, who declined to provide their name, maintained the company only provides its software to legitimate intelligence agencies and to law enforcement agencies to fight criminals and terrorists.

The spokesman added that the company does not know who the targets of its customers are, but that NSO works to ensure that its tools are used only for authorized purposes.

Israel’s Defense Ministry is in charge of regulating and approving any exports of NSO’s software. The Israeli military has also been criticized for its human rights violations at home and abroad.

While it remains unclear what entity targeted the Salvadoran journalists, El Salvador has been criticized for intimidating and censoring local media.

El Salvador’s president, Mr. Bukele, has come under withering criticism from the United States government and rights groups for using the military to interfere with the legislature and to suspend Supreme Court judges and the attorney general.
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