- Use a VPN that isn't part of 5 eyes or 14 eyes
- Reduce telemetry with O&O ShutUp
- Apps, firmware, drivers
- Passphrases instead of passwords, or random passwords and a password manager
- Enable 2FA on all accounts
- Change default passwords on all IoT devices including the router
- Move to WPA3 and hide your SSID
- Disable WPS, UPnP, remote management, port sharing, update the router or move to one with granular control like creating a second network for IoT devices
- Disable DHCP and use static addresses and known MACs
- Disable remote access
- Disable Samba v1
- Secure DNS
- Disable bluetooth and any listening devices
- Use an internet security product rather than just antivirus (e.g. sandboxed browsers for banking, phishing filter, granular control of incoming and outgoing apps)
- Use more than one AV product or set of tools
- On any downloads, check SHAs where possible and use VirusTotal, enable SmartScreen, run apps in sandboxes where preferable
- Setup a honeypot
- Network/IP/LAN monitors and scans including scanning from the internet for open ports
- Use VMs
- Wipe and reinstall your machine regularly (attendees of Black Hat conferences go as far as to dump their laptops afterwards)
- Encrypt your HDD/SSD
- Route all traffic through a local gateway/proxy
- Physical security
- Turn things off when not at home
- Don't leave any devices on display - lock them away when not using them
- Scheduled offsite backups
- Use Linux
6 August 2020
26 July 2020
- Credit cards
- Stocks and shares
- Driving diesel/petrol
- Smoking (especially in public)
- Excessive drinking
- Excessive ownership of money (large spending should be regulated, advised and approved)
- Excessive gambling (more than your excess income)
- Cruelty to others, animals (i.e. physical abuse, domestic violence) and abandonment
- Funding anti-LGBT business (or any anti-equality-based division)
- Public possession of guns
- Eating meat irregularly, sustainably or being vegetarian/vegan
- Opting for renewable energy resources
- Adoption (submission and selection)
- Universal basic income
- Mental health walk in centres
- Online systems for voting and more regular votes
- Learning and education past 18 for changes to UK law or curriculum, to cover finance, jobs, looking after yourself, cleaning, DIY etc
- Self assessment tax returns - should be much more automated
- Tax rebates - Should never be so problematic
- Prohibition of drugs
- Driving licences should require regular reassessment of updated practices
21 July 2020
- Don't flood the house!
- I suffer from a terrible disability
- Scrabble yeet
- No-no square
- Lady attempts to use a sign
- Plunger on head
- Summon Joe Exotic
- Bus simulator
- No toilet paper?
- Why isn't fruit square?
- Chicken for dad
- Coconut no!
- Monsters Inc earrape prank
- CEO of air bending
- Grandma Sandy tries coke & mentos
- Hitler cat attacks plush cat and falls off table
- Gun cat
- Grumpy husky
- Level Up
- Wife is on period 1
- The Desperados
- Alien wants earth candy
- Ferret backs it up
- Scaring sleeping girlfriend
- Favourite grandson
- Dog really wants the buns
- Do you want to build a snowman?
- Playing an Asian parent
- How to deal with telemarketers
- Calling Wendys
- The Grand Tour - Hoe
20 July 2020
- Fill out a CV/resume
- Apply for jobs
- Be confident
- Frame yourself in a positive way
- Communicate proactively
- Clean kitchen, bathroom, etc
- Unclog a sink
- Seal gaps
- Be social
- Visit museums, tours, theatre
- Go to hotels
- Go on planes
- Plan a holiday
- Meet people
- Attend gigs, functions
- Health and hygiene
- Cook and eat healthily
- Look after yourself mentally (relax, techniques, know when to take a break)
- Get help
- Make appointments for doctors, dentists, opticians
- Use your time well
- Tend bad behaviours
- Write a cheque
- File taxes
- Buy a house
- What a credit score is
- Save money
- Ashtray Maze, Control
- Clockwork Mansion, Dishonored 2
- Return to the Tower, Dishonored
- Cloud's Subconscious, Final Fantasy VII
- Asylum Grounds, MediEvil
- Wulfrum Hall, MediEvil 2
- Loading the game after the first playthrough, NieR Automata
- Xen, Black Mesa
- The Citadel, Half-Life 2
- Gnasty's Loot, Spyro The Dragon
- The Part Where He Kills You, Portal 2
- The World That Never Was, Kingdom Hearts 2
- Zora's Domain, Breath of The Wild
- Hall of Heroes, Bioshock Infinite
- EOS, Red Faction Guerrilla
- Mission 10 (Bio-weapon factory), Silent Bomber
- Forbidden Forest, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (PS1)
- Fort Frolic, Bioshock
- Obtaining the black cube, Antichamber
- The Great Pyramid, Tomb Raider: Anniversary
- The Tower, Talos Principle
- Specter Land, Ape Escape
- City of the Sun, Horizon Zero Dawn
- Busker's Square, Machinarium
- Home planet, Samorost 3
- The Stanley Parable Adventure Line, The Stanley Parable
- ATC Headquarters, F.E.A.R.
- Back Hall, Amnesia
- Reactor, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs
- Lamba, SOMA
- Obliteration Imminent, Dead Space
22 June 2020
- When you turn 16, you're afforded the Liberty to drive unrestricted - without fear of punishment. (Given assumptions/restrictions such as driving in an emissions and electrically safe approved vehicle, following the laws of gravity and not flying in the clouds, and abiding by the DVLA)
- Freedom is having the resources to actually drive, such as money, time, a parking space, a licence etc. This is partly 'driven' (pun intended) by equity.
- Free will builds ontop of that and is basically a decision tree of to drive/to not drive/to buy a car/to not but a car/to run people over/to clean your car/to pick up your nan from hairdressers, and all possible permutations.
Don't worry about what everyone else expects you to be, or do, or think about. If you keep comparing yourself to others, you'll have no time for you.
Don't get hung up on someone who dumped you. Why should they go off and be happy with their lives when you have to suffer?
Optimism and pessimism are sometimes the reasons you put things off or put barriers in your life, like getting a car, going on holiday, signing up to the gym. There is a comfort zone that people don't like to get out of too.
Capitalism, and through it, consumerism and advertising, is designed to make you feel inadequate to convince you that you need more in your life to be successful and happy, when really, you don't need a pretty car or a pretty bra or make up.
Where a lot of thought and behaviour comes from is often down to mental health causes (autism, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression…), or your personality type. Familiarising yourself with how you have behave can help a lot in knowing how to help yourself.
Learning about philosophy and psychology can help understand human behaviour more, but can equally distance you from humanity. Ignorance is bliss. However seeing and experiencing distressing situations can help mould you to be prepared for the worst, like horror, violence, poverty etc. The bad point is when you get PTSD.
(Maybe) meditation can help, but I think just give yourself a break and don't push yourself too hard (or allow it to come to that).
Listening to the ringing bells, reading, and empathising with others can help you be a better friend and person
- Breaking down a problem into bitesize chunks makes something insurmountable actually achievable
- Don't be jealous (envious) of your friends and what they have, be happy that you are friends with them and you can refer to them, show them off and be proud of them
- Give yourself a break, time and space when things are on top of you, and tell people you're feeling that way. It is not a burden, it is a relief.
- My social media banner https://twitter.com/rjc_uk/header_photo:
I'm giving up with Animal Crossing. Here's why.
Progress in the game is very slow. You are very limited with the progress you can make in 24 hours at a time.
The only way to make meaningful progress is to be forced to agree with Tom Nook's unsustainable capitalist regime of bigger and better, in which his demands are really unnecessary and incompatible with someone who prefers a minimalist lifestyle.
In order to make that progress you need money, And you get that money through work. However, that work is menial, demeaning, repetitive, mindless, and unintellectual. All you can do is either sell everything you own or has been gifted to you, or you pick up flotsam and jetsam and any crap lying around the place and flog it.
There are now too many loans and people and responsibilities for them that I have to keep track of that it had become stressful tending to everyone's needs.
Fishing often simply doesn't work and no introduction was given. Controls generally are inconsistent. Digging using a shovel often hits the wrong tile, it should be illuminated or selectable instead.
Dialog is overly repetitive. You wouldn't have the exact same conversation and introductions with someone you meet every day in real life. You can't even skip them.
- Prevent violence. Clearly with modern society making all forms of violence illegal, this isn't working.
- Genetically removing the production of adrenaline seems extreme.
- There are only so many police you can have before it becomes a police state and may have curfews.
- Middle ground - permit some forms.
- Allow violence. Basically America and some African/Asian countries. Hello anarchy.
- Controlled environments
- Fight Club. The first two rules of 'not talking about Fight Club' is essentially defeating the need to let out the adrenaline.
- WWF, sumo wrestling, any other contact sports
- Video-games and simulated violence
- A 'healthy' way to let out violent tendencies, with first person shooters and VR games like GORN and Boneworks