So I picked up the G752VY and spent a whole day getting it to boot and work properly in Ubuntu.
This guide isn’t 100% complete (as I’m still figuring out how to get sound to work through headphones properly) but it will get it installed for you so you can fine tune the rest of the system yourself
(Credit to this thread for giving me a starting point.
I’ll be using some material from there and changing the necessary points.
Last year the ECJ stuck down the UK’s Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) which allowed the government to store communications metadata. This was because the government could access these records without a warrant or even the subject knowing, which is problematic because this means it is impossible to know whether you are being surveilled or not which creates a constant fear that it is going on and therefore creating a breach of your right to privacy.
Fast forwarding to today, Theresa May has announced her Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) which, yes, allows for more transparency, but essentially just legitimises the excessive and wide-sweeping surveillance already being carried out whilst also increasing the scope and power that the government has over your online activity and yet still causing the same problem as RIPA (and DRIP for that matter).
There are ton of things wrong with this bill, but I would like to address 3 in particular.
As part of HTML5, it is possible for sites to see the life remaining in the battery you are using to browse the internet. This feature exists so that it is possible to reduce the amount of data being sent and received by your device in order to preserve battery life. W3C have said that in their specification that the API “has minimal impact on privacy or fingerprinting” and because of this they allow sites to request the information without requiring permission to do so. However a paper published in the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) explains how this API can be used to track users across the internet even when they are using tools such as a VPN.
After Netflix updated their catalogue yesterday to include The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, the first thing I did this morning was put it on and watch in sheer admiration. Aaron Swartz was an amazing person and a true pioneer of today’s internet.
The Guerilla Open Access Manifesto is something he and his fellow colleges wrote and is something I strongly believe in. It’s worth a read.
I’ve seen a lot posts and petitions in the past few days saying how the Tories are removing the right to life and the right to not be tortured by scrapping the Human Rights Act (HRA). Now, I am as displeased as the next person about the Tories getting a “majority” (we really do need proportional representation) this election, but I can’t stand people harping on about how we’re going to lose these rights at the hands of the Tories because, put quite simply, we’re not. Continue reading
Let me begin with this, taxes are good. They are one of the best things that we do (when done properly) in this world. Without paying taxes, we wouldn’t have a lot of things that we have today such as roads, state schools, police, hospitals or a military as these are all paid for using taxes.
In the UK we spend roughly £502bn of taxes each year and this is divided into multiple categories such as health, benefits, defense, education and so on. Continue reading
TL;DR – see the end section for a breakdown of what the numbers mean and what you should be looking for
I’ve spent a some time in the university library this year, unlike the first two years, and have noticed something that I suppose doesn’t really surprise me. A lot of people have bought laptops that cost far more than what they really need to be paying. I actually spoke to a guy who had a top-end MacBook Pro, the one with the i7 and 16GB or RAM, which costs around £1,700…he studies history. Now I’m not saying he doesn’t need an i7, maybe he’s a professional video editor on the side…
Anyway, what I’m saying is that people spend a lot of money on hardware that they don’t need. Regularly. The best non-tech analogy I can make is this: buying a £1.5k computer for Facebook, email, writing essays, watching movies and playing farmville is like buying a Nissan GTR and driving it like a Fiat Punto – you just don’t do it, it’s a waste!
So how much do I actually need to spend so that I can have a good computer that does what I need?