National Loyalty Card III – China takes it seriously:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-sign-of-resistance-chinese-balk-at-using-apps-to-snitch-on-neighbors-1514566110

The “Safe Zhejiang” app enables users to notify authorities of problems ranging from leaky drains and domestic disputes to traffic violations and illegal publications, in text or photographic form, as long as the informants reveal their location and identity.

In exchange, they get perks including discounts at upmarket coffee shops and coupons for taxi-hailing and music-streaming services, as well as for the Alipay online-payment system, run by the financial affiliate of local tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Previously:

Rebooting Dropsafe: March 6th 2017

Notes:

Well, today would have been Dad’s 98th birthday. I’ll drink a small toast to him, later.

Project Status:

Since I don’t really have a system for posting here at the moment, I think I’ll start with a brief list of everything that I think I am currently doing:

  • Raspberry Pi Rig: currently:
    • 6x RPi 3b in a rack, as a general compute surface
    • 1x RPi 3b in a fan-case, as rig controller/master
    • 1x RPi 3b in a passive case, as backup
  • Mana Project
    • RPi 1 for port of Mana; have finally obtained second wifi adapter
  • Soldering Project
    • RPi ZeroW + Pimoroni “Scroll Phat” dot-matrix display
    • Build & then use for
  • Half-A-Gig Onion
    • On hold, awaiting bandwidth.
  • EOTK
    • Stable, works, is remarkably quick
    • Goal is to ship stable & feature-complete 1.x version then start on 2.0
      • 2.x version will move more rewriting to Lua to reduce dependencies
  • Resurrecting old GPU Rig
    • Inherited 3x Radeon 5870 from JC
    • Unfortunately, Ubuntu stopped loving Radeon in v14 Trusty Tahir
    • Open-source Radeon drivers do not cut the mustard
      • Therefore: adventures in legacy linux and stale proprietary driver code
  • Java Experiments
    • Stalled by EOTK but that’s okay, it needed some thinking-time
  • Garden
    • Total mess.
    • Need to spend a few days sawing and stacking lumber for next winter, to dry out over the summer
    • Also need to push(@compost, shift(@compost)) which will be hard work
  • Work
    • Can wait until after summer.