Steam for Fedora is now available in RPMFusion!

The Steam package is now available in the RPMFusion repositories. It is currently in the updates-testing repository, but it can be installed anyway directly if you have the RPMFusion repositories enabled.

http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/updates/testing/19/i386/

The package is currently 32 bit only, but it can be installed easily also on a 64 bit system. In fact, I’m currently running nearly 70 games on my 64 bit system. For details on the package, look at my now-obsolete Steam repository page.

To perform the installation today, make sure to have both RPMFusion free and non free repositories enabled and perform the following command as root:

yum -y --enablerepo=rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing install steam

The Steam package has some profiles enabled to avoid using the Ubuntu Steam Runtime, which produces graphical artifacts and sound issues when run in Fedora. To avoid any problems, please log out and login again or reboot the system prior to using Steam for the first time!

Steam games require the S3 Texture compression library for running on Open Source drivers, and the package already takes care of installing it for you.

CISPA: Who’s For It And Who’s Against It And Much More…

CISPA v3 is back!

We had believed, along with a number of others, that the Snowden leaks showing how the NSA was spying on pretty much everyone would likely kill CISPA dead. After all, the key component to CISPA was basically a method for encouraging companies to have total immunity from sharing information with the NSA. And while CISPA supporters pretended this was to help protect those companies and others from online attacks, the Snowden leaks have reinforced the idea (that many of us had been pointing out from the beginning) that it was really about making it easier for the NSA to rope in companies to help them spy on people.

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Also, if you don’t remember, while CISPA had passed the House, the Senate had shown little appetite for it. Last year, the Senate had approved a very different cybersecurity bill, and had expressed very little interest in taking up that fight again this year. Except now, in an unexpected move, Senate Intelligence Committee boss, and chief NSA defender because of reasons that are top secret, has now announced that she’s been writing a Senate counterpart to CISPA and is prepared to “move it forward.”

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Good Evening, America…

Good evening, America.

Allow me first to apologize. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereby important events of the past usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful, bloody struggle are celebrated with a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this July the 4th, a day that is, sadly, no longer remembered, by taking time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak.

Even now, orders are being shouted into telephones and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and, for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?

Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting submission.

How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Certainly there are those who are more responsible than others. And they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you. And in your panic, you turned to the now President Barack Obama. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.

Last night, I sought to end that silence. Last night, I posted videos and made statements on Reddit.com to remind this country of what it has forgotten.

More than 237 years ago, a great group of men wished to imbed the 4th of July forever in our memory. Their hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words. They are perspectives.

So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest that you allow the 4th of July to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek…then I ask you to stand beside me, one year from tonight outside the gates of Congress.

And together, we shall give them a 4th of July that shall never, ever be forgot.

CISPA and You – A Guide To Privacy

Spread the word, if you can. It’d be appreciated. Also, IANAL, but I have a pretty extensive mastery of legal-ese, as well as a penchant for word problems.

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If you are eligible to vote in the United States, please take a break from whatever you’re doing today and call your member of the US House of Representatives. Tell the staff member who answers the phone that you value your privacy. And tell him or her that you are deeply unhappy that the House seems poised to destroy everyone’s online, and by extension offline, privacy by passing the CISPA.

Also for those who missed, about 900 websites have taking part in an online blackout today to protest the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The web-based demonstration, organized by Anonymous

Oh yeah lulz. You might also mention that you’re not a “14-year-old tweeter in the basement,” which is how the chief backer of this wretched legislation has described its countless opponents.

I’ll be referencing this iteration of CISPA as of April 21st, 2012.

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March Against Monsanto – Worldwide, October 12, 2013 [ Organize Your March]

March Against Monsanto

This is a Call to Action for a Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere

Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world’s food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. This site is dedicated to empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & it’s enablers like the FDA, USDA, EPA, GMA, BIO, and the processed food companies that use Monsanto’s products.

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GUIDE: Which drivers to install when using an Nvidia, ATI or Intel video card on Ubuntu

This guide could be usefully in further future for newbies joining Linux distribution Ubuntu. Which could be allot since Steam is migrating focusing it’s gaming platforms to Linux.

I will divide this in several sections that try to address some concerns that we end users have when using this video cards. To make the text smaller and not have to repeat myself a lot I have created the following acronym:

ANI – When you read this it refers to any Ati/AMD, Nvidia or Intel Card.

The questions are found in this order:

  • 1. Can I use the latest ANI on an older version of Ubuntu?
  • 2. What is the difference between using the ANI driver from the official site, the one that comes by default with the system or the one that comes in the PPA repositories?
  • 3. What PPAs are recommended when using any ANI video card?
  • 4. How should I know which ANI package I should install?
  • 5. How to install an ANI driver?
  • 6. What is the difference between the different Proprietary Drivers?
  • 7. What common bugs are solved by using the latest ANI drivers?
  • 8. How to know if my ANI video card is supported in Ubuntu?
  • 9. My ANI video card does not install (Installation problems)

So the following are the top questions asked related to this video cards:

1. Can I use the latest ANI on an older version of Ubuntu?

Ubuntu 11.04 / Ubuntu 11.10

In 11.04 and 11.10, the latest video cards will not work properly using the default drivers. If the video card appeared several months after the release of Ubuntu 11.04 or 11.10, the default drivers will probably not have support. It might be necessary to do an upgrade/update of the system or even add a PPA that gives support for current and future video cards for this versions of Ubuntu.

For example, in the case of the GTX 560, it gained support with the Nvidia 275.xx versions. Since Ubuntu 11.04 came with support for the 270.xx series, your Nvidia card will not be detected or at least not work correctly (Not fully work). Your only solution is to use the one from the Nvidia Site (Not recommended) or to use one from one of the Nvidia PPA maintained for Ubuntu (The PPAs that offer Nvidia, Ati and Intel updated packages are the x-swat and xorg-edgers PPA). This only applies to 11.04. For 11.10 and above it works correctly (Except in some situations provided below) since the 275.xx drivers had already appeared by then.

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#BoycottMonsanto – A Simple List of Companies to Avoid

In light of the recent public anger over the Monsanto Protection Act, here’s a simple, printable list of companies that use Monsanto products. By avoiding products made by companies on this list, you can help ensure your money isn’t going to Monsanto and also watch out for the health of your family and yourself.

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If you wish to print, simply click on the list and choose “Print” from your browser’s menu (or press CTRL+P/CMD+P).

ATTENTION: Monsanto has won this years Nobel Prize of Agriculture despite their crops being banned around the world!

The #Tor Guide for Hidden Services And Staying #Anonymous

Thank you for viewing the guide. All the links I posted are safe for viewing, as I stated. Please remember to use Tor with caution. DO not use any of your identities or names. Make a new one if necessary.
Most child porn sites are openly advertised. Memorize the beginning of certains links to know where to go and where not to. Do not stray into a domain you do not recognize. Ask an Onionland community that you trust beforehand.

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Because location-hidden services do not use exit nodes, they are not subject to exit node eavesdropping.
You can NOT GET V& using Hidden Services because Hidden Services run internally and do not require exit nodes. The only people who have gotten sniffed are the people who downloaded a fake version of Tor. Anonymous sniffed who went to Loli City and Hard Candy and wrote down their real IPs. I just want to clear this up. All traffic inside the network is encrypted. If you use the clearnet, you are using exit nodes, and you can be subject to suffering an attack. Most clearnet providers are perfectly safe. The majority are run by really cool guys who just want to help you browse the web with liberty. Don’t be stupid in Onionland. You’re only as safe as you’re weakest link.
UPDATE: For further discussion on potential Tor exploits or security faults, read this: http://zw3crggtadila2sg.onion/imageboard/fbi/res/481.html. Use Tor to connect to it.

For a secure environment, use Tails or Liberte as an OS. They’re a variation of Linux and perfect for Tor browsing. Windows security is an oxymoron; if you must use it, download an anti-virus. I suggest Kaspersky. You can also get Keyscrambler Pro from 1337x.org. It’s a great tool to prevent keylogging.

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Full Disk Encryption Using Ubuntu In Most Secure Mode With AES-XTS-PLAIN64

Full Disk Encryption (FDE) is one of the best ways you can ensure all of the private information on your laptop stays private in case it’s lost, seized, stolen, or if you choose to sell or give away your computer in the future. This feature has been built-in to many GNU/Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, for many years. But until the recent release of Ubuntu 12.10, it was hidden away in the “alternate” text-mode installer of Ubuntu that many non-technical users don’t even know exists.

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Unlike passwords, full disk encryption can make the contents of a drive inaccessible to a powerful attacker who has possession of your computer. FDE provides the opportunity to protect your data with military-grade encryption that can’t be compromised on a reasonable timeframe. At least, not by any currently-known means. The only way to access the files protected by full disk encryption is to obtain the encryption key.

AES-XTS provides the most secure mode of full disk encryption. Unfortunately, it’s not available by default in many Linux installation packages. Ubuntu’s “alternate” installation image provides other implementations like AES-CBC, but not aes-xts-plain or aes-xts-plain64. If aes-cbc is good enough for you, it’s been available in the Ubuntu alternate installer for quite some time. A thorough but dated guide outlining the process is available here.

By downloading an Ubuntu desktop installation image and doing a little initial setup, you can use aes-xts-plain64 on your system. Aes-xts-plain and aes-xts-plain64 both provide the same mode of operation, but you’ll need to use aes-xts-plain64 if you want to format a partition larger than 2TB. Also, it’s important to note that using very large block sizes for XTS mode could lead to security issues. Using 512 byte block sizes mitigates this issue.

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