Sometimes running sole is much more effective. Unfortunately, this often leans towards being
anti-social or selfish and ultimately can damage relationships. Next few days will be ultra-social for me, yes,
I will be out there for all and Facebook to see. Fully observable and traceable.
Of course, this is purely so I can harvest my data when I
return from glorious China.
Like many Brits by birth, I’ve become
accustomed to my democratic privacy. I enjoy free movement across borders
without much hassle.
Enter The Dragon
Since a kid, I’ve been fascinated with Chinese culture so it’s actually awesome to be finally going there as 40+ years later. It becomes apparent at the Visa application stage how controlling the authorities are and this is made worst with media coverage of official spyware install by immigration…WTF and I have to pay for the privilege of a Visa. Having an assumption of my privacy rights does not help my situation and so my anxiety level rise and hello Mr Myasthenia.
So what’s in my toolkit?
Linux Tails iPad
new iCloud account
New Facebook account for self tracking ….and a few encrypted devices.
…but essentially, I’ll be offline as much
My top 5 Barriers to China
You have to scan and upload your picture. This is easy enough but not everyone has a decent document scanner or knows how to use it.
Confirmed hotel booking…maybe I just want to be free and last minute. Nope, this is not an option.
Form filling 10 pages of personal data..This is Your Life
Appointment in person…2-3 hours if you are lucky
Figuring out the geography…China is freaking massive. I will definitely get lost at some point.
I have no freaking idea what I’m getting
into but hey, it’s just another level.
The Art of shutting the hell up is tough to maintain consistently. I kick myself at how transparent I can sometimes become, showing my raw emotions ready for exploitation.
My fellow US squad members often let slip their opinions on real world ballistics whist playing the Division which probably explains why their builds are so bloody brilliant.
Anyways…my hopes of a conflict free weekend were shattered within 2 hours of arriving back in London. On the plus side, I’m thankful for months of good health despite not visiting the gym, eating randomly and too often.
It’s been great wondering around the country shooting wildlife and taking OutPost in FarCry New Dawn. The game has been good to me, I haven’t achieved the Platinum trophy yet but it’s nearly time to return to DC (90+GB download in progress) especially after the patch.
Today’s official basic notes (no engineering details but enough to observe they had to take down the global servers for 3 hours)
Fixed an issue where the Special Field Research stages would not update properly in certain situations.
Fixed an issue where Specialization ammunition could not be picked up in certain situations.
Fixed an issue of missing gun textures in the inventory.
Fixed an issue causing players to be temporarily invulnerable when replacing an armor plate in cover (An exploit/cheat patched)
Consumers are overwhelmed with choices nowadays, so companies
routinely use penalties, fees and traps to lock you in. Backed up by long wait times to customer
services, hidden addresses and a “you must call us to cancel” approach, the
average customer just gives up and pays the ransom.
So how to avoid the traps?
Before signing up for anything ask how
do I cancel?
How much does it cost to cancel?
What is the postal address? Old school letters are still binding and more effectively than 20 mins waiting on the phone or arguing with 1st line customer services.
Use a dedicated email address for subscriptions to you can ghost (delete the email account) them if things get tricky.
Give only mandotory info about yourself.
Ask for a list of penalty charges. These are probably published in the terms and conditions that you never read. So, ask them which clause to look for.
Sounds easy but many “busy” consumers never do this and end up paying over 2000 GBP for a mobile phone.
Games as a Service (Gaa) is now the dominant content delivery method on PS4 which means you pretty much rent stuff as opposed to owning it. Dammit, another thing you should add to your digital asset list on your Last Will & Testament.
PS4 Plus is mandatory if you want to play online games but
comes with lots of free games every month so long as you maintain membership. So
for my own little self-Denial of Service I’ve let my service expire for a few
weeks, this kills of Division 2 for a while but I’ll plan to be back in August.