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1  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: How phonetics can give you away on: November 12, 2015, 01:17:38 am
Good stuff.

While the example doesn't necessarily betray who the person was or where he was from, it does reflect a source of misinformation or exposure to a different way of doing things.  This could be anything from him actually being a NY cop, to he saw a movie once and assimilated what he heard into his phonetics.  It would have been interesting to ask him about it.

That nonsense drives me crazy too though.  Listening to the scanner the cops around here use whatever word comes to mind half the time.  Whiskey - Ostrich - Garden.... WTF is that?  Whiskey Oscar Golf!  It doesn't really betray anything other than poor discipline and education though.

What really grinds my gears is when people take the time to say "B as in Boy" "C as in Cart" ect.  I don't know why, that just gets under my skin. 

Those are some really neat sources.  Thank you.
2  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Commsec on: September 29, 2015, 10:51:05 pm

Anecdotal, just because you talk about nothing doesn't mean everyone else does.

Fair enough.  You obviously have something worth keeping to yourself if your looking into this to begin with.

...and secondly it isn't on the Play store you have to manually install the APK, Google doesn't have any tendrils in the stew.

That is worthwhile info.  So it might not be too bad then.

Which isn't an argument in favour of not doing it.

I didn't say it was, I'm simply saying it is something to consider.  There are many different aspects to secure communications to consider, my intention was simply to bring up something worth thinking about.  If it's for everyday chatter then maybe it's worth thinking about how you skyline yourself. 

flip-side: It would actually be more suspicious if you didn't have those things.
I disagree.  Many people simply do not have these accounts.  I suppose it depends on where you live or something, but around here many people do not.

I'm not sure what you mean by a BBC, my search is inundated with the British Broadcasting Channel
My bad, that's a clumsy finger typo right there, lol.

Quote from: Edward Snowden
When you say I donít care about the right to privacy because I have nothing to hide, that is no different than saying I donít care about freedom of speech because I have nothing to say or freedom of the press because I have nothing to write.

That actually pissed me off a little bit when I read it.  That is not at all the point I was trying to make and even rereading what I typed I cannot see how anyone could come to the conclusion that it is what I meant.  I simply offered a few alternative viewpoints to consider, and attempted to engage you (or anyone else) in an honest look into a few different aspects I have seen come up in the past. 

Anyways, it seems like your mind is already made up on the subject and seem a bit defensive so I'll move on.  Thanks for the topic and the conversation.
3  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Commsec on: September 28, 2015, 05:20:51 pm
These programs are always very cool, but like a couple others mentioned it's not practical for everyday use as it requires whoever you are communicating with to be on the same system.  These usually end up being put aside for "make believe" time when you and 1 or 2 other Wogs want to pretend to be all secure and clandestine while talking about absolutely nothing, but not used when something actually important comes up and you need to contact someone "right now" and cant wait for everyone else to get into their secure program.  Personal experience talking here.  Tongue

Another aspect to consider here is that unless this is an open source program and has been verified by you or someone you trust, it is not secure.  There are all kinds of programs out there for uber-deletion of files, secure chatting, and other "nobody can see you" stuff.  But if you think about it, how better to filter out a bunch of random bs and only collect stuff people want secret than by claiming your app is for keeping things secret?  I personally get very skeptical whenever a program, web service, app, or anything else stresses how "secure and confidential" they are.

Also, if this goes on your phone, it is NOT secure or anonymous.  End of story.  Cell phones, especially smart phones, are the antithesis of privacy and security.  I don't care what provider you have, what OS your using, or what app you are running, if it is sent to or from your phone it is recorded somewhere, and if it came from the google play store then yes, google has the keys to it. 

Just my $.02 but the harder you try to conceal your comms, the harder people will try to look at them.  That's just the nature of the game.  You would be absolutely amazed at what you can say and do out in the open without anyone batting an eye, vs. how quickly you get called out on nonsense if you try to be secretive.  Again, this is personal experience talking here, life lessons and so forth.

Sit and think about what you are wanting to accomplish.  If you just don't want anyone in your business then you really shouldn't have a Facebook or smart phone to begin with.  If you want a system for secure comms when needed but don't need to be James Bond all the time, nothing beats the old fashioned approach of having code words or phrases that only you and a select few know to express certain things.  If you just really want to sit in your basement and feel like a godsdamn secret agent on a clandestine mission (Nothing wrong with that if that's your thing) then consider setting up a BBC for you and your friends, or get into HAM radio or shortwave listening. 

As for keeping secrets, if it's really that big a secret it really has no place being online.
4  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New Projects on: September 14, 2015, 07:45:43 pm
Looking forward to seeing that Perfect 14 film. 

Anyone else got anything?
5  General Discussion / General Discussion / New Projects on: September 06, 2015, 06:21:40 pm
What new projects have people got going on right now?  What new and wonderful areas have you started to explore?  What activities have you recently gotten involved in?  Read a good book lately?  Anything been getting your motor going lately, regardless of how big, small, cool, lame, domestic or crazy it is?

I have gotten into researching Alchemy a bit, and that in turn has led me into some other minor experiments.  I also have 5 gallons of sweet mead that just finished secondary fermentation is is now aging, so that will be fun.

Work has been taking up a lot of my time the last two years, but I have managed to get innawoods a bit here and there.  I acquired an old Military M101 equipment trailer and have it kitted out as a makeshift camper.

Anyone else got anything random to share?
6  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: The WhatTheHell?!? Show Returns... In Video Format!! on: September 05, 2015, 10:46:50 pm
Holy crap brokor, how you been?  Long time bro!
7  General Discussion / Events, Meetups and Introductions / Re: New member, old fan on: December 29, 2014, 08:34:56 pm
Welcome Mugger, I look forward to seeing what you bring to the table.
8  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Does anyone have any thoughts on 9mm Makarov / 9x18 pistols. on: October 16, 2014, 07:37:45 pm
Performance wise, there isn't much difference between the 9mm Parabellum (9x19) and the 9mm Makarov (9x18).  What you really need to consider more then anything else is ammo cost and availability.  9x18 is not as common, and therefore will be slightly harder to keep in stock or find in a hurry.

If your wanting a neat surplus pistol with historic value or just because it's an interesting piece, 9x18 is fine, and easy enough to find that you could shoot it for fun on weekends.  But if your wanting something for defense, serious shooting, or because S may HTF, I would look elsewhere.

9mm Parabellum = 9x19mm
9mm Makarov    = 9x18mm
".380"              = 9x17mm

In case you were wondering.
9  General Discussion / Video Discussion / Homemade Smokebombs, First attempt. on: July 21, 2014, 04:20:18 pm
Me and James (Qigong) managed to get our first attempt at homemade smokebombs filmed, and I just finished editing the footage.

We used the traditional KNO3 and Sucrose method, measured out a 60/40 ratio (didn't have reliable scales so we used a measuring cup and poured to the 40ml and 60ml lines.  I am aware that this is not the "correct" way to measure this stuff out but it worked for us at the time) and cooked the mixture at a low temp over the stove.  The video covers it all pretty nicely.

maybe not the best, but we had a ton of fun making them and I greatly enjoyed editing the video together.  
10  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / 3Month review new knife: BK2 on: July 14, 2014, 02:44:09 pm
About three months in with my new knife.  Me and a good friend ordered one each at the same time.


Overall length: 10.5"

Blade Length: 5.25"

Weight: 14.6 oz                     

Blade Shape: Drop Point

Blade Etched: BKT/KA-BAR     

Grind: Flat

Steel: 1095 Cro-Van                     

Handle:  Grivory

Blade Thickness: .250" / Black Epoxy Powder Coat

Made In Olean, New York USA


So far this is a pretty amazing knife.  It has a nice heft to it without being unwieldy, and holds an edge very VERY well.  The finish on it looks kinda nice out of the box but will wear off really quick.In the last three months I have used this knife to clear an acre or small trees and overgrowth, (used EXCLUSIVELY, no chainsaws or machetes) used it as a throwing knife, stabbed the point into just about everything I've come across, and it still keeps its edge.  I've only sharpened it once in all this time.  It has been my EDC knife since the day I got it.  I have been using it daily at work as a knife, prybar, hammer, and once even as a flathead screwdriver (although it didn't exactly excel at that task). 

The finish on the knife prevents it from working with a ferro rod, but a little bit of sanding on the backstrap created a nice place to strike some sparks. 

^Above, using the BK2 as a spark plug spanner.

^Above, clearing the property.

^Above, BK2 was used to chop out a channel in this old seasoned log to make a fire pit.

So far this is hands down my favorite knife I have ever owned.  Honestly, I can't think of a single bad thing to say about it.  The factory finish is kinda shitty I guess, but that's hardly an issue for me.  The kydex sheath that came with it locks snug and is top quality, although the nylon belt strap that was connected to it was terrible and cheap and got discarded immediately.
11  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Cadpat material by the foot... on: June 09, 2014, 05:18:51 pm
There is a bunch of genuine MARPAT available locally (also NIR).  It's not CADPAT but it's close.  $9/yardx65" wide.  If you can't find what your looking for and want to work something out where I pick it up for you and send it your way via mail or something let me know.

I also found a bunch of knock-off digital woodland stuff fairly cheap online.  But that isn't what your looking for either.
12  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: SEAN KENNEDY WILL COME BACK! on: June 01, 2014, 07:20:01 pm
Why so much hate?

It doesn't matter if you agree with or have any interest at all in the film.  Sean and Cimm, who have provided us with two seasons of Patrolling, two "seasons" of SKTFM, the Sean Kennedy show, Tales from the Afternow, Witchhunter Chronicles, Newsreal, and more.. all for free, asked us for a little financial support for a project in return.

I won't see the film.  I don't disagree with it in any fundamental way, I just have zero interest in the subject matter.  But I still support it, and have passed the word on to get others to support it.  Not because of promises of more RANT content, but because it's the right thing to do.

Honestly I don't think SK should do more Newsreal.  That time is gone, and it would not be the same if he came back doing it out of obligation to supporters of this film.
13  General Discussion / News Items / Re: A reportback from MayDay 2014 in Montrťal on: May 03, 2014, 07:51:38 am
So let me get this straight...

The whole idea here was to go in hopes of police brutality and roundup so that a few could resist and fight there way out, essentially creating a civilian unrest training scenario for these cops and giving them practice/justification for newer and better equipment and techniques?

What exactly are people hoping to accomplish here, other than making themselves feel like super cool revolutionaries who call each other comrades and are put down by "the man"? 
14  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Laptop vs Tablet for Bug out Bag on: May 02, 2014, 03:42:58 pm
I have a Panasonic Toughbook and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0, I work at Best Buy and am familiar with the tablets on the market currently, as well as some of the newer laptops.

Tablets are consumer junk.  They are toys, nothing more.  The best tablet you're likely to find will have GPS, WiFi, as well as some sort of cellular protocol (CDMA is most common around here).  It will run Google earth, and an almost endless amount of mapping software.  It will be capable of handling any one or two tasks at a time.  Generally, there are no good word processing apps or database apps.  Your best option would be a tablet that runs some form of Android, until someone gets a decent Ubuntu or Backtrack distro ported to a tablet.  The problem with that tablets vary so much from one to the other that not even Android is the same from one tablet to the next, so porting Ubuntu to your tablet means setting it up SPECIFICALLY for your tablet.  Tablets (even the high dollar versions with protective cases) are much more prone to damage than a standard laptop of netbook.

The area where a Tablet outshines a laptop is in built in communications.  As stated above even the most basic tablet will have GPS and Wifi.  Most laptops have Wifi but few have built in GPS.  However a GPS receiver can be acquired.  Another area where a laptop loses to a tablet is in weight/space.  This is negligible though if you are comparing a quality Netbook with a full size tablet with protective case. 

Laptops will use more power, but have larger battery life so you won't notice the difference.  If you have a way to charge the battery (solar panel) you will virtually never have to worry about power consumption. 

If you do go the laptop route though, for God's sakes don't get a new one.  Win8 (both in laptops AND in tablets) is the worst OS abortion ever to occupy Best Buy shelves.  I think we get more computers returned because customers are unhappy with Win8 than we actually sell!  Do yourself a favor and find an older laptop or netbook with WindowsXP or Win7.  Learning Linux would be even better.

My Toughbook CF-18 is the best.  All the benefits of a laptop, super durable, AND the monitor flips around and works as a tablet with touchscreen.
CF-18 by Nicotine2010, on Flickr
CF-18 by Nicotine2010, on Flickr

Hope this helps.
15  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Cadpat material by the foot... on: April 29, 2014, 01:19:38 pm
Why would you want to jump through the hoops required for CADPAT when there are better camos out there?

I mean, if you just want the digital look why not go with "Digital Woodland" being offered everywhere as an alternative to the controlled MARPAT?
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