Stories from my Past: That would be fantastic!

Many times people complain about what they don’t know and but mysteriously don’t have time to learn new skills. I worked in a company once where two people complained that they didn’t know something very well and since I was familiar with it, I offered to answer their questions and teach them. They both seemed excited and said that they would let me know tomorrow when we could start. One even said to me “That would be fantastic!”

It turns out that they never followed up on learning the programs. Even though their current way of doing things was causing them problems, for them, it was “good enough”. I find this curious. If you complain about not knowing something, and have the opportunity to learn something that could save you time and effort why not?

It is interesting isn’t it? One of the principles is to always “sharpen the saw”. You want your tool that you work with to be as sharp as possible so it is an easy and useful tool. Yet when it comes to thinking and learning, some people have decided that they are going to learn as little as possible to get by. No one said change is easy, but it seems to me that doing the same inefficient thing for years is an unnecessary way to suffer.

Well whatever. If someone wants to do things the hard way when they have been told there is an easier way, ultimately that is their choice. It is a curious choice though isn’t it?

Most internet anonymity software leaks users’ details: Report reveals IPv6 weaknesses in VPN services — ScienceDaily

Source: Most internet anonymity software leaks users’ details: Report reveals IPv6 weaknesses in VPN services — ScienceDaily

So companies that promise privacy can’t provide it? No surprise there. I have seen many hackers use VPN, proxies to disguise who they are, but eventually anyone who is persistent will find them. I had a friend show me once how to track someone down and it was amazing easy. It is remarkable what you can do when you know something.

More importantly, secrecy can be crucial for those living in places where they are not given freedom. Anything VPN can do to protect people who are seeking a way to overthrow an oppressive government should be protected in my opinion. I don’t like secrets, and I don’t like things operating in the dark, but at times they are a necessary evil. I don’t pretend to have the answers, but giving people who are looking to make the world a better place a tool to help them do that, what is the harm there?

We often hear that the government needs surveillance power like the old Freedom act to find terrorists. That was a failure. I think there was a report that said that no actionable intelligence was gained from the billions/trillions? spend on that. So many social programs could have been done instead. It is a strange kind of choice those in power make isn’t it? They would rather ignore the many things that need to be done like homeless, in order to protect a very small niche that may not be protect-able. Some people are going to die, and increasing security does little to fix that. Rather it seems that increasing our humanity and appreciation and love for each other would be a better use of money.

Of course I’m not in charge, I just get to watch the consequence like everyone else of those in power who made poor choices. When are we going to get tired of the weak and oppressed always getting the worst deal possible?