numb3r_5ev3n: Mettaton NEO from Undertale (Default)
This is the first example I seen of real, specific info about what the server move to Russia really means to users from the USA and in other countries, in regards to Russian laws allowing them to monitor electronic communications. Linked post: http://das-sporking.livejournal.com/1334667.html

Relevant bits:

"The site has been owned by SUP media, a Russian company, since 2007. And in January 2009, the site moved some of its departments to Russia. So, some people would say, what difference does it make if the physical servers are in San Francisco or Russia? And why did they move there, anyway?

Because it's the law. 
Russian law requires that personal data of its citizens be processed by servers located within the territory of Russia. Which puts anyone not Russian in an ambiguous position at best, and in the same position as a Russian citizen at worst. 

Also, there's the issue of SORM. While the name sounds like it should be in a science fiction movie, SORM is, to quote the non-partisan think tank the World Policy Institute, "
Russia’s national system of lawful interception of all electronic utterances."

SORM-1 covers telephone communications.

SORM-2 allows for monitoring of the Internet. This extends to 
the monitoring of social media platforms, including social network websites and any other services that allows to establish a communication between two users (e.g. chat, forums). While this doesn't represent a problem for everyone, it is a threat to anyone who writes on sociopolitical issues and for those who actively promote discussion on such topics.

And SORM-3? A wiretapping system. One that doesn't require a warrant.

This is BAD. From a Russian user: "Since LiveJournal is now physically hosted on the territory of Russia, all the confidential information of service users is available for domestic security services in real time, in accordance with the requirements of SORM[,] SORM-2 and-3 to the Russian sites."

And, perhaps most disturbingly, there are recent rumors--unsubstantiated, but rumors nevertheless--of comms being deleted without warning. Pro-Ukrainian comms, from what I've heard...but that doesn't encourage me. It just says that LJ will shut down comms voicing what it considers to be contrary to 
Russian policy."


Yeah. I defy any right wing troll to come here again and tell me why those of us who are seriously having second thoughts about LJ now are just overreacting. This is some serious KGB shit, right here. I've had this on repeat since August:



Speaking of which: Narcissistic Personality Disorder, now with Trump visual aids. Cited!

numb3r_5ev3n: Mettaton NEO from Undertale (Default)
 So, there is a way to import Flexible Squares from LJ to Dreamwidth, following these instructions.

I got it working on Dreamwidth. Just select "your custom style" after you're done pasting and saving and compiling the source code as instructed. I just pasted the color hex codes from my LJ theme into the theme color entries on my DW once that was done, and linked my background image in the theme settings. I'm going to go through the CSS later to see if there is a way to get it to show usernames and community names on the entries on my Reading page.

My LJ and DW styles are identical now! Now back to cramming for certs.



EDIT: There seem to be a lot of people who don't remember the Bad Old Days under G.W. Bush as President. As liable as Trump is to throw hissyfits, it's going to be that much worse over the next four years, assuming he doesn't get impeached: and since there are concerns that Vladimir Putin may be able to exert influence over Trump through his debts and business interests, and due to the fact that Putin's government in Russia has been suppressive of pro-LGBTQ and pro-Ukraine speech, it stands to reason that many of us who do remember are a bit worried right now about the impact to the 1st Amendment.


This is a post from 2004. That's how bad it was then, and that was just the G.W. Bush Administration. Now imagine things under Trump, from what we already have seen of his behavior. Yeah.

 

numb3r_5ev3n: Mettaton NEO from Undertale (Default)
Hint hint....

http://fawx.com/software/ljarchive

It even grabs comments and userpics, though I'm not sure if there is a way to export/upload them to the new destination journal yet, if at all. Also, you'll need to make a separate archive for each journal if you have multiple socksjournals to back up, or each successive journal archive that is backed up will overwrite the last one. Here's a handy dandy link with more info.

Also, My paid time finally expires this week. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!111111

And:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [livejournal.com profile] maritas!!!11

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