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[liberationtech] Ubuntu Privacy, malware, Laura Poitras, and cats

Matt Johnson railmeat at
Thu Nov 7 10:14:50 PST 2013

Griffin, my question was prompted by your description of a computer
with no connections at all; a system that would be pretty useless in
my view. A computer that is more or less segregated from the Internet
is a different thing. It is much easier to see how such a computer
could be useful and worthwhile to lots of people.

Matt Johnson

On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM, Griffin Boyce <griffin at> wrote:
> Matt Johnson wrote:
>> You described never attaching USB or an external drive and not copying
>> PDFs.
>   That is mostly in play for computers which have internet access.
> Typically, the malware deployed is very small and fetches another (more
> advanced) exploit from an off-site server.  If it can't retrieve this
> file, it waits until it can.  Keeping this computer unconnected disrupts
> this flow.  Having it all within a single PDF is problematic because of
> size (~20ish mb PDF really stands out).
>   I don't think it's a huge deal to have a spare computer that is more
> or less segregated from the internet, but only you can decide whether
> it's appropriate.
> ~Griffin
> --
> Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
> PGP: 0xD9D4CADEE3B67E7AB2C05717E331FD29AE792C97
> OTR: saint at

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