On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 9:51:10 PM UTC-4, johny...@sigaint.org wrote:
> > Yeah, Joanna is seriously epic.
> 
> Upon that, we can all agree.
> 
> Everything she designs or writes up, seems bang-on (and wonderfully
> informative) in this increasingly security-threatened world we're living
> in.
> 
> She's probably just a fictional character created by the NSA to mesmerize
> and lure us Linux geeks into this honeypot known as Qubes.  :)
> 
> (Even I'm not quite that paranoid.  Yet, at least.)
> 
> > How about Raspberry Pi..? That seems to have very few components.
> 
> That's interesting.
> 
> As a side project (one of soooo soooo many), I'm working on a
> Arduino-based system that will let me do secure, encrypted note-taking,
> email, SMS, messaging, etc., with (similarly secure/encrypted/hack-proof)
> mouse/keyboard/storage, as well as even being a platform for further
> development of the same system, without dependency upon a vulnerable PC or
> laptop.
> 
> And also being lower-power and mobile, which helps security further.
> 
> Things like secure and encrypted SMS, messaging, email, note taking,
> PDA-like functionality (on par with Palm Pilots in days of old) are
> certainly possible, without being threatened by hacks from all the
> organized (or disorganized) crooks or overly-aggressive governments
> pushing, unhindered and beyond reproach, way beyond constitutional and
> ethical boundaries.
> 
> They will be portable, low power, low cost, open source, transparent tools
> that could be used by the oppressed, the abused, whistle-blowers, the
> relentlessly hacked, that are afraid to speak out, as well as the general
> public.
> 
> I've been focused upon Arduino/atmega328 due to the low cost,
> accessibility, transparency, etc..
> 
> (The harassment I've personally been undergoing has been keeping me, errr,
> rather "frugal," so the atmega328 platform is appealing.)
> 
> Raspberry is a bit like Arduino/atmega on steroids.  I've not gone there
> because it draws more power, costs more; but at the end of the day, it's
> more powerful and probably has similar security/transparency as the
> Arduino/atmega328 if done properly.
> 
> And with its additional processing power, it's a more likely candidate for
> replacing a PC for things like web browsing, Tor, VPN, PGP, (things a bit
> beyond atmega328's capabilities).  And in those cases, the extra cost is
> still far below even a basic notebook or tablet.
> 
> (Not sure how it rates power-consumption-wise as compared to
> notebooks/tablets, maybe a bit worse.  I see it used a lot for home media
> PC's, which I doubt would last long on a couple of CR2032 batteries.  :) 
> But still way better than a PC, as long as we still can rely upon power to
> our homes, it'll do.  :) )
> 
> I am firmly convinced that the only salvation to corrupt surveillance
> states and the take-over of the world by the greedy and corrupt, is a
> revolution to more simplistic, secure, and (especially) transparent
> technology that achieves a lot of the same things as today's hopelessly
> complex smartphones, Wifi,  broadbands, web browsers.
> 
> I'll stop the rant now.  :)  But progressing/expanding up to the
> Raspberry's power while still achieving the same goals, is something I'm
> going to seriously ponder.
> 
> (There are a number of other processors, like STM32 and others, that can
> similarly bring more processing power without blowing security.  My
> approach is quite portable, so any or all of the platforms should be
> viable to include in the solution.)
> 
> Thanks for the inspiration.  :)
> 
> JJ

I use a raspberry pi as a print server with a usb printer for my qubes machine. 
 Its great its just like running debian.  and chromium running on it for google 
loud print for android devices.  runs great.

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