April 17th, 2018 IRC Meeting

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Email newsletter

Topics for next newsletter:

  • Signup for Boston Pride Parade
  • Yearly Conference survey
  • 4/21 Mesh Net Meeting
  • Call for teachers for MOS cryptoparty
  • Pirate News Videos

Video Newsletter

Computer Donations


Statements In Process

  • MA Bill H.3641: An Act relative to electronic tolling - Approved our opposition to it. Past position is to remove the tolls on the Pike since it has long been paid for.
  • US S.1241 - Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 - Approved our opposition to S.1241. Need statement (Joe)

Other To Dos

FOSS Tutorials

Worcester farm group is interested in having some FOSS tutorials. Perhaps:

  • how to do basic labels in GIMP,
  • work through a few sample spreadsheets related to seed cost and
  • similarly applicable real-world situations, depending on the needs of the group

Basically how to do graph design & product management with open source tools. Malt will put together a one paragraph description of what we need and we can mail it out to ask pirates to help.


  • Review regular IRC meeting day. Poll sent to email list - Sent (jokeefe)
  • email Loomio invite to supporters (jokeefe)
  • set up torrents for PirateCon videos (creynolds)
  • post remaining audio for PirateCon talks (srevilak)
  • finish setup of myBB (jokeefe)
  • install slack alternative (jokeefe)

Upcoming Events



  • ChanServ




[9:01pm] jokeefe: Agenda: https://masspirates.org/wiki/April_17th,_2018_IRC_Meeting
[9:01pm] jokeefe: ids
[9:01pm] jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Somerville
[9:02pm] igel: william fleurant, arlington
[9:02pm] hvxgr: Tom Rodman (Milwaukee)
[9:03pm] jokeefe: Any items to add to the agenda?
[9:03pm] hvxgr: no
[9:04pm] jokeefe: Projects - Email newsletter - Anything to add to it?
[9:07pm] jokeefe: ok, Moving on
[9:07pm] jokeefe: Video Newsletter
[9:08pm] jokeefe: What topic should we discuss at the next one?
[9:08pm] Pirate_Joe: Sorry for the delay.
[9:09pm] jokeefe: no worries
[9:09pm] Pirate_Joe: I have been sick these last few weeks, but o
[9:09pm] Pirate_Joe: I am on the mend.
[9:10pm] Pirate_Joe: I wanted to do a piece on the dark web and how it's really about encryption and not illegal activity.
[9:11pm] Pirate_Joe: The dark web has long been used as a scare tactic to have big brother/biz watch over you but really its just
[9:12pm] Pirate_Joe: a way for them to justify themselves in invading your privacy.
[9:12pm] jokeefe: Works for me
[9:12pm] igel: yeah
[9:12pm] jokeefe: When do you want to try recording it?
[9:13pm] Pirate_Joe: Sunday, 10am work?
[9:13pm] Pirate_Joe: a mention on our crypto party would be a nice wrap up as well.
[9:14pm] igel: i recall showing ppl in sales/buyers to use Tor when researching competitors, or whatever.. heh
[9:15pm] jokeefe: Even people using Tor need to buy plane tickets
[9:15pm] Pirate_Joe: The only down side to the dark web is that its soooooo slow
[9:15pm] jokeefe: aye
[9:16pm] jokeefe: 10 am works for me. Can do later in the morning if that is better for you Pirate_Joe
[9:17pm] Pirate_Joe: Earlier this Sunday is much better for me. I'm booked in the evening.
[9:17pm] jokeefe: 10am it is
[9:19pm] jokeefe: Any particular points we should cover besides the ones Pirate_Joe mentioned?
[9:19pm] Pirate_Joe: Piratecon?
[9:20pm] Pirate_Joe: Well, Experian has a smear campaign to cover its breach.
[9:21pm] igel: tor is pretty fast now after mozilla funding/outreach for getting relays onboard, check it out
[9:21pm] jokeefe: wonderful
[9:21pm] igel: i use protonvpn they offer vpn + tor exit .. for $0.00
[9:21pm] igel: android, linux, osx,
[9:22pm] igel: i'll keep thinking cap on -- has piratecon a date? month/date?
[9:22pm] jokeefe: Will get the email out this week and will have the survey in it. so let’s bring the Piratecon survey
[9:22pm] Pirate_Joe: So this will be a fact checking video. We want to offer people as many facts and options as possible so let's add that as well.
[9:22pm] igel: ah cool
[9:22pm] Pirate_Joe: ty nigel
[9:23pm] jokeefe: no, igel, doing a survey to see what people one. one conference, regional conferences, etc.
[9:23pm] Pirate_Joe: Eric, igel. autocorrect strikes again.
[9:24pm] jokeefe: so, no date yet
[9:24pm] Pirate_Joe: k
[9:25pm] jokeefe: Computer Donations - I will write something up and include it in the email update
[9:26pm] jokeefe: Other To Dos - Will have time to setup a matrix server this week. the client is already up, but isn’t pointing at anything
[9:27pm] jokeefe: I sent email to the activists meeting about our 8th birthday
[9:28pm] jokeefe: Upcoming Events
[9:28pm] jokeefe: 4/21, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Mass Mesh Meeting, Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave Somerville
[9:28pm] jokeefe: 4/25, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville
[9:28pm] jokeefe: That is all I have
[9:28pm] jokeefe: igel - protonvpn, hmmm… sounds interesting
[9:30pm] jokeefe: I have found https://ipredator.se/ to be good. Generally their ssl cert works though 
[9:30pm] Pirate_Joe: yeah, I want to check it out as well.
[9:30pm] jokeefe: for their site
[9:30pm] jokeefe: haven’t seen any issues with the vpn
[9:32pm] jokeefe: unless there is anything else, shall we adjourn?
[9:33pm] Pirate_Joe: I second.
[9:33pm] jokeefe: all in favor?
[9:33pm] igel: aye
[9:33pm] Pirate_Joe: I have a baby on my chest.
[9:33pm] Pirate_Joe: aye
[9:33pm] igel: heh nice
[9:33pm] hvxgr: Any thoughts of migrating off youtube to an alternative.  Maybe not now, but long term? 
[9:34pm] hvxgr: Maybe postpone for another meeting?
[9:34pm] jokeefe: I would like to get our videos at least available via bittorrent for a start
[9:34pm] Pirate_Joe: Not really, but I would like to mirror to other sites in addition to the tube.
[9:34pm] jokeefe: but having multiple venues is always good
[9:34pm] Pirate_Joe: I suggest minds for one
[9:35pm] jokeefe: BTW: http://www.newsweek.com/republican-tax-plan-donald-trump-cbo-884129
[9:35pm] jokeefe: “A CBO official told Newsweek that its analysis shows a majority of the GDP growth will benefit foreigners, but they don't have an exact number. “
[9:36pm] jokeefe: So much for Trump’s nativist economic populism
[9:36pm] Pirate_Joe: would it be Russia for these foreigners whom benefit?
[9:36pm] jokeefe: Probably, China, Europe and Japan
[9:36pm] jokeefe: Though some Russian oligarchs will benefit
[9:37pm] Pirate_Joe: it's very suspect....
[9:37pm] jokeefe: hope your young one is resting, Pirate_Joe
[9:37pm] Pirate_Joe: Better than I am, lol.
[9:37pm] jokeefe:
[9:38pm] jokeefe: Well, the baby resting allows the parents to rest, hopefully.
[9:38pm] jokeefe: I’ll put the minutes in the meeting notes