Sunday, August 06, 2017
  Hack-proof

Alleged dissidents keep trying to make the Web safe from Five Eyes.

You can't do it. You have to go analog.



How do you get a message out? Shortwave is one way. Some dissidents are already using it.



Five Eyes can eventually pick up shortwave, but at least you're not running DIRECTLY THROUGH the NSA servers.

Printing is another way.

A full-fledged job press is HEAVY and dangerous. Polistra has a better suggestion.


Small weekly papers often got along with a proof press.


The proof press was intended to run off single copies for proofreading, but it can run almost as fast as a basic job press, especially with two people working it. Advantages: (1) Proof press is much less HEAVY than a real press. A job press is heavy like a car, and exerts considerable seismic G-forces on the floor. A proof press is more like a refrigerator, and has no G-force at all. A normal house can hold one. (2) Safety. A job press can squash your hand or grind up other body parts before you know it. A proof press exerts no force, and can be stopped instantly because you're hand-cranking the roller back and forth. (3) Less extra equipment. You need a couple cases of lead type for both, but a job press also requires a serious set of frames and shims ('furniture') and serious skills, to lock up the type firmly enough to stand tons of pressure. None of that is needed for the proof press. You can simply tie the type and slugs into the desired page shape. A wooden frame would help to maintain alignment, but it doesn't need strength. The roller with paper is just touching the type, not STOMPING on it.

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Reluctant hint, breaking out of my analog world to say this.... The stresses and strains in a proof press are so minor that I'll bet you could build one from plastic using modern non-analog 3d printing, and you could also use 3d printing or milling to 'linotype' a complete pageform.

3ding the press itself wouldn't violate the pure-analog principle, because the signal transfer to the 3d printer would be a one-time action and wouldn't be meaningful to a wi-fi monitor. Just some gears and rollers. 3ding the type would defeat the purpose of an all-analog life, because the signal stream for the letters would be frequent and readable.

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