David Cameron wants to ban use of Encryption…

The absolute privacy of Facebook and Twitter users can no longer be tolerated in the face of international terror, David Cameron suggested yesterday.

Tory MP Henry Bellingham asked the prime minister whether the attacks in Tunisia meant it was time “companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter… understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable?”

Cameron agreed, saying that the security services must always be able to “get to the bottom” of online communications.

From the articles I’ve read, it mainly looks like DC and the Conservative government will be targeting technology companies, rather than the individual, but I suspect regardless of the outcome, the legislation that is proposed will have serious ramifications on individuals utilising encryption methods to protect their data.

Read the whole story here and here.

More updates to come as this story progresses.

Want to make money? Try this exercise.

I see a lot of people IRL and online looking for alternative ways to make or boost their income. A neat idea I had a few months ago was this little exercise.

Every single day for thirty days, think of a new business idea. Don’t look online for inspiration but look around you instead.

For example, I was chatting to a friend who works in the music and recording industry. One example of a business venture I thought of after talking to him was to teach people to use software to make music and also to teach people how to record their own music. With a vast array of home recording equipment available for a wide range of budgets, if you had the skill set and the right location this could definitely be a good money maker. I know my brother who plays guitar at a very proficient level has bought recording equipment he doesn’t really know how to use. On top of that he has no idea how to use software to work with music he has recorded. While he could definitely teach himself, it would be easier for someone to give him more professional advice.

Like most ideas I come up with doing this exercise, its not actually viable for me to do myself. I find though, that if only 10% of the ideas you generate are viable then generating these ideas is worthwhile. If you did this exercise for a whole year you’d come up with about 35 viable ideas.

The whole point of doing this is to teach yourself how to spot opportunities to make money in your day to day life. I think you could easily create a few income streams a year or maybe even something that allows you to quit your job. I’ve got two ideas that I’ve generated this way that I’ll be attempting to monetise come August. Both require minimal financial investment, so if I fuck up, it won’t be a massive financial loss to me.

iStick Mini – A Review

I talked about giving up smoking in a previous blog post and since then it’s been a battle, it really has. I decided to go balls to the wall and actually invest in a proper eCig. I spent a lot of time on Reddit’s various eCig/Vape sub-Reddits as well as a lot of forums and YouTube channels trying to figure out what my first move would be. Continue reading iStick Mini – A Review

Spend Money/Gain Weight. Save Money/Lose Weight.

It started a few years ago. Physically I was in the best shape of my life. A year or so of eating right and hitting the gym had paid off. Mentally I was in the worst shape of my life. For all intents and purposes, aside from my investments I was broke. I had lost four members of my family and my long term relationship had ended. I was abusing Weed, Coke and MDMA regularly.

As me and a friend began working 14 hour days forging a business, I let myself fall into a bad way physically. I stopped working out. I stopped running. I stopped taking care of my body. The more money I made the more I spent on food. I would get a takeaway most nights and go out for dinner to a restaurant once or twice a week. In the daytime I would eat and drink garbage. In a year I gained three stone, and lost thousands of pounds in doing so. I estimate some weeks I may well have spent £100 on food and drinks, excluding alcohol. This may seem like a relatively small amount but many people my age struggle don’t have that after working a week once their rent is paid.

I tried various diets and briefly documented my Steak and Eggs diet and although I lost weight it wasn’t good enough. In February I decided to bring my cost of food down to an absolute minimum – £15 a week and do the same with my daily Caloric intake, which I bought down to 1600 calories per day.

Three months later I have saved a fair amount of money and I’m now at a lower BF% than I was before I got myself into this mess. My face isn’t as chiselled as it once was and I don’t have anywhere near the muscle mass I used to have, but we will get there. Once I’m happy – The goal is ten stone and I’m at 11 now – we’ll move onto the next challenge: How to save money and gain mass.