The Memory Hole is Very Real

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Censorship, Logic, Police State | Posted on 19-11-2014

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memory hole

If you’re not familiar with the memory hole, it’s when information starts disappearing. It’s happening again (it actually happens pretty often). See this post. If you follow up and check, you will see that the video is starting to disappear.

This is in part why my original post here (now password protected) was verbose and complete in its information. (A redacted version is now available here.)

Whenever information is sensitive, it’s a good idea to download it and preserve a copy in case it is needed at a later date. The censors and tyrants out there love nothing more than controlling information, and the less control we allow them, the better.

I will be uploading the speech from the link above to help ensure that there is no memory hole.

 

Silk Road Judge Doxxed and MSM Lies About it (REDACTED)

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Bitcoin, Censorship, Web Sites | Posted on 19-11-2014

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REDACTED: My hosting provider has stated that they do not want to host the kind of content to which the US Marshals Service has objected (dox). There is nothing illegal about the content, and they recognise that. However, they are a private company, and they do get to run their business how they wish to.

As such, I have made the original post private and out of reach of the public; it will remain private. However, in the interests of keeping my original point about Ars Technica lying, I am copying a redacted version of the post below.

Nothing in the redacted portions contains any kind of threat. The redacted portions only have information about the judge. All the evidence to show that Ars Technica is wildly exaggerating is available, though not with that 100% degree of transparency that I had originally intended. Since you can verify this for yourself, my point still stands: Ars Technica published demonstrably false information.

The original post is below with redactions to remove the content that was objected to.


A recent article in Ars Technica points out that the Silk Road judge has been doxxed, and also claims that there are death threats against her. Problem is, there are no death threats against her.

The federal judge overseeing the Silk Road case against Ross Ulbricht has been subject to a death threat, and apparently she had her private information exposed on a “Hidden Wiki” website accessible only via Tor-equipped browsers. The same information is available on the open web through at least one website that pulls information from the Tor network.

However, the original wiki article (.onion link) doesn’t support that. Here’s the text of the complete article without formatting or embedded links:

Dox – Katherine Bolan Forrest (Silk Road Judge)
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http://freeross.org/ – Please donate to the official legal defense fund of the Ulbricht family.
Who is Judge Katherine Forrest?
Judge Katherine Forrest

Katherine Bolan Forrest is the judge who is unfairly ruining Ross Ulbricht’s life and chance for a fair trail. In case you are unaware of her, she was the Judge who “Rejected Every Defense Argument In The Silk Road Trial” [ Clearnet link! ]

Can Ulbricht really be accused of running a drug-selling conspiracy when he (ALLEGEDLY) merely ran a website that made the narcotics sales possible? And can he be charged with money laundering when bitcoin doesn’t necessarily meet the requisite definition of money?’ According to Forrest’s latest ruling, yes and yes. She rejected every argument made in the defense’s motion, starting with the idea that Ulbricht had merely provided an innocent platform for hosting the Silk Road’s illicit e-commerce, just as eBay might occasionally host illegal content without its knowledge.

Justice is not being served, Ross Ulbricht is a hard working honest man who is now a fall guy that the US government decided to choose because he had a large amount of bitcoins, a currency they are doing everything in their power to make illegal.
Judge Katherine Forrest Dox

Without further ado, fuck this stupid bitch and I hope some drug cartel that lost a lot of money with the seizure of silk road will murder this lady and her entire family: http://doxbinzqkeoso6sl.onion/doxviewer.php?dox=Judge_Katherine_Forrest

Katherine Bolan Forrest

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Links:

http://abovethelaw.com/tag/katherine-forrest/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_B._Forrest

http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/judge/Forrest

I can also get information on all of this lady’s relatives and maybe some of her close friends, so expect more releases over doxbin and this wiki. For right now just steal her identity and send her gifts in the mail ;) Expect phone numbers and relatives SSNs and complete doxes in a future release.

Oh, and maybe someone should attempt a Swat [ Clearnet link! ] just to put this bitch in her place. Just please don’t be an idiot and fall for that “Tor SWATing Service” scam going around. Oh and Katherine, don’t be surprised when you and all your relatives get woken up in the middle of the night by a swat team with assault rifles pointed in your face and helicopters shining search lights into your windows. Or when someone close to you opens up a letter in the mail one day and it happens to contain anthrax :)

Just before the dox, this part:

Without further ado, fuck this stupid bitch and I hope some drug cartel that lost a lot of money with the seizure of silk road will murder this lady and her entire family: http://doxbinzqkeoso6sl.onion/doxviewer.php?dox=Judge_Katherine_Forrest

Certainly wishes her ill will, but it isn’t a death threat. Or, it’s about as much of a threat as, “I hope you get hit by a bus,” is a threat. i.e. It’s not.

At the bottom, the part about swatting isn’t a death threat, unless she believes that it is the job of SWAT teams to break into houses and murder people. Well, that actually does have some credibility, but no credibility in the legal arena, so I don’t think she could consider that a death threat.

The part about anthrax pertains to people close to her, so it isn’t a death threat against her. But obtaining weapons-grade anthrax is nearly impossible without stealing it from a bio-weapons lab. So, the anthrax wishes aren’t really credible. If it were ricin, that would be entirely credible.

Ars Technica isn’t merely distorting the truth – they are lying. And they even posted a screenshot of the page that anyone can check to see that they are lying.

Here’s a better screenshot. Click for a larger version.

REDACTED

If they wanted to lie about it, they should have left out the screenshot.

The brazen, bold-faced lies coming out of the MSM presstitute dino-media are really just over the top. They make it readily possible to verify that they are lying right in the same article.

Why?

Because 2 + 2 = 5 and 4 and 3 all at the same time in their twisted, Orwellian doublethink world.

UPDATE 1 (2014-11-19): Saturday November 15th Cynic.me was taken offline for this post (see here), but brought online again with this post being password protected. I’ve finally been able to talk to the manager who took the site offline and we’ve agreed to put the post back online until we can talk again after he consults with his legal department. He said will get back to me in a couple days. Cross your fingers for freedom of speech and transparency. Or bury your head in the sand and scream about how censorship and opacity makes us all “safe”…

UPDATE 2 (2014-11-19): I’ve received an email from the manager. It was much quicker than anticipated.

I have had my executives look at the case this afternoon. They have expressed their concerns and would like the content removed from the website. Regardless of whether or not its legal or freedom of speech they do not want to host this kind of material. We ask you that you kindly remove the content from the publicly facing website. Please reply to this case directly if you have questions or concerns and I can follow up with you directly.

As such, this post is now being made private again as I don’t want to be bothered with the hassles of moving web sites, etc.

US Marshals Service Selling 50,000 Stolen Bitcoins

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Bitcoin, Police, Police State, Rant | Posted on 19-11-2014

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The US Marshals Service is auctioning off 50,000 stolen bitcoin that they looted from Ross Ulbricht.

http://www.usmarshals.gov/assets/2014/dpr-bitcoins/

US Marshals Service Selling 50,000 Stolen Bitcoins

US Marshals Service Selling 50,000 Stolen Bitcoins

Here’s a screenshot of the web page where they’re looking for people to sell their stolen property.

Criminality out in the open

Criminality out in the open

No convictions in yet, but still, they’re flogging off what they’ve stolen.

For those interested in what “steal” means:

What is stealing?

What is stealing?

What the US Marshals Service has done meets the definition of (for the transitive verb) #1, the intransitive verb’s #1 definition, and the noun form’s #1 definition.

While the web pages does say that Ross has agreed to this, it is very difficult to take that seriously as he is clearly under duress.

In this order, both the United States and Ross William Ulbricht agreed that “the United States, in its sole discretion, may sell any portion or all of these bitcoins, on a date or dates and in a manner to be determined by the Government.”

Yeah. Very believable.

The outright criminality of the FBI and US Marshals Service is mind-numbingly bold. The courts are complicit in the criminality, and too few people are speaking up to hold these thugs accountable for their crimes.

 

US Marshal Shuts Down Cynic.me for Security Theatre

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Bitcoin, Canada, Philosophy, Police State, Rant, Sovereignty, States | Posted on 15-11-2014

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So Deputy United States Marshal Criminal Investigator Maxime Vales (or one of his criminal cohorts) violated the TERM & CONDITIONS for the use of this site to view this (now password protected) page:

http://cynic.me/2014/10/24/silk-road-judge-doxxed-and-msm-lies-about-it/

He then contacted my Canadian hosting provider about it and had them take my site down today. (I’ve since gotten it back up, obviously!)

The post is about an Ars Technica article that falsely claims that this article (.onion link requires TOR) contains death threats against Katherine Bolan Forrest, who is the judge in the “Silk Road” case against Ross Ulbricht. There is no death threat in there. It’s not nice, but it isn’t a death threat either. Ars Technica lied.

For the sake of ease, completeness, and transparency (something that is completely foreign to government), I posted the entire unredacted, uncensored article (it’s not hard to find – more info below). This seems to have pissed off the US Marshals who sent this to my hosting provider:

Please be advised that the personal security of a United States Marshals Service protected person has been threatened by way of dox. United States District Court Judge Katherine Bolan Forrest’s restricted personal identifiable information, in violation of the Court Security Act of 2007 has been made public on the below listed website that is connected to GoDaddy as the sponsoring registrar. I am requesting that this restricted personal information be immediately removed from the website in order to ensure that no further threats to the security of Judge Forrest are carried out. I am also requesting that a representative from the legal department contact me as soon as possible regarding this sensitive matter.

This is nothing more than security theatre and scare-mongering. If anyone were to do anything to that judge, it would already have happened.

The original dox (.onion link requires TOR) link from the wiki site now returns a 404, but the dox archive (.onion link requires TOR) is still up, and the dox can be found here (.onion link requires TOR).

None of these things are difficult to find. Whether or not I publish the information is completely irrelevant to the security of the judge. Like, FFS… Justin Bieber has dox published (.onion link requires TOR), and he’s still alive!!! There are probably a lot more crazies out there that want him dead.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

I have made it explicitly clear that nobody in any government position is welcome at Cynic.me. That includes US marshals.

Unless Maxime Vales is psychic, I really have no clue how he could possibly abide by the T&C and know what was on that page, or any page at Cynic.me for that matter.

CENSORSHIP & CHILLING EFFECTS

There is no law against publishing publicly available information, which the information at the links above is.

This does nothing to protect the judge at all as I’ve outline above just how simple it is to find the information. A blog dedicated to technology, voluntaryism, and personal points of interest that has near zero readership except for a few popular posts isn’t going to make the smallest impact at all.

This is merely overreach and an attempt to scare me and others from publishing information that the US police state finds inconvenient.

If this can happen to me, it can happen to you. Whether or not you agree with anything I say isn’t particularly relevant. The point to free speech is to tolerate dissenting opinions.

HE SHOULD SIMPLY HAVE CONTACTED ME!

Maxime Vales is really a bit of a douche. Instead of contacting me and asking nicely, he went nuclear to have my site taken down.

But I most certainly would have taken it down had he just asked. Albeit, I would have to charge him a reasonable service fee. I think 144,341 bitcoins plus an additional 29,659 bitcoins as an “administrative fee” would be reasonable. (Ross certainly wouldn’t need to worry about paying for his defense anymore.)

WHAT TO DO?

Well, I certainly don’t want armed thugs harassing me for publishing publicly available information, so I’ve password protected the page for the moment. I’m a bit worried that the 8 character, lower case password might be easy to guess. Nah. I’m not worried. I’m sure it’s just fine.

If anyone has any good information, my ears are open.

DOUCHEBAGGERY

Now, I know that some people will say that it’s douchey to post dox information. Perhaps it is. But it’s more important to be open, transparent, and complete.

The point of my blog post was to point out blatant lies in the presstitute corporate-whore dinosaur lamestream media. They regular twist facts and often blatantly lie. This was one of those cases.

The issue was about a darkweb wiki post. I posted the entire article along with a link to it. Everything could be verified by checking my own post, and by checking the original.

You see, some of us out here actually believe in free speech (even speech that some people don’t like) and honesty, which we don’t get from the lamestream media.

I’m not interested in shining a flashlight on lies if I can shine a spotlight.

Remember:

THE FBI DOXED ROSS ULBRICHT FIRST!

Cheers,

Ryan

Open Letter to My MP: Freedom is our nationality, and it’s not for sale

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Canada, Police State, Politics, States | Posted on 24-10-2014

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Given the recent events in Canada, I am emailing my MP with the following letter, and opening it up for anyone that would like to use it or part of it to email their own MP.


Hello Gary,

I am concerned about recent events causing hysteria and fostering bad ideas like “preventative measures” to detain people suspected of possibly doing something at some untold time in the future. I am equally concerned about the expanding security/surveillance state.

Our liberty is not on the negotiating table. Patrick Henry had a few good words to say about that. But we can look closer to home for thoughts on the topic.

Nothing will prevent me from continuing my task of PRESERVING AT ALL COST OUR CIVIL LIBERTY. – Wilfrid Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier phrased that using “at all cost” and not “at a ‘reasonable’ cost”. I believe that he was more than intelligent enough to know the difference, and that he was quite deliberate in that.

As long as there is a drop of blood in my body THEY WON’T STOP ME FROM TALKING ABOUT FREEDOM. – John Diefenbaker

Freedom and liberty do not take sides. Both Liberals (Wilfrid Laurier) and Progressive Conservatives (John Diefenbaker) have spoken out fiercely in defense of freedom in Canada.

We do not want Canada to dive into the same downward spiral that other “western democracies” have.

  • The United States of America has eviscerated its Constitution and Bill of Rights. Do we want to imitate them and watch things go south?
  • In the UK, David Cameron is trying to make thoughts he doesn’t agree with a crime, and has openly suggested re-education camps. Is going down that road one that will make Canadians happy campers?
  • Australia has criminalised journalism and free speech. Does Canada want to go down under with Australia?

I think the answer to these questions is clear. No. And a resounding NO. Why? Because…

Canada is free and FREEDOM IS ITS NATIONALITY. – Wilfrid Laurier

While ignoring people’s fundamental freedoms, liberties, and Natural Rights certainly makes many tasks much easier, that isn’t what Canada is about.

Certainly there are difficulties in not violating people’s freedoms, liberties, or Natural Rights, but simply because a job is difficult is no reason to strip people of those liberties. It is the job of government to protect and defend our liberty “at all cost”. Our liberty is not a bargaining chip; that a job is difficult is no reason to ask us to sacrifice even the tiniest amount of liberty.

If I may return to John Diefenbaker:

A Canada, united from Coast to Coast, wherein there will be freedom for the individual, freedom of enterprise and where there will be a Government which, in all its actions, will remain the servant and not the master of the people.

However difficult the job of the intelligence service, and however difficult the job of elected (or unelected) officials, that difficulty is no excuse to even think about asking Canadians to sacrifice any of their freedoms. It is our nationality. And it’s not for sale.

I do hope that you will consider the above, and take it with you as you perform your duties as a Minister to Parliament in Ottawa.

Respectfully,

Ryan Smyth
A fellow Canadian, Ontarian, and Cantabrigian

Protected: Silk Road Judge Doxxed and MSM Lies About it

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Censorship, Police State, Politics, Web Sites | Posted on 24-10-2014

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This post is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

Biometric ID Rollout in Africa

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Police State, Politics | Posted on 18-10-2014

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While the ebola virus continues to devastate Western Africa, the rollout of biometric IDs is all but completely ignored in the media, but it could cause even greater devastation as the world marches towards a totalitarian surveillance police state.

Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana all have cards, while others are either in the process or have some form of biometrics in another area, e.g. banking security.

The following blog post by the Securiport company puts biometrics into perspective regarding ebola from the view point of a biometrics company.

Securiport Remains Committed to Mitigating Health Risks and Economic Impact of Ebola Virus in West Africa

This article on India contains an Excel file with information about different countries and their usage of biometrics. Categories include medical use, government ID, online banking & finance, etc.

Let’s Make a Citizen Out of You: The Rise of Biometric Identification in India

The following blurbs start with the country name, possibly a few words about the context of the article, and then the article title linked to the original article. The titles are pretty much enough to tell what’s going on for most.

Ghana

World Bank Provides US$29.15m to Build Robust National Identification System

World Bank Provides Us$97 Million For Etransform Project

Guinea

Election registration.

Guinea-Bissau

Concern for Guinea-Bissau from countries attending a biometric ID conference for West Africa (ECOWAS).

West Africans to have common biometric ID card

Guinea Bissau Opts for Secure National ID Card to Combat Fraud

Ivory Coast

Immigration systems. (Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Equatorial Guinea)

The Role of Biometrics In Containing Ebola

Kenya

Biometric registration of Kenya’s public servants begins, absentees will be considered ‘ghosts’

Kenya: Civil Servants’ Biometric Registration Kicks Off in Tharaka Nithi County

Anne Waiguru: Biometric listing a win-win solution

Mauritania

MAURITANIA: A SINGLE INTEGRATED SYSTEM

Mauritius

Mauritius government to issue smart ID cards

Mali

THE NINA CARD: A TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGE, AN INDUSTRIAL SUCCESS

UN doing biometric scanning of people.

2014 UNHCR regional operations profile – North Africa

Malawi

Fingerprinting for microloans. No government ID.

Fingerprints for finance: Improving micro lending in Africa

Mozambique

Mozambique Driver License Program.

Mozambique Deal Expands African Adoption of Digimarc Secure ID Solutions

Namibia

Understanding Biometrics…Information Fusion For Multimodal Biometrics

Namibia: Enhanced Banking Solution By Namibian Biometric Systems

Namibia’s Biometric Systems’ Banking Solution

Nigeria

Launch of MasterCard-branded National e-ID for Nigerians and Implementation Issues

Nigeria launches new biometric ID card – brought to you by Mastercard

SecureID, Sterling Bank partner to drive financial inclusion in Nigeria

Compulsory.

Kano Inaugurates ID Card Project

Republic of the Congo

First Biometric ID Card Produced in the Republic of Congo

Rwanda

Registration for foreign residents.

DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION HAS STARTED ISSUING ELECTRONIC RESIDENT ID CARD TO ALL FOREIGNERS RESIDING IN RWANDA

South Africa

South Africa: Biometric Smart ID Cards – Dumb Idea

Online fingerprint verification.

Banks now verify your identity online


That’s a decent list, but does not include biometric passports, which includes most countries in the world anyways and is completely uninteresting in comparison.

The main pushers are biometrics companies, financial institutions, banks, the IMF, United Nations, etc. You’ll see the usual suspects pop up again and again. If you read through many articles, you may have noticed that Dr Risco Mutelo came up repeatedly. Again, more industry shilling.

It seems like Africa is the testbed for biometric IDs for now. Expect the rollout elsewhere in the world shortly. Or rather, dread the rollout elsewhere.

Here’s an excellent comment on biometric identification:

Cheers,

Ryan

 

Ebola Security in Liberian Ports

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Health | Posted on 16-10-2014

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ebolaThe National Port Authority of Liberia is fighting hard against the ebola outbreak by requiring all people admitted to Liberian ports to wear long sleeves and long pants.

Really.

Public Service Announcement

Published on Sep 29, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Management of the National Port Authority (NPA) is pleased to remind all Port Users, Investment Partners, Employees and the General Public in Particular, that anybody wearing sleeveless clothes will not be allowed access to its facilities.

The enforcement of these measures are in straight conformity to the full implementation of the preventive Ebola measures being observed throughout the premises of the four sea Ports of the Republic of Liberia.

You are therefore advised to take note and wear long pants/long sleeves shirts /blouses in compliance to this and all other measures required to grant you access to the ports.

The NPA management is firm on implementing all preventive measures to maintain absolute Zero tolerance to the Ebola Virus Disease at its facilities, and would not compromise the safety of the entire port and its surrounding to the killer disease.

Restrictions on visitation at the ports are also being observed and only those having important business engagements or official arrangements will be allowed access to the ports after he or she must have gone through the routine preventive procedures that have been put in place by the NPA Management.

Thanks for your usual understanding and cooperation as we endeavor to win the war against the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia.

Signed
Malcolm W. Scott
Public Relations Manager/ NPA

Approved
Management/NPA-Liberia

It sounds like a few people were showing up in shorts & t-shirts.

Meanwhile, healthcare workers in full protective gear are still contracting ebola.

Um, good luck with the long sleeves and pants?

But to be fair, measures also include washing your hands.

Key amongst the NPA’s anti Ebola measures include: Compulsory temperature check at all entry points to the Port facilities; issuance of none Shore Passes, regular hand washing, reduction in the workforce and the establishment of a temporary Care Center at the Freeport of Monrovia.

A CDC delegation reportedly called the measures at Liberian ports “extreme preventative measures.”

Speaking during a visit at the Freeport of Monrovia Wednesday, the CDC delegation said the procedures being implemented by the NPA Management against the Ebola Virus are “ Extreme Preventive Measures” that are also in line with rigorous approaches in containing the disease.

But they’re also doing body temperature monitoring (has a comprehensive list of preventative measures):

•  Everybody including employees/contractors/casual workers entering the Port premises will be subjected to body temperature monitoring and or digital temperature testing;

Cleaning staff are also using gloves, surgical masks, and chlorine-based cleaners.

They are taking matters quite seriously though. Anyone showing symptoms of ebola is being treated as a probable case.

• Everyone coming in contact with a stevedore showing  symptoms of Ebola will be considered probable cases and treated as such;

So, while wearing long sleeves may seem like a band-aid on cancer, there are many other measures, including an emergency response team, and they are certainly trying very hard.

The NPA has also set up free storage for supplies to fight ebola donated by the Chinese government in August.

I started off with an alarmist joke about long sleeves in part to help draw attention and make a point: the seaports have largely been ignored in the news as airports are sexier (and faster), but these are critical points from which ebola can spread. Any sailing of less than 21 days should be suspect.

Pharma Marketing vs. Research Spending

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Health | Posted on 14-10-2014

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Here’s a quick little tidbit: GSK’s “selling, general and administration” costs were over 2x what they spent on research. PDF of their annual report is here:

http://www.gsk.com/media/325156/annual-report-2013.pdf

Pages 63 and 66. Here’s a relevant clip from page 63.

pharma marketing research costs

So, there you have it. Marketing is twice as important as research.

Unresponsive Touch on Android

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Linux, Software | Posted on 30-09-2014

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At times you may encounter an unresponsive touch on your Android device.

This is not application specific. It happens in any application.

If this happens to you, simply turn your device off, then on again.

What happens is that for some reason your touch gets registered then it holds there. Subsequent touches don’t work properly, so you can’t zoom or do much.

This problem drills down to the API level in Android and then to the actual hardware.

The cause is perhaps some dirt or moisture on your finger, or it’s raining, or something else that contacts the surface of your device’s touch screen.

Just turn it off, then on again, and you should be good to go. If not, reboot. If you’re not happy there, then you have a different issue. Keep looking, and good luck! :)