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I mentioned the other day that health care data is one area where people who "have nothing to hide" still care about .

Personal finances is the other area and it looks like Google's going there too.

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The 48Mp camera on the Nokia 7.2 isn't really that great. It's more of a 12Mp camera.

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Quick reminder that "Don't be evil" *used* to be Google's motto, and they deliberately changed it

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Verdict so far: pretty much only the stock and ayufan #Pinebook #PinebookPro images work acceptably. Android and ChromeOS are unacceptably broken. I'm going with the Debian image, hopefully for the long haul.

@yang Seems to be doing some really smart stuff. Too bad I wasn't able to find & meet him at NY Comic Con last year.

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Holy smokes.

LibreOffice runs on the Librem 5!


Saving files, opening files, typing... the UI is a bit cramped (it's a desktop app on a phone)... but hot-diggity! It works!

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A laptop where you can swap out parts as easily as you can on a desktop tower!

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Behind the deaf government and the cruel repressive police #HKprotests are facing, this may be one of their most heartbreaking realizations that "freedom" is and has always been a hollow propaganda word the USA have been using at least since WWII and that money sadly prevails.

♲ @Apple 8. We once believed the App rejection is simply a bureaucratic f up, but now it is clearly a political decision to suppress freedom and human right in #HongKong. It is disappointing to see US corps such as @Apple, @NBA, @Blizzard_Ent, @TiffanyAndCo act against #freedom

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Wanna break free from #Google?

Here are some recommendations:

Instead of #gmail, I use #disroot ( with #k9 ( and #thunderbird ( as clients.
Instead of #google search, I use #searx (Searx instances), #duckduckgo (, and #startpage (
Searx instance has the most suggessive name. 😀
I recommend setting it as a default search engine on publicly used computers (at your school, work place, internet caffees, etc.) 😉
Instead of #youtube, I use #peertube ( and #invidious (Invidious Instances).
I also use #firefox #addon PeerTubeify to get redirected to peertube if a #video is available from there.
Instead of #googleplus, I use #diaspora (
Instead of #chrome, I use #icecat (Icecat), #firefox (Firefox), and #tor #browser (
Instead of #chromeos, I use #Parabola #GNU #linux-libre ( and #linuxmint (
Instead of google #calendar, I use #nextcloud / #owncloud calendar (
Instead of #googledrive, I use #nextcloud and #syncthing (
Instead of google forms, I use Framaforms.
It is only available in French, which unfortunately I don't speak, but that does not stop me from regularly using it. B-)
Instead of doodle, I use Framadate.
Instead of #android, I use #replicant OS ( on a Technoethical S3 phone.
#FSFE has a good website about liberating your device.
Instead of #googleplay, I use #F-Droid (
If you want to reach all apps from Google Play, I recommend #yalp store (YalpStore), but be warned that most of the apps there are not #free-software.
Instead of #googlemaps, I use #openstreetmap (
Instead of google street view, I use #mapillary (
For text #chat, I use #xmmp with my #disroot account, with pix-art messanger #fork of #conversations (Conversations) on mobile and gajim on desktop.
For video chat, I use #jitsi (
#Framasoft and #diroot offers plenty of other great services. See… and
Finally, I recommend you to spread/share your desire, successes and difficulties (both online and offline) of getting free from Google and #GAFAM ( #Google, #Apple, #Facebook, #Amazon, #Microsoft) in general.

What did I missed? What is you favourite alternative? and why? #freesoftware #foss #floss #open-source #opensource #linux #gnu-linux #fdroid #technoethical #mobile #software #privacy #surveillance #freedom
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I am excited about micromobility and car sharing and all of that but the most powerful transit technologies are already known:

+ Buses
+ Bicycles
+ Bike paths
+ Walkable mixed-use neighborhoods
+ Dedicated bus lanes
+ Free buses
+ Seriously, LOTS of buses & bike paths

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O.MG! Evil Lightning cable about to hit mass distribution

"Embedded in it is a tiny Wi-Fi transceiver that can operate as an access point or a wireless client. When the victim plugs it into their computer, an attacker within radio distance can connect to the cable with a mobile app and use it to manipulate the computer."

Whatever device you use, be careful about your cables!

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cool software recommendation: xpra

it's kinda like screen for x, it lets you run applications remotely over ssh and stuff, including mirroring the active display

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The anxiety I feel at the thought of from a to a (or no phone at all) is proof enough for me that I need to break my .

With the exception of some basic tasks like , , , , and , I can do everything else on a or computer. I just need to be more and with my .

Is that new free Cloudflare VPN for phones trustworthy?

Adam Lein boosted is a fairly new, cross-platform, desktop chat app, for the #Jabber network (#XMPP protocol). It's privacy-focused, for example it uses #TOR and #OTR encryption for all chats by default (not #OMEMO, interesting choice). Also, they're avoiding implementing some features, like highlighted links, they say could add unnecessary complexity and more risk of bugs and thus security flaws. They say they are looking for people willing to do security audits on their code:

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I wish nobody used #reCaptcha. Not only does it forces users to allow Goggle to run scripts in their browser, making users do unpaid mechanical turking for Goggle is just rude. If it contributed to a data commons, like training free code AI, I would't mind so much.

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