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He refused to give up his coveted Twitter handle. Then he was ‘swatted’ and died of a heart attack.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

Herring’s refusal to give up his @Tennessee handle led to police surrounding his home with their weapons drawn, and caused the computer programmer to suffer a massive heart attack that killed him. His death in Bethpage, Tenn., was triggered by “swatting” — the illegal practice of calling in fake life-threatening emergencies to provoke a heavily-armed response from police.

Hey, #Fediverse, do you use (say, at least once per week) any Mozilla products?

Context: some people are claiming "nobody uses Mozilla's products anymore". I'd like to see if that's actually true.

Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon
theguardian.com/world/2021/jul

“Human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have been targeted by authoritarian governments using hacking software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to an investigation into a massive data leak.”

“Have you ever noticed that when people say it is their duty to tell you a certain thing you may prepare for something disagreeable? Why is it that they never seem to think it a duty to tell you the pleasant things they hear about you?” - Anne Shirley, Anne of Avonlea

Partner: the pulldown hose for the kitchen sink has a bad leak. I'd like to replace the faucet, a similar model is $400

Me: how about $17 for a replacement hose and 15 minutes to fix it ourselves?

Partner: wait, that's an option?!

People talk about Right To Repair a lot, and it is important, but there's still a lot of work to do on Repair Culture. If people don't believe repair is a reasonable course of action, if their impulse is to replace instead of see if it's fixable, if they don't have the context and training and confidence to fix things, then repairs don't happen.

The film “I, Robot” (starring Will Smith) still holds up well. If anything, it’s even more relevant now than when it was first released.

I ordered an EMF meter. Looking forward to trying it out around the house and at work to check EM levels. I sometimes wonder if high levels of EM radiation are adversely affecting my health.

Cell phones and cancer: New UC Berkeley study suggests cell phones sharply increase tumor risk
fox5ny.com/news/new-uc-berkele

"Researchers took a comprehensive look at statistical findings from 46 different studies around the globe & found that the use of a cell phone for more than 1,000 hours, or about 17 minutes a day over a ten year period, increased the risk of tumors by 60%.

"Researchers also pointed to findings that showed cell phone use for 10 or more years doubled the risk of brain tumors."

Dear #foss developers, you encounter an open source project and feel enticed to check out their community. Discord is mentioned as the only place where the discussions take place.

Your reaction?

A - Great, I already have an account anyway.
B - Ok, I'd be willing to join if the project is interesting enough.
C - Not ok, I will not be part of those discussions.
D - Other (see comment)

Boosts appreciated (research for blog post).

I decided to go ahead and try the G20. At $200 USD, it’s not a huge financial risk. I will attempt to limit tracking with apps like and use apps whenever possible. If I go too far down the free software rabbit hole, I’ll end up in a cave. Gotta strike a balance, even if it’s a delicate one.

Looks like I won't be updating Audacity ever again. I would support a viable fork if any FOSS devs wanted to take up that challenge.

I'm considering buying a Pixel 4a and installing on it. I'm a bit concerned, though, that long-term it's not going to do what I need as is moving away from using APKs in favor of their Android App Bundle (AAB) "solution". I worry that developers will abandon APKs altogether instead of making both and versions of apps. AAB apps can only be installed via the Google Play Store.

Audacity now collects user data: audacityteam.org/about/desktop

I need a new audio editing program. Any recommendations?

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