A quick #intro:
~ #Christian, #husband, #father, #geek
~ I <3 #gadgets & #tech
~ Concerned about #privacy & #security
~ #Sustainability and #RightToRepair
~ Trying to use #FOSS more every day
~ Enjoy the #outdoors, #hiking & visiting #NationalParks
~ Fav TV show is #StarTrek #DS9 & also love #TNG & #Voyager
~ #Retro things, especially from the #80s & #90s
~ I <3 #books
~ In #politics, I err on the side of #liberty
~ #BusinessIntelligence guy
~ Occasional attempts at #writing and making #videos
He refused to give up his coveted Twitter handle. Then he was ‘swatted’ and died of a heart attack.
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.
Anyone else going to watch the #Olympics?
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
“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.”
Despite the hype, iPhone security no match for NSO spyware
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/07/19/apple-iphone-nso/ #privacy #security #purism #librem5
An industry that unmasks people at scale - https://www.vice.com/en/article/epnmvz/industry-unmasks-at-scale-maid-to-pii
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.
Cell phones and cancer: New UC Berkeley study suggests cell phones sharply increase tumor risk
"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."
'No, open source Audacity audio editor is not “spyware”' by Jim Salter
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.
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 #Nokia G20. At $200 USD, it’s not a huge financial risk. I will attempt to limit tracking with apps like #Blokada and use #FOSS 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.
I'm considering buying a Pixel 4a and installing #CalyxOS on it. I'm a bit concerned, though, that long-term it's not going to do what I need as #Google 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 #AAB and #APK versions of apps. AAB apps can only be installed via the Google Play Store.
The Growth Ponzi Scheme - https://www.strongtowns.org/the-growth-ponzi-scheme
Audacity now collects user data: https://www.audacityteam.org/about/desktop-privacy-notice/
I need a new audio editing program. Any recommendations?