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I’m told that many Germans are stockpiling cheese and sausages in anticipation of a COVID lockdown — planning, in other words, for a Wurst-Käse scenario

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I can't in good conscience recommend Apple devices to people anymore. I used to believe that Apple was the more private company (as compared to Google), they just had a lot of proprietary stuff. But they're not even using TLS when they track every application you open!

People need to ditch Apple, but I don't see that happening any time soon. Surveillance grows...

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Is your open source project still using Slack for its community? Consider:

Mozilla has migrated their chat to Matrix:

Mattermost now offers hosted service with special pricing for OSS projects:

There are probably even more I'm not aware of.

There are good Free options now. Time to get out of the proprietary SaaS lock-in.

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#2384 Set in the Present 

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the Oregon exploding whale.

The Oregon Historical Society has realized the importance of this historical event and released a HD REMASTERED version of the video, taken from the original 16mm film!!!!

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Oh, HP, never change.

First you tricked people with a fake "security update," that blocked cheap ink, then you invented rented ink, and now
you've redefined "free ink for life" to mean "$0.99/month, forever, or else."

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Apple's anti-repair tactics on the new iPhone 12:

Genuine parts swapped between brand new iPhone 12s won't work properly until swapped back.

Most likely explanation: Apple intentionally ensuring no one can self-repair or use a third party service. Not a new MO for them by any means.

Despicable behavior. Remember this source of e-waste when Apple pretends to care about the environment.

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Massachusetts voters pass right-to-repair expansion opening up car data

Some good news from the US elections today :)

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And here's the sting in the tail: if you opt for "Amazon exclusive," you are locked in for SEVEN YEARS. Amazon silently made the switch to "no hassle returns" and clawed back half its creators' money, with no chance to opt out.

Amazon gets to change its deal with creators when it wants to, but the creators don't get to change their deal with Amazon. For seven years after they spend thousands to produce their own audiobooks, they are locked to Amazon, regardless of Amazon's policy changes.


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To #Google users: you can lose all your Google accounts if Google decides so. There won't be any trial, and no option for appeal.

That's privately-held fascism in some way.


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In at least one instance, a foreign adversary was able to take advantage of a back door invented by U.S. intelligence

Here is my surprised face. 😐​

A phone with slide-out keyboard, shipping with LineageOS and Ubuntu Touch that met its crowd funding goal in 2 hours. Early backers to get it in December 2020, most in March 2021. Will he interesting to see how the mobile device landscape evolves in 2021.

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I had no idea that there were publicly accessible outdoor bake ovens in some Toronto parks (that were only recently closed due to the pandemic). Wonder if the idea could be implemented locally.

"East end Toronto residents push for opening up of outdoor bake oven"

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Microsoft will adopt Google Chrome's controversial Manifest V3 (ad-friendly tweaks) in Edge. This kind of thing is precisely why we need to have more than a single browser engine implementation, and why Firefox is more important than ever.

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If you or someone you know is thinking of buying a Ring doorbell camera—or already has one—here are 10 tips to consider

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