The Free Software Conservancy @conservancy has asked Microsoft to resign from the RIAA over the recent takedown of youtube-dl, an important tool for free software users, as well as journalists: https://u.fsf.org/36p
Also, the gold standard for an authoritarian surveillance state. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/unchecked-smart-cities-are-surveillance-cities-what-we-need-are-smart-enough https://twitter.com/axios/status/1321908916654137344
Facebook is losing users in the US and Canada
https://www.engadget.com/facebook-q3-2020-earnings-204642328.html #facebook #libremsocial
Be suspicious when Facebook endorses changes to Section 230: weakening those legal protections could give Facebook more power over speech online, not less. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/10/congress-fails-ask-tech-ceos-hard-questions
The General Purpose Computer In Your Pocket
"One of the neatest tricks Big Tech ever pulled was convincing people that phones weren’t general-purpose computers and should have different rules than laptops or desktops. These rules conveniently give the vendor more control so that you don’t own a smartphone so much as you rent it."
Microsoft Windows is like a 1993 Toyota Corolla
French cartoonist and free software activist David Revoy @davidrevoy, who created our gorgeous 35th anniversary designs, has released his adorable Pepper & Carrot comics in print, in English! Read more at his blog: https://u.fsf.org/365
Youtube-dl is a legitimate tool with a world of a lawful uses. Demanding its removal from Github is a disappointing and counterproductive move by the RIAA. https://github.com/github/dmca/blob/master/2020/10/2020-10-23-RIAA.md
A Librem 5 Video Made on a Librem 5
"Ultimately the Librem 5 phone lets you take your regular workflow with you while also keeping you in contact with your friends and family."
The Police Can Probably Break Into Your iPhone
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/technology/iphone-encryption-police.html #privacy #security #librem5 #purism
Hopefully, if resources are applied correctly, we can protect the elderly and others at risk. But the estimate of ~0.20% seems to be consistent with the CDC estimate in the spring. Still dangerous, but could have been a lot worse.
Also, if half a billion people are already infected (over 10x the official case count), hopefully some locations will start to develop herd immunity, at least until a trusted vaccine is available.
"..over half a billion people have been infected as of 12 September, 2020, far more than the
approximately 29 million documented laboratory-confirmed cases. Most locations probably have
an infection fatality rate less than 0.20% and with appropriate, precise non-pharmacological
measures that selectively try to protect high-risk vulnerable populations and settings, the infection
fatality rate may be brought even lower."
Thre is a new (October 14, yesterday) paper on the Infection Mortality Rate for Covid-19, published on the World Health Organization website.
Read the whole thing of course. I am publishing the summary paragraph from page 10, in the next post (due to 500 character limit).
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@purism While fixing #convergence related issues in #phosh, #phoc and the kernel for the #librem5 I wanted things to be more automatic. So #phosh can now enable a 'docked' mode on screen plug: windows become moveable automatically (and get their close button back), #squeekboard gets disabled and there's a quick setting that lets you toggle that too:
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