Weird day...everyone at home is sick, including me (a little). Lack of concentration last night and tonight put side job on pause, so I'm at the bar early after day job. None of the usual crowd is here...fell like I've fallen into an alternate dimension.

After blowing $100m to snoop on Americans' phone call logs for four years, what did the NSA get? Just one lead • The Register
theregister.co.uk/2020/02/26/n

I want to write on how a global economy isn't really global if one part of the globe can tank it, but having trouble finding the words.

is punk dead

(boosts good to get more accurate poll results)

Guys, important method for not dying from the coronavirus pandemic...

Install ionisers everywhere you fucking can.

newscientist.com/article/dn322

Guys, this is very promising! The FSF is launching a new forge, and they're doing all the right things!

fsf.org/blogs/sysadmin/coming-

The same private entity that helped architect L.A.’s privacy-invasive digital mobility rules and spread those rules to other cities now seeks to profit by helping cities run those regulations. citylab.com/transportation/202

On the morning of Feb 24 the OPP raided the rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk territory. In the wake of the raid, new camps, occupations and blockades have gone up, but more solidarity is urgently required.

#WetsuwetenStrong #Tyendinaga #ShutDownCanada

Check out this handy Border Search Pocket Guide designed to be printed, folded, and carried in your pocket while traveling. eff.org/document/eff-border-se t.co/O0zyGxfLc9

Something I was proud that we did at Linux Journal was support customer privacy to the point we rejected the giant ecosystem of ad trackers dominating the industry.

It is hard (and costly) to do and I'm pleased to see The Markup take a similar stand:

themarkup.org/2020/02/25/presi

@agx @okias We plan to ditch gsound and just play the sounds using gstreamer. We can indeed have libfeedback upstream for GNOME 3.38 (it's a bit late for this cycle)

More than $200 million is frozen in the California broadband fund because amendments pushed by incumbent ISPs prevent it from being spent on fiber. eff.org/deeplinks/2020/02/cali

Hacks and spying

Is WhatsApp safe for diplomats?

The Facebook-owned app has become a standard tool for international negotiations. Amid rising security concerns, EU experts now suggest a safer alternative. But the WhatsApp era is far from over. ...

netzpolitik.org/2020/is-whatsa

"There are two ways of constructing a software design:

One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.

The first method is far more difficult."

C. A. R. Hoare, The Emperor’s Old Clothes, 1980 Turing Award Lecture

Breakthrough in coronavirus research results in new map to support vaccine design

Researchers have made a critical breakthrough toward developing a vaccine for the 2019 novel coronavirus by creating the first 3D atomic scale map of the part of the virus that attaches to and infects human cells. Mapping this part, called the spike protein, is an essential step so researchers around the world can develop vaccines and antiviral drugs to combat the virus.

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