Matt Heartly, a pretty well known figure in the Linux community, has a dog (Miss Margo), who is currently battling cancer. I don't have any money to contribute, but I'm leaving the link here so anyone who does and wants to help can.
Is the problem that the govt. is buying location data w/o a warrant, or that data brokers can collect and sell it to begin with? We have to change the incentives driving the whole mobile app economy. This is something I wrote about in this article: https://puri.sm/posts/mobile-app-stores-and-the-power-of-incentives/
The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency shouldn't be spying on Americans, without a warrant, by paying data brokers for location info generated by our phone apps. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/22/us/politics/dia-surveillance-data.html
@derek have you any experience with the Librem One suite? I've been a user for a good while, and have yet to experience any censorship or issues with downtime, and Purism is committed to not collecting or selling user data. It is also cheaper than buying a vpn, fully private mail suite, or a server to self host all of the utilities, which is very important to me, as I can't afford too much,being a student.
I assume we're gonna see a video on this subject soon? I hope you've been enjoying livrewolf, it's been my browser of choice for a good while (supplemented with Brave)
Mozilla No Longer Supports A Free Internet
Mozilla, a long-time champion of free and an open source software, recently posted a blog stating that the Internet needs more censorship. According to Moz...
@firstname.lastname@example.org 🔗 https://mastodon.technology/users/distrotube/statuses/105532899299526890
Mozilla No Longer Supports A Free Internet
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If you think these hardware cryptographic security measures are actually about customer security and not vendor control, I have printers to sell you that reject refilled ink cartridges and farm tractors you aren't allowed to repair.
Due to FB and app developer pressure, Apple changed their mind about mandating apps ask permission before tracking users in iOS 14. That lobbying power should tell you everything you need to know about how much money is made through tracking in iOS apps: #privacy
I was notified that @tateisu's Mastodon app "Subway Tooter" has received a warning from the Google Play Store citing user-generated content that "incites discrimination".
A Mastodon app does not host or promote any content. The user types the address to connect to. The responsibility of moderating resides with that server. So unless Google is going to drop Chrome, Firefox and Opera from its platform, this is completely out of line.
Source in Japanese:
It reminds me of standard NSA denials on spying in a particular way "in this program" because they use a different program to do that.
The one about programmer brains...
Both of my usual morning coworkers (both of whom have been doing this for longer than me) don't seem to have realized that the cooking process does not end when you take the cookies out of the oven, and if they are really firm and getting dark when you take them out, they will be crispy and not soft. And not in a good way
Every traditional for-profit company is now faced with the (false) choice of selling customer data and risking customer backlash if they get caught, or leaving money on the table and risking shareholder backlash (and lawsuits) if they don't.
Your browsing data is so valuable that even an AV company that's supposed to protect you from software that capture and sells your data, itself captures and sells your data. #privacy
@kyle I know a guy who's looking for a way to get the 600 MHz band 71 for his Librem 5, where would you recommend to look for a baseband modem for that?
8 hours programming: mixed happiness with bits of frustration, generally ends with feeling satisfaction and a desire to continue
8 hours hacking on my linux distro: mixed happiness with bits of frustration, generally ends with feeling satisfaction and a desire to continue
8 hours working for customers: thoroughly exhausting, ends with feeling dissatisfaction and a desire to crawl under a rock and never come out
I think I have the wrong job
I am at the part of the story in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, about chapter 18, where everything seems amazing, but I can't help but wonder how it ends. Perhaps it is the foreboding loss I am faced with, but it seems especially certain to me that this wonderful adventure Professor Aronnax and co are going on is going to end, perhaps tragically for the crew of the Nautilus.