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All it costs to fulfill the average person's needs for digital services is a $5 per month VPS instance. It's even cheaper if you buy a single board computer and host your services at home.

We've been letting companies steal our personal data and sell it to the highest bidder and destroying democracy in the process all to save what? A coffee a month?

This is one of the worst deals in history.

@alcinnz
My favorite audiobook has been a fan-made one of 'Little Brother' in german, which could be created due to the novel being released under a creative commons license.
It was created by a professional and can be downloaded for free.

this seems pretty cool?

"Firefox 86 Introduces Total Cookie Protection"

> Our new feature, Total Cookie Protection, works by maintaining a separate “cookie jar” for each website you visit. Any time a website, or third-party content embedded in a website, deposits a cookie in your browser, that cookie is confined to the cookie jar assigned to that website, such that it is not allowed to be shared with any other website.

blog.mozilla.org/security/2021

How to use open source peer-to-peer OnionShare desktop apps to anonymously share and receive files, host a website and anonymously chat

See docs.onionshare.org/2.3.1/en/f

#technology #tor #onionshare #privacy

The #GreatGreenWall aims to restore 100 million hectares of currently degraded land, sequester 250 million tonnes of carbon and create 10 million jobs in rural areas. (by 2030)

👉 46% of African land is degraded, jeopardizing the livelihoods of nearly two-thirds of the Continent’s population.

👉 20 million people in the Horn of Africa in 2017 declared on the verge of starvation following severe drought and food crises.

👉 Millions are expected to migrate from degraded parts of Africa in the next two decades

👉 100 million population of the Sahel is expected to grow to 340 million by 2050

👉 200 million of the 375 million young people entering the job market over the next 15 years will be living in rural areas.

Results so far:

🌴 12 million drought resistant trees were planted in Senegal

🌵 15 million hectare of degraded land were restored in Ethiopia; 5 million in Nigeria

🌳 5 million hectares of land have been restored in Niger, delivering 500.000 tonnes of grain per year. enough to feed 2.5 million people

🌱 3 million hectares in Burkina Faso have been rehabilitated through local practice used by communities called Zaï

greatgreenwall.org/about-great

#reforestation #ClimateMitigation #ClimateCrisis #ClimateJustice

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Updated version with more uniform look ✨.

:boost_requested: boost_requested
:boost_denied: boost_denied

SVG available on request.

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The codename for the (Debian) Experimental repository, RC-Buggy, was Andy's toy car, and is a pun on 'Release Critical' and 'Remote Control.'

wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases

> You want to make a webpage because they are cool.
> You want to make it yourself, by hand and for free, because *you* are cool.
> This zine is for those who have not made a site before, especially those who don’t consider themselves coders.

solarpunk.cool/zines/web-zine-

Spent most of Friday fixing my Doom Emacs configuration and Python3.9 on Debian.

Doing the actual work on Saturday. 🤷‍♂️

I'm working for a big tech company in California. Yesterday all employees received an email from our security guys.

We have to deactivate all personal assistant gadgets (like Alexa) during worktime in the homeoffice.

They have evidence that these gadgets are recording audio from conference calls.

Nothing new to me but notable that I've got this order.

How to remove the Raspberry Pi Foundation tone-deafly auto-installed Microsoft repo and GPG keys from your #RaspberryPi .

In terminal:
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list
sudo rm /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg
sudo apt update

[Cf. https://www.jeffgeerling.com/blog/2021/microsoft-repo-and-key-are-automatically-added-raspberry-pis ]

Upgraded Thunderbird to 78.7.1. This version removes the Enigmail add-on and uses Thunderbird's built-in PGP support. They provided a migration wizard which does the export and import seamlessly. A major email client providing PGP support out of the box is a big step for email privacy.

The new version has a more modern look with flat icons.

I noticed that it shows quoted parts in a different color. There is better visual distinction between mails in a mail thread.

Sure, it's great that corporations hate the AGPL...

But have you ever considered writing software that corporations hate intrinsically?

After the crazy guy stopped the OTF mid-pandemic, the Biden administration worked fast on reopening.

Now, we demand from the European Union to build
an European Open Technology Fund.
In my personal interest it would be a transatlantic joint venture so that borders do not matter and I can apply with my US friends.

Open Protocols, Open Source, Open Borders!

An article by Julia Reda
netzpolitik.org/2020/wo-bleibt

#opensource #activitypub #OpenTechnologyFund

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Afternoon naps seem to have increased my productivity at work.

FLOSS Weekly (Audio): FLOSS Weekly 616: Software Heritage - Robert Di Cosmo, Software Archives twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly/epi

I need your help. Please boost. 

I am planning on setting up a “small business” (eventually transforming it into a cooperative, if others join) refurbishing computers, so I can make a little more money than my welfare payment.

I will, by default, be providing free operating systems for the completed computers. I will also be conducting computer literacy classes for people who really want to have a computer, but don’t feel comfortable using one.

What should I name the enterprise?

Suggestions:

Mutual Aid Computing Society
Epicurean Computers
Data Processing Freedom

Key concepts:

Software Freedom
Communist Anarchism
GNU/Linux/BSD
Cyberpunk/Solarpunk
Social Ecology
Interpersonal Friendliness, Kindness, Empathy

Heads up #Fediverse

@k9mail is looking for funding to maintain their popular #android mail app. #k9mail hopes to raise €1,000 p/w on #liberapay to be able to work fulltime on the project.

k9mail.app/2021/02/14/K-9-Mail

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