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We could make the world better for everyone living on it. It’s easily within our reach. To not do so is a collective choice that humanity has made.

We need to free our species from this idea that everyone must always take everything they get and then protect it with force. Those ideas will keep harming us all until we learn that there’s another way.

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Folding@Home Crushes Exascale Barrier, Now Faster Than Dozens of Supercomputers - ExtremeTech

The Folding @ Home network continues its inescapable march to world domination. Today, the exaflop. Tomorrow, the world.

extremetech.com/computing/3083

Cool, got LibreOffice on my laptop integrated with NextCloud's WebDAV.

Now I can edit documents from my desktop, mobile, or the web interface, and the document data should update without any problems.

This is good progress. 😎

We received $10.000 funding in our collective (opencollective.com/f-droid) from the Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS) speed dating event that happened during #FOSDEM.

These funds will be used for making the f-droid build process work faster and more reliably.

Today was my first day going to the grocery store since the pandemic started. I'm glad we were able to wait. Other that bathroom tissue everything was in stock again and the lines were back to normal length.

All the supermarkets in my area have switched to issuing cloth bags instead of polythene bags. These bags are 4 times as expensive, so customers have started bringing in their own bags after being charged 3 or 4 times.

Having been used to seeing polythene bags for basically my whole life, this feels like an overnight change to me (it took like a month), but a welcome one. :toot:

Jitsi is getting a lot of mentions here.

I wonder if people are aware of GNU Jami, a P2P solution.
jami.net/

Jami has end-to-end encryption while Jitsi is only encrypted during transit. The Jitsi server has your packets available in unencrypted form. If you can't trust a Jitsi server and need end-to-end encryption, Jami can be a good alternative.

As part of being social in self-isolated world I hosted a #jitsi meeting with my friends and it was remarkable. Absolutely 0 issues for all the 4 participants for that multi hour meeting!

When I was very little, I thought "Pirate Radio" would only work if there were bands of folks roaming the seas in converted fishing trawlers. Flood lights and cranes replaced with giant antennas

And then the internet happened

Censorship became more widespread after the powers figured out you could put an entire country behind a firewall to prevent thoughts from spreading

And then Tor happened

Coronavirus, Amazon relief fund(!) 

Please tell me this is a parody!

"Amazon — you know, the one run by the richest man, the one whose sales have shot up during a pandemic — is doing an online fundraiser. Asking all of us to donate to support its warehouse temps & flex drivers hit by Covid."

amazonrelieffund.org

via @stacyfmitchell@birdsite

We are now approved as an organization on github sponsors: github.com/sponsors/f-droid

We only have mirrors of our repositories on github, but if using github sponsors is a convenient way to donate to projects for you, feel free to use this.

The funds will be contributed to our #opencollective without any additional fees.

You can also find other options to donate here f-droid.org/donate/

Does it make sense to use ActivityPub protocol for instant messaging?

@cwebber @librelounge

As many of us make the switch to remote working for the forseeable future, Martin Fowler shares some thoughts on getting the most out of video calls: martinfowler.com/articles/effe

JSTOR. Ah yes. JSTOR. The single largest aggregator of other people's journals, putting the lot behind paywalls. Charging insane prices per article. That JSTOR.

Getting kudos for making 6000 ebooks and 150 journals free until June. 6k ebooks out of 70k. 150 journals out of 2.6k.

Good, a small fragment of critical human knowledge is briefly publicly available, kindly provided by the ones who crippled that knowledge away from the majority of the population in the first place. Grab it while you can. We may never see this without expensive access fees again.

thenextweb.com/world/2020/03/2

Google does not "sell" your data

"... suppose a company wants to acquire data about expecting mothers. It can buy a list of a million device IDs that a data broker believes to belong to such women. The company can upload this list to Google and target an ad at those IDs. If even a small fraction—say, 1%—click on the ad, then 10,000 people are sent to the advertiser’s landing page, where they automatically share their IP address, cookies, and possibly geolocation data."

eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/goog

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