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The battles we’re fighting for our privacy aren’t just to make our phones and computers private places today. They’re to keep our homes, cars, and minds private places in the future. They’re to protect our personhood and stave off autocracy.

#privacy #humanRights

capitalism doesn't care about you, the person making money for it, and if you wanna know how little it cares, read your contract, read all of your contracts.

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“technology was going to change everything”

“We experience technology moving through its iterations, and we feel like we are moving as well. And all the while, we’re stuck in the same world with the same problems that have always existed.”

Posted some reflections on returning to #DebConf21 to watch my advisees @kayleachampion and @salt present their research using data from

Free Software Community of India writes Open Letter to teachers of

"We would like to remind the teachers from Kerala how you stood for Software Freedom and became a model for the entire world. You resisted offers of free of cost training by Microsoft and Intel. You created a custom GNU/Linux distribution with software you needed in schools, and provided technical support and training to teachers across Kerala."

Please sign this letter,

@eloisa I am trying to raise awareness about the need for "frugal" computing, doing more with less, making our devices last much longer.

Here is my article about it:

@strypey False, false, and false.

Your risk of contracting Covid whilst vaccinated is much lower than if unvaccinated.
Your viral load is also likely lower. It is certainly not worse.
Vaccinated individuals are being advised to practice NPI (nonpharmaceutical interventions) to minimise spread risk: masks, social distancing, handwashing.
If you do contract Covid without vaccination, odds of requiring intensive treatment are far higher. This occupies resources which will be unavailable to other patients, whether with Covid or unrelated conditions.


Codeberg is running #Gitea 1.15 now, coming with new features, improvements and bug fixes.

We say thanks to all the contributors to Codeberg and upstream Gitea, you are awesome. Together, we are building alternatives to proprietary forges.

Read an introduction on our blog:

@vortex_egg Tsundoku.

See Mortimer Adler's How to Read a Book.

As Adler notes, followed by "How to Read Two Books".

He also addresses how to usefully access the concepts in many books. You don't do it by reading them exhaustively. Rather, your approach becomes more of a conversation --- asking questions of the book. But also of research, in the sense that you're assembling a structure of information and models. What you read either builds, restructures, or removes portions of that structure. (Don't just read to confirm, read to challenge beliefs.)

I try to track what I'm reading and come up with a sense of what my pace and cadence are. That also lets me know how much I can possibly.

At which point I generally realise I'm spending FAR to much time with inconsequential or low-value material.

(All the more reason to constantly be tuning for higher-signal / lower-noise.)

At the root of our disposability culture is the belief that our stuff depreciates as soon as we touch it.

Just found a couple of these while tidying up. I got them made a while back and was thinking about selling them, they're a riff on the Smiling Sun logo:

It's not shocking that a Wisconsin school district is ending free school meals for young children in order to improve their work ethic. If you can't afford food, you don't deserve food.

The cult of the work ethic is the flipside of the aristocrat's leisure-as-status-symbol - the use of hobbies and "idleness" as a way to demonstrate your membership in the ruling class - think of preppie chic, with its emphasis on golf- and boating-clothes.


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“Software Crisis 2.0 – Baldur Bjarnason”

I decided to dump everything I’ve learned that’s relevant to software project failure into a single essay. Why it happens. Why it’s so common. Some thoughts on how to do better.

A nice little site with a list of vendors of computers with Linux preinstalled:

You can use Mastodon through an alternative web client if you prefer. One of the most popular is Pinafore, which is lightweight and FOSS.

The example website is at

The source code is at

Because it's free and open source, you can host the web client yourself if you want to.

Its creator has written an introductory post with more info about it:

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #FrontEnds #SelfHosting

Finally! #AndroidAppRain at @fdroidorg again, with 74 updates and 10 new apps, e.g.

* strongSwan VPN Client
* LibreTranslator (based on LibreTranslate)
* KOReader (eBook reader, new flavor)
* Fluffyboard (Whiteboard)
* Cool Reader (eBook reader) is back (as a new flavor)!
* CDLC Player (player for guitar tabs)

Meanwhile in my repo:

* Findroid (Jellyfin client)
* Memorito (GTD task lists)
* Passman (Nextcloud passwords)
* VpnHood

Enjoy your #fdroid #Android #apps :awesome:

Internet is a place where:

People sharing corporation's "property" is compared to attacking ships (piracy)

Corporations sharing between them user's data is "respecting their privacy" and "improving their services"


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