Matej Ľach ✅

One of the best things about the switch to GDPR is all the companies sending me "reminders" to re-give consent for newsletters. My inbox is becoming a lot cleaner!

#questforinboxzero #gdpr

OK, the new #Mastodon admin only instance is now live at

If you're an instance admin, please drop me an email at with your instance URL and username, I'll then review and get you an invite.

Please boost this toot, as the Tootmin Network will give us admins a place to collaborate and discuss Mastodon administration away from our respective instances.


One of the appeals of teaching yourself how to draw, write, make music, program, and the like, is that those hobbies have become the only way for many people to feel some kind of connection to what they make.

In a system where people are treated as if they are basically fungible totally isolated from their labour, their environment and even themselves, the hobby piece becomes a rare way for people to look at something, feel a real connection to it, and say "this is me, only I could do this."

Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US
'A hacker has broken into the servers of #Securus, a #USA company that allows law enforcement to easily track nearly any phone across the country, and which a US Senator has exhorted federal authorities to investigate. The hacker has provided some of the stolen data to Motherboard, including usernames and poorly secured passwords for thousands of Securus’ law enforcement customers...'

Something I haven't mentioned yet amongst all my ranting about old *nix GUIs: NeWS. I always wondered why I could never find screenshots of it. Turns out that Sun never truly shipped NeWS itself per se. They shipped it as OpenWindows around 1989 with a hybrid X11/NeWS compatible server (killed in 1993). It's included in SunOS 4.1.x. The most striking part about it is that you cannot tell the X apps and the NeWS apps that come with it apart. Why? They all conformed to openlook HIG.

A vulnerability in the LocationSmart website allowed anyone, with no prior authentication or consent, to obtain the realtime location of any cellphone in the US to within a few hundred feet.

I spent a bit of time in a Jupyter notebook with the Internet Archive API to see if it's possible to see the rate at which users are adding web content to be archived via their Save-Page-Now functionality:

" tried Mastodon recently and got the feeling it's only crazy people :)" - Hacker News 🤣

Guilty as charged.

What's your robot name?

First name = the contents of your SSH private key

Last name = your SSH keyphrase

New silly arguments for #DRM in appliances: what if an unauthorized repairman robs your house? or, what if you tinker with your razor and burn your house down?

I wish there were a "L|inked|n for Countries". Somewhere I could post my resume and and cover letter and let them offer competing offers instead.

Yesterday I finished automating a solar-powered rainwater drip irrigation system for the greenhouse. In retrospect, this could have been done cheaper and better, but it's still a pretty cheap insurance against my plant-killing loss of motivation.

Lots more notes in video description.

#gardening #diy (Also experimenting with hosting video on peertube.)

"HP typically priced their equipment at the cost of the material list × π (or in an especially competitive market, list × e)" NEEEEERDS

Regarding EFAIL and KMail: The vulnerability discovered in OpenPGP does not affect KMail users. But read this anyway:

@rysiek @jerry @cwcopa

That EFF blog post was actually published after the EFail paper, not before.

I don't fault EFF for their pre-announcement advice, "temporarily stop sending and especially reading PGP-encrypted email". Some internet people have complained about it, but it seems justifiable to me. It's conservative for safety reasons and vague for opsec reasons.

everyone is suddenly very privacy conscious :thaenking:

@MatejLach Belgium limits cash purchases to EUR 3000 !