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I am in Port Dickson Malaysia for a few days. Today I went out and just walked for a few hours in one direction. No idea what I would find or see. My hotel is right by the ocean so will get some sunset photo's tonight here. #photography

My @ubports experience with Ubuntu Touch and a OnePlus One. It's amazing to finally be Google free, at least I think I am... #Open-Source #FOSS #UbuntuTouch
pixelfed.social/p/Trumpy/42539

The problem here may very well be USB-C itself, which is being overloaded for so many functions, (charging, data transfer, display output/eGPU...), there are USB-C devices on eBay that fry the motherboard for one, but I do have to admit that having one cable take care of multiple devices made my own personal space much less cluttered and convenient, so it's not an easy solution, as always.

So it may end up being the case that we'll need to think about security a lot more explicitly/manually ourselves when performing certain actions, rather than simply relying on the OS to somehow shield us. It seems logical to me that no matter how hard we try, once an attacker has physical access, there's little one can do to stop them.

Also worth noting that this affects , , etc. as well, it's a general problem with how OSes allow DMA access for performance, not something specific to .

Seeing the massive performance degradation that & fixes could cause, (up to 30% in some workloads), am not even sure their current approach is wrong in the general case. It seems to be a case of performance vs maximum security, pick one.

If you have a capable computer, read this:

christian.kellner.me/2019/02/2

Despite the fancy name, plugging in unknown devices is probably always going to be a huge risk & I honestly can't think of a scenario where you'd be plugging in something you found on the parking lot if you at all care about security.

Now there are of course risks such as having your charger secretly exchanged for a malicious one, but if the attacker is this determined, you probably need a whole new strategy.

Shoshana Zuboff in "The Age of #SurveillanceCapitalism": "extraordinary research from French nonprofit @exodus and @privacylab in 2017 documented the exponential proliferation of tracking software... Two themes stand out in the research report: ubiquity and intensification."

Programming, when studied deeply and trying to be conscious about the process it's a really interesting topic. It makes you learn about yourself and the way you think.

It helps you learn about how people thinks.
It teaches you about how to tell stories, how to teach, how do you structure your own mind.

Programming is teaching a stupid machine to look like it's thinking, so you have to know really well what thinking means. Also what teaching means.

So while Mastodon is far from the biggest federated network, (that would be email), enabled servers are different in that practically everyone joining them knows, or soon learns, what federation is and how it could help them.

And because Mastodon has a decently alternative interface and keeps screwing up, it has the potential of real mass adoption.

Maybe itself is not going to be as spread out as it should be, but what comes after it can learn from that.

Another day, yet another piece attacking ,astodon and federation in general, (rosenzweig.io/blog/the-federat), while it's true that 3 instances hosting over half the userbase is less than ideal, what these pieces all fail to account for is that despite technically federation not being new, Mastodon is a platform that is popularizing the concept to a wider audience than practically anything before it, most importantly because even people who don't have their own instance now know that they could.

Misskey v10.92.0 is now released. It includes an update about polls. So, Misskey is now ready to federate polls with Mastodon! Misskey users can vote to Mastodon user's polls, and vice versa. github.com/syuilo/misskey/pull
cc: @Gargron

"The #Commons is a #documentary film about communities all over the world re-asserting sustainable, responsible futures using ancient Commons principles ...

Five years in the making, we listened as 49 communities in the Americas, Europe and south Asia told us what has made their Commons work over the centuries. In the face of commodification and privatization, when everything seems to have a dollar value, Commoners are now saying, we’re taking a new path forward…":
commonsfilm.com/

I know makes for a very attractive proposition for people and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't interested myself, but it's worth noting that apparently people from 'non-allied' countries are having problems downloading this from the site, so it is definitely not just a good-hearted donation, free from the political machinery.

Seems like a recruitment tool for Five Eyes, so while backdoors are not likely, you never know. Wait for the complete source, incl. the decompiler.

This is an excellent testimonial to FOSS systems. Regardless of your thoughts on the quality of the product, people bought these things for $900 American. Now, the company is gone and the servers are being shut down. This formerly $900 device is useless for anything other than parts.

"Dying social robot Jibo goes out with a song and a dance"

theverge.com/platform/amp/circ

History is made: petition opposing the EU's #Article13 internet censorship plan draws more signatures than any petition in human history
boingboing.net/2019/03/05/no-f

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Hi there! I am a free software developer. I enjoy working on useful software, as well as advocating for software freedom and the use of open standards, promoting data ownership, decentralization and privacy. If this is important to you, I may be worth following. If you like Go, Rust, or Swift, it may be worth following me as well. Besides computing, I enjoy metal, a good read and occasionally some gaming, (not much time for that these days).