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"Facebook stressed this week that a true sense of audio presence requires a lot more work. For instance, everyone's ear is shaped differently, which is why the company is working on using photographs and videos of people's ears to personalize spatial audio.

Facebook wants to use an array of microphones on its AR glasses to amplify the voice of someone you may be talking to in a crowded bar, while simultaneously blocking out any background noise. "

FB glasses with microphones - instant buy 🙄

#Threema announced their will get a #OpenSource license. They do it because they want to enable #ReproducibleBuilds. I wonder what they think about shipping also on #FDroid, because their business-model requires a #paywall and F-Droid is not providing that.

UK, online shopping 'disability tax' 

The govt are looking to introduce an 'online shopping tax', which will of course would disproportionately affect those with a disability who rely on online shopping for everyday life items. Basically, it's a tax on disability.

Action for ME (amongst others) are asking people to read, sign and share their letter to the govt, which is open to signatories until Wednesday 16 September.

#Disability #MECFS #ChronicIllness

If only I had a dollar for every time when my question "in what time zone are your timestamps" is answered with a deadpan "it's just a number"…

Yes, it is just a number. What it means is that the time zone information is not provided with it, and has to be either assumed or provided by other means. This is exactly why I'm asking the question.

What the answer is telling me is that you rely on your programming environment to make that assumption for you, and you don't even know.

Apple to delay privacy change threatening Facebook, mobile ad market

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Leftists organizing on Facebook have the same energy as villains who tell the main character their entire plan and then wonder how it failed

Applications that look good on a computer and on a smaller screen? That's what Ujjwal has been working on!

Check their contributions by reading the final report of their GSoC project:

Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? 🤦‍♂️


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

Lessons from the GNOME Patent Troll Incident

So looks like GNOME got a win in that no further action could be taken against ANY free software target, but the parent troll got a win in that their patents are technically still valid.

But at least not for much longer now, since ""the Open Invention Network is now pursuing IPR invalidity actions against the Rothschild patents".

Let this be a lesson for parent trolls worldwide; take on free software & you WILL loose.

Life is just a series of USB adapters from where you are to where you want to go

Google's war against ad-blocking continues...

WebBundles Harmful to Content Blocking, Security Tools, and the Open Web (Standards Updates #2)

For those who want to read Cory Doctorow's recent book about surveillance capitalism and don't want to put up with Medium's BS, I created a Wallabag public link.

ah cool new XMPP thing, clients will have it in a decade

I also find it amusing that many of the earliest emoji betray its Japanese origins: various snowmen to represent weather ( ⛄️ ☃️ ⛇), stuff with yen in it (💹 💴), and just about every kind of Japanese cuisine you can imagine (🍥 🍜 🍣), added well before waffles or falafel (🧇 🧆).

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I'm happy to see Tour shipped with @gnome in the next release. It's a little app I've written last cycle but didn't got around finishing everything in time before 3.36.

Software security scanner market today is now mature enough to have its own jargon, built largely by vendor marketing teams. As such, it's primarily designed to help you get rid of your infosec budget rather than help you design a reasonable security assurance architecture. This is first part of series that looks at SAST and DAST advantages and limitations. #infosec #software #sast #dast #iast #rasp #ssdlc #security

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