Fedora is planning on tracking their users (h/t 🐦 nixcraft):
lwn.net/SubscriberLink/776327/

They call it counting. I call it tracking.
And they are making it opt *out* 🤦‍♂️

I think that that is blatant disregard for their users.
Facebook and Google doing this kind of crap is to be expected, but quite disappointing to see Fedora do it too.

Debian has 'popularity-contest', which is opt in AND the default value is to NOT participate.
I'll let you conclude what I like more ;)

I really find it satisfying to complete Street Complete missions when I'm out-and-about, so much more fun than Pokémon Go (at least for me anyway)!

"[Street Complete] app finds incomplete and extendable data in your vicinity and displays it on a map as markers. Each of those is solvable by answering a simple question to complete the info on site.

The info you enter is then directly added to the OpenStreetMap in your name, without the need to use another editor."

One of the things I really like about the Monero community:
A community funded Open Source, Open Hardware hardware wallet (for Monero).

kastelo.org/

Here's a payjoin demo, so people have some idea what workflow might be like: joinmarket.me/blog/blog/payjoi

(used asciinema + tmux, quite a nice combination btw!)

The year is 2019 and I can’t buy a good majority of consumer technology because we lack privacy legislation and consumer protections. Example: it’s absurd that my TV came with spyware that can’t be turned off or avoided; I had to stop it from phoning home at the network level. It also came with an arbitration clause and a clause waiving the right to a class action lawsuit.

"If you had magical powers, would you use them for good, or to make you mountains of cash?"
Aaron Swartz

RIP

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International

archive.org/details/TheInterne

Lightning Network really should require the use of Tor hidden services (v3).

I know it is already possible, but the amount of people doxxing themselves by advertising their node with their (very likely) home IP addresses is really troubling.

Raspberry Pi Foundation has joined the RISC-V foundation (as a silver member).

I've been out of the RPi loop for a while and I just read that Eben Upton has hinted to a (significant) change for the next iteration of RPi.
Does anyone know more about this?
Regardless, this does sound awesome :D

twitter.com/Raspberry_Pi/statu

This article lists a number of reasons why AI scares the crap out of me:

thebulletin.org/2018/04/the-pr

Who wouldn't want to kill other human beings more effectively, at lower cost and highly preferably without the killing human beings being pestered by those annoying things like morals, by removing them out of the equation entirely?

What's not to like about that? 😖

Read that Time had (actually) written a good article about bitcoin, so wanted to read it.
umatrix blocked various stuff so I couldn't read it and I agreed with umatrix (as usual).
Adding it to the wayback machine of archive.org turned out to be a nice way around that.
Consequently I donated to archive.org (and you should too).

web.archive.org/web/2018122813

@jalcine @clacke DRM isn't about asking people to pay. Copyright law already does that, and DRM is copyright vigilantism. DRM is about restricting what people can do with stuff they already paid for, to make sure that they can't treat it like something they own. DRM is about treating your clients as your enemies. It's inherently adversarial.

Apparently there are now studies that say that the privacy paradox is a misnomer:
twitter.com/v0max/status/10780

I'm not convinced yet, but this is hopeful.
One of the things I hoped to see with (the rise of) bitcoin was increased funding for FOSS developers, which are most likely to make privacy preserving/enhancing software.
I haven't seen much of that*, but maybe I'm just too impatient.

* It REALLY bothers me that Saifedean has more Patreons then Luke Dash Jr

Apparently I'm not the only one :)

twitter.com/brian_trollz/statu
In the first ~30 minutes of Block Digest #146, Shinobius (monkey) aka brian_trollz discusses his objections to Trace's proposal

RISC-V update on Debian:

Debian 9.5 contains dpkg version 1.18.25 which now recognizes riscv64 as ARCH codename, so packages with support for RISC-V are now supported by dak, meaning they can be accepted in the normal Debian infra. Several essential packages could therefor move to the unstable branch.
Around 84% of all packages have now been build.

Kernel 4.19 has landed in unstable, which contains various fixes relevant for RISC-V hardware.

More info: wiki.debian.org/RISC-V

"Not your keys, not your bitcoin"
"Not your data, you can get locked out of your own data for any arbitrary reason"

twitter.com/aaomidi/status/107
(h/t @kallewoof )

It always amazes me that companies trust their company secrets to another company (Slack).
What is Slack anyway? IRC with pictures? A project I'm part of wanted to use Slack too and I agreed while there was an IRC bridge. And then they gutted that bridge.
Embrace, Extend, Extinguish.

Color me surprised /s

@strypey

I know I'm preaching to the choir, and I know it's difficult to get people to choose freedom and sustainability over temporary comfort.

It's the same problem with environmental destruction and reducing ones own environmental footprint.

@strypey

Back in the GTalk days, you could talk to your entire Google contacts list via federated XMPP.

So even back then I had way more contacts on XMPP than GNUSocial or Identica.

Google played a large role in killing off XMPP usage and the day they announced sunsetting GTalk was when I realized they're just another embrace-extend-extinguish monopolist.

Society needs self-hostable, scalable and functional alternatives to surveillance capitalist systems of manipulation and censorship.

Addendum:
"Companies and exchanges must prove their trustworthiness and consensus."
Ohhh, I thought managing your own private keys was so you don't have to trust companies/exchanges, you know ... like you quoted at the beginning.

"To show your support, please fill out this *google* form."
Yeah, let's tell Evil Corp 2.0 who owns bitcoin. What could possibly go wrong with that? (tm)
But hey, at least everyone can see how cool you are.

More group/cult think. Way better then proper education.

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