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"Nature is our biggest ally and our greatest inspiration."
"In this world, a species can only thrive when everything else around it, thrives too."

"When we take care of nature, nature will take care of us."


Some quotes by Sir David Attenborough in "A Life on Our Planet"

Mother Nature will survive. Whether we will be part of that remains to be seen. We can choose to do that. Or let nature decide for us.

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On :birdsite: @SamHarrisOrg said:
"Welcome to the panopticon...
China becomes an episode of Black Mirror"
and shared this article:

to which my response was:
"Give it 5-10 years, then we'll have it too, but with better marketing, but effectively similar.
IIRC Eindhoven has a system (in pilot?) 'similar' as shown in the head picture (Person of Interest style) ... for a snitch city project. Fighting crime and/or terrorism will be used too"

Instagram/Facebook removed an image of Hitler on 2021-07-29, 20 mins after it was posted.

But the account that posted it, is '100YearsAgoLive' where historical events are Live 'Tweeted', but then exactly 100 years after the actual event.
I hadn't heard of it before, but I LOVE the idea!

"This appears ... an algorithm failing to distinguish between images used in an educational context and images used in a hateful context."


Apparently* I should be looking for a ADSL/VDSL modem**, but I'm pretty much clueless wrt this, so I'm looking for help/suggestions.

Here's what I'm looking for:
- (A|V)DSL modem
- bridged networking (I want a dumb device)
- at least 2 GbE NICs (one to router/AP, one for TV)
- no need for wireless/USB/etc (already have router/Wireless AP which connects my LAN)
- low cost (preferably)
- OpenWrt support (?)

*) ref:

**) connection is through a phone line; I do know that

I'm switching ISP, so that means I'm getting a new modem/router.
So I do an internet search on the model and one of the first hits is:
"Getting root on <modem/router>" 😎

It's unfortunately not supported by OpenWrt, but they still have a page about it, including a complete bootlog and pictures showing how to connect a serial console \o/


Daniel Hale, one of the great American Whistleblowers, was just moments ago sentenced to four years in prison. His crime was telling this truth: 90% of those killed by US drones are bystanders, not the intended targets.

He should have been given a medal.

I'm so fucking sick of the defeatism and groveling in the linux community.

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“The hacker ethos once championed as a method of subverting prevailing power has become at last its greatest lieutenant … I am not hoping for programmers to organize as a class, not anytime soon – you dudebro losers haven't got the guts – but good software simply won't be possible until we accomplish at least that much. There will never be the time or money to satisfy the guarantees our ethics require until we demand them with all the power we possess.”

Here's a little thing that may not be obvious to many people....

When you install an open-source app from Google Play or the Apple app store, there is no guarantee that what you install actually matches the public code.

@fdroidorg are doing a great service. They independently build the public source code for apps from scratch, review for common issues, and publish their builds. Thanks to "reproducible builds" it's possible to verify they do not tamper with the code.

made another great video explaining why .nl didn't suffer as much from the recent heavy rain falls as other countries did.
We had heavy floods in the 1990-ties caused significant changes in how we deal with water ... and that really helped. Not 100% and it came *really* close in some places, but it wasn't a catastrophe :)

I hope other countries learn from us, because we in .nl are good in 'fighting water' 😎

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Somehow we've built personal interactive computers that, in 2021, in daily use, regularly get into states where they take upwards of a minute to react to keystrokes and mouse clicks, and we've convinced ourselves that this situation is either perfectly normal or entirely the user's fault. gives a summary of various laws/frameworks [in the making] shaping the digital future of the EU and the vision underpinning that. (IIUC)

One part is a consultation on "Declaration of Digital Principles – the ‘European way’ for the digital society" at

That consultation is now open till 2021-09-02, so if you want to make your voice heard wrt this, now is the time.

Do read @ton's article too, bc


"What did Voltaire mean with his gardening advice? That we must keep a good distance between ourselves and the world, because taking too close an interest in politics or public opinion is a fast route to aggravation and danger. … We should never tie our personal moods to the condition of a whole nation or people in general; or we would need to weep continuously."
via @clacke

“Human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have been targeted by authoritarian governments using hacking software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to an investigation into a massive data leak.”

I’m shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you!

#SurveillanceCapitalism #HumanRights

TIL: Reputation-Escalation-as-a-Service
I always assumed fake reviews happened on a large scale, there's actually a 'word' for it.
And ofc it's an XYZ-as-a-Service 😂 is a wonderful article about (the emergence of) conspiracy theories and other shenanigans.
With a great twist at the end 😮

h/t @publicvoit

climate, extinction 

@cwebber if the climate change debacle of the 2100's shows us anything, it's that we'll never get our act together in time for red giant sun in only 8 billion years

To fine a trillion-dollar company in the “millions of dollars” is to legitimise their business model.

"A team of amazing volunteers has created a huge open-source library of over 600 free-to-use icons for healthcare projects. Amazing effort to create a public good for the world." 😍 💊 💉

Project coordinated by Daniel Burka, who is asking the community to spread the word.


I've been running my own SMTP server for 19 years but despite having everything seemingly setup perfectly, Google saying my domain has a high reputation, etc etc, much of my email to gmail users has been going to spam for the past two weeks.

I'm pissed, but I'm also not sure there's anything else I can do to fix this. I'm not sure how I can continue to work without email, and so I guess I'm going to have to start using someone else's centralized SMTP server. 😠

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