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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:
abc.net.au/news/2018-09-18/chi

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"

So it took the not 4 hours or even 4 days to come up with a response, but FOUR WEEKS.

JFC 🤦

The comments on this answer are very interesting and explain some physical advantages of the unix pipes-and-filters strategy with many small programs.

Sure, it's great for composability and unanticipated code reuse, but it also helped with use of physical RAM!

unix.stackexchange.com/a/45088…

This is also the 2 years anniversary of the arrest of Ola Bini in Ecuador, brilliant researcher and programmer of privacy-enhancing software.

Ola was jailed 70 days for allegedly "hacking gov servers"
(lol) with risible pseudo-evidence (which books and a high-number of USB devices he owned..).

He is in legal limbo, with no formal accusation ever placed and hearings always postponed.. while banned from leaving Ecuador, who just elected a right-wing banker as new president. :(

#FreeOlaBini!

"People want more relevant ads" sounds reasonable, until you realise that "more relevant" means "tailored to influence your specific behaviour".

For example, showing you articles about the futility of voting if you're likely to vote a certain way.

Almost all of these idiots who say they are fighting against "cultural marxism" have never read any of Karl Marx's works, don't know him, and will bug you because you "studied" his works.

Every now and then I mention https://publiccode.eu/ to people and realize that not everyone has heard about it yet.

Here it is! Sign it, share it, email a politician or something.

It seems you can't buy a dumb TV anymore, so when I bought a LG ('smart') TV, I just never connected it to the network.
(A Rock64 connected to TV does)

twitter.com/David3141593/statu (found via Internet of Shit ofc):

"Well, this is slightly terrifying.

Opening a malicious link on *any* device on your LAN can fully compromise an LG Smart TV.

This is thanks to some new tricks found by @informaticTwitt, which allows the RootMyTV exploit chain to be triggered via any web browser on the same LAN."

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A while ago a guy from the energy co came by to install a new meter.
Me: You aren't going to install a smart meter, eh? Because I only want a dumb meter.
A: Oh, then we don't need to do anything.

Recently a guy from the water co came by to replace the meter.
Me (again): I only want a dumb meter!
A: it is a dumb meter :)

Then you see mastodon.social/@chucker/10603 and make the 'mistake' of clicking through to twitter.com/internetofshit/

I feel sooo validated 😎

Remember "Collateral Murder"?

That feeling of sitting in that Apache helicopter with murderous psychopaths insulting their victims, laughing at their death?

challengepower.info/collateral

It felt like a video game. Endless wars still going on...

It was 11 YEARS AGO!

None of the murderers got trialed. Bush, Blair, Rumsfeld are still free.

Yet #Manning the whistleblower spent 7y in jail, #Assange the publisher didn't have one day free in 10y, has been "British Guantanamo" for 2y.

#FreeAssange

I regularly use the hashtag which is a shortening of a phrase I learned from Jeremy Scahill:
"History matters, context matters"
(I consider history to be context, hence the shortening)

Brilliant thread from/by Cory Doctorow 👇
mamot.fr/@pluralistic/10601899

More and more people are getting upset about Chrome doing sneaky stuff. Good.

What absolutely baffles me, is that people are trying to find out if using a modified version of Chromium should still be ok.
You are BY DEFINITION engaging in a fight you CAN NOT WIN.

My previous 'subtle' attempts with apparently weren't clear enough, so here's another try:

If you don't want to get fucked in the ass, you shouldn't evaluate the pros and cons of 'just the tip'.

GET THE FUCK OUT!

Delete Chrome. Now.

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.

If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.

eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/goog

#DeleteChrome

#ForestFacts fact #3
The #WoodWideWeb is a communication network between #trees, #fungi and #MicroOrganisms.

In a #forest's #soil there is a symbiotic network between fungi, #tree #roots and microorganisms. Trees can use this network to communicate and help each other.

* #Saplings, young trees, receive carbon compounds from older trees.
* Trees warn each other e.g. about vermin and poisonous plants.
* Sick trees get enzymes from healthy trees
* If a tree dies lots of its nutrients of the tree go into the network

(Sources: Beiler et al. (2010), Gorzalek et al. (2015), Steidinger et al. (2019) via #DasWaldBuch by Esther Gonstalla)

As soon as you ditch The Big Three #git hosts (GitHub, GitLab, BitBucket), you realize how difficult and/or inconvenient all modern tech tooling is.

We're not in a good shape.

#xp

If you're still using anything by
G👀gle, you're sort of asking for it as and , but JFC.

mastodon.social/@eff/106009067
"A switch has silently been flipped in millions of instances of Google Chrome: those browsers will begin sorting their users into groups based on behavior, then sharing group labels with third-party trackers and advertisers around the web."

The whole article is full of WTF moments; WAY too many to list in the chars left in this toot 😮

@neauoire @xiroux very weird how, in 13 years of using and advocating for FLOSS, I never thought of wording it that way: “the right to repair software”. I think it is a way more effective argument and realistic/achievable action than “the right to create a modified version or to add a new feature”.
Love it, thanks!

This is one of the reasons I like KDE:
They give you the option to use a 'feature' while not requiring it.
A 'hamburger' menu can be useful for some apps, but are less suited to others.
One user may prefer them, while others may hate them.

So lets give application developers AND users the choice to use what they want, instead of forcing a paradigm on them.

"It’s your choice! The system adapts to you, not the reverse."

👌

mastodon.technology/@kde/10600

been annoyed by "AI" hype for years, I think it's time to give up and accept the popular use of "anything impressive-seeming a computer can do"

so:

- I use Haskell's stong AI to catch my dumb programming mistakes.
- Apt uses AI to automatically satisfy an applications requirements
- Wireshark's network traffic analysis AI
- My fridge is controlled by a custom AI that allows it to run more efficiently from solar power

A city counsel member subjected herself to the policy for which she is responsible.
It was an illuminating experience for her.

I have always been a big proponent of "Eating your own dog food" and I highly recommend more people apply it.

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