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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"

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Great ~3 minute video which explains nicely why I focus so much on as it shows the dangers of .
Viewpoint_ ‘We’re living in an age of surveillance capitalism’ _ BBC Ideas


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In the endless series
'Google is EVIL'

Yesterday I learned that any tracking app will be under full control of G👀gle and you must use their proprietary 'Play Services' to access the needed API.

And today I learned that you need to give G👀gle the PRIVATE keys to your app:

This means G👀gle can distribute an 'update' to your app with a BACKDOOR whenever they want.

App 'updates' were touted to p0wn your phone a while back (iirc);
this is the implementation.

celebrity assholes 

@mplammers @michiel

Wrt Gerard Joling (which was just a random example):

IIRC I did like the song(s) he made ~20 years ago. No idea what he's done since as a musician though.
But that doesn't make his opinion on f.e. Climate Change more worthy of listening to then Average Joe's.
Yet, celebrities like him get asked for shows to give their opinion on subjects of which they have no clue/special insights.
Just because he's a celebrity 🤷‍♂️

Android's SafetyNet’s hardware attestation is being rolled out, effectively killing the custom ROM market.

I've said it before and I'll say it again:
There is no way to 'fix' Android and it should be burnt to the ground.
And more effort should be put into an actual Free solution

Forgot to add a proper hashtag ...

Returned to this toot/thread because because I came up with another one:

Don't know why it took me this long as it's so obvious and appropriate.


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@onepict > The ideas in the @Harpers letter were destroyed

I've read both the letter and this so-called "destruction" of it. I observed no such destruction. More of a sad Babylonian misunderstanding that is fueled by outrage. The letter is not defending these examples of racist, sexism they dug up. That is a mean distortion of its clear intent: People don't feel safe saying what they think, which endangers critical conversation. That's the problem addressed by the letter and it stands.

Can I reuse media that I previously shared on mastodon?

I can attach an image to a toot, which then brings up a 'File Open' dialog box allowing me to select a file from my *local* file system.

But I'm not aware of a method to link to an image I've uploaded before in another toot.

If you drag an image from the 'Media' tab, then you get a link to the toot that contains that image; not to the image itself.

I can upload the image again, but that seems wasteful.

Sherlock Holmes (Elementary S03E22):
"Privatized prisons, capitalism at its most cynical. Profits are tied to filling the beds, so public policy that puts more people behind bars is good, and prevention and rehabilitation are bad."


Some real progress made today, just when I was about to give up...

1. I now have a (private) #Prosidy #XMPP server set up on my #VPS, along with desktop and mobile clients using #OMEMO for E2E #encryption. Feels good to have a reliable, secure and #decentralised chat solution I have complete control over...

2. I've persuaded two family members to try out @session, which seems to be working nicely so far.

The US (military) noticed that and tried to copy that.
And failed. Miserably.
And thereby ruining the term.

Drinking tea with the locals by itself does very little. Especially if you terrorize them later with night raids (see 'Dirty Wars' from 2013 by/with Jeremy Scahill).

It's all about the holistic approach in everything you do. Act as least violent as possible and come across non-threatening as much as possible. This does mean our guys/gals were (more) vulnerable and that took guts 👌

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... was a 'Dutch approach' and that it went back that far.

But for quite a while I've been wanting to talk about the 'Hearts and Minds' approach which was developed by the Dutch military and applied when our military assisted the US in the occupation of Iraq. Instead of US police (riot-gear)², they wore ~cowboy-hats and wore their weapons in the least threatening way possible. They also drank tea and played football with the locals.
And it worked. FAR less violent incidents then you'd expect :)

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"[in the 1970's] lots of terrorists complained that it wasn't fun to be a terrorist in the Netherlands"

from 'Deconstructed' by Mehdi Hasan with guest Rutger Bregman on 2020-07-02:

At ~23m Rutger talks about the approach, where violence isn't met by (more) violence, but 'kindness'.
Not sure that's the best word choice (English isn't Bregman's native language), but it does show a fundamental different approach of which I'm rather proud :D

I didn't know there ...

More than 15 years ago, Onion Service (at the time named Hidden Service) saw the light of day. From today (July 2nd), the Internet has around 16 months to migrate from onion services v2 to v3 once and for all. ⏰

Read more:

Hi folks! 9 years ago (to the day), the late Aaron Swartz made the first commit to SecureDrop, which was then called DeadDrop. Today the project is used by >70 media orgs around the world.

It's an open source whistleblower submission platform that uses the Tor network to protect source anonymity. We're also working on a next-generation integrated workstation for journalists based on Qubes OS:

We're happy to be here! #introductions

Adding ISPs to your trusted resolver program makes the program useless. It's them you're trying to shield yourself against in the first place.

It may not be applicable to (most) ppl on here, but still worthy of attention.

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj -
The Ugly Truth Of Fast Fashion:

I've used 'make' quite a lot, but never really understood it. has been great for making me understand it better.

"some recipes are a lot more complicated than that, and it's important to have them stored somewhere other than your shell history"

This struck a chord with me.
I rely on my shell history WAY too much.
I've done quite a bit of experimentation with video conversion and am now documenting it in markdown file(s)

What do you do to not rely on your shell history?


Dank ook voor je deel over de zorg medewerkers. Over dat schandaal zou juist veel meer discussie moeten zijn.

Youp had eerder ook een deel van een cabaret programma aan Arie gewijd :D

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Holy shit you guys! The #EU has adopted a standard to measure how repairable something is!

This means the path is now clear to make actual laws requiring companies to make their products repairable.

#EN45554 #Repair #RightToRepair

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