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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"

October Update:

Introducing the #PinePhonePro - $399

#PineNote and PinePhone Pro pre-orders are now open to developers & shipping this year!

#PineTime #InfiniTime major firmware progress & project management update

pine64.org/2021/10/15/october-

US is now using sonic weapons previously deployed in combat zones against protestors domestically

Bonus: Show the estimated maintenance/review cost savings for -removing- dependencies or large amounts of pointless code from a project.

Make it easy to recognize and reward devs that make projects more secure and easier/cheaper to maintain.

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While Mobian does not directly support running #Android applications, it seems that some users find running them via #waydroid on the #pinephone surprisingly nice. Our wiki has some installation instructions if you want to try it out.

kirsle.net/waydroid-on-the-pin

Some people seem to think the project is abandoned and you have to 'move on' to forkXYZ.

It's not abandoned.
FLOSS projects are mostly done in people's free time, so other things can (periodically) take precedence.
And that's exactly what happened here:
"Currently I have no free time to spend on youtube-dl as I'm busy with work, ongoing renovation and other post-relocation stuff."
src: github.com/ytdl-org/youtube-dl

At least some people wondered whether the maintainer was OK ...

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So please, don't give me this "the war about the word #hacker is lost" bullshit. It's not. We just keep surrendering and undermining our own position.

So, stop using the word "hacker" to mean "cybercriminal". Stop using the word "hack" to mean "breach" or "compromise".

There are better words.

Like "cybercriminal", "breach", "compromise".

Thanks for coming to my TED talk.
/rant

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Happy World Standards Day, a day where the entire world celebrates international standardization... well, the entire world except the US, which celebrates this on October 22nd 😂

(I wish I was kidding)

Of course G👀gle is doing this 🙄
github.com/ytdl-org/youtube-dl
"The issue is that YouTube is modifying the n query parameter on the video playback URLs in a very similar fashion as the signature cipher. There's a pure function in the player JavaScript which takes the n parameter as input and outputs an n parameter which is not subject to throttling."
Or you make it look like you're Android, then you're not throttled either. This is just pathetic.

(Detached) tmux sessions for the win! 🤓

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🇬🇧Are you also concerned that the EU wants to ban anonymous/protected domains and mandate identification of domain owners incl. your address and phone number?
✊Here is information on what you can do before the vote: patrick-breyer.de/en/cybersecu

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Is YouTube limiting the speed of youtube-dl to 50KiB/s now? 👀

In the village of Nashtifan, Iran, some of the oldest windmills in the world, with what may be the earliest windmill design in the world, still spin.
Made of natural clay, straw, and wood, they have been milling grain for flour for an estimated 1,000 years

Excellent episode of Intercepted in which Jack D’Isidoro reflects on the past 20 years with Spencer Ackerman 👌
theintercept.com/2021/09/01/in

🇬🇧Historical moment: EU Parliament calls for a full ban of dystopian #BiometricMassSurveillance and #FaceSurveillance in Europe!
Implement the ban now, @brandobenifei@twitter.com @DeirdreCluneMEP@twitter.com @svenja_hahn@twitter.com @KosmaZlotowski@twitter.com and @Konecna_K@twitter.com!
patrick-breyer.de/en/historic-
#ReclaimYourFace

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"Decentralized" systems are susceptible to catastrophic failure if every node runs the same software created by a single entity. Open Source doesn't change this. *Social* decentralization and diverse implementations for a protocol provide better resilience and distributed agency.

@FreePietje I have watched it several times and even read the transcript for reference. Very influential. If only because it inspired the creators of Diaspora to start Diaspora.

softwarefreedom.org/events/201

Yes it's an hour. And it's totally worth it. All of it.

I seriously contemplated not adding any quotes, because you should see the whole talk to fully understand the context as which also makes the jokes better then they already are.
If only it weren't so true at the same time.

I didn't quote a line from that talk that stuck in my head ever since I first heard this talk, which likely was in 2010.

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Political rant 

Since 1972 and the publication of The Limits to Growth it is known that the exponential economic and population growth with a finite supply of resources is a dead end (literally). Yet it was easier to continue with business as usual because it’s easier to destroy the Earth than to rethink Capitalism. As a consequence we’ve been sitting on our hands for almost 50 years losing precious time, listening to politicians, false prophets, that tell us that growth is somehow sustainable.

This is still one of my all time favorite talks:
Eben Moglen - Freedom in the Cloud (2010):
archive.org/details/EbenMoglen

Eben Moglen is an incredibly gifted story teller with an impeccable analyses and an inspiring message.
And funny too.

"[FB is] *grossly* overpriced at spying-all-the-time. ... I'm not suggesting it should be illegal; It should be obsolete. We're technologists. We should fix it."

"Mr. Zuckerberg richly deserves bankruptcy. Let's give it to him.
For Free."

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