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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.

🔵 Time to update: Tor Browser 10.0 is out now. Tor Browser 10 ships with Firefox 78.3.0esr, updates NoScript to 11.0.44, and Tor to This release includes important security updates to Firefox.

This is where I read the news first:

You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. uMatrix is a fine example of that.

Raymond Hill seems to get bogged down with the shady field diagnostics that his tool provides so well. Technically it makes sense to push those questions towards a user-community, but on the other hand it's part of the meta.

We may need to make up somehow, because he leaves the door open in the last sentence.

Long live #umatrix one way or the other!

@LovesTha imagine what it would do for their domestic IT industry if 1/10th of what non-US gov'ts spend on Microsoft was instead spent on local IT companies specifically working to enhance open source tools to better serve that country (e.g. translation, cultural awareness, etc.). Would revolutionise open source computing, I think.

To extend this metaphor a bit more

A ballpoint pen is something that literally everyone finds useful. It does its job and does it very well, and you hardly even think about it. It is universal.

The Saturn V is super cool but it is not useful for anything outside of one very specific problem and that is a nation state sending people to another world.

Basically every software designed for the daily user should take its cues from the ballpoint pen. There's a place for Saturn V software, but that place is, like, CERN, not your webshit thing.

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Some bad news for folks who are fans of #uMatrix. It's being archived and no longer being developed :

Can't say I didn't see this coming since maintaining a plugin, particularly as an open source project, is often a thankless job with many personal down sides

I hope it can still continue, if not as uMatrix, then as something else. I really don't like to fiddle with uBlock Origin to get the same functionality

«We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them.»

— Jaron Lanier

Hills seem bad.
People complain about the struggle of going up hill.
It is also considered bad when things "go down hill"
And hills are places on which people choose to die.

Avoid hills, just go around.

RT @orionwl
"radicle seems an interesting project to watch with regard to a P2P decentralized and more secure (everything cryptographically signed) github alternative"


from linked thread:
"Radicle was conceived under the belief that the dependence on centrally hosted platforms & corporations for critical open source code collaboration infrastructure is unsustainable.

Reliance on such services contradicts the values of free & open source"

RT @fluffypony @ :birdsite:
"The 'Orion' in the name of the next Monero release is a nod to @orionwl, whose job as the Bitcoin lead maintainer is thankless yet appreciated by all."



What's the current status on being able to run Core on one device in your LAN and use other clients from another device (in your LAN)?

I know there is/was a PR that was (indirectly?) working towards that, at least imo, but I'm doubtful that I'll find that one again (in any reasonable amount of time). IIRC it was about separating the wallet from the node functionality, but I could be wrong.

I've done this with Monero and a ssh tunnel, but I'd want that with bitcoin as well.

What is a good way to sort words in a line?
I now have
tr " " "\n" | sort | tr "\n" " "
but that feels very hacky and inefficient.

Full statement:
grep -E 'flags|Features' /proc/cpuinfo | uniq | awk -F: '{ gsub(/^[ \t]+|[ \t]+$/, "", $2); print $2 }' | tr " " "\n" | sort | tr "\n" " "; echo


I noticed that both run arm64 on , but had different CPU features, so now I want to do comparisons explains those flags

One of the most important roles of a maintainer is to limit the project's scope

I want to inspire a renewed tradition of deliberate, planned software engineering, where quality and reliability are paramount, and flashy eye candy is an afterthought.

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Google removed K-9 Mail from the Play store with zero notice because the description of the app included alternate spellings of the app name we'd included to work around how bad Play's search is.

: "Read this and tell me that the show trial of Assange doesn't read like something from Kafka. The judge permits the charges to be changed so frequently the defense doesn't even know what they are, the most basic demands are denied, no one can hear what the defendant says—a farce."

Which then links to a live report/tweet storm:

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on trial: :
"They literally re-arrested him on the day of his trial. For those keeping note: yes, they re-arrested a man already in prison. This entire process is less trial than Soviet joke."

Which then links to another tweet by him 👇

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On ROCK64 running on pure with kernel 5.8.0-1-arm64 :)

aes128-ctr: 45.8716 MB/s
aes192-ctr: 45.6621 MB/s
aes256-ctr: 44.6429 MB/s 49.505 MB/s 48.7805 MB/s 36.9004 MB/s

Features : fp asimd evtstrm aes pmull sha1 sha2 crc32 cpuid

On LibreELEC device with kernel 4.4.154 aarch64:
Features : half thumb fastmult vfp edsp neon vfpv3 tls vfpv4 idiva idivt lpae evtstrm aes pmull sha1 sha2 crc32

🤔 😮

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"Peter Oborne on Julian Assange: Future generations of journalists will not forgive us if we do not fight extradition "

h/t :birdsite: @wikileaks

On Sept 7th (today in CEST), will have his next hearing in his extradition case.

You may not like the guy, but what is being done to him is an utter disgrace.
And if he's extradited and thus convicted, no journalist on earth will be able to do their job anymore.
No War Log, no Panama Papers etc


Seven years ago, as the news declared I was being charged as a criminal for speaking the truth, I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA's activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them.

And yet that day has arrived.

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