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isn't new, but now that there is it's described as a new idea. It looks like tech journalists only consider corporate or start-up backed technology worthy of coverage.

This dangerous proposal in Congress would throw out one of our most important defenses against patent trolls. act.eff.org/action/tell-congre

I discovered my first hidden camera at an AirBnB last week in Yerevan, Armenia. Always scan the wifi when you get to a new place!! #surveillance #nmap #privacy #dystopia #security #badposture

Just watched #TheGreatHack on #Netflix. What I appreciated about this #documentary on #Facebook and the whole #CambridgeAnalytica scandal, is that it's one of the few #privacy #documentaries to get that protecting personal data isn't just about not seeing personalized ads for stuff you're more likely to want. It's about protecting ourselves from mass psychological manipulation and behavior modification techniques. These are techniques that actually work *best* when people believe they don't.

(Holy crap XMPP is like 20 years old)

Reports about some ISPs of Kazakhstan forcing people to install root certificates, resulting in MITM attacks:

bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.

– people get SMS informing them about the need to install government-issued root certificates

HmmMMmm.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pearson-ends-regular-revisions-of-print-textbooks-for-college-students-in-digital-push/

On the one hand, I am a strong partisan of the 'You Can't Grep Dead Trees' school of textual media.

On the other hand, you know what you can do with dead trees? KEEP THEM. LEND THEM TO PEOPLE. When some company wants to switch to digital media because they're facing pressure from the resale market, that simply means they're going to charge people an arm and a leg for textbooks that /expire/ and nobody but the Licensed Renter can look inside of.

Heck, come to that, when you have your book in a DRMd format, much of the usefulness of not being written on the corpses of former trees goes away, since an adversarial interface strictly delineates what you may do with it.

(Yes, I want DRM illegal. I want its legislative cronies out of office. I want anticircumvention laws burnt to the ground.)

Is anyone working on open source Duolingo / Memrise? Or any floss social language learning software?

#lazyweb any great example of websites using prefers-reduced-motion?

SURFnet bv hosts 2 Mastodon servers: ['mastodon.utwente.nl', 'idf.social']

mastodon.at/@infosechandbook/1

It looks like noone is tooting about , but I'm here!

mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/68.0

The new Firefox 68 release notes are quite educational:

- They added a bunch of extension quality features: clearer permissions, recommended extensions program, reporting. THIS IS WHAT CHROME SHOULD HAVE DONE!
- cryptomining and fingerprint protections
- WebRender rolling out to more users by default
- camera and microphone access requiring HTTPS

Firefox is really making the case for being the browser that has its users best interest at heart.

I don't think this is doing what you think it's doing people.

The Dutch consistently rank amongst the happiest in the world.
Could that have to do with cycling?

Yes, say 86% of Amsterdammers; it is the second most important factor after the beauty of their city: parool.nl/amsterdam/amsterdamm

Cycling makes cities more human (Rotterdam scene)

We use the word "boilerplate" a lot at work. It's such a strange phrase that seems like it's probably traveled far from its original meaning, so I looked up what that meaning was.

It goes back to newspapers. Large advertisers and content syndicates would distribute ready-to-go printing plates to local newspapers that could easily just go onto the press and be ready to print without any modification. These plates resembled rolled steel that was used to make boilers.

Hence: boilerplate.

programming socks are like audiophile cables except programming socks actually work

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Did your grandpa or grandma ever tell you about when the Pyramids were built? Mine didn't and I don't know why they never talked about it, it must have been quite the event.

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