email rant with raw message 

Our digital world has many unsolved issues, but nothing beats RFC821++, aka the .

Seriously, and if you try to say something about the web stack being worse, I'll just reply with:

Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="…"
Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="ro"><head>
<meta https-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />

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@lanodan @alcinnz @lightweight

Yep. I think we should probably put more code-analysis tools and techniques into the hands of both programmers and users, by making them simpler and smaller, and talking about them more.

Also getting away from Intel/AMD CPUs and toward simpler and more open chips.

Also doing as much as possible locally, which means treating storage, computation and communication as resources we shouldn't waste.

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Dreaming of the Mastodon future, here’s a feature I’d love to see. The ability to Follow a specific post. Now and then I see someone ask a question or start a discussion, and I don’t have anything to add, but I’d like to see how it develops. And be notified when there are responses. And I’d also like to see _all_ the replies, not just the ones that happen to make it to my server.

This is a thing I do on Slack often, tag a post with “notify me of replies”.

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Did you see the news that all of the #JWST instruments are aligned now?

Check out this comparison of one of the newly released calibration images from the MIRI instrument compared to images taken of the same region of space by the WISE and Spitzer space telescopes! Look at that resolution! So many newly resolved stars and structures! 🤩

I can't wait for all the new discoveries we'll make with JWST! #Science data starts in only a couple months!

(Image from @/AndrasGasper on birdapp)

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You can now read and engage with news and information about 🇪🇺 EU policies, in a privacy-focused environment and with no transfer of data outside the EU.

This initiative is part of an EU pilot for supporting and using social media platforms based on open-source software.

Follow us! 🙌

#EuropeanUnion #Mastodon #Fediverse

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Ich habe nochmal ausführlicher aufgeschrieben, was hier anders ist als auf #Twitter und wieso es das Leben besser macht - ganz unabhängig davon, dass Elon Musk hier nichts kaputtmachen kann.
Unter anderem lernen wir wieder selbst zu denken und zu entscheiden, was wir wichtig finden. Generell finde ich es spannend darüber nachzudenken, welche Technologien kritisches Denken unterstützen und welche es eher verhindern. Klassische soziale Netzwerke gehören zu letzteren.

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I've been focused the past few weeks on targeting some core package sets for #reproduciblebuilds in #Debian, and wrote up a summary of the status:

It's a long, long #lastmile, but it seems almost within sight! Maybe. I hope.

@reproducible_builds @debian

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Doomerism is a subbranch of consumerism where the focus is to get Doom running on different consumer devices

Walter S. boosted

@Tutanota also here:

I did infosec trainings for journalists, activists, others who *need* encrypted e-mail service. People like me could be your best advocates.

But this is based on trust, and with that kind of messaging, I simply do *not* trust Tutanota to do a decent job. If you go all clickbaity marketing on this, will you communicate honestly about breaches and risks?

Stop using the h-word to mean "cybercriminals". There's a perfectly good word for that: "cybercriminals".

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Part 3: In Romania 2022 is the new 1984 

Now you know why traffic from your devices will soon take a detour through Romania.

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Part 3: In Romania 2022 is the new 1984 

Welcome to Romania, the place where mass surveillance will soon be legal and service provides will have to pay for the infrastructure and the Romanian Intelligence Service won't have to pay a dime. The constitutional challange for the law granting them more power has been rejected today. We'll soon have updates from the next and last legislative chamber.

TOR and propaganda on Wikipedia 

I believe that the biggest issue with the Wikipedia page for the Tor network is the fact that there's no dedicated page for the Tor browser itself. Almost everything about TOR seems to be shoved in one page, including information about past and mostly broken 3rd party implementations.

The only other page I found is about the NGO behind it. And from what I can tell, they are now trying to assemble a "Communications team" for "wiki", whatever that means.

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TOR and propaganda on Wikipedia 

I feel sorry for those that try to learn about TOR from the existing Wikipedia page. It has a ton of issues, mainly:

1) it is an intentional hodgepodge of information and misinformation created to confuse people.

2) it is full of political propaganda designed to alienate and marginalize those that need to use it for legitimate reasons.

3) it was edited by people that have no clue about the technology.

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I don't think I've I've posted this before, but the below thread linked is a pretty good overview of Linux accessibility from a veriety of people. I use Fedora myself, but I guess Lint Mate edition is great too. I hate that the OP thinks it might be user error. Young people like her shouldn't be locked out from what turns out to sometimes be a fun experience if you can bang a whole in the wall with your head without killing yourself. #a11y #foss #linux

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@Gargron Yes, there is some analysis that suggests they have a hard time finding the techies to do some of the required work as most tech people are more likely to be in the liberal or libertarian quadrant rather than authoritarian far right.

I’m trying to establish whether this struggle is just a technical one or whether there might be other factors at play (economics, politics, loyalty, factions).

I just found out that there are some good alternative terms for "dark patterns", and some are a million times better, like "manipulative design"

Also, the darkpatterns dot org website has moved to

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