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Walter S. boosted

Hey fediverse, what's the best alternative to suggest when a relative wants to use wetransfer? I used to suggest Firefox send, but that's not an option anymore, and the relative isn't technical enough to use wormhole...

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Walter S. boosted

You'd think as a UNIX sysadmin in my 40s, nothing would ever surprise me anymore.

Amazingly not.

With the whole TRUTH Social debacle, and seeing that none of the news papers actually talked about Mastodon. I went onto the booksite and tried to nudge people a bit.

I've sent some great @FediFollows statuses; but I couldn't find any instances with appealing `/about/more` pages. All of them contained only rules, copyright information and codes of conduct, nothing interesting.

Kudos to @Curator for including a decent description, tough, it's buried after the rules.

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Walter S. boosted

Please, don't panic: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been published on October 12, 1979.

Exactly 42 years ago 🙊

Walter S. boosted

you're reading that right - incompetence levels are at 96%

(96%) ■■■■■■■■■□

I'm starting to miss the old 56kbit/s days. The internet these days is fast, but is broken most of the time.

I feel sorry for those that have never seen this.

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Walter S. boosted

The year is 2025

There are five browser cores:
- webkit
- chromium
- gecko
- servo
- youtube-dl, which ended up implementing a full-fledged browser in python to keep successfully downloading videos

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Walter S. boosted

Next time somebody complains about how HTTPS is "useless" or some such, send them this:

A target’s web browsing can leave them open to attack without the need for them to click on a specifically-designed malicious link. This approach involves waiting for the target to visit a website that is not fully secured during their normal online activity. Once they click on a link to an unprotected site, NSO Group’s software can access the phone and trigger an infection.


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Crazy: @chbmeyer says he asked #Renault what kind of personal data his car collects & shares with the company. #GDPR

Here you go, dystopian shit:

- Charging history
- Temperature
- Unique car & battery IDs
- Kilometres driven (battery)
- Operational state of engine
- Driving & parking history
- Data on speed, acceleration & deceleration
- Number of times ABS has been activated
- When airbags are deactivated
- Name, first name & email of owner
- Other electric vehicles in vicinity
- Geolocation

Walter S. boosted

Does this tool exist (ideally as FOSS):

- you upload a series of slides / add content
- viewers access a web page
- as you advance the slides/content, the content on the webpage changes automatically


So you can present, without the bandwidth of video / screen sharing.

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If you want to know why there is so much resentment towards Canonical and Ubuntu in the rest of the Linux world, this is a good example.

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Walter S. boosted

Weird - writing a Paypal scams article for a client (how to avoid them, not how to do them) and using Google docs because that’s what the client uses, when suddenly…

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Which is odd.

I’m guessing Google scans the documents for known spammy /scammy phrases?

Yet another reason I don’t use Google unless I have to…

Walter S. boosted

Herzlich willkommen auf Mastodon @unihohenheim @Umweltministerium

Gutes Zeichen für eine datenschutzkonforme digitale Kommunikation: Die ersten beiden öffentlichen Stellen in #bawü haben bei uns einen Account eingerichtet.

Wir öffnen nach und nach die Instanz, andere öffentliche Stellen können es dem Umweltministerium BaWü und der Uni Hohenheim nachmachen!

#Datenschutz und #Digitalisierung gehören zusammen - und funktionieren zusammen 👍

Walter S. boosted

A thought-provoking article by a person that ditched his social media and even smartphone. He found a lot of happiness in it.

Walter S. boosted

The #PinePhone modem (yes, the modem) can now run Linux kernel 5.10 ( @postmarketOS )... we're sure many of you know where this is heading :)
Massive thanks to biktorgj, konradybcio and others.


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