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Twenty-five speakers have already confirmed their presence at the Free Silicon Conference (#FSiC):

The introduction on Day 1 will begin with talks of:

1. Purism (
2. Wiring (
3. Echopen (

Which impact will the first free and open (layout included) chips have on security, education and cooperative projects?

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Check if your favourite app secretly sends data to Facebook. 

I recently moved to Germany ( @t0k

In future I will be more active there 😉

Why? I think it does't make sense to send my poor IP packets the long way over the pond if there is a mastodon instance just next doors. Also being in the same time zone has its advantages.

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Block unwanted connections by Android apps. 

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unCaptcha2: Auf Wiedersehen Google ReCaptcha, du Seuche des Internets!

Google mit eigenen Mitteln schlagen: Vorlese-Funktion schickt Audio an Google-Voice und löst mit der Antwort das Captcha. Bammm!

Gravatar fun facts: sites leaking users e-mail addresses. 

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1. Fund entities whose sole purpose is profit
2. Claim you're doing "Tech for Good"
3. Implement dark patterns
4. Insert ads and trackers
5. "Innovate" the algorithmic timeline
6. Make public statements about privacy, then implement detailed telemetry system because you need to know all about user behavior
7. Set headquarters to be a shell company in a tax haven
8. Claim that diversity is important, but only recruit men with CS degrees from ivy league universities
9. Burn out of VC cash
10. Issue ICO
11. Be bought by Google or Facebook
12. Retire to a gated community
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Someone sent a message using IPv6 packets constructing a message using morse code that is visible from the monitoring system:
"Use more bandwidth"

Really cool! 😎



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"We found that at least 61 percent of apps we tested automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app. This happens whether people have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not."


Investigating Apps interactions with Facebook on Android | Privacy International

Looking for an alternative to GitHub and GitLab? Have a look at:

It is a German non-profit organization with the goal to provide Open-Source code with "a safe and friendly home".

Plus: You can have private repos for free.

And: In contrast to GitLab there are no trackers on the website.


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Why is software that is programmed with taxpayers’ money not released as Free Software? We want legislation requiring that publicly financed software developed for public sector must be made publicly available under a Free and Open Source Software licence.

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Where can you download, modify and share a silicon IP block just like you do, say, with gcc?


The licenses of mainstream proprietary silicon CAD tools explicitly forbid publishing anything created with them. This is partially due to keep algorithms, such as place-and-route, more secret.

It is like writing a book with a proprietary word processor and then not having permission to publish it for not revealing how the grammar checker works.

Free silicon requires free CAD tools.

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As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants (New York Times, 18 dec. 2018)

« Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed. »

#privacy #vieprivee #facebook #gafam #degooglisons @Framasoft

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Facebook getting more creepy 

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We are proud to announce the birth of the Free Silicon Foundation (!

We organize a conference in Paris, March 14-16 2019, to promote:

1. Free and Open Source (FOS) CAD tools for designing #VLSI circuits
2. the sharing of hardware designs
3. common standards
4. the freedom of users in the context of #silicon technology

Program and submissions:

#Hardware #FSiC

@Thepunkgeek Please add me to Digital Rights, Electronics, FLOSS, Free Software, Friendly People, Hardware, Information Technology, Infosec, Privacy, Programming.

I just helped somebody to reset her start page to DuckDuckGo after a windows update changed it to BING without asking!1! 😠
Is this legal in EU? Any lawyers here?

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I'm genuinely impressed by the #Rust Rayon crate.

I wanted to do parallel recursive tree traversal and thought of a few algorithms to do so. A naive thread pool wouldn't work: With a bounded queue it would deadlock, with an unbounded queue it would use too much memory. This requires more coordination between threads to do the work efficiently. I was all ready to implement that complexity myself, but then I found that Rayon uses work stealing. That solves the problem entirely and elegantly.

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