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Wishful thinking (thread) 

So I've been thinking about my ideal version of a social network...
1. It should be built on encrypted chat systems. So all DMs should be E2E encrypted. Public messages should be signed (to prevent spoofing) but not encrypted. Importantly, it should be a federated system, like Mastodon or email. This is definitely possible since Signal (TextSecure, at the time) used to federate with WhisperPush by CyanogenMod.

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Crypto, security 

Here's something I've been thinking about for a while.

If an ultra secure messaging system were to be subverted by the developer(s) compromising the app by adding a silent/invisible extra party to all conversations (i.e. all 1-on-1 chats become, in effect, group chats), would there be any way to know? That is, this silent/invisible extra party would get all messages and replies for anyone the developers wanted to spy on (if, for example, they were served with a warrant or any other reason).

Super Rugby NZ/AU spoilers 

So the Crusaders proved that they are significantly better than the Chiefs.

On the other hand, the Reds, showed that they are about as good as the Brumbies, but have a better Big Match Playbook [TM].

Hahahahaha. This will be hilarious if it goes ahead.

‘It will spread like the measles’: Bondi beach club prompts fierce backlash
smh.com.au/national/it-will-sp

Auspol 

People in Perth be like "If only there was another harbour crossing in Sydney."

Sydney roads: Second harbour tunnel crossing deemed a national priority
smh.com.au/national/nsw/choke-

That Audacity's developers didn't think sending data to Google and Yandex (especially since there are viable alternatives) would cause an uproar doesn't inspire confidence in the future of the project.

'A massive middle finger': Open-source audio fans up in arms after Audacity opts to add telemetry capture - theregister.com/2021/05/07/aud the *audacity* of such a move...

Tusky 

Anyone know what the status of push notifications is for @Tusky?

There's this GitHub issue from 2018 (RIP Lynnesbian) github.com/tuskyapp/Tusky/issu

There's this explanation from with a bunch of replies indicating how other projects have solved this mastodon.social/@Tusky/1006165

There's this GitHub page mentioning the "Tusky-API" (WTF is that and why do we need it?) that hasn't been touched in 4 years github.com/PeterCxy/Tusky

Anyone know anything?

Multiple security issues were discovered in Thunderbird. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted website in a browsing context, an attacker could potentially exploit these to cause a denial of service, obtain sensitive information, or execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2021-23968, CVE-2021-23969, CVE-2021-23973, CVE-2021-23978) It was discovered that Thunderbird may keep key material in memory in some circumstances. A local attacker could potentially exploit this to obtain private keys. (CVE-2021-29950) USN-4936-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities | Ubuntu security notices | Ubuntu

An anarchist from #Azerbaijan Bairam Mamedov was found dead couple of days ago in Turkey. No details of the death are known yet. In 2016 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for action against dictator Aliev and released in 2019 by president pardon.

#anarchism #anarchist

Auspol, China 

What utter fucking morons the federal government are. Had they managed the China relationship even a little bit competently, they could have nixed the Belt and Road deal and still kept diplomatic relations with China. But now... (I'm not for or against the OBOR deal).

smh.com.au/world/asia/china-su

Cthulu 

I swear that's not a moth. That's a loaf of bread that went mouldy.

theguardian.com/environment/20

(Also, I was lying about the Cthulu CW).

Signal created targeted ads for Instagram that show the personal data that Facebook collects about you and sells access to.

They were blocked.

signal.org/blog/the-instagram-

Auspol, China 

This is also why people hated Trump. He was too dumb to understand that directly attacking/insulting a large superpower is not smart (for the US). Now the technocrats are back in power simply because the Biden presidency is Weekend at Bernie's.

It's also extremely weird that so many intelligent people whose jobs are to watch these things, don't seem to understand this.

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Auspol, China 

All of the talk about Australia starting (either intentionally or by accident) a war with China leave an important thing out:

*Those kinds of decisions are not made in this country.*

There's no way that this would have gone on for any longer than a day if the US didn't want it. This is the US sending it's vassals to antagonise their enemy.

The #Firefox add-on blocklist is now a Bloom filter, meaning that seeing its contents isn’t trivial. Also, #Mozilla stopped updating blocked.cdn.mozilla.net/ last year. If you need a human-readable list of blocks, it seems that firefox.settings.services.mozi is the only place now.

Auspol 

No link the the actual document of course. Because that's for Special People [TM]. Wankers.

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Auspol 

Interesting insight into Scott Morrison. I've been wondering if his religiosity was genuine or an affectation. I guess I'm leaning towards "genuine" at the moment.

Selling the faith: the thoughts of Scott Morrison, aged 21, on building influence and growing the flock

crikey.com.au/2021/05/04/inq-m

@kde for the love of god, I don't care about new features

just fix kontact and its components, PLEASE
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