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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).

“The basic problem is the mechanism failed to do what’s claimed on the tin. Which is to say EU people’s personal data is not safe as houses over there because US government security agencies have their hands in tech platforms’ cookie jars.”

via TechCrunch

techcrunch.com/2020/08/11/eu-u

After testing Siskin and Monal for a few days, my impression is that XMPP is now way more usable on iOS than it was back in the days. Many thanks to @tigase for their great work on Siskin IM.

So, hey, I'm a translator. And I'm pretty much *always* looking for more work.

I translate to and from Polish.

Not the most in-demand language in the English-speaking world, but if you need a translation done or know someone who does, hit me up.

I'm good at what I do, I have low rates, and I can work pretty damn fast if that's what you need.

I am also pretty versatile, I've translated everything from literature to marketing to technical stuff.

After a long period with no unattended microphones in the house I have had to allowed one to operate for the purposes of hands-free voice based device control. And sure enough…

We were just discussing purchasing an armchair, and have done a flat zero looking online for it because we were talking about getting one at a local shop. 15 minutes later there's a Google ad.

Goodbye #privacy :(

UsPol, Media 

There's a lot to like about articles like this one. But even in amongst generally good articles, the authors of such pieces INSIST on mentioning how terrible China, Iran or North Korea are. Whatever one may think of these countries, surely one can envisage an article critical of the US that does not include attacks on these other whipping boys?

rollingstone.com/politics/poli

LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

Please fucking boost this as far as possible. Please, PLEASE.

A Polish trans activist named Margot was arrested. Her "crime" is minor destruction of property (she cut up a tarp on a truck covered with vicious anti-LGBT propaganda).

Her pre-emptive arrest for two months was authorized by a court, despite the fact that such arrest, by Polish law, are meant to be used for people who are a flight risk or an immediate danger to others.

But wait, there's more.

Did a full purge of my twitter. All tweets, all Likes.

I will keep the account up in case I do need to contact someone, but this hate speech stuff is unacceptable.

I just realized that I haven't named my new laptop yet. What should I call it?

Boosts appreciated!

China India Australia 

Also the word "subtle" in the first sentence is hilarious. What's "subtle" about it? This is the equivalent of a diplomatic sledgehammer.

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China India Australia 

Why the fuck is Australia backing anyone at all in this conflict (yes I know the answer, but still...).

I can just imagine both India and China breathing a sigh of relief: "Thank goodness Australia clarified their position, we were getting concerned!"

abc.net.au/news/2020-08-01/aus

Epstein, Maxwell, Birdsite 

Here is a Twitter thread with some interesting court documents.

nitter.net/AndrewFeinberg/stat

Saw this nice picture at the last chaos amsterdam meetup and thought i'd share it with the world.

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AusPol, IranPol 

Something is weird about this story, I just don't know what. There's clearly much information missing because at face value, it doesn't make any sense.

abc.net.au/news/2020-07-28/dfa

COVID, Canada 

Shit, Canada apparently is 21st in the world for confirmed COVID cases, numbering over 100k. While the US was building a wall of concrete on their souther border, Canada should have been building a wall of latex on theirs.

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