I will be giving a talk about @plasmamobile at the #LinuxPlumbers Application Ecosystem MC : https://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/event/7/contributions/835/
The level of stockholm syndrome among techies is fascinating:
"Google charges a few dollars for every 1,000 times the map is accessed by users. On the afternoon of the first day after the web site went live, Wu received a bill for $2,000. The next day, the total jumped to $26,000."
"Google also helped out by waiving Maps charges in the interest of fighting Covid-19."
If only there was some other, free, map. If only...
Α monumental moment of convergence.
I was testing Plasma Phone Book on my desktop when I realized that my Nextcloud contacts had been synchronized.
First, I thought that I had added
my NC account into the "Online Accounts" in Plasma Settings. But that was not the case.
Looking into ~/.local/share I found out that it was the KDE Connect plugin that synched the contacts from my mobile (where DAVx5 was doing the job).
That's not 100% accurate. Plasma Mobile is an ecosystem that consists of a mobile shell, #KDE frameworks and Kirigami applications. It does use libhybris and Halium for devices shipped with Android. But it is not based on it. E.g the pinephone KDE Neon image, the postmarketos one, and the Neon x86_64 image don't use Halium.
"Starting today, instead of the usual process of sending the data to the CDC, which then releases it to the public, states have been told to send it directly to a DoH and Human Services system that the NYT reports is 'not open to the public', which could affect the work of scores of researchers, modelers, and health officials who rely on CDC data to make projections and crucial decisions."
That's not how science works. #covid19 data should be open.
Here is an Android app I appreciate a lot. It's living its life totally in the background, doing its deed every day without a sound. It allows to me to synchronise my calendars and todo lists with other parties through my nextcloud instance, enabling necessary coordination with my family and others without resorting to Google.
Let me present DAVx⁵! https://www.davx5.com/
Why @Mastodon is "doomed to fail" - a great article on how profit distorts perception of success
Berlin's privacy officer says use the F-Droid version of the jitsi app because of the trackers in the play store: https://www.datenschutz-berlin.de/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/orientierungshilfen/2020-BlnBDI-Hinweise_Berliner_Verantwortliche_zu_Anbietern_Videokonferenz-Dienste.pdf (German, p. 13)
The Greek government is going to spend 48.3 million € on #microsoft licenses needed for the public sector computers. They have also admitted that atm these licenses have expired; servers and workstations run either unsupported or illegal (?) software ...
FYI, the debt-to-GDP ratio is ~180% and a large part of the remaining public assets have been transferred to a fund (HRADF) to facilitate its privatization.
It makes perfect (neoliberal) sense.
Free software contributor and digital rights advocate
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