If code development if funded by the taxpayer, the result should be entirely open source, no excuses. linuxjournal.com/content/if-so If proprietary dev companies won't do that... then don't use them. Simple.

“Amazon-Zusteller: KI-Kamera im Führerhaus senkt Lohn durch falsche Strafen” heise.de/news/Amazon-Zusteller Ein weiteres Beispiel dafür, warum die Europäischen Datenschutzbeauftragten fordern, dass niemand Objekt einer rein automatisierten Entscheidungsfindung werden darf

«NEW: Amazon's new AI-powered cameras are penalizing delivery drivers for driving mistakes they didn't make & drivers are losing income.

It's the nightmare scenario that AI experts frequently warn about. I talked to drivers about how AI is punishing them:»


stolen from here: twitter.com/LaurenKGurley/stat

It is so nice when technology works.

Got myself some train tickets (I like trains! 🚆 ), confirmation went to my e-mail address which I self-host using @yunohost.

I read the e-mail in the Mail app on my @nextcloud instance (on the same yunohost server), and of course it helpfully suggested I add the travel dates and relevant info into my Nextcloud calendar.

We *can* have nice things. Anyone who says cannot be user-friendly is lying through their teeth.

A friend of mine living in JP managed to get a pretty good deal on 2014-era karaoke machines due to COVID, and reverse engineered them.
It's nuts. SO nuts. Japanese engineers lived up to their name. It's so incredibly overengineered hardware, I can't hate them in this day and age of software. EVERYTHING is done in hardware.
I'm in awe. And they're not online-only junkboxes either, they're proper offline-only devices.

Holy Sh** #Microsoft has installed the simplest backdoor in your #Linux VMs without you knowing about it.

Microsoft Azure silently install management agents on your Linux VMs without an auto update mechanism, so you have to update manually but you don't know they exist because you didn't install them? 🤔

Simply remove the auth header and you are root. Remotely on all machines.🤯


And also, Manjaro Cinnamon's decision to make Vivaldi is in my opinion is among the worst ones.

Like it or not, but a browser has already become the centre of computing experience for the vast majority of tasks and vast majority of people. So, using a proprietary browser is almost as bad as using a proprietary operating system.

And of course, people should have the option to use some proprietary pieces of software shall they need or desire that.

But the default, should always* be free and open-source.

* wherever humanly possible. Exceptions may include some real-word limitations like firmware or drivers (Hey, Nvidia. Fuck you.)

@elementary @gnome

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You know, it would be a real shame if people understood that an inexpensive VPN or proxy service can make it appear that your IP originates in Texas and allow you access sites that are restricted to in-state IP addresses.

It would also be just awful if people knew that you can generate six fake Texas address in seconds at:

I probably shouldn't mention that you can download a list of thousands of fake names in minutes at:

I seriously should not bring up that fake, one time email address can be had at:

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Because it would be truly terrible if starting September 1st every day [...]

DW has an article about safe messaging in case of an Internet shutdown:

Shout-out to @briar , you guys got some nice coverage there!

@meena yeah if you're measuring market share using Google Analytics both Firefox and Linux will be underreported

Published a new study: 58% of Hacker News, Reddit and tech-savvy audiences block Google Analytics


Idea: #GPL style publication of all publicly funded research. Means: when you derive something new from publicly funded research you MUST make it available to the public too so that others can build upon it.

Abuse of monopoly:

has apparently been paying phone manufacturers not to install third-party app stores

It seems that one of the ways Google has managed to incentivize keeping third-party app stores off Android phones is by paying manufacturers not to include them.


@alcinnz @LinuxLounge Meanwhile, Bearded Giant Games is a dev who decided, screw it, and made his games focus on Linux first: beardedgiant.games/linux-first

I chatted with him briefly and he said he got fed up with all the messing around for Windows and just wanted to focus on his own preferred system first. He also said the support he got in return was excellent.

I wouldn’t mind doing something like this. Just support Linux and other not-big-tech systems you actually like.

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