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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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10x faster syncing is coming: we'll be introducing file packing with Nextcloud Sync 2.0!
🚀 syncs your files 2-10x faster
📉 reduces server load by up to 10x

This adds to the HPB for files with instant sync & 90% idle requests reduction!

More details:
nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-s

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@thegibson

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:
coolgenerator.com/address-gene

I probably shouldn't mention that you can download a list of thousands of fake names in minutes at:
fakenamegenerator.com/order.ph

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

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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:
dw.com/en/afghanistan-how-can-

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

plausible.io/blog/google-analy

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.

phandroid.com/2021/08/23/googl

@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.

"Police are warning students and universities not to access Sci-Hub, an "illegal website" that allows users to download scientific research papers normally locked behind expensive subscriptions."

Very bad indeed. That name again: Sci-Hub. Remember it so you can avoid it. Ahem.

Apple says researchers can vet its child safety features. It’s suing a startup that does just that. - When Apple announced new technology that will check its US iCloud service for known chil... - technologyreview.com/2021/08/1 #cybersecurity #computing #privacy #apple

This is how the Dutch government sells out the Dutch rental market to private investors.

The page is gone:
*Sorry, the page or file you requested cannot be found.*

Here it is on the Internet Archive:
web.archive.org/web/2021073112

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Happy 109 anniversary to this little nugget of an article. We've known what the problem is for over a century.

Nextcloud wird bereits von 17 deutschen Bundesministerien und Behörden im Rahmen der #Bundescloud genutzt. Tendenz steigend! Nice!

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