I had one of those discussions with a colleague yesterday. Yes, of course you should be critical of government statistics, but if you want to be taken seriously maybe you should be even more critical of your Facebook feed.

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Apparently the race is close in Georgia, and I must say I'm surprised. Why are they letting an old Soviet country vote?

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#Apple is apparently now making repair parts deliberately non-interchangable.

They are going out of their way to make parts of the same phone model stop working if they're taken out of one identical model and put in another.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWByOcVR7mI

These make-work rent seeking behaviours will not stop until your microwave refuses to cook unless you use the original turntable, or your washer refuses to run until you use a maufacturer-direct, overengineered leash disguised as a replacement part.

Everything we figure out on our own is being gobbled up by copyrighted documentation, patent portfolios, DRM specifications, and legislative restrictions. The question is, when is enough enough?

#RightToRepair #LouisRossman
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@epilys Yes, I got to pick it up for free at the railway's recycling center :)

It's standing in our living room.

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RT @TubeTimeUS@twitter.com

the way it works is that there's a little transmitter coil that imparts a torque (twisting) motion on the wire, and at the other end of the wire is a little receiver coil that picks up the twisting motion. the wire is coiled in a spiral so it takes up less room.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/TubeTimeUS/status/

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@s0 @Cheatha @MacLemon @betalars @ripper Well.. I shit you not: I had a different fruit at hand and this toot was sent via apple technology! Surprisingly good bandwidth. When I pulled the wire out of the apple my modem lost sync immediately.

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Charging into a group of grandparents and triggering my gender reveal vest.
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i've heard about "flyover country", but i didn't realize just how large it was

RT @sn_fk_n@twitter.com

where do you live, americans?

🐦🔗: twitter.com/sn_fk_n/status/130

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It's only anarchy if it's from the Anarkos region of Greece. Otherwise, it's sparkling libertarian socialism.

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Stop Bad Laws Before They Start

Right now, there’s a proposal to essentially prevent you from flashing your own firmware/software to any product with a radio in it before the European Commission. This obviously matters to Europeans, but because manufacturers often build hardware to the strictest global requirements, it may impact everyone. What counts as radio equipment? Everything from WiFi routers to wearables, #SDR dongles to shortwave #radio.

hackaday.com/2020/07/25/stop-b

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A white guy, who never thought of his customers as racists, started wearing a black hat with white letters saying "Black Lives Matter". This is what happened to him in just one week of wearing that hat.

America IS a fundamentally racist nation. If we want "all men are created equal" to mean more than a bunch of Old White Slaveowners meant when they wrote that phrase, then WE have to make it so.

#Biden2020

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In a decentralised world, an inside job could only impact a single server instance... and in an E2EE verified world, the insider wouldn't be able to spoof messages anyway. We should get on and add signing for public messages to Matrix's E2EE.

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So what's going on with Signal's new architecture that retains all user data? It seems like a total reversal of their previous stance and one that dramatically changes their threat model. Their new security properties rely entirely on SGX, which is barely secure against motivated home users, much less nation state adversaries.

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