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The whole "All lives matter" thing has got to be one of the dumbest arguments out there. "All lives matter" logically implies "Black lives matter". Missing the point here would seem to require both a grammatical understanding and a lack of even a "Police did bad thing to black guy" level of news awareness. Are these people missing the point this hard, or just that willing to look dumb?

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Learning apps compromise security of Nuclear Weapons in Europe: "The flashcards studied by soldiers tasked with guarding these devices reveal not just the bases, but even identify the exact shelters with “hot” vaults that likely contain nuclear weapons."
bellingcat.com/news/2021/05/28

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WAT?! You're telling me there has been a team at Facebook designing and implementing this feature, and not one person has stood up and asked:

"Uhm, isn't that super creepy, even for us?"

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@fitheach I rented a bicycle using a QR code. The legit QR had been replaced with one that sent info to a crook. The crook rented the bike for me. Then the crook emptied my bank account with endless automated small withdrawals. I rode the bike, ended the rental, the next day saw I had no money. Took months to resolve. So... yes, an interim step would have been preferred.

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I just tried the new automatic subtitle, and it's really good! I still need to correct it (and it would be nice to have a slightly better interface for that), but a lot of work gets done automatically. So my latest video has subtitles now!

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A colleague of mine has gone full conspiracy theory, she sent me some pages from a book about the Illuminati and Rothschilds. I'm thinking I should take a copy of the Illuminatus! trilogy to work, just to show her I also have a book about the Illuminati 😁

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The rumors are true! We're happy to confirm that our favorite Free Software-loving dragons are getting an animated series! This summer, get ready to discover the secrets of FLOSS Forest with "Katie & Konqi: Bug Hunters". Only on Netflix!

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It is a plan to force all providers of communication (email, chat apps etc) to be forced to automatically scan all communications and inform authorities should something that could be related to child sexual abuse be found. See eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-conten

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The dutch and belgian police claim that they have hacked . Sky ECC claims they weren't, they're using 521 bit elliptic curve crypo, and maybe the police had made a fake app? I'm not sure how that would work, as it seems Sky ECC isn't just an app, but a customized phone. Anyway, interesting story that I haven't seen yet in English media.

I just found a datasheet for a potato. It's in dutch, but I'll try to translate some of the specs of the Alverstone Russet for you:
It's not very sensitive to blue. The potatotiredness Ro2/3 is very low, but Pa3 is high. Submarine-forming is 90! The peel is brown.

I've always made the implicit assumption that setting up a PC with windows preinstalled was easier than installing a fresh Linux. I'm setting up a windows box for work, and I no longer believe that. It also takes longer.
I don't even mean getting all the required programs on there. I just mean getting to the desktop screen.

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It took me 2+ years to get to this point- on and off, and parts of it definitely beyond my control.

But the MachXO2 family of FPGAs now has a full (experimental) FOSS flow from Verilog to bitstream. I'd upload video, but attachment limits. So see here: twitter.com/cr1901/status/1356

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The Buzzer (4625 KHz) is doing interesting things currently:

You can tune in here:
websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/

You can read more about it here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB-76

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