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"if you don't have any of these you're not a real person"

Idea: What if we responded to immoral job offers by submitting fake applications, or even scheduling interviews and then not showing up, to waste their time?

I'd like to remind you all that while Firefox may not be great, Chrome is a lot worse and telling people not to use Firefox is just going to push most of them back to Chrome. Demanding that people go "all the way" and rejecting incremental steps is pretty high on the list of reasons why free/libre/open/non-megacorp software isn't more popular.

Communicating by disappearing message lets you and your friends agree you won't save your correspondence, so cops or school principals or hackers or border guards or your boss or spies can't harvest them and use them against you.

And it frees you and your friends from having to do anything to uphold that bargain you've made with each other. Disappearing messages aren't an anti-traitor tool - they're an anti-human-frailty tool. They prevent lapses, not betrayal. That's incredibly useful.

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Hey @Google @GooglePlayDev,

It has been well over 2 weeks (September 27th) since you suspended F-Droid Nearby for "impersonation".

We have provided proof that we are F-Droid and want our app reinstated that same day.

The "up to 7 days" review time has long passed.

Please reinstate our app. Thanks.

Appeal ID: 5-7048000032075

🇬🇧 #Cybersecurity: EU to ban anonymous websites and “whois privacy” services. The LIBE Committee supports indiscriminatory identification of domain registrars:

patrick-breyer.de/en/cybersecu

This is how the MEPs voted yesterday:

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Just finished watching "Hacking Justice", covering the enduring captivity of Assange. It makes some heart breaking points about whistle blowers today. Most importantly the war crimes themselves.

Only this year we saw a US drone strike killing ten, among whom seven children. Before apologizing for a 'mistake', the same accused their victims of carrying bombs, planning an attack.

It was only through journalists and whistle blowers that we learned the truth. They need protection and support.

And while the US may not have a corporate criminal system, it has a fuckton of corporate crime. The FBI estimates that corporations commit 20x more crimes than natural purposes, crimes committed on a vast scale that even the most prolific human criminal can't touch, thanks to the enormous resources that corporations can mobilize to criminal ends.

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Stop Firefox from sending keystrokes to Mozilla:

* Menu > Settings > Privacy & Security
* Scroll down to “Address Bar - Firefox Suggest”
* Disable “Contextual suggestions”
* Disable “Include occasional sponsored suggestions”

Or switch to LibreWolf: librewolf-community.gitlab.io

If you're used to centralised networks like Facebook, you may be wondering why Mastodon and the Fediverse are spread across thousands of sites. Why not just have a single site where people sign up?

There are many important reasons, but maybe the most important is this:

Networks on single sites tend to be bought by bad people when they get popular 😠

It happened to Instagram (bought by Facebook), it happened to Whatsapp (bought by Facebook), it happened to YouTube (bought by Google). It can happen to ANYTHING built entirely around one site.

No matter how much you trust the people who run a site, when someone offers them billions of dollars they may just take the money.

Decentralised networks, where there is no central site, are much more resistant to buyouts.

No one owns the global email network, thousands of indie players like @Tutanota and @protonmail are able to offer alternatives, and if one provider behaves badly you can switch to a different provider.

#FediTips #Fediverse

Follow-up:

If you store encrypted data with an untrusted party, all that's needed for a data leak is your key, which is tiny.

If you store data locally, it can only leak when it is uploaded somewhere, which is harder to cover up.

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On the "Mozilla" subject. Let's face it, we don't have a mature and truly open browser nowadays. Despite the fact that Mozilla exist as foundation they're on the quest for revenue. And this is the main problem.
We need an open browser which is not driven by revenue, backed by foundation, and truly Open Source. And it must be just a browser, no bloatware, no tracking, no commercialization at all.
The web is a public place and we need a browser for public.

#mozilla #browser #opensource

"[...] Facebook sent me a cease-and-desist letter. The company demanded that I take down the tool. It also told me that it had permanently disabled my Facebook account ... Pointing to a provision in its terms of service that purports to bind even former users of Facebook, Facebook also demanded that I never again create a tool that interacts with Facebook or its many other services in any way."

jwz.org/blog/2021/10/unfollow-

(Note: No need to share that you deleted your account, sport. So did I.)

⚠️REMINDER: Only download Inkscape from trusted sources and be cautious about emails with links, even if they claim to be from the project. If there's any doubt go to the source. The latest, validated release will always be available for free on our website.

Boosts appreciated.

"European Commission Report Declares Open Source Software and Hardware to be a 'Public Good'"

abopen.com/news/european-commi

This is good news. Although I would hope for more focus on the personal freedoms and digital rights enabled by open source, not just its economical aspects.

@yogthos @danie10

🇬🇧Historical moment: EU Parliament calls for a full ban of dystopian #BiometricMassSurveillance and #FaceSurveillance in Europe!
Implement the ban now, @brandobenifei@twitter.com @DeirdreCluneMEP@twitter.com @svenja_hahn@twitter.com @KosmaZlotowski@twitter.com and @Konecna_K@twitter.com!
patrick-breyer.de/en/historic-
#ReclaimYourFace

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All kidding aside, Facebook is the modern equivalent of Big Tobacco conducting research on their product, finding it harms people, and nevertheless asking "how do we get people to use this more?"

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