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Where did LibreOffice come from? What happened to its predecessors, OpenOffice.org and StarOffice? Discover the rich history of the software on our timeline! libreoffice.org/about-us/libre

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Bad news about #Article13, the copyright directive (which includes Art 13) has passed the council of ministers.

Interesting footnote: if the UK gov had simply abstained (or voted against), the directive would not have passed. Britain represents enough population to form a blocking minority.

However, the British government voted in favour.

The law can still be stopped in the European courts (which is what happened to the data retention directive), but this is much messier and more difficult.

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Desenvolvedor e Defensor de Direitos Digitais é Preso no Equador
Ola Bini, um desenvolvedor de software livre e ativista pelos direitos digitais e a privacidade foi detido no Equador.

Sua detenção está sendo justificada pela policia pelo fato de ele "viajar muito e ler livros técnicos", dentre esses livro
mariscotron.libertar.org/2019/
#criptografia #Equador #freeolabini #noticias #olabini #tecnologia

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#Jami (formerly #Ring and still a #GNU package) is a #P2P chat app, but up until recently the project has maintained a centralized service for associating human-readable usernames with the unique hash codes the app uses as addresses. That service uses #SmartConstracts on the #Ethereum #blockchain, and they've recently modified it to allow other operators to run nodes, so the name service can be distributed too. Great stuff!
jami.net/the-jami-blockchain-s

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Apparently human staff at Amazon Alexa listen to what people say, even very intimate things (bloomberg.com/news/articles/20).

Alexa uploads your speech to be analysed on Amazon's servers. Siri, Cortana, Bixby etc also do this.

A better alternative is Snips, which doesn't upload your voice anywhere:

makers.snips.ai

github.com/snipsco

You install it on a Raspberry Pi, and access it directly or from your other devices.

(n.b. It's still in beta and requires tech knowledge to set up)

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Hello everyone !

📢 🔴 URGENT 🔴

An awesome software is dying, because its #developper has not time anymore to care of it.

It's an alternative of Adobe AfterEffect : Natron (natrongithub.github.io/)

Please, can Mastodon community search for a C++ dev, which want to maintain it ? or search for a company which work with free software ? It's very important.

Boost very appreciated

Thanks in advance for your contribution !

#Dev #Mastodon #C++ #Python

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Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last six years. Ecuador's president has announced that the country has withdrawn asylum from Assange. Read Full Article at RT.com
rt.com/news/456212-julian-assa

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Daredevil surfer miraculously rescued between waves after wipeout on Portugal's Nazare coast (VIDEO)
Portuguese big wave surfer Salvador Villas Boas was miraculously rescued by a lifeguard and came out unharmed after being hit and swallowed by a monstrous wave near the fishing village of Nazaré, Portugal. Read Full Article at RT.com
rt.com/sport/456145-surfer-wip

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CryptPad is a free open online document editing system, and a much more private alternative to Google Docs.

It's designed around privacy, with a "zero knowledge" system where no one except the document owner knows what is in a document.

Their site is here:

cryptpad.fr

You can follow them on the Fediverse here:

@cryptpad

You can use their service, or host your own instance.

#CryptPad #Privacy #DeleteGoogle

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@fribbledom
Allow me to recommend the dedrm plugin for Calibre. This allows you to use your legal access to strip DRM from any ebook you own. You can then keep your Microsoft Store-bought ebooks. (But do it before the Store goes away!)

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Facebook is asking some new users to provide the password to their email account.

"This is basically indistinguishable from a phishing attack," says EFF’s Bennett Cyphers.

businessinsider.com/facebook-a

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ODing in the fediverse!