Friendica has just been updated to version 2019.03
If you haven't tried Friendica lately, this might be a good time to take a look.
Some places to sign up:
It's the Fediverse's Facebook alternative, with a similar interface and features (photo galleries, events, groups etc).
You can follow people on ActivityPub (Mastodon etc.) and RSS feeds too.
You can also use it through the the Fedilab app (@tom79).
There's a new episode of @librelounge where we sit down with @joeyh and chat about Secure Scuttlebutt and HOLY DANG it's an awesome episode. Highly recommended listening ESPECIALLY if you're interested in thinking about how to evolve the fediverse to interop more with p2p systems! https://librelounge.org/episodes/episode-14-secure-scuttlebutt-with-joey-hess.html
"Arguably, it is as a consequence of the erosion of civil liberties in democratic countries since 9/11 that we have seen the rise of toxic enthno-nationalism and its associated violence, not as a result of too much of the wrong kinds of speech."
Nor as a lack of always-on mass surveillance of the whole population. Anyone who wants that is welcome to move to China, they always need more English teachers ...
As I expected, politicians are already trying to cynically exploit the Christchurch mosque shootings to give NZ spy agencies even more intrusive powers, further eroding the civil rights of 100% of kiwis who didn't shoot up a mosque:
"Already, the National Party is calling for it. Leader Simon Bridges told Morning Report that the agencies were operating with both hands tied behind their backs."
Surfing tragedy: Brazilian champion killed after lightning strikes water
Brazilian surfer Ceará Luzimara Souza, 23, has died after lightning struck the water where she was training in Fortaleza, also injuring a 17-year-old surfer who remains in critical condition. Read Full Article at RT.com
Today, it was announced that one of Japan's large Mastodon servers, friends.nico, will be shut down after a month.
There have been changes to operators on large servers so far, but it is the first time for large servers to be shut down, and attention is being paid to what effect this may have.
Japan's mastodon user's timeline is temporarily bustling with this topic.
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After fixing my laptop microphone last month, I finally got around to fixing Beth's one today. We very coincidentally both had exactly the same issue with our microphones both failing shortly after we started using them. I thought of a few things I could do better or more easily after doing my one.
First, rather than solder the new microphone onto the circuit board connections, it's much easier to simply cut the wires that lead off to the existing failed microphone and connect those to the new one. That way the kill switch automatically works without any extra effort as well.
Another thing I found after fixing mine was that drilling the hole in the case was unnecessary - when I was talking to my parents to test the new microphone, I demonstrated my new "mute" button by putting my finger over the hole, but they said they could still hear me perfectly! So I didn't both even drilling a hole for Beth's, and sure enough it's fine without - it is very slightly muffled compared to mine, but perfectly fine for every day use.
Finally I remembered we had some bonding stuff that's similar to silicone, but much firmer, so I decided to dab bits of that around the microphone to bond it to the case, rather than making a complicated housing for it. I took some close up pictures of the wire connections to the microphone contacts too, because even with my glasses I couldn't see if the joints were good enough - the whole microphone is just 5mm in diameter so it's very difficult to solder such small wires with a fat soldering iron and no magnifying glass!
World powers, #Syria and the #UN rebuked the United States' recognition of the #GolanHeights as #Israeliterritory. https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Golan-Status-Not-Changed-UN-Chief-Says-in-Rebuke-to-Trumps-Move-20190326-0009.html
"We call on the European Commission to promote the dissemination of Free Software filter technologies"
@fsfe , SRSLY???
Why not free/libre/open-source DRM, free/libre/open-source tracking, profiling and predictive algorithm, free/libre/open-source drone strikes, while we're at it? What a disgrace :(
Steps toward the new resource economy (A report from the first Holochain intensive / unofficial ValueFlows festival.)
#holochain #rbe #economy
‘Attack on sovereignty & territorial integrity’ – Syria reacts to Trump’s Golan Heights move
Read Full Article at RT.com
From #Reddit #Bitcoin: New scammery as Craig tries to buy old addresses https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/b5cgcp/new_scammery_as_craig_tries_to_buy_old_addresses/ #Bitcoin
I like a lot of things about @protonmail, but I wish they wouldn't keep lying about this (prev toot).
Even within their own marketing text, it's clear it's not "zero access", they have the cleartext and then they encrypt it. So they had access which they then gave up. That's more than zero.
Regarding the rest, there was an academic review of their security model and promises, and it was not exactly flattering: https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/1121
The reality: Protonmail promise not to look at your e-mail.