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Just in: Federal prosecutors signed an agreement with tabloid publisher American Media, Inc., agreeing it will not be prosecuted in exchange for its cooperation in their investigation into payments made to keep a woman quiet about allegations against Donald Trump in 2016.

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We are just $3,588 away from raising $100,000 - that's $200k with Mozilla's match!

Starting NOW, everyone who donates until we hit 100k will be entered into a drawing to win every piece of Tor swag: stickers, tees, and hoodie 💚💜

Donate now to enter: torproject.org/donate/donate-a

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"And if no one can imagine doing social networking better than Facebook, remember that no one dreamed that the personal computer, once little more than a toy for hobbyists, would displace the mighty mainframe."

Maybe the personal server can replace the mighty centralized servers of major platforms too.🤔

What do you think?

nyti.ms/2G6XiHu

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RT @planetmoney: Europe and the U.S. have different definitions of “safe” when it comes to cars. And it’s very annoying to car companies. h…

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Grassroots advocates @YalePrivacyLab, members of the Electronic Frontier Alliance, recently detailed to us how cheap hardware and digital self-defense workshops are preparing students to defeat the surveillance state.
eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/secu

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Apparently the upcoming Snapdragon 855 not only uses a 4/4 high/low-perf set of cores, it clocks one of the high-perf cores even higher than the others to increase single-threaded performance without having to speed up all 4 of the high-perf cores.

Nobody should ever assume that running multiple threads will complete in a simple divisor amount of time anymore. :D

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Matrix is software for instant messaging. It can be used to host large chat rooms, end to end encrypted communication, and audio/video calls. Many people use it to decentralize instant messaging, so that Whatsapp, Facebook, and Apple iMessage don't have all of your messages in their servers.

The best part: you can easily host your own Matrix messaging server on your . Just click "install" and watch the installation happen!

With Matrix on , you control your data.

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Canada's Directive on Management of IT Dec 2018 update requires open standards and open source software to be used as a first option where possible

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Prosecutors File First U.S. Charges Stemming From 2016 Panama Papers Leak
n.pr/2E2zr98

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ActivityPub Round Table at FOSDEM Show more

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Cray-1B, serial number 1, rebuilt for the recent SC18 conference.
Timelapse video:
youtube.com/watch?v=fY8sDF-suk
The machine was on loan from the Chippewa Computer Museum. Originally installed at Los Alamos but returned to Cray: "When Serial 1 showed up in Los Alamos in 1976 it wouldn’t run for more than a few minutes yet it would run for hours in Minnesota. Turns out there was no memory protection and cosmic events at Los Alamos altitude were different enough from Minnesota."
#cray #retrocomputing

NY AG investigating fraudulent net neutrality comments

"The FCC’s public comment process was corrupted by millions of fake comments — and our investigation found that as many as 9.53 million of those comments stole the identities of real people."

That's out of about 20 million, so they think half the comments were made with stolen identities

buzzfeednews.com/article/kevin

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The more I use #ledgercli, the more I realize how great this accounting tool is. Kudos to John and all ledger contributors !

ledger-cli.org/

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@eliotberriot @imani Also, make things. Absolutely make things. And not just "sample pieces" from a textbook either. Make little games or something that calculates things you want calculated - it's the same in some ways as learning human languages, you need to be using it in a not purely theoretical way to keep focused and interested in things.

working on some MySQL consulting tonight, at the documenting what could go wrong phase

wheee

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This is amazing news, no longer need a node.js streaming server for a pixelfed instance. Just a database!

laravel-news.com/laravel-webso

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By the way; the best way to get new people off of Mastodon.social and onto other instances is to be cool and helpful to new people; not to bemoan the fact they're using mastodon.social.
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@pounce @sir @Wolf480pl Yep, IRC is commonly used by sysadmins.

From: landing.google.com/sre/sre-boo

"Google has found IRC to be a huge boon in incident response. IRC is very reliable and can be used as a log of communications about this event, and such a record is invaluable in keeping detailed state changes in mind. We’ve also written bots that log incident-related traffic (which is helpful for postmortem analysis), and other bots that log events such as alerts to the channel. IRC is also a convenient medium over which geographically distributed teams can coordinate."

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Starting in 2020, new houses in California must include solar panels.

Homes built under the new rule are expected to use 53 percent less energy, says the executive director of the state's energy commission.
n.pr/2zN3nDn

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