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I've been hearing a lot of prominent people speak about surveillance and privacy, but when I hear Richard Stallman talk about it, it really struck a chord with me.

"We need a law. Fuck them — there’s no reason we should let them exist if the price is knowing everything about us. Let them disappear. They’re not important — our human rights are important. No company is so important that its existence justifies setting up a police state. And a police state is what we’re heading toward."

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Please don't hesitate to come to me with bug reports or questions. I can open github issues on your behalf (if it's not already known) and I can usually point to the right resource.

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Apparently some silly USians want to extend copyright again: boingboing.net/2018/05/18/orri

Repeating my Twitter reaction:

When will musicians realize that their biggest competitor is ALL THE PAST RECORDINGS EVER and revolt against this madness?

The Internet is not what makes music hard work. Never was! It's competing with Elvis & Mozart.

Demand the right to build on the past, not compete with it.

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Doing work (volunteer or paid) that helps others, paid work that covers bills + a little more, & a respectful work environment may help work be sustainable & fulfilling.

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Cool. There's a new #activitypub platform for blogging called #plume, meant to be an alternative to #medium. This could be a pretty big deal, because it means orgs can go all in on the #fediverse. They can have a #mastodon/#pleroma acct for quick communication and host their blog on plume instead of medium and all of it will federate, so users can choose how to follow and communicate with them.

Mastodon could get their blog off medium and @deadsuperhero can get #wedistribute onto the fediverse.

https://github.com/Plume-org/Plume
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Capitalism tries to keep you tired and fighting your fellow workers so you don’t kill your shitty bosses

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The FBI is claiming to have almost 8,000 phones it can't get into. But there are numerous companies offering to break into these phones. So if the information on these phones is so valuable, why won't the FBI use one of these services? The obvious answer is that they want to force Apple and Google to give them a back door. So the EFF is asking the FBI to prove that they really can't get into the phones or to shut the fuck up.

eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/fbi-

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It has gigabit ethernet and 1GB RAM which is ok but not fantastic. The main advantage is SATA. If you have the rootfs on an external SSD then this significantly improves performance.

http://www.lemaker.org/product-bananapro-specification.html
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Unplug. Your mind needs to recharge, too.

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Fix something small that gets in your way. Sew on a button, clean a grimy keyboard.

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A Chech journalist who used to work with was yesterday intimidated by Slovak police, including an 8-hour interrogation, comments about how she's "always been against the system", and seizing her phone.

This is outrageous. Instead of trying to catch the murderers of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova, Slovak police intimidates a journalist who had worked with him.

occrp.org/en/62-press-releases
ipi.media/slovak-police-seize-

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I wrote a post on the first 50 days of Switter from my perspective and my real identity, and cover FOSTA/SESTA, the stress of running Switter, getting kicked off Cloudflare and the DDOS attack we got hit by last week.

medium.com/assembly-four/my-si

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Beginning June 11, no more free API key for Google Maps (now Google Maps Platform) if you don't provide a credit card.

A lot of custom Google maps that have been created over the years will likely no longer work.

Time to use #leaflet and #openstreetmap

leafletjs.com/
openstreetmap.org/about
cloud.google.com/maps-platform

#opensource

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so the Australian regulator is investigating the claims that Google's covert extraction of data from android devices, through taping into everyone's data plan, would amount to 580.000.000$ worth of *data* (just the transfer not the value when aggregated in profile!)

dailytelegraph.com.au/technolo

This is massive. Has anyone heard of similar study/investigation anywhere else?