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On the General Architecture of the Peer Web (and the placement of the PC 2.0 era within the timeline of general computing and the greater socioeconomic context)

ar.al/2019/02/13/on-the-genera

Just wrote a thing on my thoughts on the Peer Web and where I see us going with #Hypha.

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Just watched a two-part PBS Frontline documentary called The Facebook Dilemma. NRK (the "Norwegian BBC"), had it available for free streaming on their website. It was pretty good.

@ctrlaltchaos @thor Dutch and Norwegian is definitively quite close in many respects. Learning Chinese would be a much greater challenge for me, dialects or not.

I guess the most important thing is to pay attention when talking to foreigners and try to accommodate to their requests to help them understand you better.

I keep running in to the problem that Dutch people start speaking English even though I asked them to stick to Dutch :blobpats:

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Did you know there's an equivalent to Google Street View? It's called , mapping the world's roads with dashcam images, and uses machine learning & computer vision to improve . It's easy to get started, so check it out and contribute today! All you need is a phone, a car, and a mount.

openstreetcam.org/

Recently, Telenav has partnered with Waylens to create customised cams to contribute with. This box just arrived over the weekend :) Happy mapping!

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Snowden on Kashmir Hill's "Goodbye Big Five": "Look at the numbers on this chart and tell me this series wasn't worth writing. This is quality public service journalism." gizmodo.com/i-cut-the-big-five

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Few have objections about ending the suffering of animals. More people have objections about ending the suffering of a person.It's somewhat unclear to me why. Some people, including Hippocrates himself, believe that the goal of medicine is to save lives. I believe the goal of medicine is to reduce suffering. If a person faces a situation where only the cessation of life will end his suffering, I believe he has a right to die.

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Boquila trifoliolata is a vine which lives in temperate rainforests in Chile and Argentina. It looks pretty unexciting, but that's just what the plant wants you to think!

This plant will mimic the leaves of any tree it grows on, or even mimic leaves which happen to be nearby. No one knows how it does this.

The vine doesn't need any physical contact to do this. Some botanists think it can "smell" and recognise nearby plants. More outlandishly, others wonder if it might have rudimentary vision.

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Instagram ranked worst for young people’s mental health [0].

I am very aware of the toxic side of IG and look forward to establishing Pixelfed Labs [1]. The goal is to get the community involved in solving these tough issues through discussions, proposals and implementations.

We can build better alternatives if we work together!

[0] - rsph.org.uk/about-us/news/inst

[1] - mastodon.social/@pixelfed/1015

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Hello, World!

This is the first blog post about Marmota, a distributed and Free Software alternative to Spotify (and by extension the majority of the music streaming services)

blog.marmota.nefixestrada.com/

Boosts and feedback appreciated!

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Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of his #Privacy as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State For Everyone Else

"If #Bezos were the victim of #surveillancestate abuses, it would be scandalous and dangerous. It would also be deeply ironic because #Amazon is a critical partner for the USGov in building an ever-more invasive, militarized and sprawling #surveillance state."

theintercept.com/2019/02/08/je

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Kashmir Hill continues cutting out : "I do have a computer, one that I can use for the final two weeks of the experiment: a Librem 13, made by a company called Purism that is fiercely opposed to the tech giants..."
gizmodo.com/i-cut-apple-out-of

DSB's report does actually somewhat addresses my concern related to the availability of our ekom systems, without mentioning Huawei specifically (page 10):

In addiotion, DSB (Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection) just released their own threat assessment, where nationwide digital events was one of the scenarios they explored (page 197 in the PDF).

dsb.no/reportasjearkiv/hva-er-

My thinking is that we can never answer a definitive "NO" to this question unless their code is open source, or at the very least made available for assessment to a team of Norwegian security experts. If we are to use tech that is closed source, we should at least use companies located in nations that we do have an official collaboration with, security wise.

Telenor's 4G network in Norway is using Huawei-tech, a fact that has received attention lately as PST (Norwegian Police Security Service) warned against using their tech in their yearly threat assessment.

Much of the attention has been directed towards the possibility of surveillance, but one obvious scenario has not been discussed – can Huawei (or the Chinese government) cause a national black-out of the entire cellular network?

nrk.no/norge/telenor_-_-huawei

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