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@waweic Ok let's take a step back here and state something that I think every free software advocate should widely aware of: **not everyone wants to know how their computer work** just like not everyone wants to know how their car or any other complex but rather common item work.

You may find it regrettable, but that's how it is, that's perfectly legitimate and you are **not** going to change that fact.

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@AugierLe42e @praveen Conventional social media is actively trying to educate their users to computer-illiteracy

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#Google starts to lock out non-official Chrome builds like #Chromium. The #web is a cricual infrastructure these days and as such we need independent browsers and rendering engines!

If you care about the free and open web you shouldn't use Chrome based browsers.

Thread with more details: twitter.com/spotfoss/status/13

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- Dev : I'm receiving lot of alerts. Something changed on the server of prod?
- Sys : No, I just updated old version of PHP.
- Dev : Wait, you updated from 7.2 to 7.4 ?
- Sys : Yep, lastest versions are always the most secure.
- Dev : but ...
- Sys [Out of office] : I will be back in 2 weeks. Take care.

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Nikita Mazurov's guide to anonymizing Zoom videos for The Intercept tackles each of these classes of identifiers.

Traitor-tracing: Zoom meeting hosts have the option to add visual and audio watermarks to their videos.

The visual ones are perceptible - displaying your name/email on the screen so that it will be present in any video-grab - but the audio watermarks are a series of ultrasound chirps with unique identifiers in them.


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With the world in lockdown, most "white-collar" crime (AKA "world-destroying corruption and looting") now takes place over Zoom. If you witness such a crime, you might be tempted to record the meeting and leak it to a journalist.

But leaking Zoom recordings is seriously fraught because they are full of personally identifying details. Some of these are "traitor-tracing" mechanisms, others are intrinsic to Zoom, and still others come from your end of the recording.



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Bon et sinon chez vous c'est quoi la stratégie de #backup que vous mettriez en place chez vos parents (ou des gens pas a l'aise avec un termina), avec quel degré d'apprentissage nécessaire, quel niveau d'automatisation, quels moyens de vérifier que tout marche bien, quelle longueur de barbe requise dans la procédure ?

J'en ai essayé plusieurs pour syncroniser tout seul leur tel et ordi avec disque externe et serveur distant. faites partager vos expériences de médiateurs et médiatrices du grand public si vous en avez.
#sauvegarde #pérennité #archivage

Poke @maiwann @genma @mcpaccard @Gavy @cquest @drobaux @Quenti

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Vous n'aimez pas les grèves? Soyez donc coherants...refusez:

Les congés payés
La sécurité sociale
La médecine du travail
Le repos hebdomadaire
La retraite
Les allocations familiales
Le congé maternité
Le paiements des heures supplémentaires
Le salaire minimum
...et encore plus

Tout cela a été obtenu grâce à des manifestations et des grèves. Les travailleurs, les militants et les chômeurs qui ont pris des risques et parfois perdu la vie.

Pierre Couy a partagé
@aral @silmathoron such a pain... If you have a startup idea with basically zero realistic chanche of working, combined with some unethic business model, you are still much more likely to get public funding than if you propose something that is "only" made for the public good.

Even worse, in some EU-funded projects one must include some disfunctional idea that maybe maybe maybe will bring in some money that can be used to demonstrate one thinks of "sustainability". These mostly do not work, so it's mostly just a tax to the gods of business, in which you must demonstrate to have faith... In practice, one has to throw away, say, 10% of project budget to do something completely useless but that "looks like businness".

It's the cost of ideology.

Either way, I still believe that public funding should eventually become the main source of support for "small web" core technologies and a different approach to platforms more in general.
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Les libristes qui demandaient tous aux gens d'utiliser Signal il y a quelques mois, et maintenant que Signal est devenu grand public on dirait que c'est devenu l'enfer et qu'il faut absolument utiliser autre chose...
Un pas devant l'autre. Pas la peine de se précipiter. :)

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I saw an article about an idea to put self-driving cars on the road which can drive a tiny bit slower than other cars around them, gradually allowing a large gap of antitraffic to form in front of them, which can contract to destroy a traffic jam wave.
And I was like dude I've been doing that for 10 years and I'm not an AI. You don't need an AI, you need one person in a thousand to have read Bill Beatty's traffic wave theories.

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The Replay Foundation, my employer, announced their liquidation today. This means no more Pinburgh. It also means I'm Officially out of a job for the forseeable, so if y'all wouldn't mind boosting a link to my other source of income Improbable Island, that'd be just super.


It's a silly online game and it doesn't pay as much as fixing pinball machines but heck it's what I've got right now, and this winter's probably gonna be a hairy one.

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And then when someone makes a skyscraper with an empty roof and a bunch of crap transparent solar panels hung vertically and it costs billions and doesn't work, or when someone cements solar panels into a car park for a building with an empty roof and the panels break because people drive their cars on them, we can point to these engineered failures and go "I guess the technology just isn't ready yet."

Anything to keep people waiting so we can flog the dead coal horse.

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My small-business-owner thoughts on the proposed American minimum wage increase:

The day half my bloody customers suddenly get their pay doubled, I'm gonna go and get a delicious Chinese takeaway and a bottle of nice whiskey

I'd probably better ring up early in the day 'cause I think a LOT of folks are gonna have the same idea

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don't have to tell all of YOU this, but what a bunch of bullshit to ignore the great work of the Social Web W3C group! Twitter has done nothing but antagonize us in the process. Keep reminding these opportunistic fools. w3.org/wiki/Socialwg#Social_We w3.org/TR/social-web-protocols

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@Framasoft Suggestion for both #JoinMastodon and #JoinPeerTube:

Please make it so that the website suggests less populated instances first and displays a big warning against fostering big instances. This avoids what #WhatsApp and #Google did (see libreplanet.org/wiki/XMPP ), where both started as #XMPP providers but once they became big enough, they closed doors.

#FreeSoftware #FreeSW #Mastodon #ActivityPub #Fediverse #PeerTube

Crazy idea #2 : (by crazy, I mean that I am not actually likely to start such a project on my own)

How about a distro dedicated to self hosting and federated services, such as , or / with a focus on average non-tech-savy users.

It should come with packages so that getting your instances up and running is as easy as `apt install [...]` ang going through easy and intuitive configuration wizards with detailed steps for DNS registration, port fwd et al.

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@nels @andreasguest @parleur @Goffi

To sum up all your answers : there are already great federated chat protocols, so let's not make yet another one and spread the users even more. I see two areas of improvement :
1. It would be awesome if we had a consensus over federation protocols to bring more interoperability
2. It should be easier for avergage non-tech-savy users to run their own servers, eg on a RasPi or an old laptop.

Which leads to...

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Crazy idea #1 :

Since Signal clients and servers are open source, how about we fork the server to make a federated chat network that uses the signal protocol ?

I'm still new to federated architectures, and I only loosely read the Signal spec, so I don't know if this is even possible.
Feel free to explain how this is not possible, or what you think the main obstacles would be.

If you know of any similar projects, I'm obviously interested.

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