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For the privacy and security conscious out there, I just found this site [privacytools.io/] and it looks pretty interesting.

The web browser Brave is marketed as a privacy-friendly ad-free alternative, but that's pretty disingenuous.

Brave exists not to protect privacy, but to make money from selling ads.

Brave is a commercial company funded by venture capital. Its business model is selling advertising and cryptocurrency investment.

One of Brave's owners is Peter Thiel's Founders Fund. Thiel is also the head of Palantir (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palantir) and on the board of Facebook.

I do not recommend using Brave.

#Brave

The @gnome foundation need some help naming a new initiative. Find out more over on their shiny new(ish) discourse. Get your creative juices flowing and see if you can help. 🤔discourse.gnome.org/t/help-nee

IMPORANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

At approximately 13:00 BST (08:00 Eastern) tomorrow, Tuesday 16th, we will be doing a database migration that will result in around 30 minutes of downtime.

Looking For a Great Coffee Table Photobook?
This is a pretty cool video with Mark Richards on Triangulation via TWiT
His book, Core Memory, has some jaw-dropping shots of technology from decades past that show just how far we've come while also not being that far away.
twit.tv/shows/triangulation/ep

"Code caching for JavaScript developers" by Leszek Swirski v8.dev/blog/code-caching-for-d

I'm glad Chrome finally wrote something public about their bytecode cache. This is one of the biggest inside-baseball perf optimizations that browsers do, but web developers aren't very aware of.

Apparently human staff at Amazon Alexa listen to what people say, even very intimate things (bloomberg.com/news/articles/20).

Alexa uploads your speech to be analysed on Amazon's servers. Siri, Cortana, Bixby etc also do this.

A better alternative is Snips, which doesn't upload your voice anywhere:

makers.snips.ai

github.com/snipsco

You install it on a Raspberry Pi, and access it directly or from your other devices.

(n.b. It's still in beta and requires tech knowledge to set up)

Apparently, setting `pointer-events: none` on an element prevents uBlock Origin's "Block this element" picker from being able to, well, pick it, and some websites have started to (ab)use this to make it harder for us to block their ads.

The workaround is of course to go into developer tools and manually allow pointer events on the ad, then block it via uBlock Origin.

Look at this sexy Fosstodon sticker by yours truly! LOOK AT IT! BASK IN ITS RADIANT ADORABLENESS!!!
In the near future one just like it can be yours if you're a Fosstodon supporter (and why wouldn't you be?)
Check @mike or @kev s accounts in the near future about how you too can have the cutest laptopsticker ever made

FYI folks, spoilers will result in an instant ban!

Joking aside, if you post spoilers, please put them behind a CW. 👍

With #Nextcloud Social you can connect to the #Fediverse including users on Mastodon and other servers! This alternative, decentralized social network is fun for home users and can help businesses improve internal cohesion.
techrepublic.com/article/nextc

The once despised Chinese internet has become a shining example for governments in the West that wants to tighten their grip on the web even more. Reducing the internet to a glorified TV in the hands of a few huge companies. A wet dream for every capitalist but a night mare for every freedom loving person.

boingboing.net/2019/04/09/cons

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