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All the talk about GDPR making identity theft easier, but people fail to see that companies shouldn't have the data in the first place. And if a company leaks your data because of a takeout request, is that the fault of GDPR or just shoddy security?

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The next FOSDEM will take place on 1-2 February 2020 at our usual venue, Université Libre de Bruxelles (thanks ULB!). fosdem.org/2020/

See fosdem.org/2020/practical/ for venue location and other useful information. The site will be updated further in the coming months.

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A BILL

To resolve certain personal privacy concerns.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress Assembled,

Effective upon passage of this act, the California corporation operating under the name Facebook, Inc., with headquarters at 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California, United States, shall be dissolved.

Are you people hearing anything about the Indian occupation and division of Kashmir? The only thing I heard about it was a post on HN that promptly got a bajillion comments saying it was just about changing some bad real estate rule, when it really feels like an imposition of martial law since they cut off internet and have leaders under house arrest

Pythonistas, best way to start working with async/await?

I think I need to start looking into that, since I'm starting to experience callback hell. Not sure how well it marries with Gtk though

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The VLC "vulnerability" debacle shows that there should be a discussion on how libraries work and are packaged. I don't think Flatpak et al are the solution either, but something has to change with @debian and their derivatives (most notably the most recent Ubuntu LTS)

Sometimes, you know how to do something but for some reason you don't get it to work. Then finally getting stuff to work is so satisfying. I just had something like that, and my project is finally advancing and I'm learning sooo much.

If you have a project idea, don't hesitate and just start coding, I had waaay too much self-doubt but it turns out I can probably make something worth using when given time to actually learn the tools 😉

blender.org/press/ubisoft-join

Pretty neat! If they keep this up Blender might start displacing Autodesk (apparently people aren't happy with that anymore)

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@mattmcnutt

> boot: 300MB
> RSS feed, browser, xmpp-client, live-latex preview, music + connection to server: 600MB

> Check if friends are online: 400 GIGABYTES MOTHERFUCKER! HAVE YOU UPDATED? WE'RE STILL LOADING! HAVE YOU SEEN OUR STORE? DO YOU WANT TO SIGN UP? WHAT'S YOUR BLOODTYPE?! STILL LOADING! WE'D LOVE YOU TO JOIN OUR MAILING LIST! WHAT'S YOUR PHONE NUMBER? WE NEED YOUR PHONE NUMBER OR YOU WON'T SEE YOUR FRIENDS AGAIN AND YOU'LL NEVER BE SAFE!

arstechnica.com/science/2019/0

Trump acts like a child, but maybe that's exactly what we need regarding space exploration. I wish he would make it more of a talking point ("We choose to got to Mars within the next decade" kinda thing)... Now that would maybe somewhat redeem his legacy in the long run (provided he's replaced in 2020... no sure thing)

The linked update is now a 404, but in the meantime Galileo service was apparently restored (woot!): gsc-europa.eu/notice-advisory-

The European GNSS Service Centre just put out an update with critical information regarding the status of operations of the Galileo Satellite constellation
gsc-europa.eu/news/ytest

(jk, I don't understand this either, but it must be some kind of secret evil code 😈 )

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@cmw Ihr Recht ist es. Das habe ich gar nicht bezweifelt - es ging mir nur darum, dass die Entscheidung welche Instanz bzw. User geblockt werden, nicht den Entwicklern aufgebürdet werden sollte.

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Das Fediverse ist groß - und natürlich gibt es hier auch Leute, mit denen man keinen Kontakt haben möchte. Da wird dann gerne gefordert, dass die Entwickler der Fediverse-Clients (Tusky, Fedilab etc.) bspw. rechtsextreme Instanzen direkt im Client blockieren.

Meine Meinung: Das ist nicht die Aufgabe der Entwickler. Das Fediverse und gerade Mastodon bieten genügend Möglichkeiten, diese zu blockieren.

Raging about my own incompetence regarding bash et al. 

Raging about my own incompetence regarding bash et al. 

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