TechCrunch came out with a warning yesterday that Zoom’s misleading claims give its many videoconferencing users a false sense of security and privacy 😟
techcrunch.com/2020/03/31/zoom

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While probably most of us in the U.S. are preoccupied with the pandemic as well as working-at-home on our various projects, members of Congress Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal are mounting a major campaign to threaten we citizens' online freedom of speech and security; the so-called EARN IT Act (S. 3398) 😡

More info on this deviously sinister act 👹 at eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/earn

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As much as I hate talking about work during a situation like this, it's very tempting for people to give away their privacy for the ability to communicate with others, but the fight against data collection shouldn't stop at any point in time
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RT @rskikuli
Not surprised. @Cloud68HQ we will work hard in the next days to help people stay away for evil proprietary tech that spy on us! twitter.com/dhh/statu…
twitter.com/rskikuli/status/12

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Was really disappointed with Jitsi Meet since I've heard nothing but good things about it. It would have been my first choice since it's FOSS.

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I spent 1h30 tonight testing 3 videoconferencing apps for a group of elderly people who want to keep in touch in these confinement times. The most important feature was simplicity.

- Jitsi Meet: simple and straightforward, no registration required and no software needed on PC. Unfortunately, performance was abysmal. Impossibly long lag between audio and video.
- Skype: works relatively good but requires registration
- Google Hangouts: best audio video sync, near impossible to start convo!!!

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Also out from Reuters yesterday is the PR-spin 'China government spokesman says U.S. army might have brought virus to China' reut.rs/2IIl4aW
Wonder if the PRC's "news" release is in any way connected to ongoing attempts to fully debunk and bury the bioRxiv paper 'Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag' bit.ly/39P0KAQ ??
WT story bit.ly/2Qb9byo also refers to this bioRxiv paper


Apparently, at least two Russian-linked factories in and have been and probably will continue to target U.S. people on social media. Besides the CNN vid youtu.be/lbHI9lq0cTg , there is also yesterday's Reuters tech news story 'Facebook, Twitter remove Russia-linked accounts in Ghana targeting U.S.' reut.rs/2wVhcke
Are these NGO-posers going to twist fears of into some sort of an anti-racist ploy??😬

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Please use Firefox, if for no other reason than to keep the browser landscape diverse and alive.

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Any Linux persons attending (or even not attending) next week's 18th annual Southern California Linux Expo bit.ly/2Pyp9CF have further updates, timely facts, speculations/inklings, keen insights relevant thoughts, helpful advice...etc to share regarding measures by SoCal authorities and event organizers to deal with the rapidly developing Coronavirus COVID-19 ☣️ threat ??
Already viewed SCaLE 18x's related blog bit.ly/32xlb2t

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and the Bloomberg-for-POTU$ machine at it again from today's story 'Facebook reverses on paid influencers after Bloomberg memes' bit.ly/2tUNGKm

"Facebook has decided to let political campaigns pay online influencers to spread their messages, a practice that had sidestepped many of the social network's rules governing political ads."

and the Bloomberg-for-POTU$ machine at it again from today's story 'Facebook reverses on paid influencers after Bloomberg memes' bit.ly/2tUNGKm

"Facebook has decided to let political campaigns pay online influencers to spread their messages, a practice that had sidestepped many of the social network's rules governing political ads."

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As one brave man once said: For the sake of the internet, use Firefox and not Chromium based browsers!

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There are 17,489 infections now, according to the above John Hopkins resource.

Meanwhile, some news sources are slow to follow the spread, perhaps reluctant to sound alarmist.

However, please do not accept poor information, or lack of information to cause even more unnecessary or unnoticed infections.

It's still growing exponentially, meaning every day, we discover a larger amount of infected than the day before. Only once that flattens out, we can speak of getting this under control.

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Per my conversation this morning, here's another successful conversion for a good friend who was on and is now running . That is 4 conversions this year! Much more to do still...

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Coach "Ali Baba" Shanahan and his Forty Ninnies (one remaining local NFL team) are going to try to steal the game from the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV starting ~5hrs from now in Miami.
Maybe enough ppl will be doing game-watching events around then so that the local WiFi Internet-access places (cafes, etc) will be emptier than usual 😎

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