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Not having competent, independent technical journalism that could fact check, explain in simple but accurate terms and appropriately warn the public of risks is a major weakness in a society that worships technology and technosolutionism

Tech journalists don't bite the hand that feeds them and the more generalist counterparts, while slightly less into blatant product placement, don't have the knowledge to beat the moles back into their holes

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If I Libreboot my Thinkpad X200S, will it start with this noisy coil whining like my X60 did?

Finally, I found it. But I remembered it differently. It's called SLC (pronounced "slick") - Simple, Loveable, Complete. It's described here:
Thanks for trying to help out :)

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#Introduction: I am a freelance tech and reportage journalist writing about #cyber topics and even writing a #cybercyber book right now. Besides that my favorit topics are #machineLearning/AI and social #VirtualReality. I am a speaker and moderator, too. When it comes to writing I prefer longforms and creative storytelling. Sometimes I also produce radio features.

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Too funny:

"Some said an open-world experience this immersive wasn’t possible. But it’s already here. And you don’t even need silly VR headsets. Introducing, ✨ Icelandverse✨"


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Feedback is very welcome!!

Big thanks to Ian Hubert from whom I learned a lot about 3D.

(text on the website is only german for now, sorry - drop a line... if there are requests, I will translate :)

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This is something I'm proud of - my first 3D movie is finished. Made only with FOSS.
It's about the mystery of technology. In 2015 I built a tower out of obsolete broadcast equipment. Now I made a digital version which shows sequences of a movie from 1968 about the first graphics computer ever built. "It allows people to see things which only mathematicians could see before". This was the beginning of the promise about a new way of visual communication.

Ok, in a few days I will release my first 3D movie ever. It took me half a year to make. I'm accordingly excited to see it all coming together.

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This site is FANTASTIC!

If you own a personal blog, please "plant a tree" to add your content.

Please help - I'm looking for the name of a principle that describes objects which are "finished" in a sense that no other things are needed for them to function. The most used example is a skateboard which just works as is - in contrary to a smartphone which needs power, subscriptions and so on. I read something about that and can't find it anymore.

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TIL that iphones regularly transmit the Mac addresses of devices attached to the same WiFi network to Apple. In addition to their geographical location of course.

So essentially you can be tracked across all locations where an iPhone is near you (and you haven't disabled your WiFi).


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@artyr3 What is the best old Thinkpad? Is it the x60? And why do they have to be so loud. Important questions.

Todays project /grapheneOS/ done. Coming from iOS I enjoy the amount of control a lot. For a short time today when the phone had no appstore it was almost like it was all mine. Constant battle.

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If you have a @github account, you can join me in co-signing the first letter uniting security & privacy experts, researchers, professors, policy advocates, and consumers against @Apple's planned moves against all of our privacy.

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The most weird and beautiful thing you'll find on the web today: A collection of postcards with frogs on it.

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Apparently Zoom straight up lied about conferences being E2E encrypted, and didn’t tell anyone that they were passing personally identifiable data to Facebook & Google for years.

They have just had their ass handed to them by the FTC, and members of a class action lawsuit will be receiving compensation. Also… maybe don’t use Zoom unless your employer makes you. 😬

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The Uncensored Library

"In many countries, websites, social media and blogs are controlled by oppressive leaders. [...]

But even where almost all media is blocked or controlled, the world’s most successful computer game is still accessible.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) uses this loophole to bypass internet censorship to bring back the truth – within Minecraft."

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Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.