The Berlin #XMPP Team is thinking about hosting an XMPP #sprint. If you're an XMPP developer or you want to start contributing, please join our MUC where we'll organize everything:
@ubports I can't get a topic through at the forum since it keeps getting flagged as spam for some reason, but here goes:
Would Treble take care of *all* or mostly all of the hardware / kernel level things so that if the phone supports Treble then it should work with #UbuntuTouch?
Okular is a fantastic KDE app that lets you view and annotate various document formats, including PDFs.
Did we mention it is fantastic? Well, you can help us make it even better!
Join us tomorrow, November 17, for an all-day bug-hunting session in #kde-bugs IRC channel on freenode.
More details about the Okular Bug Day here:
Yesterday, I needed a bunch of placeholder images.
It ended up being a bit harder than I thought it should be, so I wrote up a blog post/tutorial on how to generate placeholder images with Pixabay, jq, and curl
Thanks to @colomar for pointing me in the right direction.
#codesections blog post
@colomar I would agree, which is also why I think Local Feeds are so important. People can join instances that reflect their interests and get instant access to a community of people with similar interests. People who join more general instances don't get that benefit as much as people who join more specific ones. They're just getting a smaller version of the Fed.
rant about phone sounds Show more
Why, oh why do most phones and apps still ship with sounds turned on for pretty much any interaction and notification, and why, oh why do so many users never turn them off?
Sitting in a train listening to someone using a messenger, where every tap on the keyboard as well as every message sent and received make a f**king sound drives me crazy. Dude, you're looking at the goddamn screen, you don't need a stupid beep to tell you that you just sent or received a message!
I don't want to step on anybody's toes, but I must say that I'm not sure how to feel about all the Veterans Day toots.
As a staunch pacifist, I mostly feel pity for people whose lives were put at risk for causes that they might not even stand behind, only to then be mostly forgotten and often left in poverty when they come back, many of them psychologically and/or physically destroyed.
I believe it is very important to _remember_ the vets and to care for them, but I'm not sure about _honoring_
Corrections of some mistaken ideas about Mastodon.
We still have a tech position open at the Freedom of the Press Foundation (a nonprofit): a Sr. Software Engineer position to work on SecureDrop, the open source whistleblower platform used by 65+ media organizations, originally developed by the late Aaron Swartz.
You get paid to work
✅ from anywhere in the world
✅ on a world-changing project
✅ that's open source,
✅ stewarded by a small team
✅ that's led by a woman.
Help spreading the word is much appreciated:
Non-profits get Tutanota for free! Find out here if you qualify for this software donation: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/secure-email-for-non-profit
And join our webinar hosted on November 27th (in German):
@fitheach @colomar this should be taught in school. This is how a URL is structured, if it’s like this that that’s not legit and you don’t trust it, for example. Considering these people open emails and click links while working in large companies, I’d say that’s valuable information that would save a ton of security guys a headache or ten years down the track because the users actually have a vague idea what they’re looking at.
I could argue that the EU Copyright Directive and it's infamous #Article13 has the potential to become the "great Chinese firewall" light edition. I'm convinced that the distributed internet offers a much better protection against this than the centralized internet that most people are so fond of these days.
"Facts don't care about feelings" Show more
1. Essentially you're substituting "facts" for "what I know," and unless you're an infallible and infinite being what you know is not always going to be factual. Using this to dismiss what someone is telling you is the very height of arrogance.
2. You're a human in a human society, it is expected that you should care about the feelings of others.
economy, eu, politics Show more
I believe that a society that depends on continued economic growth is not sustainable in the long term.
Most economic growth also means growth in resource usage, and most resources are finite.
That is why I believe that we have to ditch growth as an overarching goal for the EU, and why I have signed a petition asking the EU to rethink their economic policies and shift them from a focus on economic growth to a focus on well-being and the environment.
Avaaz is currently running a campaign to convince WhatsApp to move away from encrypting all messages so that they can warn users about fake news.
WTF, Avaaz? Sure, fake news are dangerous, but a campaign asking to weaken encryption in order to scan private messages for fake news content? There must be better ways to combat manipulation than that!
The new European #CopyrightDirective is a threat for all internet creators in the #EU and a warning for all outside the EU. #Article13 of the directive will inevitably lead to uploadfilters. With this directive the EU parliament has demonstrated that the interests of the big IP holders are more important to them than representing the EU citizens. Having said that I wonder if the Fediverse could be the answer to this threat?
Ubuntu Touch seems pretty great. Definitely the best option *currently* for Linux on a smartphone it seems. The interface has a great feel to it overall and there are apps in the app store. I like what @Ubports is doing and I'm pretty impressed so far. Now I need to see if I can actually make it daily-driver usable, but trying to figure out where to really start.
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