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Thomas Pfeiffer

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If I could convince Mastodon at large of only one thing, it would be this:

if you see someone complaining, DO NOT give them advice.

If someone ASKS for advice, offer it.

But 90% of the time, someone complaining is just venting. They're not telling you the whole story, and they're not receptive to being given advice, because in that mental state, your "good-natured advice" is their "HERE'S HOW YOU'RE DOING THIS WRONG".

Do not respond with advice unless it's asked for.

We’ve seen a lot of different information about the #efail vulnerability in PGP, GPG, and S/MIME in the last 24 hours. Here are a few answers for common questions and concerns: /1 source:

News coverage on the radio about the recently found vulnerability in PGP and S/MIME. "Using these technologies, people were able to securely send information via email, until now that security researchers have found a critical vulnerability in them".
I have a feeling someone should explain to these people what it _actually_ means when researchers discover a vulnerability...

Plasma mobile on show at #akademyes 2018. Cool pics inside!

Weekend project: Install and learn all about Kdenlive, KDE's advanced video-editor. Check out what's new and what's coming in the next few versions and get editing your next blockbuster!

@Antanicus GAME OF BOOMERS: Inherit the richest, most technologically advanced society that has ever existed in all of history. Then use it to start new wars, kill millions, keep millions unnecessarily in poverty, literally destroy the planet committing mass ecocide, adamantly and selfishly refuse to enable the possibility of abundance for everyone, leaving the world in a state of disrepair that will take generations to get back to a livable state.

Blame the millennials for all of it.

In 2016, the design team for Kirigami UI within KDE decided to put the main toolbar at the bottom in mobile UIs, with a horizontally-centered action button.
Back then, people found us weird for going against Material Design and thought we should better follow the established paradigm.
Fast-forward to 2018, where the new bottom App Bar ( ) looks eerily similar to what Kiragmi has been doing since 2016.
I'm not saying they copied us, I'm just saying we've been right :)

This is why decentralized applications with a privavvy focus is required.

Social networks have already violated the spirit of GDPR

Closing off researchers’ access to APIs in the name of ‘safety’ means we’ll never know how we’re being screwed

I see a lot of misinformation, lack of information and fear regarding going around these days.

Organizations who can afford professional legal advice just calmly implement what they have to do, while many others run around like headless chicken.

This shows that GDPR has to be accompanied by an extensive information campaign for the general public, otherwise it will be seen as a threat when in reality it's meant as protection.

Rather than surrounding them with people who can help them reform their behaviour, they attempt reformation by isolation. Imagine what type of mental trauma such isolation creates and the detriment that's caused to these individuals' minds by surrounding them with other wrongdoers, others who have a similar negative mindset.

This segregation creates a vicious cycle wherein it's almost impossible to climb out of the deep pit that they've found themselves in.

Oh wait, we do that.

In some societies, those who have caused wrongdoing are completely isolated from society and excommunicated from participating in many local events. What's strange is that they group the wrongdoers together in places that are isolated from the rest of the world.

Just ordered a server that I'll be installing on. The next part of ditching Gmail will be figuring out how I'll automate off site backups of my email.

Excellent news: Canadian police have dropped computer hacking charges against a 19-year-old who downloaded openly available information from a public records website. source:

A few nights ago my partner, Jen, and I were watching a documentary on how much data and keep on people.

She now has , and installed. I'm about to migrate her to my servers, and she's considering leaving Facebook.

Just shows what a bit of eye opening can do. Shame she never listens when I tell her these things! 😂

Having multiple, strong, unique passwords is important. If a bad actor obtains a password that you've reused across multiple services, they can gain access to many of your accounts. Here’s our advice for making new passwords: source:

The Akademy 2018 program has landed! Check out the talks, panels and tutorials, register and sort your accommodation now.

Lastly, go into the Firefox options and uncheck "accept cookies from websites", then click "Exceptions" and add all the sites you most commonly LOG INTO and see what breaks. Most likely, very little.

I had cookies from ad providers, from trackers, analytics engines, all this borked up CRAP. If you want to help some of the blogs you frequent, add them to your exceptions, but make sure you know what their privacy policy is.