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Tech won't build it

Tech, as in Big

Tech won't build anything which allows you to run your own whatever, independently.

Tech won't let you have control of what you see on screen.

There will always be an opaque algorithm for ads, or some bullshit.

Tech won't build privacy. Only privacy theatre.

Sure, you can play around with Android settings, but they're still getting your data anyway.

Tech won't build it if it doesn't make a rich man richer.

Tech won't built it if it doesn't contain telemetry.

This is almost a golden rule.

Tech won't build it if it can't be floated on the stock market or issued as a token.

Tech won't build it if it doesn't bolster the patriarchy.

Tech won't build it for fun. Only for profit.

Tech won't build it.

So if you want it.

It's up to you.

Just returned from a overnight bicycle city trip to Amsterdam (Zeeburg district) with my wife and our two sons. It was really hot but luckily their was a Corona proof roof terrace in our hotel.

Good times. Until next time Amsterdam.

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"Chrome for Android may soon send notifications reminding you to use Chrome"

When the 71% total browser market share is not enough and you have to resort to spam and tricks to squeeze a couple percent more...

Interestingly my son is getting really annoyed with YT due to all the advertisements, stories and other crap they serve their users.

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Just convinced my wife to install Firefox instead of Chrome and my youngest son to install F-Droid/NewPipe instead of YT. Small victories.

PeerTube is already great but to make it even better with global search, moderation improvements, plugins and playlists and live streaming donate for the new v3.

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Sign our petition: give students #UserFreedom! We call on schools to drop requirements for students to use proprietary software to participate in a course, and to adopt free software replacements:

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"I consider myself extremely lucky to have people that can manage the project in future, and can only imagine what it would be like for someone without that luxury. I can't help shake the feeling that somewhere, the software I use is being developed solely by volunteers who would rather quit, but don't have the ability to say 'no'."

- #OmarRoth

Overnight bicycle trip to Fort Everdingen (Netherlands) with my wife. The old Fort has a great camping ground strictly for tents and a beer brewery.

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"Perseveance and postage stamps will get any article published" - is a favorite slogan of a friend of mine. On several occasions, when I have sent contributions to some of the leading magazines, they were returned. Indeed, it would have been nothing short of a miracle had my articles been accepted. "Progressive ideas are all right, if presented in moderate form and by respectable writers. But Emma Goldman, who is neither ... Dear me! How can we compromise our good standing." And so I stopped wasting Perseverance and postage stamps.

-- Emma Goldman

While the US top tech bosses took the opportunity to defend their anticompetitive business practices before the US Congress I re-listened to Eben Moglen's speech "Why Freedom of Thought Requires Attention".

"The only free cheese is in a mouse trap"

Anyone interesting in cycling and systematic safety should watch this video about the principles behind Vision Zero in the Netherlands. (BTW Which isn't to say that cycling in the Netherlands is without problems).

Yesterday official government statement (about Corona) of the Netherlands has been placed on Facebook. A sad moment when a government has to resort to this despicable social media platform to communicate with their citizens.

I'll probably use it on my next overnight bicycle trip. Just for kicks

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While cleaning up old camping equipment today I came across an old MSR XGK 2 burner that we used 25 years ago during a long bicycle trip. I filled it with white spirit, checked for leakage (it had none) and lighted the burner. It worked the first time after being in a box for 25 year. What quality.

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And thanks to the always friendly and helpful Germans that we met along the way.

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Came back yesterday from my eight day Rhine bikepacking tour. One last look back at Germany (Emmerich) and the beautiful and well paved Rhineradweg before entering the Netherlands.

My current home somewhere along the Rhine on my cycle trip.

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