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Yet another reason it's a good idea to move on from Twitter (and Facebook) to a decentralized option like Mastodon.

"Twitter took phone numbers users gave for account security and used them to target ads"

cnn.com/2019/10/08/tech/twitte

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Wow. Bucking the trend of countless unfulfilled promises to open source the server component of open source projects (looking at you wire), Mycroft have just released theirs!

mycroft.ai/blog/open-sourcing-

"Scares me how many people underestimate the power of big data.
- Who cares if Amazon knows what I click on.
When a company has enough info on you to create an accurate psychological profile of you and billions of others that scares me. like the video said, humans are not as unpredictable as we think we are. Basically we are all chimpanzees being thoroughly watched and analyzed on a global level." - Unusually insightful Youtube comment to this video
youtube.com/watch?v=O90PShJVu5

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Good news as EU formally adopts Ecodesign measures:

- As of 2021, all TVs, monitors, fridges, freezers, washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers and lighting products on the EU market will have to meet minimum repairability requirements
- Manufacturers will have to ensure easy disassembly with commonly available tools.
- Spare parts and repair information will have to be made available to professional repairers for a minimum number of years.

bbc.co.uk/news/business-498848
coolproducts.eu/news/eu-to-pul

Also considering maybe going for a new Samsung TV and just never connecting it to the internet. Not sure how well that will work though. But when you connect it to the internet, it will ask you to create an account, it will probably monitor and analyze whatever you watch AND it will display an ad in the main menu that cannot be disabled! What has the world come to?!

Still here is an excellent review site with exceptional detail on all aspects of one Samsung TV.
rtings.com/tv/reviews/samsung/

Still searching for a TV that won't monitor me, as in no software, no wifi, no built in ads! Just a display with HDMI and excellent picture quality.

Finally found this one from a smaller German brand called Technisat. Problem is though that for other big brand TVs I can find detailed reviews of everything, but for this one can't find a single review.

Anyone have any experience with Technisat TV's?
technisat.com/de_DE/MONITORLIN

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having a gender is a fun hobby but i wouldn't want to do it professionally

One simple plastic pyramid teabag releases more micro plastics than scientists expected a human to consume in a whole year! Keep those teabags away from me!
theguardian.com/food/2019/sep/

Its a bit ridiculous how for flights there are hundreds of websites that will book your whole journey automatically to the lowest price across hundreds of companies. But for trains it is a mess of having to use multiple local websites and no idea why one connection ticket is hundreds of euros more expensive than the other.

Make flights more expensive so trains can compete! Or the other way around 🙄

Why is it so difficult to book train tickets across countries in Europe? Especially to the Nordic countries (Sweden). Anyone have some tips?

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Ehemalige Deliveroo Fahrer haben in #Berlin einen eigenen im Kollektiv betriebenen Lieferdienst gegründet.

Ich kann kolyma2 empfehlen. Ausprobiert und für gut befunden. Alles hat prima geklappt. Netter Fahrer und die Kommunikaton (Per Anruf, Signal, Telegramm, Whatsapp möglich) hat perfekt geklappt. Gerne wieder.

Schaut euch das Kollektiv mal an :)

kolyma2.de/de/

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Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.

I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.

Boosts gratefully appreciated.

#gittutors

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fediverse.space relies on Mastodon's public timeline API, which is getting locked down in future releases.

This is a positive development for security on the fediverse, but it means that this project won't be able to access the information needed for the map of the fediverse.

One potential solution is to use a follow-bot. If a fediverse.space bot followed you, would you block it? (it would respect #nobot, of course).

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Gee, what a great idea to have cellular modems not in the user's control. Gee, what a great idea for this functionality to somehow be exposed to seemingly innocuous data.

arstechnica.com/information-te

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There are some serious concerns with Firefox's plans to turn in DoH. I, for one, am not happy with all Firefox DNS traffic being sent to a US companies servers. See this article for more info:
ungleich.ch/en-us/cms/blog/201

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I cannot in good conscience watch the Netflix dark crystal series after seeing Jewish folks point out the extremely blatant blood libel parallels therein.

Seems like basically everyone else thinks it’s awesome but I can’t ignore that shit.

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#Keybase just came out as a crypto-currency marketing scheme. Moreover, they're trying to spin the fact that they actively hid that their funding was coming from a crypto "non-profit" as a positive, _somehow._

I know they're popular on the fediverse as an identity verification service. If you're using it for that purpose, I urge you to reconsider in light of this.

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