I’m at the airport and just saw a man open up his suitcase and take out another smaller suitcase.

That is all.

How can we do trustable hardware? Even if the hardware designs are free/libre and auditable, we still have to confirm that the hardware has been manufactured as designed, and for every single chip. And we have to prevent an attacker from physically replacing components after assembly.

Can we maybe use FPGAs and verify a checksum of the FPGA programming? But then you have to verify the verifier. Maybe it’s a plug-in tool verified via microimaging? Also, FPGAs are slow and use more power, right?

Does anyone here have any opinions on Ungoogled Chromium?

The reason I'm asking is because I've been using it since yesterday and it's really fast and the developer seems pretty cool.

"From 1985 to 2009, the average size of an American’s social network—defined by the number of confidants people feel they have—has declined by more than one-third. We may have hundreds of friends on Instagram, but evidence is mounting that those connections are not the ones that provide us the social balm we need, which is human contact." qz.com/1570179/how-to-make-fri #community #socialmedia

Anyone use Duplicati? How's your experience with it?

This is a first. I received an Amazon delivery of some cables I ordered. Upon opening the box, the room filled with strong stale cigarette smoke. Gross. I thought robots were doing the packing these days. Has the stress of the warehouse conditions driven the robots to start smoking!

It is funny how often we were wrong in the past, yet we continue to feel confidently right in the present. It all falls apart once new variables are found. Someone was encouraging me to use Dropbox and Google Drive because it is "Free" storage. If you are worried, just encrypt what you store there, they say. But I wonder if that encryption will be solid ten years from now. If not, then the data is already out there and it is too late to re-evaluate.

WWW creator celebrates its 30th with a wake up call. It seems to me that that at least part of the answer is federated services such as , , and .

when I was 5 years old, I remember loving this song. It's one of the first songs I remember that was my favorite song for a time. still slaps


Because you know, the universe needed more clinching proof that Solaris was being put out to pasture. Show more

Will the Librem 5 work on the major mobile networks in Japan when it eventually comes out? I've not run across this yet.

Here is what happened to me and my devices at Customs and Border Protection at JFK airport returning from @anarchapulco


I run zfsonlinux on a Fedora server. Living on the edge. I've been stuck on an old kernel for the longest time, but the latest release supports up through 5.0-rc3. Yay!

My weekend fun was taking apart our new car's dashboard and modding the navi unit to allow TV while in motion, enable Carplay, and to name the new car after Roosevelt. As a bonus, I got it all back together! Next time I'll try to see if it is running Linux.


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