Google Play Developer Support just DMed me to tell me that they accepted the resubmitted K-9.

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Google removed K-9 Mail from the Play store with zero notice because the description of the app included alternate spellings of the app name we'd included to work around how bad Play's search is.

Google removed @k9mail from the Play Store without prior notice because they objected to the following text in the app description (that has been the same for more than a year):

(People sometimes call K-9: K9, K9 Mail, K-9 Email, K9 Email, K9 E-Mail, k9mail or k9email.)

Surveillance capitalism is the same as climate change, but for data:

- Some people have been warning about its consequences for years
- Most people don't care because they don't feel concerned, they can't see it affecting them
- A few companies are making a lot of damage with the help of governments
- When we will face the consequences it will be too late
- We can still do something about it, and the sooner the better

What happened to Mozilla?

A lot has happened in regard to #Mozilla lately. Hundreds of staff in important positions have been laid off. Tough questions are being asked about the future of the 'company' and whether it is time to 'ditch #Firefox'. There are even those who have gone as far as to claim that Mozilla is dead. So what actually happened? Why are people angry and do you need to switch?

dt.gl/what-happened-to-mozilla

fosdem.org/2021/news/2020-09-0

Next FOSDEM: 6 & 7 February 2021, online

FOSDEM 2021 will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February 2021 as an online event.

Please bear with us while we work out the specifics. Further details and calls for participation will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say."
— Edward Snowden

Similarly, the argument that you don't care about software freedom because you don't know coding can be considered as same. It's like arguing that you don't care about the food you eat because you don't know cooking!

#FreeSoftware #SoftwareFreedom

Prediction: within 5 years Google will have successfully turned the web into a closed platform, with DRM and spyware being ubiquitous and efforts to circumvent them becoming ineffective

Just wrote an article on why and how I moved all my open-source repositories to my Gitea instance and mirroring them to my GitLab account. As of now GitLab will stay my main hosting platform for public repositories.

mmk2410.org/2020/08/30/mirrori

Just found out that my local town has a user group. After living here for five years...

Since I need to update my IntelliJ IDEA Debian/Ubuntu packages I was playing around with my installation for a while. Although I use (an Arch-based distro) since now a few months using Debian still feels like coming home.

After using for a few weeks I'm trying now. My first impression is good! I don't have some limitations I had with qtile.

Call for Participation of #EmacsConf 2020 is out: emacsconf.org/2020/cfp/

Please do consider to hand in Lightning Talks (10min), a standard talk (20min) or an extended talk (50min)! Beginner level very much appreciated!

#Emacs #orgmode #EmacsConf2020

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