Free VPN apps on Android–many apps leak your identity, ask for questionable permissions, or track you:
– tested: 150 free VPN apps with over 260M installs from Google Play Store
– 25% fail to protect user privacy due to DNS and other leaks
– 85% feature excessive permissions or functions with potential for privacy abuses
As recommended by Steve Gibson in SN 698 "Which Mobile VPN Client?":
Use OpenVPN, if possible.
The @fosdem will begin in a few days in Brussels. Our talk, "Analysis of the behavior of mobile applications and its consequences for our privacy" will take place in the Decentralized Internet and Privacy devroom !
How to setup a VPN server using WireGuard (with NAT and IPv6) - https://angristan.xyz/how-to-setup-vpn-server-wireguard-nat-ipv6/
What do y'all use to manage/backup your dotfiles? Why'd ya pick it?
I've been meaning to set something up, but I keep falling into choice-paralysis and putting it off.
Leading contenders include:
YADM (bash) https://thelocehiliosan.github.io/yadm/
dot (rust) https://github.com/ubnt-intrepid/dot
GNU Stow (perl) https://www.gnu.org/software/stow/
doing it manually with shell aliases: https://developer.atlassian.com/blog/2016/02/best-way-to-store-dotfiles-git-bare-repo/
chezmoi: (go) https://github.com/twpayne/chezmoi
Currently leaning towards chezmoi (because most features) or YADM (because pure bash)
Here's the final box, if someone wants to build one: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3382291
Useful for power-cycling devices-under-test remotely.
Note, the relays are rated for mains 240V, however this case offers no safety features for high voltage use.
Now you can also watch it on PeerTube:
Really nice writeup on reversing Leica firmware: https://alexhude.github.io/2019/01/24/hacking-leica-m240.html
You can browse tens of thousands of music tracks that are legal to download and share at:
Open.audio specialises in #CreativeCommons tracks and other #Libre music, much of it from the Free Music Archive (http://freemusicarchive.org/). The FMA has been under threat recently, so open.audio is a sort of lifeboat for the content.
Whoa... There's going to be an update to the MIDI standard? https://www.elektormagazine.com/news/midi-2-finally-announced
Encountered a few quirks, but overall I quite like it so far. I made a simple theme from scratch as well.
Versioning in #git, of course.
It's surprising how much of many people's lives depend on one (or more) of the big five tech companies (Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple). Kashmir Hill (reporter for Gizmodo) spends a week blocking each one of the big tech companies with interesting results.... https://gizmodo.com/c/goodbye-big-five
#decentralize #federation #gizmodo
Trying to find a reasonable alternative to streaming via YouTube or Facebook. Having a hard time.
Alternatives found so far, and their downsides:
Twitch: Amazon owned. Full screen ad blocking the stream when you join (at least once when I tried)
Jitsi Meet: Really a vidoeconfernce tool, so it might be confusing that you're asked to give access to cam+mic. Don't know if there's any limits to number of viewers. (But FOSS! :D)
DaCast: Limited to 15 viewers on free account.
People don't like the data that Facebook has on them. Here's where it comes from: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/01/guided-tour-data-facebook-uses-target-ads
Thanks for the suggestions! I've had a quick look over some stuff as well, there's apparently more wrt. APIs from various services than I would have expected; but there are also various issues, as far as I can see.
I guess I'll have to systematically analyze a few of these and check whether anything would be (a) usable for me and (b) have significant advantages over just using the #spotify #android client as is.
Or maybe for any other major #music streaming service for that matter? #deezer or #tidal or #amazonmusic maybe? Or any other streaming service that (legally) has 99% or so of the world's commercial music?
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