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EUROPEANS! Supporters of #Article13 are trying to hijack the democratic process by moving up the final vote on the #CopyrightDirective to next week, before planned mass demonstrations against #Article13! (h/t @Senficon)

So I just submitted my feedback for the proposed EU legislation which would make it a lot harder or impossible to run third-party software on your devices, including , , and various others.

Deadline is tonight (midnight Brussels time), so if you want to leave your feedback as well you'll have to hurry up.


FFS more EU stupidity related to tech

"We are facing a EU regulation which may make it impossible to install a custom piece of software on most radio decives like WiFi routers, smartphones and embedded devices."

Quick tip, in case you didn't know about this already:

You can opt out of all your wifi access points being geolocated in various databases by choosing an ESSID that ends with "_nomap".

Yes, there's no guarantee that any of those services *actually* honor that, but I guess it's better than not having the "_nomap" suffix at least...

Today is the last chance to raise your voice against #RadioLockdown! Please help to convince the #EUCommission that citizens care about #FreeSoftware and a free society.

Our @mxmehl summarised the topic and basic arguments you can reuse for your feedback:

Thank you for being part of our movement!

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MAT supports many filetypes including TIFF, PNG, JPEG, Open Document, Office OpenXML, TAR, ZIP, MPEG, OGG, FLAC, and Torrent.

When a file is opened MAT will tell you whether the file is dirty (contains identifiable metadata) or clean. MAT can then clean dirty files, allowing you to anonymously distribute them.

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"Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal Facebookdocuments has revealed."

#Privacy #Facebook

#RadioLockdown is a threat for user freedom on smartphones, routers and many more devices. But by Monday, you can give your feedback to the #EUCommission.

It's important to show that we care about freedom! Participating is not hard, all info here:

Your feedback needed:'s public consultation on #SoftwareDefinedRadio #SDR is still open until Monday, midnight! Make your voices heard now – prevent #RadioLockdown! #Freifunk #communityWifi #opensource #freesoftware #openWRT #DDWRT

ANNOUNCING: #FixItAlready, a new way to show companies we're serious about the big security and privacy issues they need to fix.

We’ll be putting pressure on, and asking you to speak up about, @apple, @microsoft, @Verizon, @Facebook, @slackhq, and more.

So I've built from source recently.

I want to run a self-built image, so I know exactly what's going on (and I can test/bisect in case of issues, customize, etc.).

Also, I want the image + apps to be signed with my own keys (not other people's keys or the test-keys).

Quick stats: Disk usage after grabbing all source code: 60GB. Disk usage after a build: 145GB. A full build on my laptop (AMD A10-8700P, 4 cores, 8 GB RAM, SSD) takes 7 hours or so.

Might blog about details later.

It's there a Firefox extension to stop cookie notices, email sign-up popups, etc..

I just went to a website that needed three clicks to get rid all the rubbish ok that popped up before I could read an article.

It's not as bad as the dreaded and traumatising reCAPTCHA though!

A new set of vulnerabilities in major operating systems—including Windows, #macOS, #Linux—could allow attackers to bypass IOMMU protection and hack modern computers in a matter of seconds by re-enabling peripheral devices based DMA attacks

—by @unix_root

#LineageOS users!

How easy is it to keep a LineageOS phone updated?

Does it work automatically over the air, like on a normal Android?

Here we go: my latest (CC-BY 3.0) video is finally done.

Guitar composition by Thomas Merk, arrangement + other instruments + video by me.

All individual tracks available over at :

If anyone wants to use any of that and/or do another remix, please go ahead.

Any feedback is very welcome of course! This is just a hobby for me (I'm not a professional musician), so I don't really know what the hell I'm doing 😅

Almost done with my next video / arrangement. This time a guitar + piano + percussion + other weird instruments "remix".

The guitar part is a composition by someone else, I basically designed the whole arrangement of the other instruments around the guitar part.

Audio mostly done in and , video in .

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