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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.

ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-r

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

Details:
blog.mehl.mx/2019/protect-free
fsfe.org/activities/radiodirec
fsfe.org/activities/radiodirec

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."

blog.mehl.mx/2019/protect-free

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".

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_po

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: blog.mehl.mx/2019/protect-free

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.

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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."

theguardian.com/technology/201

#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: blog.mehl.mx/2019/protect-free

Your feedback needed: @EU_Commission@twitter.com's public consultation on #SoftwareDefinedRadio #SDR is still open until Monday, midnight! Make your voices heard now – prevent #RadioLockdown! ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-r #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. fixitalready.eff.org/

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

thehackernews.com/2019/02/thun

—by @unix_root t.co/unOHzQnuxZ

#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.

share.tube/videos/watch/60de49

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

All individual tracks available over at :
ccmixter.org/files/UweHermann/

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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