All the recordings of the Free Silicon Conference are now online:
Day 1 focuses on high-level design. Some of the concepts presented in the first talks can be partially applied to FPGAs as well
Day 2 discusses aspects closer to silicon, such as PDKs, memory generators and layouting
Day 3 presents hands-on tutorials
The full program is available at:
"Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show"
Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years.
Hundreds of protesters have taken to the beach in Australia to express their anger at Tony Abbott’s failure to address climate change – by literally burying their heads in the sand.
Facebook plans to pass your photographs to advertisers and make users the stars of online ads, patent reveals
The Problem with SSH Agent Forwarding: https://defn.io/2019/04/12/ssh-forwarding/
Apparently human staff at Amazon Alexa listen to what people say, even very intimate things (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/is-anyone-listening-to-you-on-alexa-a-global-team-reviews-audio).
Alexa uploads your speech to be analysed on Amazon's servers. Siri, Cortana, Bixby etc also do this.
A better alternative is Snips, which doesn't upload your voice anywhere:
You install it on a Raspberry Pi, and access it directly or from your other devices.
(n.b. It's still in beta and requires tech knowledge to set up)
Apparently, setting `pointer-events: none` on an element prevents uBlock Origin's "Block this element" picker from being able to, well, pick it, and some websites have started to (ab)use this to make it harder for us to block their ads.
The workaround is of course to go into developer tools and manually allow pointer events on the ad, then block it via uBlock Origin.
#htop is an easy to use interactive process manager for the terminal.
htop is a revamp of the Unix process monitor top. htop's interface is much more powerful than top, with colors to boot.
htop allows you to search and scroll through processes, with the option to kill and renice any running process.
Additionally, several customizable quick informational graphs may be displayed.
Website 🔗: https://hisham.hm/htop/
apt 📦: htop
If you're looking for people to follow on here, try #Trunk:
It's an opt-in directory of users who are looking for followers, organised by topic. (People are only listed if they actively ask to be listed.)
Just go to the list you want (e.g. https://communitywiki.org/trunk/grab/Musicians ) and click on people to see their profiles. To follow them, click on "follow".
To be added or removed, message one of the admin accounts listed on Trunk's front page.
"Home Taping Is Killing Music": When the Music Industry Waged War on the Cassette Tape in the 1980s, and Punk Bands Fought Back
Today is the 50th anniversary of RFC-1, which in a sense means that programmers have now been chatting and arguing about the internet for 50 years. https://write.as/365-rfcs/50-years-of-rfcs
TIL about GPS rollover, which is apparently happening tomorrow
"When the GPS system first began to keep track of time in the 1980s, they decided to count the number of weeks elapsed with a 10-bit counter. A 10-bit counter can only count forward to a maximum of 1024 weeks, or about 19.7 years... This first GPS rollover occurred in August 1999. The second GPS rollover will occur tomorrow.
"It’s not going to be a big deal. We hope."
Whonix awesomeness: "kloak is a privacy tool that makes keystroke biometrics less effective. This is accomplished by obfuscating the time intervals between key press and release events, which are typically used for identification."
Random fact of the day: For more than 12 years I've been a customer of a supplier of electric energy that produces 100% renewable energy.
No regrets. I'm very happy that my money did not (and will not in the future) help to finance fossil fuel or nuclear energy companies.
In my specific case the "mix" is 100% local (i.e., in my country) hydroelectric power plants, though other companies also have wind, solar, geothermal energy and such.
Fosstodon is a Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.