If you are using a Spotify family membership, you need to know that they changed their terms of services to track your location:
"If this is what MIT wants to defend; if this is what MIT wants to stand for, then, yes, burn it to the ground." https://medium.com/@selamie/remove-richard-stallman-fec6ec210794
Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"
Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".
Vinyl set to outsell CDs for first time since 1986
A new report suggests that vinyl sales will outsell CDs this year, the first time the format has generated more revenue since 1986
Microsoft's modus operandi seems to be "Embrace open source (not #FOSS) and convince naive developers to use weak (not Copyleft) open source licenses so we can Extend their work as free R&D, to which we add tiny proprietary "enhancements", and sell it back to them". It's entirely consistent with their current approach.
Today I got promoted to IT manager position after my proposal got approved by the management to use multiple open source solutions and replace propriety products the company is using.
Tests went well and they were happy with the services. I will be handling the migration and training for the coming months.
To thank the wonderful open source community I will be donating a part of my pay for the coming 3 months.
consent/privacy reminder: regarding protest pics taken from Twitter or elsewhere
Please DO NOT post photos where protesters are not wearing masks and can be ID'd (esp. if they live in authoritarian countries like HK, China or the US); if you receive such a photo and the ppl involved have NOT consented, DO NOT boost it, and also consider reporting such a post. Who knows where those pictures might end up later.
Protect your comrades. Thank you.
I'm still looking for reviewers for my book: Contribute to Open Source: The Right Way.
If you are interested I can send the pdf/epub.
PS: Did you know that the book is GPL licensed and will be released on GitHub?
Reminder why switching.social does NOT recommend using Brave:
-Brave is a for-profit ad sales and cryptocurrency promotion company, funded by venture capital firms. Its primary purpose is to make money, not protect privacy.
-Top of the list of Brave's VC owners is Founders Fund, which is Peter Thiel's company ( https://web.archive.org/web/20190831163230/https://basicattentiontoken.org/ )
-Peter Thiel is also the head of Palantir, which makes its money by spying on the general public ( https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2018-palantir-peter-thiel/ )
pol, surveillance, resistance
A story in Wired is calling on citizens to smash surveillance robots:
there were some things i ddn't knew about raspberry pis:
"Linux runs on that ARM CPU, we know that, but we might be surprised to learn that Linux on this device is only a second class citizen. The GPU cores run a real time operating system called ThreadX. This operating system is closed source and rules the system without the open source Linux Kernel being aware of it."
and guess who bought the ThreadX operating system last april?
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