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Matrix vs. XMPP: Which is Better for Actually Secure Messaging? (Unlike Telegram, Whatsapp, etc.) videos.lukesmith.xyz/videos/wa

Great news, uBlock Origin have added Adguard URL tracking filter to it's stock lists.

I've been testing it and it works as expected. So everyone that has both uBlock Origin and ClearURLs installed can now remove ClearURLs and enable this list in UBO.

AdGuard URL Tracking Protection uses the relatively new removeparam modifier filters to automatically remove the tracking crap at the end of URLs before you connect

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It's always a good time to remind that trading off your or for is the fastest way to never getting them back.

In times of extreme fear or worrying, beware!

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There is no such thing as “the new Microsoft”. They have not “reinvented themselves”. The open source / Linux friendliness is a ruse. “You don’t need to install Linux on your computer, just use WSL!”. This is embrace, extend, extinguish. Just like in the old days. It’s not new. I lived through the previous attempts and this is exactly the same. Secure Boot has been something MS has been pushing since 2012, and there were attempts before this.

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It's called Brave Search because you have to be brave to trust a company funded by Peter Thiel is actually private.

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Don't forget that not only are corporate sales *not* newsworthy, but among the many other reasons to hate them, Amazon is one of the worst peddlers of #DRM. Even on #PrimeDay.

I've finished a blog post about Brave's false privacy. I give you arguments that will prevent yourself from falling for Brave’s marketing lies.

ebin.city/~werwolf/posts/brave

There are privacy friendly frontends for YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, etc. But I've never seen one for Github.

I'd love to have a privacy friendly frontend for Github which worked completely without JavaScript, since there are a lot of interesting projects there, but Github's usability without JavaScript is mediocre. And the fact that Microsoft is constantly tracking me make me sick.

I didn't expect to see my guide shared anywhere. It was funny to see it on Lemmy

lemmy.ml/post/68950

I don't actually use Lemmy regularly but I was taking a look at it and it was such a big surprise to find one of my posts there.

Why GNU/Linux journalism (and free software journalism in general) sucks?

It seems that pretty much every medium-big blog/news portal about GNU/Linux doesn't give a shit about content quality. I've found a ton of misleading tutorials and misinformation. Most of them are full of advertisement and analytics. And they link to proprietary social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc). They only care about monetization.

The only good content about GNU/Linux are personal blogs truly written by users.

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#GMail is harmful to e-mail ecosystem; its antispam blocking policy matches too many valid messages as spam.

It blocked LastPass email leak warning email, because it contained "a link" to a leaked site.

It blocked an e-mail from goverment agency addressed directly to me.

It discriminates all non-gmail servers, and it's pretty much impossible to own a private SMTP server these days, because GMail will classify everything as spam.

It's not how e-mail should work.

Consider dropping GMail.

I've added a few 88x31 banners to my blog and I was thinking about joining or creating a webring.

It'd a fun way to promote a people-first web, instead of this crappy corporation web that we have today.

A complete guide for hardening Firefox: Surf the web privately
ebin.city/~werwolf/posts/firef

Here it is, a new article for my blog. It's a guide for enhancing Firefox with privacy and security in mind. I hope that you find it useful.

What have happened with freenode should lead to big projects self hosting their own IRC server instead of massively migrating to liberachat. It isn't that hard or resource intensive.

However, I don't think that this is happening. It's kinda sad for those of us that believe in a libre and decentralized internet

BTW for those of you that haven't read the article, it says that Audacity will check for updates every time you start the program. This will reveal your IP to a Audacity's selfhosted server located in Europe. And while IPs aren't logged, they'll collect some "anonymous" statistics (eg OS, version, etc).

So I'll recommend you blocking Audacity in your firewall too if you want to avoid this

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Good news, Audacity drops plans to introduce telemetry.

Anyway, I've blocked it in my firewall, I don't trust the new company behind it.

ghacks.net/2021/05/16/audacity

Did I mention that it's proprietary? It's nonsense that the biggest resource about free operating systems is proprietary

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Why haven't anyone already created a substitute for Distrowatch?
That site sucks, they request donations if you want your distro to be in the ranking and they only approve the comments they like.

And they lie with about distros on purpose, read this: nxos.org/other/open-letter-dis

We need a community managed resource instead of Distrowatch, where everyone can contribute

I have finished another article for my blog. It's about systemd and the reasons why it is widely hated and considered harmful for the Linux ecosystem.

ebin.city/~werwolf/posts/syste

This is my desktop rn. I'm using Ratpoison as my window manager.

Of course that cmatrix is there just for the screenshot. Normally there would be running cmus, my music player or my XMPP client. But cmatrix looks cooler.

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