I've got a bunch of DVD's (at least hundred of them) of varying age. What format and software would you recommend to convert them into so I can get rid of the physical medium? Criteria for the choice should be durability (I'd like to be able to access them in, say, 20 years with or without conversion) and pricing of the tool to be used. Open source preferred but not required. As storage medium I will use hard drives (with a redundant copy).

I am a bit surprised to see this setting in Firefox Mobile. What the heck are they forwarding to their marketing partner? Why was this turned on by default? Is this even GDPR compliant? Which version has introduced this nonsense?

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𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥'𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐲. When it is done right, public transport give you the same sense of freedom because you don't wait much for it, you can go to almost anywhere, and it is cheaper than owning a car, paying for maintenance, insurance, and parking.

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GCompris, the FLOSS educational software for infants and primary students, is now free for all platforms, including Windows and Android.


To make sure GCompris continues to be developed, maintainer Timothée Giet has opened a Patreon account and is asking sponsors to help with donations through that.


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Or you could just not buy the surveillance device that reports back to a centralised system ran by a large corporate company that wants to monatise all your data 😏 #RFC1984
RT @Adam_K_Levin
Owners of smart cameras, baby monitors and other IoT products have been urged to help keep their devices safe by following three simple steps to boost cybersecurity – and making it more difficult for hackers to comprom…

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Seriously, I keep thinking about how cool it would be if the web version allowed you to add local feeds of other instances.

A real distributed (and convenient) social network.

The Fosstodon user can easily and **conveniently monitor** other instances.

Lists and monitoring of individuals does not solve the problem, IMO.

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Google is given kind of a pass on this one, but I'm not convinced that's fair. Makes new offerings like the PinePhone look really tempting.

"Attention, phone-makers: Our devices aren't your billboards"


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Demand the Right to Repair your smartphone!

Help us put an end to the throw-away economy. Sign the petition and demand better products for a better planet.


And check out the nice video from Right to Repair Europe: youtube.com/watch?v=3NMfgZsB2n

#digital #sustainability

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@thegibson Short of "capitalism" as one other response gave.

1) The entire business model of gifting some service to a consumer in hopes that you can than monetize them through data extraction/influencing (or also by extracting VC funding until FAANG buys you to get your data... but that's the same thing). This business model should be as illegal as running a pyramid scheme.

2) Not sure, because I don't really have the time to sit around and audit what every company is doing with my data. I'd like to see privacy policies that accurately describe the exact usage of any data I provide to a company, and I would like to see an independent entity audit these companies to confirm that the data is being used according to the policy and in no other way and suitably ring the alarms when a company isn't or won't give them sufficient access to prove this case. This would be particularly hard, since we also need to trust that the auditor themselves isn't using the audit to extract data for nefarious means -- somehow needs to be a firewall between them and the state without making the auditor toothless.

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Seeing as we have so many new users the past few weeks, let me mention that development of Mastodon and hosting of mastodon.social is not funded by venture capital or ads, but through crowdfunding:




And for certain tiers of support, your name or your company's logo is listed on our sponsors page:


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@kuketzblog Das OnlineKonto lässt sich vermeiden - auch jetzt noch:
Keine LAN-Verbindung oder
WLAN nicht verbinden, auch wenn es schmackhaft gemacht wird, die letzten Updates zu ziehen - NEIN!
Läuft dann durch.
Aktivierung später durchführen.
Für den Fall, dass es schon zu spät sein sollte: nachträglich auf ein lokales Konto wechseln. ODER
2. Admin anlegen mit lokalem Konto und erstes Konto löschen.
Dat geiht!

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Ich find’s schon irritierend, wie kompliziert die ganze Lage mit dem Geldabheben im EU-Ausland ist. Wir haben die nationale Lösung Girocard, aber ausländisch braucht es Maestro oder V-Pay oder richtige Master-/Visa-KK. Warum überlassen die Banken das den US-Unternehmen? Warum gibt es keine europäische Lösung?

Ist das so wie mit HBCI, das außerhalb Ds niemand unterstützt, weil sich halt alle damit abgefunden haben, dass der beschissene Zustand normal ist?

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Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.