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Reading this made my stomach twist, but it's a great lesson why you shouldn't use your phone number for two-factor authentication and most importantly why you shouldn't trust and rely on proprietary services and software, especially if it involves private and unrecoverable data like documents and photos.

"SIM swap horror story: I've lost decades of data and Google won't lift a finger" – zdnet.com/article/sim-swap-hor

#Privacy #Google

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Brands can't be progressive because they aren't people with feelings and views.

Brands are the calculated product of marketing firms using statistical data to draw the correct emotions out of you for purchasing the right products.

There is no risk that isn't calculated for a profit outcome.

They can't be "brave".

They are the uncanny robotic faces corporation-machines making a crude imitation of humanity.

It is ascribing feelings to machines.

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@donkey Just shows why it's foolish to invest in an infrastructure built on someone else's proprietary technology (for reasons I explain here: davelane.nz/mshostage) - I'm pleased they're making the move now, but they should've been smart enough to realise this could happen at any time. And now it's going to be very expensive and painful to change because they've allowed themselves to succumb to lock-in, not because the #FOSS alternative is painful.

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@lightweight @donkey I was frothing at the mouth when I found out how much #CorporateWelfare the #NZ government has been giving FarceBook every year to "advertise" to its own citizens. It could have built its own social network system for that sort of money.

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Hey, how about instead of trying to jury-rig a reliable transport protocol on top of UDP to make HTTP faster, we just put less stuff in sites? If you make HTTP faster, sites will just get even more bloated.

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Reminder that if your Mastodon instance has been updated to 2.9 or higher, you can see the new simpler one-column interface very easily:

1. Go to preferences/settings

2. Untick the box marked "Enable advanced web interface". (To go back to the multicolumn interface, just tick the box again.)

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shouting 

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@rain If they cared so much about privacy they'd let you opt out, instead of forcing you to agree to allow tracking as a condition of using their site.

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Our electronic devices increasingly reveal private and sensitive things about us. You shouldn’t have to reveal any of it to border officers to come back into the United States. The Protecting Data at the Border Bill would secure our privacy.

eff.org/deeplinks/2019/06/cong

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@killyourfm I'm listening to your netcast Choose Linux right now and you talk about you missing the Play Store.

I would like to suggest Yalp Store as a good compromise for a GApps free device. It let's you install applications from Play Store without the Play Store. i
It's available on F-Droid as well.

f-droid.org/app/com.github.yer

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Really happy that Mastodon is defaulting to a single-column UI. A whole class of usability problems for first-time users just melts away with this choice. (And power users still have the option to go into the settings! Which is a thing power users love to do!) blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/06/

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✅ Easy Installation

✅ Powerful Admin Dashboard

✅ One click updates

Shipping in v0.9.5 with Remote Follows!

#pixelfed

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Today @Vimeo launched AV1 support using our open source encoder. Here's to next generation video codec & open collaboration!

t.co/5fdTRpRrWD tweeted by @mozilla

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At first I didn't like the multi column layout of Mastodon, but now there is a single column UI I can't imagine not having multiple columns.

Choice is good.

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An old blogpost from Matthias Ott: matthiasott.com/articles/savin

Suggesting that when you design for the web, you should be creating prototype pages rather than drawing pictures of how it should look. We need to acknowledge that the canvas we as webdevs work with is not a fixed size, and that the web should be able to be presented in a variety of ways.

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Jon Spark's Mastodon Instance

Just a personal instance for me to connect to the Fediverse :)