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but seriously, somewhere between 2000 and 2019 the IT industry seamlessly transitioned from

"we provide precision engineering tools, your data is yours, you should not need to trust us or anyone, mathematics is your guarantee, crypto 4 ever. "

to

"give us your data. all of it. give. no secrets. hold nothing back. in return we will... train AIs on it.. and provide unspecified 'services'... for someone, who may be you... that can change at any time... and we are funded by, uh. Look, a unicorn!"

Conspiracy theory: what if promotes the shittiest, worst videos on its front page to encourage people to log in and see personalized recommendations?

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I wish my phone could block phone subnets in the same way iptables can block IP subnets

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Dear Tor user, we need to make sure you are a human. To keep our customers websites secure, we didn't find a better solution than blocking you by getting you stuck in an endless loop of unsolvable captchas. Oh, and of course, we don't give a shit about your need for privacy and anonymity.
#FuckCloudflare #FuckGoogle

protip: it's possible to use NC in English and still have the week start on Monday and non retarded dates. The closest to perfection is "English (Ireland)". I wish there was something with ISO dates (2019-01-12) instead of 12-01-2019 but it's still good.

I don't use but their Twitter account is one of my favorites on birdsite.

I had to print 200 pages of bank statements today, because that's what you have to do every year when running a small business in . So much for a paperless and eco-friendly office :(

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I can see why normal people just throw their hands up in the air about data privacy. I've put so much effort into this stuff, but instead of feeling like a super-cool guy in a spy movie, I feel more like a guy with a half-working phone and no decent emoji input

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It's 2019.

We're now exactly halfway between y2k and the 32-bit Unix time overflow.

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In case you were wondering but not enough to actualy run it, this is what fern looks like right now.

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Marc Andreessen says for everyone who doesn’t live in a really interesting place like Silicon Valley, environments in VR will inherently be much more interesting than AR. Unicorn-level AR startup idea: an app that digitally erases Marc Andreessen

> USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the support organization for the advancement and adoption of USB technology, today announced the launch of its USB Type-C™ Authentication Program, marking an important milestone for the optional USB security protocol. The USB Type-C Authentication specification defines cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices.

Non interoperable chargers coming in 3... 2.... 1.....

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@annika @jerry

Actual adverts from UK police:

youtube.com/watch?v=elkW4Wjaro

"The man at the end of the street doesn't talk to his neighbours much, because he likes to keep himself to himself. He pays with cash because he doesn't have a bank card, and he keeps his curtains closed because his house is on a bus route. It may mean nothing, but..."

The Advertising regulator banned these ads for being offensive as they were implying lawful activity was criminal:

theguardian.com/uk/2010/aug/11

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Okay so I've grown tired of waiting for to fix database migration and I have a hard time understanding their code base so I upgraded from Sqlite3 to MySQL the manual way. First, I made a temporary Nextcloud install in MySQL and dumped the database structure with `mysqldump --no-data`. Then I exported data from sqlite, it was important to generate full INSERT statements. I used mod_impexp: stackoverflow.com/a/45354187 , then removed the schema with `egrep -v '^CREATE` and removed the pragma. That was basically it, after struggling with very bad performance since Nextcloud 11 I finally have a decently working installation.

I wish I could contribute a patch. But even though I've used PHP daily for about 10 years since 2005, I can rarely troubleshoot Nextcloud. If it's harder than a crash with a stack trace, I'm having a hard time navigating the class hierarchy. Perhaps it's just way more OOP than what I'm used to.

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Digital Empowerment in Rural India - powered by FreedomBox.

Sudhamsh Kandukuri and I presented yesterday at XConf India 2018.

An inspiring story of a grassroots movement where people rejected Facebook's Free Basics and installed low-cost community Wi-Fi networks instead.
A FreedomBox on the network provides most of the essential digital services required, offline.

Slides:
njoseph.me/~joseph/Digital%20E

Video recording: coming soon!

#FreedomBox #Swecha #FSMI #XConfIndia #ThoughtWorks

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