I'm currently debugging some issues with my Raspberry Pi, and I'm hovering somewhere between steps two and three of the xkcd shark attack sequence. xkcd.com/349/

If you don't hear from me after this, assume it ended in sharks.

I've been through "My Activity" for my Google account before, but just realized that the account associated to my Android phone logs all my app usage and sends it back to Google. Things like when I used an app, how many times, how long. Feeling uncomfortable.

They also automatically adjust their size to fill really small containers and only overflow as a last resort

Did you know that cats are essentially the opposite of CSS? They self-center within any container.

Mozilla's creepy data collection https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2017/09/06/data-just-living

But don't be concerned, it's a 4-tier approach reviewed by someone or other.

The arbitrary requests for new types of user data are especially concerning. It's not hard to imagine what kinds of situations may arise from that.

Maybe I am just a far out anarcho-whatever, but surely it's not a completely radical idea to just use a browser and have a reasonable expectation that your activity isn't being collected and sent back to a central collection point to be analysed by "scientists" by default.

Also another important point. This type of data collection is neither necessary nor required for product improvement or bug fixing.

Protip for Chrome users: to improve your security when using Google Chrome, uninstall it and use a browser that’s not from a company which makes its money from spying on you 24/7

🎉 Mastodon 2.5.0 🎉

Changelog: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Highlights:

- Federation relays
- New profile design
- Remote interaction dialog
- Replies count in web UI
- Feature friends on profile
- Higher video upload limit
- Improved mod tools
- Admin dashboard
- Read-replica support
- Command-line interface

~ HOW TO FIND COOL POSTS AND BOOST THEM ONTO YOUR SMALLER #MASTODON INSTANCE ~

1) Go to mastodon.social/tags/YOURTAGHE (substitute in your tag at the end there).

2) Scroll 'til you find a good one, and right-click the timestamp, and click "Copy link address".

3) Head back to your own instance, paste that URL you just copied into the search box, and press enter.

4) BOOST!

#FAQ

It's understandable that #Mozilla wants to wash its hands of an add-on repository that #Firefox has ceased to use, and doesn't see the success of #PaleMoon and #Waterfox as its responsibility, but shows that even a non-profit (Mozilla Foundation) or the wholly owned subsidiary of one (Mozilla Corporation) won't take software preservation seriously.

bleepingcomputer.com/news/soft

After spending the past couple weeks on it, I finally managed to release updates for a total of 31 themes for #PaleMoon. Feels good to have that weight off my shoulders! 😅

addons.palemoon.org/themes/

I made a flow chart of which #Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

#FAQ

I was really missing a Guess what? There is one! No needed. Just type your instance and drag the link to your favorite's toolbar rmlewisuk.github.io/mastodon-t Thanks @rmlewisuk

@tek @rdh @craigmaloney Yeah, I figured as much. Sadly, most people can't even be bothered to search out updated drivers, let alone firmware.

This move hurts Linux in the long run, and I feel that's exactly what it's designed to do. The software distribution system Linux uses is designed to ensure people don't have to do that. Even Windows has driver updates via Windows Update.

@tek @craigmaloney Personally, I don't care about the legality in this case because intellectual property is a spook designed to limit & control the flow of information.

But I know how much trouble Intel can cause attacking people for violating their legal harming of consumers simply by looking at all the resources they have on their side. That's why I moved to AMD a long time ago - since 2005 or so.

If you use Debian: you're got getting the recent Intel CPU bugfixes because Intel updated the firmware package's license to state that it's not redistributable.

If use Linux other than Debian and have the bugfixes: ask your maintainers why they're distributing software they're not legally allowed to.

And in any case: next time you purchase a CPU, evaluate whether AMD might be a better choice than Intel.

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