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Microsoft sued a renowned e-waste innovator. Eric Lundgren was sentenced to 15-month prison term and a $50,000 fine for providing Windows restore disks that MS provides free downloads for. It's still a rotten company.

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honestly though, mastodon instances are run and moderated by real people who care about the network, to the point of often paying their own money out-of-pocket to run their instances.

the *one* time i've had to report a post, my instance admin messaged me directly to let me know the action taken about it.

don't be shy to report. it works here. the rules aren't there just to keep things advertiser-friendly.

welcome to mastodon. don't be a dick. hug your local mods/admins.

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So Waterfox is focusing on "Control your privacy" and "More privacy" according to their website.

The first site getting loaded _automatically_ after installation is their blog - which contains a Disqus Form and Google Analytics!

Wow, that didn't last too long.

#Waterfox #Firefox #Privacy
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I was invited to consult a European research project called Eunomia. The project aims to implement a web of trust system for the spread of news in social networks, and I will be advising them on how their system can work with decentralized social networks, and Mastodon in particular. I'll also be doing community outreach, since at some point we'll need volunteers for trying it out.

The kick-off meeting is in January, in London. I bought the tickets today. Excited & equally terrified.

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If you really want to help Firefox succeed, file a bug on when you find a broken website. Don't just switch back to Chrome; let Mozilla know there's a problem so they can try to fix it.

When browsers lose market share, they fall into the "compatibility death spiral." Sites don't bother to test, they break, and users flee to the browser that "just works." Mozilla is fighting this battle every day, and it just got harder.

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It turns out many OPAL storage devices fail to implement secure handling of the data encryption key: making the whole self-encrypting drive idea much less useful.

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New stable i3 release. 4.16: Resize tiled containers in pxiels instead of percentage edition.

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/me puts Admin Hat on.

Hi everybody!

The instance has a new Code Of Conduct, viewable at or via the "Terms and Conditions" link that is sprinkled around a few places.

The TL;DR is "be cool unto others". However, since society at large has demonstrated they can't be cool, we had to write out a bunch of things.

Your local Admins are @phessler and @aag. We're also blessed to have @pamela as a Moderator.

#mastoadmin #CodeOfConduct

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If you decide to follow me because I like OpenBSD or write tips about vi, be warned:

I believe:
-CoCs are good
-LGBTQA folks are awesome and deserve rights just like any of us
-Women and minorities have been screwed in tech and we need to fix it
-Nazis deserve punching
-As a white dude, if you/I get called out on something we did, the best response is to apologize and stop talking
-Meritocracies aren't

If you take issue with any of these statements, this place is not for you.

(pinning this)

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New Seagate external hdd. When it loads, the disk is unwritable; you have a choice of a Mac executable or a Windows executable. I click on the Mac executable and it tries to connect to Baidu and Google.

Things I don't think are necessary: Baidu (and, invariably, the CPC) and Google (and, invariably, the CIA) knowing I am formatting an external hard drive for the first time.

Let's just fire up Disk Utility and format the thing.

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Trying to connect to some blind linux users to talk about accessibility, please boost

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This page is a legit reason to avoid using Flatpak and rely on your distro's package management.

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LinuxBoot: replacing the proprietary UEFI firmware.

A year-old project to take out UEFI implementations with the Linux kernel. Being used by several corporations.

Besides being open-source, allows forcing firmware applications to run in the CPU's Ring 3, supports for programming in Golang.

Want to know about the state of LinuxBoot? Check OSFC 2018 presentation.


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Your periodic reminder that in 1997, QNX developed a 1440 kiB demo floppy that contained the following:

* QNX 4 POSIX-compatible realtime microkernel
* Your choice of either Hayes modem drivers, or wired ethernet drivers for a few common NICs at the time (NE1000/2000, DEC Tulip, 3c509)
* VGA and VESA video drivers
* Photon windowing system
* A completely modern HTML 3.2+JavaScript web browser(!), with a bundled JavaScript game (Towers of Hanoi)
* A graphical text editor and a little demo animation
* A package manager to bring other apps in over the internet has some screenshots and download links.
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