What Indian and Nigerian governments should have told their citizens rather than trying to control Twitter: Join the Fediverse!

Date Published: Sun, 6 Jun 2021 23:05:08 +0200

Sometimes the answer isn't 'Going Big'. Rather than build new centralized platforms that will inevitably fail in proportion to their user base. Choose 'protocols' that can naturally scale and deliver the best for every person. Smaller tight knit communities 'on your own terms' that are user-first is the future of social media. Facebook's goal is not to 'connect the world' their true goals lie in their business model 'to sell your data to advertisers'.

The Fediverse tries to put social networking back into your hands, just like email and websites - it's based on the #ActivityPub protocol that's internationally accepted and works according to your needs and not to some advertiser's! Pick any server or host your own. You can set the rules.

The irony of it is that this drive by governments to want to try control privately owned centralised social networks, will very likely increase the move to smaller more decentralised and federated social networks, in much the same way the laws of economics drive markets around the world based on supply and demand. The options are already all there and being used by many around the world. IRC for example is over 30 years old and still going strong. It's the reason that Mastodon came out of nowhere and is so busy today too.

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Sometimes the answer isn't 'Going Big'. Rather than build new centralized platforms that will inevitably fail in proportion to their user base. Choose 'protocols' that can naturally scale and deliver ...

The OpenCalc: An Open-Source Scientific RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) Calculator

Date Published: Sun, 6 Jun 2021 20:10:16 +0200

Why reach for a bland, commercially available calculator when you be using a model that employs RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) in its calculations and be a custom build all at the same time? The kids may have colour TFTs and graphing functions, but your keyboard has no equals sign, and that means something.

Wonder if today's kids even know what RPN is? You really have to have used it to appreciate it. There is a good link in the article below too giving some history on how RPN came about. I still treasure my working HP41CV.

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Why reach for a bland, commercially available calculator when you be using a model that employs RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) in its calculations and be a custom build all at the same time? The kid…

Oversteer is an open source GUI application to configure steering wheels on Linux

Date Published: Sat, 5 Jun 2021 19:28:32 +0200

Came upon this software whilst trying to resolve an issue with my Logitech G29 racing wheel. It currently supports many Logitech wheels, but also soon Thrustmaster and FANATEC wheels.

There is quite a bit of fine-tuning you can do, and saving different profiles, means being able to recall them at the start of different games as needed.

See berarma/oversteer

#technology #gaming #logitechg29 #linux #opensource

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Steering Wheel Manager for GNU/Linux. Contribute to berarma/oversteer development by creating an account on GitHub.

Video: UK doctor switches to 80% ULTRA-processed food diet for 30 days

Date Published: Sat, 5 Jun 2021 16:33:28 +0200

"When Dr Chris van Tulleken embarked on an ultra-processed 30 day diet to uncover what effect it has on our bodies, the results leave him and the scientists in shock!"

It was not just fat and weight gain but additional effects that were observed. It's no surprise really that processed foods contain more chemicals and preservatives than natural foods. A LCHF lifestyle tries to avoid as much processed food as possible.

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Google is making it harder for Android apps to track you once you’ve opted out - Advertising IDs will be disabled for users who opt out of tracking

Date Published: Thu, 3 Jun 2021 15:57:37 +0200

Which is why healthy competition is absolutely essential in the market otherwise we'd be where we were a year or five ago...
It’s going to get harder for Android apps to track users who’ve opted out of receiving personalized ads, the Financial Times reports, after Google announced changes to how it’ll handle the unique device identifiers that allow marketers to track them between apps. Starting later this year, Google is cutting off access to these “Advertising IDs” after a user opts out, and will show developers a “string of zeros” in its place.

The news was announced in an email to Play Store developers, and Google has also updated its support page for Advertising IDs with the announcement. Google told developers the changes will “provide users with more control over their data, and help bolster security and privacy,” the Financial Times reports.

Google’s support page still refers to the decision to stop ad tracking as an “opt-out” process, while Apple’s changes effectively make tracking an opt-in decision, because we all know most users leave settings at their default ;-)

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The changes will start rolling out later this year.

Tesla Police Vehicle Brings Huge Monetary Savings To Westport, Connecticut in USA

Date Published: Thu, 3 Jun 2021 13:29:16 +0200

In 2019, the city of Westport, Connecticut, added a new Tesla Model 3 patrol car to its fleet. Critics were a bit upset over the fact that the vehicle cost the town over $52,000 while a typical Ford Explorer police vehicle costs $37,000. New financial data shows that betting on the Tesla Model 3 as the choice for a police vehicle paid off, saving the city tens of thousands of dollars in comparison. The EV Club of Connecticut crunched the numbers.

In a nutshell, the Tesla Model 3 police vehicle brought large monetary savings. In fact, the purchase premium was recouped in just one year. Barry Kresche of the EV Club of Connecticut shared a four-year cost projection which shows that the savings are enough for the police department to buy another Tesla “at no cost.”

So they have adjusted for the pilot cost as well as prisoner cage, but I suppose the big factor is where a vehicle travels a lot of mileage (and therefore servicing too) the savings are far more pronounced. It is useful to see real world fleet management feedback.

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In 2019, the city of Westport, Connecticut, added a new Tesla Model 3 patrol car to its fleet. Critics were a bit upset over the fact that the vehicle cost the town over $52,000 while a typical Ford Explorer police vehicle costs $37,000. New financial data shows that betting on the Tesla Model 3 as […]

Video Overview of open source Rocket.Chat Collaboration Platform as an alternative to Slack

Date Published: Thu, 3 Jun 2021 12:14:11 +0200

Rocket.Chat can be a free and open source alternative to Slack or MS Teams which you can self-host for free. It has integrations and rooms/channels with threaded replies just like Slack.

In this video I go over the interface as well as the various admin settings (if you intend to host it yourself).

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Rocket.Chat can be a free and open source alternative to Slack or MS Teams which you can self-host for free. It has integrations and rooms/channels with thre...

South Africa's Cybercrimes Act is now law prohibiting the publishing of three types of messages on any social media or 'electronic communication network'

Date Published: Thu, 3 Jun 2021 09:55:36 +0200

President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Cybercrimes Act into law on Tuesday, introducing new laws that criminalise the sending of certain types of harmful messages on social media in South Africa.

Penalties for sending such messages include imprisonment for up to three years and/or a fine.

The Cybercrimes Act defines three types of harmful messages that have been criminalised in South Africa. They are messages which:
* Incite damage to property or violence.
* Threaten people with damage to property or violence.
* Unlawfully contain an intimate image.

The news headline is incorrect as it does not only apply to WhatsApp but to any social media. Actually it is not restricted to only social networks, but refers to any electronic communication network. The actual transgressions are not really new as the first two types are anyway transgressing the Constitution, and the third one is just more specifically classifying this Constitutional violation for easier prosecution.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Cybercrimes Act into law on Tuesday, which has made it a criminal offence to circulate certain types of harmful messages on social media.

A sobering read: Gadgets have stopped working together, and it’s becoming an issue

Date Published: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 16:55:46 +0200

Interoperability is the technical term for what we’ve lost as tech has matured. Software can be interoperable, either through common, open file formats, or through different programs speaking directly to one another, and so too can hardware: open standards are what allow you to use any headphones with any music player, for instance, or buy a TV without worrying if it will work with your streaming set-up, or send an e-mail to another person on a different mail system.

It was a hard-fought victory. Think, for instance, of the hassle of receiving a text document a few years back. Not only would you be lucky to be able to open it using a different program from the one that made it – you would frequently need to have exactly the same version of the program, or face issues (like with Microsoft documents).

“There’s a ton of issues here,” says Ari Lightman, professor of digital media and marketing at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “but I think one of the major ones is economics. As data becomes more of an asset, it becomes difficult to exchange that data across multiple different parties in an ecosystem, because they’re monetising that asset. And there’s also a lot of stipulations associated with what happens should there be a violation.”

There is no easy solution apart from saying there are often global open standards that can be used but if a vendor does not want to use those standards, and consumers are actively using their proprietary standards, then that vendor has complete control of the consumers experience and not much is going to change.

The Internet itself would not exist without open standards, neither would any usable e-mail, nor cellphones, nor USB devices, etc, but it's very much a competition right now with how much restriction a vendor can place on their users without the users deserting them... did I hear anyone say WhatsApp terms and conditions?

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Our reliance on technology means ever more devices and apps and ever less interoperability – and the ubiquity of Apple hasn’t helped

Linux Directory structure explained : A reference guide

Date Published: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 16:09:11 +0200

When we install a Linux distribution, we see that a number of directories are created. These created directories may be the same or partially different on various Linux distributions. You might know about the directory structures and what purpose they serve, instead of blindly searching around for something.

A lot of configuration files also sit in the user's home directory under .config or .local. I also recall hearing a while back that the /usr directory which is commonly thought to be named for 'user' in fact does not stand for that at all, as it was used as a general purpose directory originally.

Another famous saying I remember from my Linux course days was "everything is a file" in Linux so a directory is also just a type of file, and that makes it easier to understand why and how the permissions work.

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Consider Linux Directory structure explained with this article. We will start out this article with the Linux directories/partitions that are

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