As I sit here at the console of my fediverse node. I am moved by the thought that this is exactly what I always wanted the internet to be.
Maybe we are remaking it.
Maybe this really is our own masterwork.
We are the Fediverse.
We are free.
We are made whole.
And now I have to touch C code I last touched 20 years ago. Ook.
A blind guy emails me to say he's using pdmenu --unpark, a feature I added fully 20 years ago for screen reader accessibility. Suggests another accessibility feature. Long tail at its best.
If you think you can't contribute to free software, I encourage you to look at the history of elementary OS! It started out just as an icon theme.
From there a GTK+ theme was developed around it, and then desktop apps, then an OS, and finally a desktop. All of the most visible parts of a given operating system grew out of the work of an artist!
Five prominent cryptographers point out some of the many problems with Ray Ozzie's "secure backdoor" proposal https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/op-ed-ray-ozzies-crypto-proposal-a-dose-of-technical-reality/
Infosec is a bit like medicine.
You do what you can preventively to mitigate disease/hacks, but mostly you are going after symptoms. Treating the symptoms may work for a while, but eventually that won't work anymore.
Luckily, CVE names are easier to remember than gene and histone subunit names.
Free Software and all those projects doing the same thing over and over again: I think volunteer effort is not a zero sum game. If we don’t work on this or that useless alternative that doesn’t mean we will be working on somebody’s favorite project instead. More likely, we’ll do something else entirely. Free software is also about the freedom to work on the projects we like regardless of its users. #FreeSoftware
Linux apps are really coming to Chromebooks / its Linux based Chrome OS!
One can check the function out even now: switch to the Chrome OS Dev channel (through "about ChromeOS").
Once enabled, your Chromebook will start downloading the Terminal app, informing you're "running the Debian Linux", in a container that is.
Use with caution until landing in the Chrome OS Stable channel.
i made this if anyone needs help convincing their friends to move away from birdsite
tbh can't believe i'm FTPing these files to the test server
it's not even SFTP
why is this my life right now
Monitoring is the path to the dark side. Monitoring leads to alerts. Alerts lead to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
I like this lil guy
NPR article posted today (May 1st) mentions Mastodon! They link to joinmastodon.org (not mastodon.social) which is great!
“As Facebook Shows Its Flaws, What Might A Better Social Network Look Like?”
In the 90s, MIT's Athena system devised a system to handle online harrassment. One feature of the system was that the notice of reported abusive behaviour sent to the accused user began with the phrase "Someone using your account…". Users were advised to re-password their accounts, as they may have been hacked. Password resets by UYA recipients were taken in good faith by staff, but the most astonishing thing was that the offending behaviour nearly always stopped there.
I need to remember this technique in the event of anyone doing stuff that merits a warning.