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Instead of trying to convince someone they have something to hide, explain how they have plenty to lose.

Convincing anyone of anything is difficult. Explaining how just extending their idea of protecting their bank info and SSN to other stuff they care about too is much easier.


Debian 11 ships with the shiny new Linux 5.10 LTS kernel, which happened to arrive just in time to fit into this release cycle. The 5.10 kernel, which will also be part of the next version of Android, will be supported until 2026…


Opposition parties to Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, led by Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid informed president Reuven Rivlin of the formation of an eight-party coalition just ahead of Wednesday’s midnight deadline, preventing what could have been the country’s fifth election in two years. …


That’s true, it is one of the heavier apps. Honestly sometimes I find that just text files, one for each task in a directory is good enough, but I switched to Planner for the tagging.


A nice-looking todo app. Personally, I’m using Planner right now but this also looks like a good option.


Yes, I liked that too. There are also some other maps like Webverse that represents websites in a microverse. Some really creative ways to display a bit of the WWW.


No problem! Glad you found it interesting.


Just wanted to mention that there’s been an update to this post:

I received an official response from Replit and my open-source project will be back up soon; please see the bottom of the blog post for an update. The rest of the content here will remain as a historical artifact.


Map of the internet as of end of 2011

The map of the Internet is a photo shot of the global network as of end of 2011. It encompasses over 350 thousand websites from 196 countries and all domain zones. Information about more than 2 million links between the websites has joined some of them together into topical clusters. …


In a bizarre hearing at the Ohio Statehouse, osteopath and anti-vaxxer Sherri Tenpenny, who has built a career around peddling disinformation about vaccines, testified in support of a bill that would prevent businesses or the government from requiring vaccinations. …


“Apple has been opposing Right to Repair bills by claiming that their service network is the only safe repair option for consumers,” Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, told Motherboard. “But the only person that is totally guaranteed to be trustworthy to fix your iPhone is you. Any time you hand your data to another entity, you risk something like this. By withholding access to service tools and forcing customers to use their third party contractor, Apple is willfully compromising the security of their customers.”


K-9 Mail

The K-9 Mail application was not updated for a long time in the Google Play Store (when I last checked), so I was surprised to find an updated version in FDroid after I made the switch from Google to non Google services. …


Codidact seems like a good alternative. Some good things:

  • Similar site organization of communities
  • Same system of upvotes/downvotes
  • Cleaner site design than Stack Overflow imho that stays consistent even without Javascript
  • Core components licensed under AGPL-3.0, rest (scripts, styles, etc.) under MIT: https://github.com/codidact
  • Posts by users of the site are explicitly licensed under a license.
  • Is active, although of course not as big as stackoverflow.com

The ruling was welcomed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has argued for years that the vaguely worded statute needs to be clarified. …


The problem is that the ATF has become such a political hot potato that the Senate has confirmed only one nominee in the past 15 years. (The NRA successfully lobbied to make the ATF director position subject to Senate approval.) …



Brazil-based JBS SA said on Monday that it was the target of an organized cyberattack that had affected servers supporting North American and Australian IT operations. A White House spokeswoman later said the meat producer had been hit by a ransomware attack “from a criminal organization likely ba…


Free games are never free. They contain a significant time investment to do anything “fun”, and often the social factor is the only reason they are even “fun” in the first place. The amount of time spent unlocking a “level 138 Diamond+ plasmasword” (idk) that could be purchased for $20 often means a player is working for less than any (reasonable) minimum wage.

Parents, consider actually buying games. Exceptions are FOSS games, which are usually full games in their own right. Stay away from mobile-only games and F2P.

There are some really great indie games out there.



Great article. Quotes (emphasis added by me):

This can be a tricky concept to understand. Class action lawsuits, where many individuals join together even though each might have suffered only a small harm, are a good conceptual analogy. Big tech companies understand the commercial benefits they can derive from analyzing the data of groups while superficially protecting the data of individuals through mathematical techniques like differential privacy. But regulators continue to focus on protecting individuals or, at best, protected classes like people of particular genders, ages, ethnicities, or sexual orientations.

Individuals should not have to fight for their data privacy rights and be responsible for every consequence of their digital actions. Consider an analogy: people have a right to safe drinking water, but they aren’t urged to exercise that right by checking the quality of the water with a pipette every time they have a drink at the tap. Instead, regulatory agencies act on everyone’s behalf to ensure that all our water is safe. The same must be done for digital privacy: it isn’t something the average user is, or should be expected to be, personally competent to protect.

Apple promises in one advertisement: “Right now, there is more private information on your phone than in your home. Your locations, your messages, your heart rate after a run. These are private things. And they should belong to you.” Apple is reinforcing this individualist’s fallacy: by failing to mention that your phone stores more than just your personal data, the company obfuscates the fact that the really valuable data comes from your interactions with your service providers and others. The notion that your phone is the digital equivalent of your filing cabinet is a convenient illusion. Companies actually care little about your personal data; that is why they can pretend to lock it in a box. The value lies in the inferences drawn from your interactions, which are also stored on your phone—but that data does not belong to you.


Hmm. Interesting read. Reading the article, it seems that the true road to sustainable development in the region is stricter environmental laws and tightening of (any present) corruption in the source countries of the natural resources. This would be to those countries’ environmental benefit but might have some drawbacks as well, probably economically or diplomatically. The alternative, having other countries restrict their imports based on the environmental harm of the operations, is probably too much to hope for.

The chief argument for much of the article seems to be that Chinese corporations abroad are not subject to as much scrutiny “at home” compared to other countries. Keep in mind that the below quote relates to mining operations in some Pacific countries. The full article should be read for full(er) context.

But the Lowy Institute’s Shane McLeod, argues that a significant difference between Chinese and Australian trading partners is how accountable companies are held for environmental and social issues.

Large-scale mining operations in PNG have a horrific environmental track record, including disposal of mining waste at Anglo-Australian BHP’s Ok Tedi mine, at Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto’s Panguna and, more recently, at the Chinese-operated Ramu Nickel mine. Many foreign-owned companies have subsequently withdrawn from projects that have proven environmentally ruinous.

“But Chinese companies operating abroad aren’t subjected to scrutiny from their home markets in the same way as companies from western nations are,” McLeod said.

“Ok Tedi is a good example – the environmental disaster was a cause of major embarrassment for [BHP], with scrutiny from media eventually fed through to investors.”

“Companies with a Chinese listing/investors do face pressure and scrutiny, but I think the way that manifests itself is opaque and unseen. It’s not clear to what extent an environmental issue would limit the operations of a resource project, for example.

“I expect feedback for MCC [the Metallurgical Corporation of China, the operator of Ramu Nickel] comes through a political/governmental channel rather than, say, a journalist from China covering the environmental impact of a mine there.”

The above argument is somewhat dangerous, as it relies on the knowledge of citizens and investors in order to rein in corporations. It could be argued whether that is good or bad. It is true, however, that in China the main regulator of corporations is the government compared to public pressure.



If you’re planning to host a server on your own hardware, I recommend making sure that that’s possible under your ISP. Some ISPs actively block ports that these services use (port 80 is a common one) or charge different rates for access to those ports.



I find personally that my current distro takes up barely any space compared to Windows and a few games only, so there’s minimal overhead to having two operating systems on the same disk. On my current setup I have a single SSD dualbooting both operating systems; Windows is ~ 180 GB while my daily driver distro is a 20 GB partition, of which it currently takes up 10 GB of space. There’s not going to be a lot of overlap in applications that you install on both systems, and it even helps you develop better habits. No more gaming when there’s work to be done; you have to restart and boot into Windows to do that 😉

Another thing to consider is that for all of the distros I’ve tried (not a lot), you can easily access files stored on your NTFS Windows partition. You can just mount it and access files there when you need them.


MicroG is an implementation of gapps, or a collection of Google-provided applications, frameworks, and services. Without it, it will be hard to run apps that depend on that support (most apps present in the Play Store); even if an APK of that app is downloaded it will not be able to work properly.

A free-as-in-freedom re-implementation of Google’s proprietary Android user space apps and libraries.

https://microg.org/


No problem. Best of luck!


Did you run p10k configure after you changed the font? You should run it after you change the font. Afterwards, try updating GNOME terminal if the problem persists. You mentioned that you couldn’t update it last time, was there a specific reason? I could help with that.

You could also try filing an issue on their Github and see if that gets you anywhere.


Try restarting the terminal application and zsh, if you haven’t already, after changing the font.

I thought of something else too to try. Perhaps GNOME Terminal isn’t rendering Unicode properly. Try setting the character encoding to UTF-8. Terminal -> Set Character Encoding -> UTF-8. If UTF-8 is already set, set it to a different encoding and then back to UTF-8.


I think it should be alright? It is compatible, maybe try updating GNOME Terminal though. The stable version should be at 3.x.x for most systems.

Try doing the below after you update, or if you can’t update try it anyways, I guess 😉.

GNOME Terminal (the default Ubuntu terminal): Open Terminal → Preferences and click on the selected profile under Profiles. Check Custom font under Text Appearance and select MesloLGS NF Regular.1

And finally try running p10k configure if possible on your system.


No problem, glad it worked! For the symbols, try installing this font (“Meslo Nerd Font patched for Powerlevel10k”) and see if it helps.


RMS addresses the free software community

I’ve learned something from this about how to be kind to people who have been hurt. In the future, that will help me be kind to people in other situations, which is what I hope to do…