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The software generates attractive graphs showing the history of each hop. The attractive visuals makes it easy to follow network routes and finding the causes of downtimes and poor network performance. This is helped by the software’s tab support, which lets you analyse multiple routes simultaneousl…


No, I was just saying that as I know mostly which messengers are covered in the bridges for Matrix. I have many that are not. I know that Matrix has more bridges than probably any other social network.



Deepfence announced open source availability of ThreatMapper, a signature offering that automatically scans, maps and ranks application vulnerabilities across serverless, Kubernetes, container and multi-cloud environments. …


Yes I’m using Jami, Manyverse, YouMe Social, Threema, Wire, WickrMe, Planetary, etc which are generally not bridged. But they do have some good options there.


Client-side scanning (CSS, not to be confused with Cascading Style Sheets) involves analysing data on a mobile device or personal computer prior to the application of encryption for secure network transit or remote storage. CSS in theory provides a way to look for unlawful content while also allowin…


With Python 3 the command is: python -m http.server


Not for all the messengers I use, and some of Matrix’s bridges are commercial as I recall. Certainly Matrix helps me with IRC and Telegram bridging.


SimpleHTTPServer is a python module which allows you to instantly create a web server or serve your files in a snap. The main advantage of python’s SimpleHTTPServer is you don’t need to install anything since you have python interpreter installed. You don’t have to worry about python interpreter bec…


Nigerian art dealer Ebuka Joseph started using cryptocurrencies last year when business ground to a halt due to Covid-19. Now he is hooked even though the financial authorities disapprove. …


One problem is so many friends etc are on Signal so you always have that challenge anyway moving people. It’s one reason why I have 10 to 13 messengers on my phone, problem is most others have two or three max.


That’s one very long discussion so no idea what part you are referring people to, but there is an issue with various apps that don’t support push notifications. So those that run as web apps have this issue, as do many apps on iOS where they also don’t subscribe to use the OEM’s push notification system eg. like iQuassel. So yes, great to distribute via a 3rd party service but many users again see it as a non-starter if they won’t get push notifications. True that a lazier dev can just use the Google of iOS push notification system, which of course requires their users to use those app stores then to get the app.


I use Qownnotes which syncs to my Nextcloud. I document all my installations and tweaks over time, and it is easily searchable.


NetHogs is a small ‘net top’ tool. Instead of breaking the traffic down per protocol or per subnet, as most tools do, it groups bandwidth by process. NetHogs does not rely on a special kernel module to be loaded. If there’s suddenly a lot of network traffic, you can fire up NetHogs and immediately s…


I should add though that for me for sensitive skin, super close with a sharp blade is an issue. I can use the Feather blade in a Merkur 34C (mild) but for a closer more aggressive shave I need to use an Astra or Derby blade with my Edwin Jagger DE89 razor. So it did need some experimenting in the best combination. Sharpest is not always automatically best with safety razors.


OK interesting as my beard is also fairly course with a sensitive skin. Not overly course though. Some tug usually indicates not sharp enough blade (can’t be the case with Feather blades) or possibly that razor aggressiveness is too mild. It may be worth throwing the issue up on the https://sharprazorpalace.com/ forums and see what advice is given.


Interesting design that Saiver razor. I tend to stay away from double or more blades as I got terrible ingrown hairs, where a hair is cut lower on the second blade, and drops below skin level with a sharp edge to it. For super close I use Feather blades my Edwin Jagger DE89 razor which is slightly more aggressive than the Merkur 34C razor. But otherwise I generally use Astra blades in the Merkur 34C which just gives no problems as it is fairly mild and I can rush if needed without any nicks. I do have two adjustable razors but tend to just stick with a normal non-adjustable. So many options ;-)

I’ve never actually tried a slant-bar razor.


Yep too much of it is deliberate, and too many believe it. It is not so much about ‘censorship’ but more about having proper fact checking or accountability for information being broadcast. The worst is people actually quoting something as their evidence, yet that information has already been proven to be false. That’s just messy.


Like lifeforms, human culture continually evolves, and for much the same reasons: reproduction with variation, occasional mutation, and a built-in selection process that results in some entities prospering while others struggle or die off. Cultural evolution is so fast that we can trace the evolutio…


Depending on whom you ask, PC Building Simulator is either utterly ridiculous or incredibly satisfying. You can decide for yourself by downloading this niche simulator for free from the Epic Games Store before October 17th. …


“Freedom” is horrifically relative in many cases. You either have freedom or you don’t. Once you start justifying degrees of freedom, it is not freedom at all, but just degrees of censorship. Yes terrorism (relative to particular countries, or they called freedom fighters), hate speech, incitement to violence, happiness, child pornography, drugs, whatever are all free, or they are not. But in the US, it seems that “freedom of speech” seems synonymous actually with political opinions. Then why don’t we just call it politics or political opinion?

Most Western countries are OK with freedom of speech along the lines of political opinion, but most are not OK with incitements of violence, hate speech, incitements to commit crimes in that country, etc.

But you can choose the country of hosting for DigitalOcean which is the most compatible with what you want to host. My personal opinion is, it is often better to host it somewhere outside your own country, if the concern is about your own government.


Hyundai is making moves on the continent and is probably the most serious automaker when it comes to bringing brand new EVs to the continent. It is also clear to see which countries are leading (and lagging) with regard to adopting EVs. …


Worth noting that if you want to show the Linux stats correctly, never respond to the request for the hardware survey whilst you happen to playing whilst booted into Windows, otherwise you’ll show up as a Windows statistic even though you may play 98% of all your games on Linux.


The $3 replacement “higher capacity” battery I bought off AliExpress for a Fitbit Alta HR has had a terrible battery life of around two days. I checked the iFixit site, and the battery sells there for $20. Now, after watching this video, I really suspect I was sold a useless dud. Possibly the same t…


“Mainstream” often means big businesses, advertising, news outlets, etc - they find their business easier on centralised networks, and at the end of the day their money often drives scaled centralised hosting… I’d hope the Fediverse goes mainstream as interoperability should be how we all go foward.




Yep me too. Think I have two of them still - batteries lasted and could view in bright sunlight.


The Virginia-based company, Lynk, sent its “Shannon” satellite into orbit three months ago as part of a rideshare mission on a Falcon 9 rocket. After some initial tests, the company said “hundreds” of mobile phones in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Bahamas were able to connect with the s…


Looking for an open source smartwatch you’re in total control of? If so, check out the Bangle.js 2 which is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. This hacker-friendly piece of horological hardware is the brainchild of Espruino developer Gordon Williams. Much like Williams’ earlier efforts in this a…


I use my password manager as less room for error


Meet the Matagi Snipers. Based in Akita, the eight-person team is Japan’s first senior esports professional team, complete with a sponsor and everything. …


Drupal CMS now has an ActivityPub Protocol module for its websites - It's like a 'Facebook Follow' for the Fediverse

This module Implements the ActivityPub protocol for your site. Readers will be able to follow content on Mastodon and other federated platforms that support ActivityPub. Responses are possible too (Reply, Like, Announce) with more to come. …


No, isn’t USB 4 (USB-C) an open standard which is why it is cheaper to produce than Thunderbolt and others? See https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/usb-4-everything-you-need-to-know/.

Remember that international standards bodies approve open standards, but for some reasons they seem to copyright their documentation, like ISO standards. There is a lot of pressure for open standards documentation to also be fully open and available.


Open source matters, and it's about more than just free software - Countries can leverage to achieve independence from the growing monopoly of foreign tech giants

Digital independence, autonomy or technological sovereignty: the concept has taken on many names, but always refers to a long-standing goal of EU leaders. It consists of developing technology in line with standards defined by European institutions themselves – and often comes with imperatives such a…


The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security and software infrastructure. We want to provide software developers, hackers, and creatives with the opportunity to code and develop innovative public interest technologies. The results must be made publicly available unde…


Just a few weeks after taking off into open beta, Balsa Model Flight Simulator, the new game from Kerbal Space Program creator Felipe “HarvesteR” Falanghe, is now available on Steam Early Access. …


Need a good writing tool for your Linux PC? Check out Manuskript. It has some seriously awesome features that any writer will love, such as an outlining tool, distraction-free mode, a built-in assistant tool, importing and exporting tool, spell and grammar checking, frequency analyser, index cards, …


Designated Judge for the Interception of Communications has revealed that there is no way to verify whether the applications they receive from law enforcement are truthful or not

According to Nkabinde, there are now several cases in the public record where law enforcement officers lied to get interception orders against targets such as journalists and prominent businesspeople. “Undisputed evidence was before Court that in certain instances the agencies can obtain fictional i…


Kape used to be known as Crossrider until it changed its name in 2018 to move away from its advert-slinging past and reinvent itself as a cybersecurity outfit. Crossrider was founded in 2011, and in 2012, billionaire Teddy Sagi took control of it for $37m. …