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Hell Let Loose - Game reviewers seem to be hailing this as one of the most realistic WW2 game sims of 2021 and Steam users rate it 'Very Positive'

Hell Let Loose is a multiplayer tactical first-person shooter video game developed by Australian studio Black Matter and published by Team17. Players fight in iconic battles of the Western Front (and now Eastern Front too) of World War 2 at the platoon level. Matches are 50 vs. 50 combined arms batt…


Many of the almost 24,000 technical standards maintained by the International Standards Organization (ISO) are subject to copyright restrictions and are not freely available. …


Mastodon is the improvement over Twitter with open source decentralised hosting, with posts federating across the whole Fediverse of social networks …


Book #4 of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series… just been on my bucket list for long


Politics is all relative, so I suppose that means “friendly regimes” in one way or another. Wonder why they’re not hacking Telegram…


It’s a click-bait headline - this is what the rest of the article actually says:

replace the police department with a new public safety department focused on a “comprehensive public safety approach” that would include officers “if necessary to fulfill the department’s responsibilities.”

They’re not going for a policing-free community.


Just note I posted this link purely as a newly discovered (to me) social network (like I’ve done for as few other networks too). I’m not recommending one over the other at all. I’m still digging a bit deeper into it, and have now noticed Raddle as well. It is interesting to note the differences, and I’m sure anyone interested will get a feel for a good fit for themselves. Yes unfortunately networks will tend to be perceived as left, right or centre I suppose relative to one’s one’s beliefs.

Certainly in my own country (South Africa) we also have quite a few laws restricting any discrimination as well any threats of violence or insurrection. Personally I prefer to keep to good tech news myself ;-)


Yes I’ve actually asked them too on that same link whether they are passing the improvements back to PostMill. The absolute worst is using and building on an open source project, and not giving anything back (not even the credit). Thanks for that license detail as well, as I can bring that up. Raddle (not to be confused with Ramble) is very clear that they are using PostMill and state that also on their footers.

Interesting though in zlib: “you must not claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software in a product, an acknowledgement in the product documentation would be appreciated but is not required”. Bit sad as it does not seem to require passing improvements back nor explicitly mentioning PostMill, jut not to misrepresent that you wrote it all from scratch.

That was one reason why I stopped using Vivaldi browser - although I loved it, it was very distasteful to me to see something built on top of open source, but not passing back the improvements at all.


Basic user comments about a network that I see on other networks - many are quick to label a network as liberal and conservative, which I gather are generally attributed to US politics (we don’t refer to our parties by those terms at least - just a party name is used). I’m pretty sure sites themselves are not one or the other, but seems many users judge by posts or comments they see and then are quick to label a site.


Seems Raddle is built on PostMill too, and judging from its Wiki it is a bit more open about where it comes from etc - https://raddle.me/wiki and has a Tor node address



Actually nothing is stated about open source so we’d have to assume then it is not. Any open source site does usually state this pretty clearly.



Remember when Skype was peer-to-peer, and it just felt more secure (no middle man) and robust (no central server to switch off)? Well open source Matrix is a decentralised end-to-end encrypted real-time communication platform, with Element as its client for mobile and desktops. The funding announcem…


Yes I have also noticed a few attacks on other networks like Scuttlebutt. An interesting point I picked up there, and did not really think a lot about, is that apparently many social networks are classified as to where they lie on the US political spectrum, and that can then mean they are good or bad ;-) As a non-American, I did not know that classification was a thing…



Manjaro KDE - great UI customisation and rolling distro updates


My Video Overview of the IRC Real-Time Chat Network

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a real-time text chat social network that was created in 1988 in Finland, and is still in active use today. …


@Aerion@lemmy.ml yes I was referring to Quicksy. Many only have friends onboarding 6 months or a year later and I’m not sure what other ways there are to be notified, unless they can search by e-mail address or phone number. As undesirable as that is for privacy, that is pretty well much how the Facebooks, WhatsApps, yes Signal, etc hook up acquaintances with each other.

So whilst great we do not have to reveal phone numbers and mail addresses to XMPP and similar networks, you tend to find it difficult to hook up with your wide circle of acquaintances. So I have a good 700 or 900 contacts on my phone itself for colleagues, clients, business associates etc over the years… but I have no easy way of finding them, or them finding me, on XMPP, RetroShare, IRC, and other places where I am.

So for me it was very much about how you find, and can be found, your friends later on. But I suspect by the very nature of XMPP etc this is not part of the intended functions.

Thanks I’ll go look at Snikket.


I pay $78pm for uncapped fibre 200 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload - https://www.afrihost.com/fibre/provider/openserve


One can self-host Matrix I suppose so there is always that option. I don’t think the independent audit was of the French gov’s own Matrix server? Why would they get such an audit done when they set it up and self-hosted it? I understood that was of the main public Matrix servers and commissioned by Matrix?

Yes I did not mean that the EU is not infiltrated (we know the German Chancellor’s own phone was spied on by her US allies) but I meant there is better legal privacy protection through the GDPR laws. Without any doubt, it is still better for the French government to host their own Matrix instance with E2EE that they can set themselves, than using any other public service outside. That was very much the point of them doing that exercise, and they even produced their own mobile app clients.


And has EU (GDPR) grant funding and is used by French government…


Yes I was just thinking how the US Congress would meet to manage Twitter if it was in another country or decentralised ;-)

But you’re right the decentralised platforms are growing steadily (maybe not virally but that’s good) with each issue going public.


Yep ‘privacy’ is being used to achieve a lot of ends, not all positive ones. Governments tend to also have to rely on external advisors as much of their internal expertise seems to be drying up. I wonder sometimes what the discourse would be like if, instead of a single massive centralised social network, there was a massive decentralised one, and how challenges would manifest themselves. Or if for example Twitter was as big as it is now, but centred say in Nambia instead of the USA…


Beyond tensions of privacy and security, we are witnessing today a real confrontation between control and freedom, not only of the individual, but of entire populations and regions, enhanced by technologies and massive collection and analysis of data—from predicting and influencing behaviours, to th…


Yep I do the same with self-hosted FreshRSS for RSS feeds, and Wallabang.


Not true to say group chats are not encrypted. They may not be end-to-end decrypted, but they are encrypted as far as ordinary users go. The plus for Telegram is that they have endured multiple government bans and not handed any data over, they’re not hosted in USA or India, and the encryption keys are not stored with the servers or devs themselves.

“According to the official Telegram FAQ section, the app features two layers of secure encryption. Private and group cloud chats support server to client encryption, while secret chats benefit from client to client encryption. Every single bit of data is treated the same way in the process, which means that text, files, and media alike are encrypted equally.”


It is an excellent tool for any workstation that is used for heavy SQLite database manipulation, editing, etc. In this guide, they go over how to set up the Sqlite Browser on Linux. …


It turns out that the Volkswagen ID.4 is a lot tougher than the average crossover. It didn’t win any Baja races, but it did finish one without any repairs. That’s something most vehicles couldn’t do. …


Have you ever wished that you could freeze your Linux desktop screen and draw anything on it? Or, you may want to point out or highlight a part of your app or desktop to someone else while screen recording on Linux? …


Tier One automotive supplier Mahle has developed an electric motor for EVs that uses no permanent magnets. It is not the first to do so, but it is the first to create a motor that is scalable to fit the needs of many sizes of vehicles, from subcompact cars to medium duty trucks. Mahle says the abili…


In fact, South Africa ranked fifth globally in the ratio of public electric vehicle (EV) chargers to electric vehicles in 2020. Only Korea, Chile, Mexico, Indonesia, and the Netherlands have more chargers per EV than SA, according to the IEA Global EV Outlook 2021 report released recently. …


This week, the academic community provided a rather impressive example of the promise of neural implants. Using an implant, a paralysed individual managed to type out roughly 90 characters per minute simply by imagining that he was writing those characters out by hand. …


SonoBus is an open source cross-platform application for streaming high-quality, low-latency peer-to-peer audio between devices over the internet or a local network

Connects multiple users together to send and receive audio among all in a group, with fine-grained control over latency, quality and overall mix. Includes optional input compression, noise gate, and EQ effects, along with a master reverb. All settings are dynamic, network statistics are clearly visi…


I’ve been using a Chargie for the last two years on my Android phone (my wife is now using it) and loved that it is a hardware device that shuts off the charging at a user set percentage. It does this by monitoring the battery and temperature via the app running on the phone. …


It is no secret that the latest technologies and practice trends are transforming the optometry industry recently. The traditional optometry management is no more in practice. Prevention, detection, and management are getting better day-by-day with advanced technologies and new software solutions. A…


Itchy Boots: One woman riding her 250cc motorcycle solo around South Africa's most beautiful and rugged dirt roads and mountain passes

I enjoyed watching some of the Long Way Round, Long Way Down, etc videos with a pair of guys and their support and planning crew tackling travelling on dirt roads through the wilderness. …


I’ve featured Safe Eyes for Linux before so this one is for Windows users. We read more and more about blue light filters (and it also being recently debunked) to avoid eye strain, but the most important preventions are taking forced breaks every 20 minutes, not sitting too close to the screen, havi…


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBT) purchased technology that vacuums up reams of personal information stored inside cars, according to a federal contract reviewed by The Intercept, illustrating the serious risks in connecting your vehicle and your smartphone. …


I know the various manufacturers and 3rd party research entities are pumping their energy (pun?) into research around improved battery storage not only for EVs but also for grid storage. Battery tech has been largely stagnant until this more recent requirement for EVs, and now it is taking off in al…