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Free Tools For Your Online Privacy.

Operating System
• Linux Based OS

Web Browser
• Firefox
• Tor browser

Search Engine
• DuckDuckGo
• SearX

• Tutanota

• Signal
• Briar

Password Manager
• Bitwarden
• Keepass

Enjoy the summer. 😎

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I wanna see how far this poll can go, vote and then boost please! 🌐

How long have you been in the fediverse?

Comment if timeframe is not listed!

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Hello, it's winter where I am but I understand a lot of the world is experiencing extreme heat. As an Australian who has survived weeks of above 40C temperatures, fires, and prolonged drought I have some advice.

- In dry heat close your house. Close windows, draw blinds. Darkness is your friend. Open at night.
- Heat rises, so keep low if able - downstairs instead of upstairs.
- Use fans / aircon if you have them but prepare for possible electricity outages as demand increases.
- Damp towel over forehead.
- Drink water. Have it with you all the time.
- Stay out of the sun. Remain inside or in shade.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, light clothing if you do go out.
- Reduce activity. Rest more. Don't go jogging at midday or anything like that. Heat is physically and mentally exhausting.
- Go out if you need to in the early morning or late afternoon / after dark.
- If you can, keep kids home, & work from home.
- If it's still hot at night take a quick cool shower. Sleep is easier at 20C or below.
- Check on elderly & frail. They are vulnerable.
- Let yourself sweat. But keep up electrolytes with sports drinks or medically appropriate hydrating drinks / something like that.
- Your workplace / school should develop an extreme heat policy for health & safety.
- Don't go sight see near fires. Stay away.
- Keep a radio or access to radio stations available for advice from your emergency services / weather / news services.

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To future historians—not just of computing, but of humanity—the current period will be a dark age.

How was Facebook used by students in the 2010s? We cannot show you, that version of Facebook is not hosted anywhere.

How did MySpace look around 2009? We don't really know, the Wayback Machine only shows a limited amount of static content, and there may only be a few surviving screenshots

What correspondence did Vint Cerf have as president of the ACM with other luminaries of computing industry and research? We do not know; Google will not publish his emails.

What was it like playing Angry Birds on an iPhone 3G? We do not know; Apple is no longer distributing signed receipts for that binary.

What did the British cabinet discuss when they first learned of the Coronavirus pandemic? We do not know; they chatted on a private WhatsApp group.

What books were published analysing the aftermath of the Maidan coup in Ukraine? We do not know; we do not have the keys for the Digital Editions DRM.

How was the coup covered in televised news? We do not know; the broadcasters used RealVideo and Windows Media Encoder and we cannot read those files.

We have to ask ourselves how we are going to preserve and transmit knowledge about our age to the next generations. Knowledge about an age where information is produced, consumed and discarded within hours, days or months, or where it's only stored on the server rooms of a handful of corporations, with no guarantees that those businesses will exist in the future, and with no way of accessing that information unless a certain set of regulatory, hardware, software pre-conditions are met.

That's why projects like the Internet Archive deserve more recognition and funding. That's why web scraping should not only be a civic right, but a civic duty to the next generations. Otherwise all the knowledge about the great age of information will be transmitted orally - with all the distortions that such transmission implies.

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Websites that split username and password fields onto two separate pages should be blown up. Extremely.

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@dosnostalgic I have a question you may be able to answer!

I have a memory of an old DOS shareware game, circa late '80s/very early '90s, that involved building fleets of historic warships and then fighting battles between them. Text mode only, no graphics. I played the heck out of it as a kid.

As an adult, I've never been able to nail down exactly what game this was. Ring any bells?

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This is your periodic reminder that personalized advertising, which is a gigantic invasion of all our privacy and makes the entire web significantly slower and shittier to use, is often less effective then simple situational advertising (on a blog about ponies, advertise pony stuff).

We are losing so much of our privacy for what is essentially a scam all the way around. The best sales pitch made by advertisers is the one they made for themselves. They fuck us, and the people that buy the ads.

This scene was captured in Avignon (France). I felt the need to take it because of the way the daylight from outside was falling in the passage way.
I had noticed the whiskered local in the bottom corner, but it was the light and shadow that drew me.
The photo was taken using a Pentax K5 IIs camera and an FA 35mm prime lens, which originally gave me a wider shot than what I've posted.
As it happens, random passer by had walked into frame slightly, so later I decided to crop the person out in a post edit, forcing me to decide on a framing with a narrower field of view.
Cropping had the effect of making me realise the cat was the absolute star of the photo and I'm glad my curious friend was there on the day.

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RT @TansuYegen
An elephant family is sleeping
photographed by a drone…

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i need someone who owns a PC-98 right now, it's very important, if you know someone who owns one or you own one yourself, please get in contact #pc98

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I wouldn't normally do this, but this week a good samaritan near us here in Perth tried to stop a bike thief taking a kid's bike. He got stabbed and has now died. There's a GoFundMe to help his family
Nothing's going to bring him back, but I reckon it would be good to help take some financial concerns off the family.
Boosts welcome.


Ah, there's a website. Cool.
Very good. I have not voted in person for the last few elections, including yesterday, but in the meantime I started eating pescatarian so I had wondered what meat alternatives I could rely upon next voting day. Thanks.

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Question for anyone who voted in person today: Were there vegetarian alternatives for the noble democracy sausage to be had?

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I'm not here to work 40 hours a week to increase the GDP of the country or increase stock prices.

I'm here to spend nights staring at the 100 billion stars of the Milky Way. I'm here to watch thunderstorms unleash their majestic power. I'm here to watch sunsets and sunrises. I'm here to feel the cool breeze on a summer's day. I'm here to learn and to understand. I'm here as a way for the universe to contemplate itself.

I got lucky with this photo; down at Mornington (Vic, Aus) beach with my Pentax K200D DSLR camera and a legacy 200mm telephoto prime lens. Not long after I took this, the camera batteries went flat and it started raining.

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What's the longest you've used a single smart phone? (Boost for a broader data pool.)

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Bit of an odd request, but does anyone here happen to have about a foot (30cm) of steel pipe, with an inside diameter of between 16 and 19mm and a wall thickness of approx 2.5mm, just lying around that you don't need?

Happy to pay postage (or collect depending on location).

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Now talking about Eta Carina (which is an awesome huge star blowing off lots of gas). Theory is that it was a triple star that merged into a binary star when it was observed to be as bright as Sirius for a decade in the 1800s.

He predicts it'll get brighter by 2035, and says either that or Betelgeuse will be our Galaxy's next supernova


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A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.

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