I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.
Apple's AirTags don't offer enough protections for people who might find one sharing their location to someone without their knowledge. This makes it easy to use the AirTags as a tool for stalking and abuse, says EFF's @evacide: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/05/05/apple-airtags-stalking/
The Audacity maintainers have closed the pull request and committed to not using Google Analytics nor Yandex.
'A massive middle finger': Open-source audio fans up in arms after Audacity opts to add telemetry capture - https://www.theregister.com/2021/05/07/audacity_telemetry/ the *audacity* of such a move...
But I thought that requiring people to identify themselves was going to stop this type of use, such that anonymous online speech must end?
QT BylineTimes: UNESCO Names Brexiter Arron Banks as ‘Prime Instigator’ of Online Harassment Against Female Journalist – Byline Times... https://bylinetimes.com/2021/05/06/unesco-names-brexiter-arron-banks-as-prime-instigator-of-online-harassment-against-female-journalist/
"Although the idea of one [USB-C] cable to support everything sounds very useful, the reality has quickly become a convoluted combination of proprietary versus on-spec products, differing cable qualities and capabilities, and opaque feature support. The result is a standard that looks simple to use but quickly leads to consumer frustration as there is no clear indication as to why certain cables and features don’t work across devices."
Who would have guessed 🙄
If you have a cellphone seized by a law enforcement agency or other TLA, chances are they'll use Cellbrite's wares to sift through your data.
Here, Signal analyses Cellebrite's software's own security. Want to guess how good it is? =:)
(*Love* the coda, too)
"When you apologize, invest substantial time and consideration to determine what part of your behavior caused harm, and what similar behavior might also cause harm."
Software freedom contributors are human. We all make mistakes, often very publicly. It's tricky to write a public apology for those mistakes.
This blog post by @sagesharp will help you avoid common pitfalls and craft an effective apology: https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/apr/20/how-to-apologize/
I caught someone using a pull request against one of my GitHub repositories to trigger crypto-currency mining via a GitHub action. I took a snapshot of it with archive-web-page here after reporting it to GitHub:
It seems like this is a thing now: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/github-actions-being-actively-abused-to-mine-cryptocurrency-on-github-servers/ The only way to turn it off is to only run actions that are defined by the repository?
Reminder: I'm absolutely judging you for building a website without providing a webfeed. And I think it's wrong for browsers not to implement webfeed autodiscovery, even if they leave the actual feedreading to another app.
The alternatives to webfeeds are to:
1) Have visitors regularly & manually load your website to check for updates, or
2) Sending all the updates to some central service like Facebook.
Neither's ideal, so offer webfeeds! Especially for communication platforms!
The #Signal messenger has become very problematic lately, and most of its problems come from it being centralised.
You may want to follow and support a decentralised messenger project instead, there are many of them on the Fediverse:
➡️ @snikket_im - New initiative giving XMPP servers & clients a newbie-friendly unified look and feel
➡️ @xmpp - The XMPP standards foundation
➡️ @matrix - Matrix is best known for its Element client
➡️ @delta - Messaging through email
➡️ @briar - P2P messaging
Delete Chrome. Now.
Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.
They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.
If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.
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