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This is why I love #freesoftware: you can go beyond being a user, and actually try (at least try!) to improve it.

First, I saw a possible improvement, reported it, and discovered that someone had already started working on it (gitlab.com/inkscape/inbox/-/is)

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Trying to find scholarly papers on the fragility of software monocultures... there were a few early papers that pointed out the huge vulnerability of massive institutional networks (e.g. the UK's NHS, brought to its knees by Wannacry!), and then there's a huge glut of papers saying that "monoculture's aren't necessarily the problem"... with authors from/ funded by the Microsoft Corporation... they've successfully clouded the waters to neutralise this attack vector on their global dominance.

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Great news! US is headed towards stopping tech corporations from forcing their customers to do repairs in "authorized" repair shops (where they are charged exorbitant prices, served poorly or forced to buy new), and make it possible for people to repair their own stuff.
This is great news, and Louis Rossmann has been fighting for this for 7 years.
youtu.be/GE-qEDjUJYY
#RightToRepair #LouisRossmann #Freedom #AntiMonopoly #Apple

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Primum non nocere - dieses wichtige Prinzip aus dem hippokratischen Eid, das im allgemeinen Coronawahn derzeit kaum Beachtung findet, wurde nun auch von Britischen Wissenschaftlern in Erinnerung gerufen mit der Aufforderung, von den übergriffigen Kinderimpfungen abzulassen:

corona-blog.net/2021/07/06/off

Die Idee des öffentlichen beitragsfinanzierten Rundfunks ist super. Ist halt blöd, wenn der fortwährend ignoriert wird und ich am Ende nur für billige zahle.

publikumskonferenz.de/blog/202

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Das #BSI hat einen "IT-Sicherheitsleitfaden für Kandidierende bei Bundes- und Landeswahlen" veröffentlicht, und #heise.de empfiehlt den für jede BürgerIn, nicht nur jene mit passivem Wahlrecht.

Allerdings hätte ich einen kleinen Tipp für eine weitere Veröffentlichung: Das Dateiformat, dass auf allen möglichen Geräten UND auf allen möglichen Gerätegrößen funktioniert, heißt nicht PDF, sondern #ePub. PDF-Broschüren auf Smartphones sind eine Strafe.

BSI-Leitfaden als PDF:
bsi.bund.de/SharedDocs/Downloa

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@killyourfm It is true. However should you care!? I create a lot of content and projects since 2005 or so. I never ever cared about views or engagement and stuff like that. I focused on what I loved doing. And so far so great. If one loves what they do, then he/she should not care if what they create is popular or not, especially in a society in which what is popular is synonymous with dumb/shocking/retarded.

The problem is this trade-based society we live in, where you trade this for that. And today people trade views/clicks for money or stuff. And so, we wrongly associate those numbers (views/likes/clicks/comments) with value. As if a video that has 5 million views is more valuable than one with 10 views. In truth it is not. It is only more valuable in terms of trades - more views = move people watching those youtube ads, and then you can transform those into money to then buy you a beer or whatever.

So yah, distorted values because of this trade-based nonsense society we live in. I never traded my content (books, videos, websites, etc.) so I was never influenced by such things.

I hope some fact checkers debunk this article. Otherwise, this could severely hurt my pharma stocks...

doi.org/10.3390/vaccines907069

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#Florespondence

A wall of fragrant roses. This is rambling rose, Rosa 'Seagull'. Not only do they smell good, they are alive with the buzzing of bees.

#Plants #Gardening @plants

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@lightweight And this is the typical story of FOSS in public institutions in the last ten years. If you had asked me in the mid 2000s whether FOSS would eventually be the norm within education, health and public institutions generally then I would have said something like "it will take a lot of work, but eventually yes, of course", due to all the usual price, quality and sovereignty arguments. But time has proven that kind of view to be naive. It underestimates the power of lobbying and the very close revolving-door relationship between public institutions and large corporations.

It's not that the people running the institutions are all fools who don't know anything about software (though some are), it's that in the current political economy there is very little difference between the business interests of megacorporations and the "decision makers" in governments. Their interests are closely intertwined.

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Weekly-ish recap is out: new @inkscape, @penpot, BlenderBIM and Ardour releases, development fund for @krita, Audacity shenanigans

librearts.org/2021/06/week-rec

Featured artwork by Philipp Urlich

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Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. ~ Anne Lamott

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#Biometrie wird (ganz nebenbei) zum Standard gemacht - in einem ebenso übereilten wie intransparenten Verfahren

Im #eID Gesetz versteckt: Mal eben die #Zentralisierung biometrischer Daten durchwinken

netzpolitik.org/2021/im-eid-ge

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@unlofl @lightweight the security community have been bitching recently about the 'attack surface' FOSS presents but that is minor compared to the attack surface MS has been for the last thirty years.
Moving the crap off the desktop into Azure has not made it any better... you might have removed the requirement to continually upgrade the local systems but when MS fucks up their routing tables half the planet goes offline.

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