Saw this on twitter. Watching @adam 's No Agenda Show predictions coming true in real time.
DRM schendt consumentenrechten
De Piratenpartij heeft gereageerd op de “internet consultatie consumentenrechten”.
De DRM-bepaling in de Auteurswet dient te worden aangepast om gebruikers volledig te laten beschikken over hun consumentenrechten.
Kijk 'Physics Professor watches "the goop lab" - Sixty Symbols' op YouTube https://youtu.be/EIyQcGyRXwg
Here is some good #privacy news: the Eu Advocate General has concluded national mass retention laws in the EU are illegal. Countries can not demand that internet providers just keep massive amounts of personal data because it might be useful some day.
The Coronavirus Papers unlocked: 5,352 scientific articles covering the coronavirus - fully searchable and free.
Nederland moet CETA afwijzen vanwege ISDS.
CETA bevoordeelt de huidige multinationals ten koste van belastingbetalers en het MKB, onder andere door ISDS en oneerlijke intellectuele eigendomsbepalingen.
Think you know Taiwan? Find out! #Taiwan
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Nextcloud 3.10.0 for Android is here, bringing collaborative tools, dark mode, rich workspaces and more! It is certainly a big #nextcloud news day today 😎
I wrote a post about decentralized social networks, comparing federated and peer-to-peer protocols through Mastodon, Matrix, ssb, and Aether.
So I was recently asked why I prefer to use free and open source software over more conventional and popular proprietary software and services.
A few years ago I was an avid Google user. I was deeply embedded in the Google ecosystem and used their products everywhere. I used Gmail for email, Google Calendar and Contacts for PIM, YouTube for entertainment, Google Newsstand for news, Android for mobile, and Chrome as my web browser.
I would upload all of my family photos to Google Photos and all of my personal documents to Google Drive (which were all in Google Docs format). I used Google Domains to register my domain names for websites where I would keep track of my users using Google Analytics and monetize them using Google AdSense.
I used Google Hangouts (one of Google’s previous messaging plays) to communicate with friends and family and Google Wallet (with debit card) to buy things online and in-store.
My home is covered with Google Homes (1 in my office, 1 in my bedroom, 1 in the main living area) which I would use to play music on my Google Play Music subscription and podcasts from Google Podcasts.
I have easily invested thousands of dollars into my Google account to buy movies, TV shows, apps, and Google hardware devices. This was truly the Google life.
Then one day, I received an email from Google that changed everything.“Your account has been suspended”
I nearly had a heart attack, until I saw that the Google account that had been suspended was in fact not my main personal Google account, but a throwaway Gmail account that I created years prior for a project. I hadn’t touched the other account since creation and forgot it existed. Apparently my personal Gmail was listed as the recovery address for the throwaway account and that’s why I received the termination email.
Although I was able to breathe a sigh of relief this time, the email was wake up call. I was forced to critically reevaluate my dependence on a single company for all the tech products and services in my life.
I found myself to be a frog in a heating pot of water and I made the decision that I was going to jump out.Leaving Google
The first Google service I decided to drop was Gmail, the heart of my online identity. I migrated to Fastmail with my own domain in case I needed to move again (hint: glad I did, now I self host my email). Fastmail also provided calendar and contacts solutions so that took care of leaving Google Calendar and Contacts.
Here are some other alternatives that I moved to:
Gmail → Fastmail → Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts → Fastmail → Nextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar → Fastmail → Nextcloud Calendar
Google Search → Bing → DuckDuckGo
Google Maps → Bing Maps → OpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics → Matomo Analytics
Google Drive → Nextcloud Files
Google Photos → Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs → Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music → Spotify / Plex → Spotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV → Plex → Jellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books → Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) → F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android → Lineage OS → Ubuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps → Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome → Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains → Hover
Google Hangouts → Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo → Signal
Google Podcasts → PocketCasts → AntennaPod
Google Newsstand → RSS
Google Wallet → PayPal and Cash App
Migrating away from Google was not a fast or easy process. It took years to get where I am now and there are still several Google services that I depend on: YouTube and Google Home.
Eventually, my Google Home’s will grow old and become unsupported at which point hopefully the Mycroft devices have matured and become available for purchase. YouTube may never be replaced (although I do hope for projects like PeerTube to succeed) but I find the compromise of using only one or two Google services to be acceptable.
At this point losing my Google account due to a mistake in their machine learning would largely be inconsequential and my focus has shifted to leaving Amazon which I use for most of my shopping and cloud services.
The reason that I moved to mostly FOSS applications is that it seems to be the only software ecosystem where everything works seamlessly together and I don’t have to cede control to any single company. Alternatively I could have simply split my service usage up evenly across Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple but I don’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.
Overall I’m very happy with the open source ecosystem. I use Ubuntu with KDE on all of my computers and Android (no GApps) on my mobile phone. I’ve ordered the PinePhone “Brave Heart” and hope to one day be able to use it or one of its successors as a daily driver with Ubuntu Touch or Plasma Mobile.
"Three years after the W3C approved a DRM standard, it's no longer possible to make a functional indie browser" https://boingboing.net/2020/01/08/rip-open-web-platform.html
Well, it is possible, but it won't be able to access DRM protected Web sites
Linus Torvalds: "Don't use #ZFS. It's that simple." #GPL #Linux https://www.realworldtech.com/forum/?threadid=189711&curpostid=189841
Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft launched aboard an Atlas V rocket on an Orbital Flight Test at 6:36 a.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. The spacecraft had an off-nominal orbit insertion, but was placed in a safe orbit and configuration and landed at White Sands, New Mexico on Dec. 22. Watch the landing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPzNHeX7OYM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIDytLL734A #NASA #news #space #bot
Another interesting mod by our Council of Modders, worth checking out is called "Millennium A.D.". This is a civilization mod featuring civilizations from 500 A.D. to 1000 A.D., including the Byzantines, Carolingians, Anglo-Saxons and the Norse, available from our in-game mod-dowlnoader (settings → mod selection → download mods). Read more at: https://wildfiregames.com/forum/index.php?/topic/24659-millennium-ad-xýlo-23-now-available/
A comprehensive and accurate history of #FOSS licenses - essential reading (and grokking) for those writing software. https://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/articles/brief-history-open-source-software-part-2-oss-licenses-and-legalities
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