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Annotated version of my #35c3 presentation "Modchips of the State" about hypothetical SPI bus hardware implants in Supermicro servers' BMC:

@sean The only effect of nationalizing companies that already have government-enforced oligopoly (say cell phone providers) would be better service at a lower price. Competition would probably be even better, but there's no evidence that option's even on the table.

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"Big Tech's problem is Big, not Tech" by Cory Doctorow (video)

I missed this when it came out a few months ago, but this is a great talk. I'm becoming more and more convinced that the problems of technology centralization can't be solved without antitrust. Tim Wu's recent book "The Curse of Bigness" also comes to mind here.

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Seriously, @mozilla ?
Not only you went and implemented this DRM crap and now you're downloading non-free binaries behind our back???

@mmu_man To make things even better, Mozilla seems to have an intentional policy of breaking any repackaging of their software to fix issues like this. They killed Gecko embedding back in 2010, and even things like configuration keys aren't stable - turning off the "install blobs and backdoor my computer" option will only work for a release or two, and then they'll stop checking for the option before downloading stuff, so changing config options in something like a Debian package isn't enough.

@mmu_man Yup, and for the DRM binary the Debian package maintainers have intentionally decided not to fix it:

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The New York Times reports Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, Netflix, Apple, Yandex, Yahoo and others far more access to users' data than previously admitted, including access to private messages:

There is never going to be a better time to #DeleteFacebook, the violations are only going to get worse.

If you know someone who wants to try alternatives and needs a simple non-technical guide, try sending them this:

(via @bobstechsite)

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So decided to send me this email. No way to appeal this decision. No way to prove that I'm not living in Iran and not working with Iranians on slack. Nope. Just hello we're banning your account.

Apparently the only valid UI for LDAP is manually typing LDIF files. Anything else - even things like the ldapscripts package - will make incorrect assumptions that break everything 100% of the time.

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I released a new version of my Firefox extension that will forcefully redirect you away from privacy erosive services to better alternatives. It started as a joke, but I end up actually using it.

When I want to look up a place, I instinctively and mechanically start typing "maps.googl...". This extension will instead take me to OpenStreetMaps. It will also functionally translate Google Search links to DuckDuckGo and Google Translate links to Deepl.


@strypey The prerequisite for private firms to be especially efficient is a competitive market. Most cases where privatizing a public service is proposed are not especially susceptible to competition - no town is going to have competitive tap water services. Anyone trying to privatize services like that isn't an actual classical liberal - they just want to steal your money and degrade your utility service in the process.

"Market" rhetoric without actual competition is just corruption.

@cwebber Overloading non-security properties of a system with security properties tends to break both the security and other elements of the system. Look at how much trouble Java has had with inter-module sandboxing, and consider the fact that they still don't have proper tailcalls because they added security behavior to stack frames.

@Gargron After seeing this post, I don't even see an obvious way in the UI to quickly figure out what version I'm on.

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"This is retaliation at its most brazen," Snowden himself told the Post via text message from his temporary refuge in Russia. "You can’t look at something like this without getting a sense that the mask has dropped … (and) there’s a machine that would burn everything we love to the ground without a tear if it meant making a problem go away."
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