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Just occurred to me today that you younger folks who have the benefit of awesome tools like #blender might not even know that POV-RAY exists.

Pretty amazing what people are doing with this stately old piece of code these days. Check out the hall of fame, I think you'll find an image or two to be impressed by!

Many years ago, when computers were crawling, embryonic half formed things compared to what we use today, this thing was AMAZING and let anyone ray trace. It was *empowering*.

chat app discourse 

I've given #Jami (decentralized messaging app) a try, but only the text component, and only on Android. It seems pretty bare-bones compared to how it's portrayed on its website. It's a lot more stripped-down than either Conversations or Signal. I haven't tested the voice or video chats, but a contact had trouble sending me a voice message.


The app starts listening for the word "invisalign", when it hears it, it sends one bit of data to Facebook's servers. The variable for "did this app hear the word invisalign" changes from a 0 to a 1. You get added to the targeted advertising list for invisalign.

2 billion times 1 bit of data is 2 gigabits of data, an imperceptible amount of data for a corporation

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Also none of the articles "debunking" this have any clue how the technology would work

Like, no shit they're not actively listening to 2 billion microphones

You know how the google voice app listens for the words "OK google"? Here's what happens: Invisalign pays Facebook a million dollars to listen for the word "invisalign". FB rolls out one of their weekly "Improvements for reliability and speed" updates with this keyword added, subsidized by Google's servers...

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I mean, it's the same song and dance that Google did when Gmail first became a thing and people got creeped out by the ads that were about the thing that you talked about in the e-mail (which still happens everywhere, and is still bad)

They were all "Don't worry! No one at Google is reading your e-mail. The content is merely being scanned by an algorithm for keywords. Your privacy isn't being compromised"

You are misrepresenting our concerns

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I bet the whole reason Facebook introduced voice calling in the first place is so they have an excuse to request access to your microphone to spy on people. From FB's perspective, why else would that feature exist? It's a lot of work and a lot of additional data they're using for a feature nobody asked for, with no obvious way to monetize it. Being a backdoor to listen for keywords to sell ever-further targeted ads is the only explanation that makes sense

Whenever I talk about breaking DRM, I'm just joking. I'd never do anything like that, and I'd certainly never recommend that anyone download libdvdcss (which I've heard can be installed with apt-get using libdvd-pkg, or with dnf by enabling rpmfusion-free-release-tainted) to crack DVD DRM in a country where that kind of thing is illegal.

ROTFLMAO listening to this song it sounds like they keep saying @Shufei

[BREAKING] Leaked Facebook emails reveal "number one threat" to its platform: decentralized platforms.


@Shufei @thraeryn Unfortunately we don't provide localised version of our clients due to simple reason of not being able to do it. We would gladly accept contributed translation to all our clients #siskinim for iOS, #beagleim for macOS and #storkim for android

a "cashless society" scares me.

the freedom to pay, anonymously, in cash is important!

Anyone know a good LGBQT+ charity that's focused on helping folks break into tech stuff?

MDS Attacks: Microarchitectural Data Sampling
"We show that attackers who can run unprivileged code on machines with recent Intel CPUs - whether using shared cloud computing resources, or using JavaScript on a malicious website or advertisement - can steal data from other programs running on the same machine, across any security boundary: other applications, the operating system kernel, other VMs (e.g., in the cloud), or even secure (SGX) enclaves. "


The Matrix, 1999: Morpheus inserts a giant TRRS plug into Neo's head

The Matrix, 2019: Morpheus tries for 20 minutes to pair a Bluetooth neural interface to Neo's head before finally giving up

My pager arrived!
I've had excellent service from the #DAPNET support team, and have everything registered and online (including my pistar for tx)

And, it worked!

#pager #amateurRadio

Honestly I don't even know if it's wise to share content like this. In the past I've walked into a minefield where I shared an article on some thing, without knowing that Twitter had been talking about that thing for the past 48 hours and had already sorted themselves into different camps, so I got a bunch of angry replies telling me how wrong I was. Although I guess that's just how context collapse in social media works, in general. It's worse on Twitter but still happens here sometimes.

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Apple is the Land’s End of computing. That’s all.


You'd think some privacy-minded fanatic would be all over it already, wouldn't you? The Conversations dev updates every three weeks, it seems, and busily adds to the XMPP standards. Where's that person for Apple's ecosystem?


If someone could write a really solid, free iOS app for XMPP+OMEMO, it's easy for end users. Not the simplest on the back end, but I got it set up.

The best Android client, Conversations, is easy peasy.

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