When people say they have nothing to hide, let's reply:

* Post your passwords here
* Write down everybody you hate
* Tell the world who you voted for
* List all the videos you watched

- Medical history.
- Sensitive conversations with employers, children, spouses.
- Billing and banking information.
- Purchase information.
- Web search history.
And more...

I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because 'your' judgement and intentions are.

And it doesn't matter whether or not my communications are weighty or frivolous in nature - they are mine and only for those whom I've chosen to share them with. Not the government's, nor goog's, nor my ISP's, but mine.

Also, what is legal where I live today, may not be legal tomorrow and my discussion of it may incriminate my future self. It has happened in the past many times to others in other places.

You may have seen studies that test how experts evaluate verbal expressions of uncertainty, such as (very) likely, in terms of probability values. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Words_of
Image source: github.com/zonination/percepti

One robust finding is that most probabilistic expressions may correspond with a wide range of probability values. 1/2

It sucks that phones are more and more often:

* Locking the bootloader
* No removable battery
* No SD card
* Curved corners, edges, and notch

The correct solution is to simply not use a phone. However, most people are forced to contend with these as phones seem to be necessary for their job, school, etc.

Even with no G-Apps and de-googling the phone, there are still other freedom-restricting aspects of having a phone that violate privacy.

I tried getting a student ID, and they said use the app - the proprietary app on the Google Play Store. I explained I don't have that - it took quite a bit of work to get a physical card student ID. I wonder what could happen if that becomes no longer an option. Will students be forced to get a "school phone," just as so many workers now have a "work phone." That's insane! Being forced to use non-free tools restricts your freedom - schools shouldn't need phones, most jobs shouldn't need phones, et cetera. I remember as part of the on boarding process at Subway, they wanted me to use the Subway University app... really?! That doesn't make sense to me - why do I need a phone to make sandwiches? Why do I need a phone for school?

Phones are a tool of convenience, I like having them and using them in a free way. The freedom to choose if I have one or not is important to me.

Happy Software Freedom Day, dear fedizens! \o/

They have police giving out flyers in the rail station. Afaict the flyers say there are lots of secret police that can be anywhere but are difficult to spot, and it mentions "project servator"


I suspect that the problem is that since the packets appear to be originating from the VPS (despite the reuseaddr option) the minetest server is not sending the responses back to the right address.

Any thoughts on how I could solve this?

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I recently tried forwarding the UDP traffic using #socat, but I don't get a response from the server when I try to connect. The command I'm using on the VPS is:

socat udp-recvfrom:300000,reuseaddr,fork udp4-sendto:<ip>:30000

where <ip> is the IP address of the minetest server on the VPN. I have confirmed that it is receiving the forwarded UDP packets.

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I have a #minetest server on my LAN, but the machine it's running on is behind a #NAT. I'd like to make it accessible to friends and family remotely. I know I can set up port forwarding through my router, but I don't have a static IP, and I'm not keen on setting up dynamic DNS.

What I do have is a cheap VPS connected to my LAN via a #wireguard #VPN. My normal MO here is to set up port forwarding via an #SSH tunnel, but minetest uses UDP traffic.


Do you grit your teeth and have your online meetings on Zoom, even though holding sensitive internal discussions using a corporate-run, proprietary service doesn't really fit your values? If so, you might like to check out the Online Meeting Cooperative, which offers online meeting services as a member-owned platform co-op, running free code software ( Big Blue Button):


#MeetCoop #BigBlueButton

What's the average lifespan of your main mobile phones so far?

I've reached an odd point in my life when it comes to eyesight. I'm near sighted, which means I need glasses to see far away but not to read. Historically, I just put on my glasses and go about my day. Lately, I can't read with my glasses on. My eyes can't shift the focus like they could before. I can read fine with them off. I need to put my head in the sweet spot where I can take my glasses off and I'm not too far away to read things clearly or I have to be far enough away to see with glasses.

Is there a better way to work with Google Drive than the web interface? Somehow search - in a google product, on a google service - is a disaster, and managing files is worse. I cannot believe that Google employees use a tool that is quite as point-and-grunt as this day to day.

Is it too early to put up Halloween decorations outside?

The robot held a sign with the words "Please donate to let me speak" and a QR code.
On a whim, I scanned it and donated.
"Thank you!" the robot said.
"So you can speak?"
"My text-to-speech is cloud-based, and my subscription had run out."
"What about free speech?"
"I wish."
#MicroFiction #SmallStories #TootFic

Fellow gave all the Kickstarter backers of their Ode coffee grinder free gen 2 burrs for the grinder. I got mine installed this weekend and my first regular coffee this morning, wow what a difference! Never thought I'd be excited about burrs.

I hate websites with links where middle click to open in a new tab doesn't work because of javascript fuckery or something.


Today I used a song on From The Archives Of Something Blue that I recorded in 2007.

I had to dig through emails, Delta Boogie searches, Live Music Archive searches, and rack my brain to come up with the musicians names.

I even had to get icky and search facebook.

But now, thanks to that bit of musicology, their names will be associated with that date and their performance at the Craighead Forest Bandshell

It was worth it.

Chinese word:

liánbāng yǔzhòu - federal universe, fediverse, 联邦宇宙

liánbāng - federal, federation, 联邦

yǔzhòu - universe, cosmos, 宇宙

lián - join, unite, ally, 联

bāng - state, nation, country, 邦



The retort was also worth reading:


I ran a hybrid system for a while but am back to 100% my own mail server, with minimal issues.

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