Heads up for people living in the United States:
The Senate is moving forward with the EARN IT Act AND have introduced a bill that if passed would in fact plant a nuclear bomb into our privacy, our security, AND our online freedom of expression.
Please pay attention and fight this! #privacy #security #cybersecurity #freespeech #Section230 #internet
Activists rally to save Internet Archive as a lawsuit from publishers threaten to shut it down https://decrypt.co/31906/activists-rally-save-internet-archive-lawsuit-threatens
If people are smart, it's time to archive the Archive right now. In other words, fork it and turn it unto a decentralized platform. I hope someone out there is working on that.
Plus you have to think libraries need some decentralization as well as this lawsuit could kill libraries as we know them.
Publishers/authors are trying to officially kill the Internet Archive https://torrentfreak.com/publishers-sue-the-internet-archive-over-its-open-library-declare-it-a-pirate-site-200601/
It's become very clear that these publishers and authors want to kill libraries and it would be a dangerous precedent if they win.
For example: libraries never needed permission to lend books, and these same publishers are trying to change that with this suit. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200519/13244644530/libraries-have-never-needed-permission-to-lend-books-move-to-change-that-is-big-problem.shtml
I always love looking at the die of processors. This read is no different. It's a Intel 8086 microprocessor http://www.righto.com/2020/06/a-look-at-die-of-8086-processor.html
EFF is trying to reach 30,000 donors for its 30th anniversary.
This really is an excellent piece and surprisingly from a mainstream news outlet, it was well researched. https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-silicon-valley/trump-twitter-facebook-and-the-future-of-online-speech
Especially that it correctly points out that #Section230 is NOT the DMCA.
This from 2015 by my friend Elissa still resonates with the continuing Crypto Wars: https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Passcode/2015/0723/Opinion-Why-the-US-government-must-lose-cryptowars-2.0
"A backdoor for law enforcement is a backdoor for bad actors as well."
Tech trade groups, cyber experts, and civil-society groups warn the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act's sponsors about the dangers of this anti-encryption bill: https://www.globalencryption.org/open-letter-against-laed-act/
This is what's going to happen if you all don't act now.
Since the closing of the Liviing Computer Museum (LCM), I've found a few tempered comments from (former) employees and volunteers. This, from the incomparable Josh Dersch, is one of the sadder ones :-(
Some bit of good news: SCOTUS sided with consumers on no longer letting debt collectors making robocalls to people's phones. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/07/robocalls-by-debt-collectors-are-illegal-again-thanks-to-supreme-court/
“Hearing-centric design in video chat apps”
Comparing Discord, Google Hangouts, Google Meet, Houseparty, Jitsi Meet, Skype, Zoom.
In general: cropping, chat overlays affected ASL. Captions meh. Screen sharing kills video feed.
I had to do some registry editor changes on one of my computer which has Windows 10 Pro due to some changes that Microsoft has made. If you have Pro/Enterprise/Edu you should read this in order to defer updates going forward. https://www.ghacks.net/2020/06/27/you-can-now-set-the-target-windows-10-release-in-professional-versions/
money (-), need help
Hey, I am a disabled queer suffering from trauma and I've basically reached the end of my ability to work (the little I was capable of) until I deal with my trauma and related things in some way. I've been running on empty for a very long time.
This month I announced that Mutant Standard is on hiatus and I refunded everyone for this month in case they aren't on board with this so I'm set back already.
Any help is much appreciated, I'm really sorry.
For those who are celebrating the Fourth safely I hope, here’s some Muppets for ya. https://youtu.be/eXeIxtI--uc
At this point, shutting down all sports is surely the best move.
And COVID-19 has penetrated the NASCAR bubble. Yikes! https://apnews.com/b9aac0e445a76b132574a9015bcdd684
Mostly tech, IT, and off topic stuff here but I'm versatile.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko