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I'm less than 24hrs, a #Chinese_rocket will crash into the moon.

This will occur tomorrow at exactly 4:25am, Pacific Standard Time - give or take a few seconds.

You can watch this live... Actually, lolz, you can't. Unlike the metaphor of a tree that falls in the forest when no one is around, there's plenty to be learned even though nothing will actually witness the impact, because it's on the far (not dark) side of the moon.

Just to be clear, this is the Chinese second stage booster of the Chang'e 5-T1 lunar mission's rocket, and NOT the SpaceX rocket everyone was telling you that it is - SpaceX had absolutely nothing to do with this.

Soon after, several monitoring spacecraft will eventually be able to observe the aftermath abd begin gathering important data when their orbits bring them over the impact area. The most intriguing discoveries will likely be more about the water that we know exists on the moon.
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The furthest object made by human hands is NASA's Voyager 1 (V'Ger - for those who are familar with Star Trek - The Motion Picture).

It is about 15 billion miles away from earth and is still doing "science" every single day. You can track V'Ger in real time here:
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Fifteen years ago today, after speeding past #Jupiter while en route to #Pluto, the #New_Horizons spacecraft caught a look at Jupiter's moons #Europa and #Io (right). Today, the #JunoMission is exploring Jupiter, and #EuropaClipper is slated for launch in 2024.
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An outside independent perspective from a third party industry insider enamored of the Pixel Invaderz Metaverse, and especially the game itself:
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Crypto, #freenode, ExpressVPN, Search Engines, and the Crown Prince of Korea - The Spaghetti Code Chronicles: Episode #1

Freenode has, after dying, disappeared - sort of... [You may want to boost this if you're a #FOSSie or Crypto Enthusiast]

This is really hard to explain, unless you understand the blow by blow chain of events because you lived through them. Maybe you are a large FOSS project whose #IRC chans on freenode were hijacked by the #Crown_Prince_of_Korea - Andrew Lee, or woke up one morning to realize that there were now two major #IRC_networks - one growing faster than any other before, and one shrinking even faster as users and #FOSS projects jumped ship for other IRC networks and communication protocols like fleas jumping off of a cat being eaten by a reticulated python.

It's waaaay too complicated to go into the [recent] history of what happened just a few months ago, and I'm going to paste a blob below of part of the monolog by #Andrew_Lee explaining it from his point of view - specifically, where he's at now and where he's trying to go. It at least attempts to gesso over the top of the previously painted picture, trying to recast and depict him as the altruistic philanthropist that he claims to have been all along.

Okay, from my perspective, what he did was, well I won't say unforgivable, but the enormity of damage he instigated when setting alight what he refers to as, "#The_IRC_Wars", has indeed been enormous.

Most of us would simply characterize the mass exodus from freenode to #Libera in an almost parallel manner to how General Chiang Kai-shek and the government of the Republic of China fled the mainland and re-established themselves on the island of Formosa (Taiwan) - in that scenario, I suppose you could draw the inference that the Crown Prince of Korea, Andrew Lee, in that screenplay, has been cast as Mao Tse-tung.

Comparisons aside, Mr. Lee has not murdered anyone (certainly not 101 million of his own people like Chairman Mao did), and IRC is just a protocol, and freenode (the legal entity) is/was simply a property of "Private Internet Access" - but this is only the very beginning of the story, and only scratching the surface... This goes really, really fricken' deep buoys and gulls.

For the very brave, read on, I can't do this topic justice in only 10,000 characters, but I can show you where many of the burrows are in the plains for all of the rodents tunneling underneath - and it may actually freak you out to discover who some of these players are....

I promise this is a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly - without the flute or cigar.

Okay, first, let's give out some kudos to Andrew Lee for finding a way to, at least from his perspective, recover from the bruising he received, and that the #Libera_Chat IRC network could care less about - they've moved on, along with any FOSS projects that where either voluntarily migrated or forcefully expelled when their freenode channels and projects were hijacked by Andrew Lee.

When you first visit Freenode's .net website you'll notice that it's gone - no mention of an IRC network. It looks likes a cheap version of #Lotide or #Lemmy, but it's actually a non-Fediverse link aggregator called #Throat.

If you start poking around because you already know that there used to be an IRC network called freenode, you can find links to it in a sidebar after clicking around for a bit. Everything is, sort of, still there (they did change the Authentication methods). Okay so freenode's website was never very good at navigating or branding the #IRC_network itself, but now it's virtually hidden.

We all know that what precipitated the downfall of freenode was the transfer of ownership to Andrew Lee's company, #Private_Internet_Access, but what you most probably are not aware of is the web of companies involved.

If you visit the #privateinternetaccess site today they'e selling subscriptions to what they claim is the most secure VPN service available - just like every other company that provides these types of services. But when digging around on the freenode domain, I found an amazing dissertation by #Crown_Prince_Lee that actually softened my position on him in a very significant way - I still think he's a bonehead, yet I can see that at least in his own mind, he felt that he was saving the Internet in the name of freedom, or some shit like that.

So I got his with a webchat offer, you know, when the company of a brand is trying to capture your business without letting you escape? I bit down on the bait and figured we'd go for a little ride.

I first checked to make sure I wasn't being serviced by a bot, then I asked about freenode (I'll post my chat log screenies), I was told that #PIA does NOT own freenode, but that both are owned by another company. When I asked, I was told that this company is #Kape_Technologies.

Now I landed here trying to find out what's up with #Gigablast one of my longstanding fav search engines for about 20 years now. about six months or so ago, they stated that they had partnered with "freenode" to power the #private_dot_sh privacy based search engine.

So.... #Kape... a company that owns freenode, and private_sh, and PIA (a VPN service), and a shitload of other companies - none of which have any information linking their associations to others - except for Kape itself, but freenode is noticably absent there - you'll see why in a bit.

So the private-dot-sh search engine does not mention Gigablast in the least. Gigablast is still privately owned and operated by #Matt_Wells , and has been for over twenty years since he left #InfoSeek, and it also provides search results to #ixquick's #StartPage, and the #Internet_Archive, among others. It's one of the biggest deals in web indexing you may never have heard of...

But no mention of Gigablast at #private_sh.

If you visit Kape's website, you'll notice that there is around a dozen or more brands it owns (Andrew Lee owns, unbeknownst to most folks), including #ExpressVPN, which most folks have heard of through radio, television, and Internet ads.

Okay let's turn now to freenode specifically, Lee states that according to legislation passed last year in the state of #Wyoming, he has, or is planning on incorporating an algorithmically managed company, because these new laws allow them to own other corporations.

What's that you say? It's a #DAO - an #Distributed_Autonomous_Organization.

Lee has basically, (or says he intends to), incorporated a DAO, which will own freenode, which itself already owns - which appears to be both an #Android client AND an IRC network - but the client is not available at #F_Droid (F-Droid).

The client is apparently based on or supporting of #Kiwi and #inspIRCd.

The page where Lee lays all of this out is listed near the top of this post. Lee states that he wants to turn freenode over to "the people", as a completely distributed network, under the custodianship of a DAO.

The problem here, is that, unlike #XMPP or #Matrix, and other decentralized communication protocols, IRC doesn't have any way to really federate across domains (not really, individual servers can have hostnames from different domains, but it's a single network that you're just throwing more horsepower at to keep it running), It can only scale vertically by having more #ircd servers join a particular, monolithic network.

But anyway, here is his interesting take on how he has begun to give over freenode (The brand? The network? It's properties like and that client/network?) to #The_People, or claims to do so very soon.

The most interesting thing is that he really appears to harbor no ill will towards those who he feels stabbed him in the back, which may be lip service, or it may be a noble gesture, after all, he did lay himself out prostrate, defending his actions and intentions at #hackernews in the days following the calamity that started all of this, which is something I've never seen any other billionaire bother to do. So my feelings toward him are rather ambiguous at this point, quite an improvement over how I used to feel about him....

He makes no mention of which #blockchain he intends to issue #tokens for with respect to the DAO - Let's hope it's based on the blockchains of #XLM or #SOL or #ADA and not #ETH.

He's actually planning on giving ownership of freenode to the users of Libera as well as whomever is left at freenode, and that is some rather visionary forward thinking in and of itself - but we'll see what really happens.

Here's what Lee envisions:

1.) A DAO, all token holders participate in corporate management and decision-making.

2.) The allocations are as follows:

The freenode userbase will be 25% of all tokens.

The freenode channels will be 10% of all tokens.

The Libera userbase will be 25% of all tokens.

The Libera channel base will be 10% of all tokens.

For the Libera team, in continuing to recognize their importance in the ecosystem of the FOSS community. Their allocation is 15% of all tokens.

Operators who helped to protect freenode, 2.5% of all tokens, and for the current freenode staff 5%,

freenode owns and 2.5% of all tokens have been allocated for this partner.

Lee, as the owner of freenode allocates himself 5% of all tokens.

Note: This news is two months old. There were six comments made to the blog article, all of which were deleted by Lee.

Okay, I'm interested in hearing everyone's thoughts. This is still apparently a fluid situation whether the concept of a freenode is at all relevant or not.

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They're prolly regretting firing those #nurses who refused to disclose their personal medical information (vax status) right about now.

BTW, this is how the truckers can end, once and for all, the #mandates in #Canada - general strike, leaving all the produce and meat rotting on the loading dock.

#Wuhan #martial_law #freedom_convoy #Australia #strike
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Trudeau sure is a communist piece of shit isn't he?

Lying like that to his nation while his nation watches and is all too aware of the actual truth.
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In honor of tomorrow being national Iron Maiden day, the Biden administration announced earlier today that everyone must wear #Iron_Maiden t-shirts tomorrow.

Anyone found violating this executive order by the President will be declared a #Dog_Faced_Pony_Soldier and summarily executed.

Further, they've installed tailgunners into #Ed_Force_One to mop up any stragglers found scurrying away, and President Biden has promised that all those subversives will be hosed down, rock and roll style, like his wet, hairy lifeguard legs.

Wait! Scratch that last part. I made it up. The rest is true.
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#DRM isn't just an annoyance -- it's a violation of your right to use the items you own as you see fit. Learn more about our Defective by Design campaign at, and follow our campaign account at @endDRM

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The beginning of the end of the #monolithic_silo mentality in software development.

I I'm to be so bold as to make a prediction, this is the roadhead into a world where places like Microsoft's #GitHub is merely used as a directory, much like Yahoo, DMOZ, and google, to locate project repos hosted elsewhere by virtue of those projects only being mirrored at silos like Github.

#tallship #Vger #FOSS #git #repo #federation #Gitea #silo #decentralization

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#FOSS Breaking News:

At this very moment we're having a #NextCloud Livestream via YouTube.

I've asked the question about the possibility for Matrix as a plugin capability. It has received several +1's from other prominent members in the community but so far they have chosen not to address the question.

#Talk is *just* okay, as it's not the most performant, yet it does provide a good level of security.

More universal, however, is #Matrix, hence, my question to the team.

Yes I know, I encourage everyone to use Invidious to sanitize YouTube VoDs, or choose another platform entirely. This is however, live, so in order to get in and have these questions considered by the team there's really no other option during this premeire (perhaps in the future, they'll multi-stream with #OBS across several platforms like #OwnCast and #PeerTube ;)

#tallship #Vger #privacy #dev
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It is my friend, it is.... at least the largest part of it is.

Woe be to all of those who think they own BTC in their #CashApp, #PayPal, #Coinbase, #Crypto_dot_com, and other so-called #Exchange_based_wallets - ask yourselves this: "Why do you suppose that you have to include a **memo** when you give someone your key (aka: your public key is colloquially referred to as your "Bitcoin address")?

Answer, because you don't actually have a wallet! because you're not your own bank, people. But it is so easy for you to be your own bank.

How many people have actually asked themselves why, that along with your bank account number you also need a routing number? Think about that folks ;) Why, when you have a BTC address, do you also need to give your customer a memo to include in the transaction? It's not completely analogous, but It's #kinda_sorta the same thing lolz.

I highly recommend XLM and shielded ZEC for banking purposes, and further, giving a quick listen to Zooko Wilcox explaining how to actually protect your private assets, and keeping them private:

Now, as people (smart people, informed people, literate people - not ignorant people) begin to affect the mass exodus away from the privacy disrespecting monolithic silos of the secretive, data mining social media monopolies, they should also be looking towards the less volatile, less speculative crypto blockchains (i.e., NOT Bitcoin, which has little to no use case) as a place where their assets are safe from the dystopian lords who insist upon the fealty of their serfs in their structurally feudal empires.

We can all start by encouraging people to pay you in the crypto of your choice, and when ask to send money to someone always responding with, "What's your public key for your favored cryptocurrency?".

Just like anything else (especially in marketing 101), when someone hears this enough they'll actually go out and either setup a hot or offline wallet for themselves or ask someone to show them how - each and every time that happens, you have saved a soul.

Remember folks.... You can haz #Cheezburgerz! 🍔

All the best! :)

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#Dutch parents: "We're not fucking around here bitches!"

Sang to the tune of 6 Billion Euros!

€1500 for each child who was under 13 when they started using the service
€1250 for each child who was 13, 14, or 15 when they started using the service
€1000 for each child who was 16 or 17 when they started using the service.

You would think that after getting an enema for three quarters of a billion euro a couple of months back that they would have #fingered it out, but NOOooo! That Chinese government data mining company apparently has a serious ear #infucktion.

Fuck you #TakToe!

#tallship #Vger #privacy #The_Netherlands #identity_theft #chinese_espionage #child_exploitation #data_harvesting

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#Boom_Shakalaka! 🔨

#Faceplant fall down go boom boom?

Awwww, too bad, so sad - NOT!

The moral of the story? "Don't piss off your #BOFH mofo's! You no can haz #Cheezburgerz! 🍔


#tallship #Vger #InstaSPAM #Whassup #silo #privacy #oopsies!

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Hey @privacytools Henry...

I must be missing something here... ***Why are you advocating for this insecure solution***, when it's patently not ready for primetime?

Perhaps a good idea, but Most of us have given up on it completely - it's not much more than beta software, and they haven't addressed potential exploits brought to their attention over a year ago (Maybe someday - but so far.... nope):

These are **serious flaws / security issues** in software purporting to be safe and they're also advertising it as secure in enterprise production environments.

This just isn't true - it is a #security_risk!

Yes, the romantic connotations of the magic buzzword ***"blockchain"*** are indeed compelling for taking a look at emerging use cases, but, #Henry... you're actually recommending this as a solution right there alongside #NextCloud.

I'd like to see you take a deeper dive - people really respect your take on #privacy and #FOSS advocacy, and in the past you haven't been bashful when it comes to changing your ratings and recommendations on say, so-called "VPN providers" when less than complimentary aspects of their handling of #customer_privacy has come to light.

You could have put #SyncThing up there next to NextCloud, or some other solution that although, may not be as romantic as something touting #blockchain security, is certainly secure - way more secure, and proven to be so.

For someone who literally had the balls to completely de-google himself (from an account you've had since you were ten years old), I know you can do much better, and your not easily bamboozled by crappy software under a pretty facade.

Come on my friend - let's wait until tomorrow before we begin promoting the general use of tomorrow's software.... if it ain't soup yet... ;)

#tallship #Vger #security

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