Rampant EU surveillance research has been impossible to keep track of. The platform Open Security Data Europe now tracks how billions of public funds have been spent on such projects.

Great initiative by @CaitLChandler@twitter.com, @earsinfingers@twitter.com & @notzachcampbell@twitter.com.


I've started watching Todd McLeod's course on Udemy and the guy is consuming alcohol on-screen. A lot actually. After downing a can or two of Guiness he is busy with a bottle of wine. no.sure.what.think

My tinfoil hat is tingling when I see an open letter regarding RMS hosted on a site owned by Microsoft. πŸ˜…

(Ref: rms-open-letter.github.io/)

In other news, this couldn't be made today. Its so blunt and explicit at times. πŸ˜…

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The Inbetweeners is the high-school drama I've never had. I am enjoying this so much! :D


The Guardian: " Far-right supporters move to open source to evade censorship "

It is a hitpiece on the FediVerse and now we all may be far-right. This is a terrible article and it sounds like seething journo's that some people are able to interact without oversight from Twitter's safety council.

The waves of nostalgia keep washing over me as I digitize my vast CD collection into MP3s.

Adding to this; it surprises me how some of my obscure CDs are found by MusicBrainz (like some weird compilation CD that was included with a magazine back in 1996), but something I expect to be there because it was heavily promoted around that time? Start entering these details manually! πŸ˜…

Since end 2020 @Facebook@twitter.com banned linking in FB posts to delta.chat stating "violation of community standards". Multiple people filed complaints but nothing happened, no responses, no explanations, nothing. Please help (RT/like or comment how to proceed). Thanks!

*Sigh*. The element.io app is removed from Google Play. These kind of things, as well as the Signal outage, are not helping efforts to help people switch to better messaging alternatives. It is a nice illustration of centralisation of power though.

Organize your exported Google Photos collection with this Python script because Google's Takeout is a mess if you want to move them

It was news we knew would eventually come. After offering free unlimited high-quality backups since 2015, Google Photos will begin counting storage for high-quality uploads against your Google Account beginning June 2, 2021.
Naturally, people have started to consider what they’ll do with their photo and video collection when the time comes. One option is to export your photos and go with an alternative service. You can use Google Takeout to download your entire library, but using that option may result in some headaches if you have a ton of photos and videos. That’s because, for whatever reason, Google chose to export photos separated by folders with .json files inside. But what if you just want to have a single folder containing all of your photos in chronological order, or if you want to organize all of your photos by month and year? squeet.me/objects/962c3e103303

If all goes well, the electricity bill of the home server I am building will be lower than the combined bills of all cloud hosting parties I am using to store data and run VMs.

keeps ruining my evening. I only want to install the v3.10.2 library, not an entirely different version (v1.0.4) of an entirely different library (stockfishy or something). How can I explain this to pip?

It has been on my wishlist for a while now to create a chessbot for the fediverse in Python. All the components are there; mastodon/fediverse libraries, stockfish and a lib that generates images.

I have a deadline this Wednesday, once that is passed, its time to open Atom again and start scripting. πŸ™‚

I don't know much about the art world, so I looked at some zoom broadcast with a friend of mine. Their pretentiousness was funny and cringe, but I lost my sides when Marina Abramović said: " Covid-19 needs to adapt to us instead of we needing to adapt to Covid-19 "

My sides were launched into orbit. πŸ˜‚

Cool. Just discovered that I cannot load attachments to my toots ( I receive a 404 error in the lower left corner ). Guess its back to debugging Mastodon.

Updating went great! The instructions underneath github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/ paired with docs.joinmastodon.org/admin/up didn't help much. I ended up redoing portions of the installation process and had to edit the Gemfile.lock. But managed it in the end...

I am not comfortable with any of the technologies used for mastodon. I am happy I managed to get it working again in the first place. πŸ˜…

I've been looking into replacing our old saltstack and salt-cloud installation to deploy, provision and manage a fleet of EC2 instances in AWS, and unfortunately I haven't been able to find anything that is just as cheap as salt ( read: free ) that is stable enough. I've looked into Ansible (Tower) and CFengine so far, does anyone has suggestions for me to look into?

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