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I'm a mid to late 30s white guy on palawa land (Longley, Tasmania) in Australia.

I'm on the fediverse to follow my infosec friends, meet new people, learn more about solarpunk, anarchist and adjacent ideas.

I generally don't have much to say but will boost cool stuff.

strange policy at Mozilla 

@bookandswordblog See any of the blog articles by Mozilla in recent months:

Mozilla are (falsely) claiming there's some kind of dilemma. That we need to balance the "needs" of advertisers with privacy concerns.

We don't. We don't care one whit if advertisers can't target their ads. The web absolutely does not depend on advertising.

This goes against everything Mozilla claims to stand for.

post time I guess.

I'm a mid to late 30s white guy on palawa land (Longley, Tasmania) in Australia.

I'm on the fediverse to follow my infosec friends, meet new people, learn more about solarpunk, anarchist and adjacent ideas.

I generally don't have much to say but will boost cool stuff.

For other folks living outside the city, how do you deal with being terrorised by ~15cm huntsman's? Do they eventually go away? Will Insecticide keep them away? I do _not_ deal well to waking up with one climbing my arm!

Had a bit of weather yesterday, which has caused a number of power outages over the last 24 hours, shown by proxy in my NTP Pool scores!

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

covid, putting on my dad hat, risk assessment 

Judging by what I'm reading about hospital capacity, and from the local EMT friends my roommate knows, now would really be a good time to practice IRL risk assessment.

Everyone's already made up their minds about covid risk levels and balances, so I won't harass except to say Get Your Boosters Please.

But also:

Cook and clean carefully.

Watch the state of the leftovers you eat.

Don't do anything stupid with electricity, wires, or your space heater.

Consider postponing repairs and projects that need power tools, if you can.

Stay off interstate highways as much as possible.

Watch. Out. For. Ice.

People are already sitting in ERs for *days* at this point. This won't last forever, but it might be a good idea to live like you're made of breakable materials for a few weeks. Because you are. 💜​

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Covid, Christmas 

Covid test came back negative. That's a huge relief! Still sick though, back to bed for me.

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The "29 days on the edge" will take place during the trip to L2 orbit. It will take only 3 days to pass the moon, a quarter of the way there, but it will be a full 30 days before it's come all the way out.…

James Webb Space Telescope Launch — Official NASA Broadcast

Watch the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope—the most powerful space telescope ever made. This mission is scheduled to lift off at 7:20 a.m. EST (12:20 UTC), Dec. 25, 2021, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

With revolutionary technology, Webb will observe a part of space and time never seen before, providing a wealth of amazing views into an era when the very first stars and galaxies formed––over 13.5 billion years ago.

It can explore our own solar system’s residents with exquisite new detail and study the atmospheres of distant worlds. From new forming stars to devouring black holes, Webb will reveal all this and more! It’s the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope ever built.

#UnfoldTheUniverse #JWST #NASA #JamesWebb #JamesWebbSpaceTelescope

Covid, Christmas 

Well have successfully ruined Christmas for the kids :( Came down with strong covid symptoms yesterday, got a test done, no results as yet 24 hours later. I'm not comfortable going to mum and dad's for lunch. Kids devastated, me too tbh.

arrived! Pretty slick device, the default Android install works reasonably well, now to get my dev environment going and port over fbreader!

My top 5 played music albums this year (by history | grep mpv):
SOPHIE - Oil of every pearl's uninsides
BabyMetal - Metal Resistance
Tool - Fear Inoculum
100 gecs - 1000 gecs
Trust Fund Ozu - Trust Fund Ozu
Tied with
Blackpink - Blackpink

brainstorming in public 

What would it take to actually win? I don't mean tread water and hold ground. I mean win. A future-proof free and open net, available to all.

I think OCAP is key. It's the only security model based on what is technically possible not on hype.

I think the IoT stuff that the folks behind the German covid trackers are working on is key, and I should get in touch with them again when I have the bandwidth. They're good at pushing privacy respecting design.

Governments that still have a stake in privacy and rights are key. Meaning not the usa, uk, nz, australia, etc...

Local-first and offline-first are a must; networks overall come and go but the net must in each locale go on. Whether by wires or by USB drives or by Bluetooth fistbumps in the hall.

Likewise old hardware support; obsolescence is for the employed.

A new data model, a new model of what a computer is and does and is for. A computer is for the user. Bring out your Tron memes, they're not ready to go on the cart. We're close to it with this exocortex / second brain talk, but take it a step further. Align in service to that.

Games can do it. Have done it. Remember Ingress? We should have taken that more seriously. But what does it look like in service to the user, end data holder first.

What does it look like when the only data sent is what you choose to send. When you can capability scope that to who needs to have it. When you control what runs on your device. What does that look like. Because it's glorious, and not out of reach.

@PINE64 I have successfully pre-ordered a , is that likely to arrive in Australia before the end of the year? If not, will have to change my shipping address!

Got a printer for kids to do stuff during lockdown, and I just tried to print something from my debian11 laptop. It just worked! Without futzing about with anything. It. Just. Worked.

Gnome found the printer on the network first go, it even printed with the correct paper size and everything.

My experience from 15 years ago may have exacerbated my surprise!


Second roast on the behmor. Is a bit better than my 10 year old janky corretto setup!

Poor attempt at linux humour 

Why is this neofetch a thing, do people not read dmesg anymore‽

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