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There is a troubling new trend in account verification that I fear will become standard soon. In the past month alone, three sites (a cryptocurrency exchange, a government portal, and a social network) asked me to verify my identity with a real-time selfie or live video call. They claim it is for our protection, but it is obviously surveillance in action. Worse, they store all your personal data and lock you out of your account until you provide this, so you are forced to comply to gain access.

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Collabora Office is a fork of LibreOffice aimed at businesses, including long term tech support, admin tools, smartphone apps and cloud collaboration. You can follow at:

➡️ @CollaboraOffice

Their site is

The development company, Collabora, is one of the biggest upstream contributors to LibreOffice's source code, and has a close relationship with the FOSS community. You can follow them too at:

➡️ @collabora

#Collabora #CollaboraOffice #FOSS #Productivity #Business

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Esta es para @pthenq1

Covid Announces Plan To Move Operations To Texas Full-Time To Escape Burdensome Regulations

AUSTIN, TX—Bemoaning the bureaucratic red tape that had been holding it back for the past year, the Covid-19 virus announced Thursday that it would move its operation to Texas full-time to escape burdensome regulations. “Shifting my operation to Texas will give me the freedom to spread my wings and grow this pandemic in ways that are impossible in blue states,” said the coronavirus molecule, adding that it had been especially heartened by the governor’s recent decision to cut away unnecessary regulations like dining restrictions and mask mandates. “Obviously, I appreciate everything California and New York have done to help me—especially when I was just starting out. It’s just been hard watching liberal legislators pile on cumbersome restrictions despite, frankly, having no idea how to build a pandemic. Those regulations really hurt small virus particles. The Lone Star State has been nothing but welcoming to me, and I’m thrilled to call it my new home.” At press time, Covid-19 had celebrated its move with a raucous night hanging out in the atmosphere of local favorite restaurant Trudy’s North Star.

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Ministerpräsident Kretschmer erklärt #Grundrecht auf #Datenschutz für beendet. Und damit auch den Austritt aus #EU , #GrundrechteCharta und #DSGVO

„Wir haben außerdem einen Staat, der uns an einer Stelle schützt, wo wir es gar nicht wollen, nämlich beim Datenschutz. Das muss enden.“

Aber irgendwie auch traurig ... 🙄

Vielleicht sollten wir doch noch einmal darüber nachdenken, bevor wir das tun 🤔

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@christian_zerfass Exactly!

I'm in Australia, we are very slow to take up EVs but we are frontrunners with distributed energy playing in the grid.

We are in the situation where we increasingly have lots of cheap renewable energy but the grid needs flexibility (from things like batteries), which is expensive.

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@christian_zerfass I'm working on a vehicle-to-grid trial, and researching the narratives and coalitions building around that tech.

That includes the broader-scale stuff about what we should do about transport emissions, but also at the pointy end of who might use this tech, and in what form.

Does that answer your question? :)

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Als Reaktion auf meinen Beitrag zu den sieben Trackern in der LastPass-App hat LastPass einen Beitrag veröffentlicht, der das Thema aufgreift.

Im Kern: Nix kapiert, wir machen weiter so.

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Re-#introductions, you say?

I'm doing social science research within an engineering school that's into new/clean energy tech - in my case, EVs and grid integration.

Less cars >> EVs > fossil cars

My PhD was in architectural science, about the experience of air conditioning, and my undergrad was in renewable energy engineering.

I've been doing all sorts of things related to energy for the last ~16 years including policy, consulting and building stuff.

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#Eisschmelze in #Grönland vermutlich #unumkehrbar

Das allmähliche Abschmelzen der Eisdecke auf Grönland ist einer Studie zufolge wahrscheinlich nicht mehr aufzuhalten. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommen Wissenschaftler der Ohio State University in einer Untersuchung, die in der Fachzeitschrift „Nature Communications Earth & Environment“ veröffentlicht wurde.

#Klimakrise #Kryosphäre


Ok, looking into tge paper, I understand that not 1,000 years ago there was another slowdown, but it's simply the slowest period WITHIN the entire >1,000y period of observation...

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@VictorVenema Sorry for starting with so many questions, I feel the study is important and maybe a good point to launch a vlimate change conversation....

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I am sure you are aware of the Gulf Stream study suggesting a slowdown, from Potsdam climate institute and colleagues.

What do you think about this? Do you think there is clear evidence of a human impact? Given that there was obviously a slowdown in ca. 1,000 years ago, is the impact of other climatic cycles well discerned? Do you think there is a good estimate of the time scales to which this may impact e.g. Europe, given the historic example?

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Google pulling matrix from android is a perfect illustration of the impossibly of moderation at scale.
You can't be right all of the time, and as the platform grows every mod team will approach Ministry of Truth.
This scaling problem will hollow out FB, T,..
Future is federated.

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Anyone out there selling second-hand phones with LineageOS + MicroG installed on them?

After doing this for numerous friends, was thinking of providing it as a service.

Interested to hear if anyone has ideas on how to build contributions to lineage/microg/fdroid into the price...

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Do you know when global population *growth rate* peaked? "The answer may surprise you" (Forward to all your Matlhusian edge-buddies)

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Der digitale #Corona #Impfpass soll in drei Monaten kommen und europaweit gelten

Völlig unklar bleibt aber welchen Zwecken er dienen soll

Soll er gegenüber staatlichen Stellen - etwa bei Ein- und Ausreise - zum Einsatz kommen? Oder auch von Privaten - Fluglinien, Reiseveranstaltern, Kinobetreibern, Gastronomen - verlangt werden dürfen?

Es ist aus Sicht des #Datenschutz unfassbar sensible #Gesundheitsdaten so planlos zu verplanen

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#80 [no name yet]

If you like my art, I appreciate feedback, boosts and ko-fis (from people who're able to!)

If you want to acquire the physical canvas, I these as "Pay what you want/can" to the first one who claims it. I need my costs for materials and shipping covered and hope to get a bit extra as my art is very not covering its costs at the moment


#abstract #art #mastoart

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Job lookin, tech, Boosts welcome 

After losing my job to covid last March I've had a hell of a time trying to find tech work. I gave up for a bit and did some bike wrenching but it's not making ends meet so I'm back on the job lookin train.

I have 18 years experience, mostly in systems administration, mostly in windows, but my experience is really all over the place. I've worked for government, university, fortune 100, small firms, consulting, data analysis, information security, kind of a Jane of All Trades. I have an associates degree and a bachelor's degree, and nine certifications that are still mostly relevant, one of which is the MCITP.

What I'm most proud of is my ability to figure stuff out. I'm real clever. I'm also able to communicate with non technical staff as well as super nerds.

So what's up, fediverse. You got any jobs?

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