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IT'S OFFICIAL: @firstname.lastname@example.org now natively speaks Matrix!! Read all about what it takes to add native Matrix support to a large existing chat app, and bask in the glow of a world where FOSS chat is increasingly FOSS, open & interoperable once more :D 🎉🥳🍾🌉🚀 https://matrix.org/blog/2020/12/07/gitter-now-speaks-matrix
"Parliament wants to boost #sustainability by promoting #reuse and #repairs and by tackling practices that shorten the lifespan of products."
A huge win for the #RighttoRepair 🙌 🛠️ : https://bit.ly/3misaVW
Okay so Google killed their Buzz, Wave, Talk, Picasa, URL Shortener, Google+, Hangouts and now essentially even Photos. I'm leaving Google unwillingly more and more every year. I wonder which of the last products of Google which I still use (Google Scholar, Translate, Drive, Maps, Youtube, and Android) is going down next...
Mobilizon has been released! Check out the official announcement:
Mobilizon. Your events. Your groups. Your data.
Go behind the scenes of the design of #Mobilizon, our new tool to free your groups and events from Facebook.
From next year on, all software developed by the city of Munich will be Free Software. This year they will already select five projects to start with. https://www.golem.de/news/nach-limux-aus-muenchen-will-schnell-open-source-auf-den-weg-bringen-2010-151702.html (de)
Last Sunday the UK/US/CA/AU/NZ/IN/JP govts issued a statement asking tech companies to add backdoors into E2E encryption. This is a big deal: unfortunately backdoors do not work. Read about our alternative: combating abuse via decentralised reputation.🔒 https://matrix.org/blog/2020/10/19/combating-abuse-in-matrix-without-backdoors
Cool talk by Bartosz Milewski on defunctionalization, called Replacing functions with data (he also wrote a blog post on the topic). In particular, I liked the idea at the end that, since functions can't be serialised, defunctionalization can help with distributed computation.
Edit: There was also an interesting talk "Deconstructing Lambdas" by Chris Penner on a related topic.
The end of my first day of quarantine. I'm staying in my flat and eating food powder. It feels a bit like being an astronaut with an abundance of gravity. 🙂 It's thirteen more days to go, wish me luck!
We’re proud to officially announce the Fairphone 3+ 🙌 It has improved cameras, upgraded software and even more fair materials, but here’s the twist: The exact same modules can also be used to upgrade the Fairphone 3. 🌍 📱 Read more: https://bit.ly/2D2uIpJ
I'm supporting Matt's initiative to make RSS great again. It's one my favourite web technologies. I used it already on my first ever website I made in 2005.
What it's like to fly these days? Despite Ryanair claiming that it's completely safe, they do absolutely nothing to remind people to keep the 2m distance in the queue. Also, I could only find two disinfection points at Stansted airport and those that I found were completely used up. I would expect the flight industry (i.e. airlines and airports alike) to behave more responsibly in the current circumstances.