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So here's the thing about Google's creepy smart home gadgets. None of this is really new. I made a smart home type of system over a decade ago, with more sophisticated features than are described here, such as elaborate computer vision indoor and out, and gesture control.

None of it required the data to be sent to anyone else's server, and definitely not to Google.

All of this type of data can be under the control of the user, without any surveillance being conducted by a megacorporation. Home automation can be quite useful, depending upon what your needs are, although I found that doing this type of thing wasn't especially useful to me so I abandoned it after a while.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42989073
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EFF vs IoT #DRM, OMG! The @EFF is suing the U.S. government over the constitutionality of DMCA 1201, which makes it illegal to tell you truthful things about the risks you face from your badly secured gadgets: https://u.fsf.org/2gx
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A great 10mn TedX talk on surveillance from Marta Peirano (2015). The conclusion: use Tor.

youtube.com/watch?v=NPE7i8wuup

#surveillance #tor

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This super cool demo from FOSDEM shows using matrix to transmit video depth data from iphone X kinetic-style camera for 3d video chat!

now we just need hologram displays.... "obiwan, you're our only hope!"

matrix.org/blog/2018/02/05/3d-

mastodon.social/media/sxmewSo3

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Des anciens de Google et Facebook créent le Center for Humane Technology humanetech.com/ pour combattre ce qu'ils ont contribué à créer nytimes.com/2018/02/04/technol

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And that's my goodbye to the #rideaucanal for now. What an amazing well-groomed #skating rink. Truly a national treasure. And I didn't pay a penny for it nor for the warming huts or for storing my boots. Thanks, Parks Canada! This is why I love paying taxes.

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Most techies are strongly pro-free-speech and anti-censorship.

Until it comes to spam.

Fighting spam using centralized, unaccountable blacklists curated by complete strangers is somehow "normal" and few techies give it a second thought. It's just what you do, right?

Cognitive dissonance, big time.

Obviously, I bring this up because I disagree. :-)

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The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0, a major release and a dramatically improved free office suite, which celebrates the 7th anniversary of the availability of the very first version of LibreOffice: https://u.fsf.org/2gh
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A brilliant #netneutrality demo: YouTuber Rob Bliss set up traffic cones and rode his bike in the one available lane so that he could “throttle” traffic, unless drivers wanted to pay a $5 fee! https://u.fsf.org/2gg
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We're overjoyed to announce that the FSF has received an extraordinary gift of 91.45 Bitcoin from the #PineappleFund, valued at $1 million! Huge thanks to the Pineapple Fund for this tremendous contribution to software freedom.
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F-Droid, the repository of #freesoftware apps for Android phones, is collaborating with @ExodusPrivacy and @YalePrivacyLab to create tools to automate the process of finding tracking in apps. Bravo! https://u.fsf.org/2ga
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Hey Mastodons, I hear you like open source and federation, so I'd like to tell you about gettogether.community/ an open source, federated(*) event planning service similar to Meetup

It's free to use, and while it's still very early development it is live! Try it yourself, share it with your friends, start a team ahd have a Get Together!

* Federation is simple and minimal, any help would be most welcomed. Source code is at github.com/GetTogetherComm/Get mastodon.cloud/media/cPwAJ8QWw

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Want to try out Plasma Mobile? We have an ISO you can use. Try it using VirtualBox, QEMU or a real device and send us feedback.

blog.bshah.in/2018/01/26/tryin

Note that this image is prepared for x86-64-based devices, so it probably will NOT work on your phone (unless you have a very special phone). Remember: This is preview software, so it is not ready for production yet and we can guarantee things WILL break.

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Let us take a moment to appreaciate that #podcasts use #rss instead of forcing us to download a closed source client by some tech giant.

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