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Germany burns a lot of their plastic

“Burns” meaning present tense? They were shipping a lot of their plastic waste to Asia. Most countries are guilty of burning waste, but more to the point, is what current initiatives are being put into practice by countries. Which countries are making the real effort - clearly we see from that video that Germany is putting that effort in. Yes, certainly it is not across the whole country, but instead of dwelling on the negative, it is about celebrating the positive change that is being initiated.

No matter what the change, it takes from months to years to happen. The point is if the change has started to show, we should be celebrating that, and encouraging others (and within that same country) to do the same.

“Never” is never the best choice of word to use… It may just mean that many are doing it incorrectly, or in name only.

Germany, for example, seems to be taking it more seriously - see

Actually already fined in the EU - the past practice around exactly browsers is what happened in the EU for Microsoft before…

It should work yes, but their won’t be any follow button once the person arrives at the Lemmy profile. That said if you go to, you see see lost of “posts” so maybe following may show those posts elsewhere?

Their goal is to encourage the adoption of the fediverse by providing an extensive guide and lists of resources for the community. It uses the hashtags found on your profile to establish what your interests are. All you have to do is to add a supplied hasthtag #fedi22 to your profile, and then add the URL or webfinger for your profile. Most ActivityPub projects are supported (eg. Mastodon, Pixelfed, etc), and your profile will automatically be re-crawled after 7 days so that updated hashtags can be linked. See #technology #fediverse #activitypub #fedi22 #discover

After so many years of the Internet being in place, the many Chinese and other languages should also be just as present. I think the issue is maybe that English speakers do English searches in Google (or similar) which return English results mostly. If a searcher lived say in the Far East and did a search in Korean or Chinese, I’ll bet the results look different to what an English searcher sees.

That said, I’m also not too sure how well Google is optimised for returning non-English results. Do French or Italian speakers find search engines up to par for their languages?

I never said i would want it, I actually use wired earbuds. I Post about it because it’s of interest and something different. Firstly as it is open source and secondly because of the first point, I’m hoping it will also be repairable / replaceable batteries. That said my wired earbuds do keep catching on door handles so maybe that is a reason for me to go wireless…

Well the post says it is “on the horizon” which means soon due for release. So probably need to wait two to three months I’d say.

A pair of high-end in-ear wireless headphones called PineBuds are on the horizon. These include features most would expect in 2022, like ambient and environment noise cancellation, and a lengthy battery life. The earbuds will also be end-user flashable, opening up a world of possible uses. “There will be a wide variety of things developers and (eventually) end-users will be able to do with the earbuds – flash custom sound signatures, determine touch controls, adjust resonance to fit the user’s ear canal resonance,” Pine64 say. If I can change the batteries, that would be a major winner for me! See #technology #audio #earbuds #pine64 #pinebuds #opensource

Well not “problematic” as it actually works great, and I’ve never had to touch it. But yes, I’m not sure all the mobile app clients have implemented this option, which is why I mainly use the desktop browser. Having such a “watchlist” is essential for me for monitoring topics of interest. I prefer to follow topics, than profiles.

I have a couple of hashtags pinned in a column (desktop browser), so can see any of those topics as they are posted. For me this is actually better than Twitter has?

Thinking further though, for those of us outside the USA, DRM is not such an issue in that the “breaking” of DRM for personal use, is not criminalised (unless we were to redistribute and copy it to others which would be a copyright violation). Likewise, we don’t have extension after extension for copyright expiry dates. So for me, it was really not an issue to strip the DRM off my Amazon books I bought, hence it never really worried me too much as I stored them all in epub format.

So legally whether I buy a paper book or an electronic copy, it is both bought on conditional use as I never own the original creation. I can make a backup of my paper book, but can’t make 10 copies and sell them. Yet if I buy an artwork, I am buying the full rights to the original, and can sell it (can I make copies and sell it?). The more I suppose it is unravelled, the more complicated it can get.

Yes, I get your point there, but I’m just saying that was not the point of my post. Whilst I prefer open source over proprietary any day (and I actively promote open source every day), people should have the freedom to choose how they want to market their stuff, just like we have the right choose what we want to buy or not.

It would be interesting though to see how the world turns with zero DRM and zero copyright. I suppose a lot of authors, artists, musicians, actors, etc would have to get real jobs ;-) To a large extent DRM/Copyright has an ecosystem that revolves around similarities with the right of ownership of property (land, cars, clothes, etc). It certainly changes the dynamics somewhat… If you think about it, today many do actually live off what their assets earn for them. For example AC/DC today would have zero income from all their hit songs as they would just be freely available for anyone. Shame they’d have to keep touring and doing live concerts until they die.

I think you’re missing the point here - many already have streaming subscriptions with multiple services, and Plex is helping manage that. That was who the post was for. It has zip to with DRM or not.

For that movie I also see a link to Amazon Prime, but nothing for Hulu, Netflix, etc. I looked up “Servant of the People” TV series that I’m watching on Netflix, and IMDB shows no link to Netflix.

Ah, I see another 2 levels deeper there are some links (All Topics / External Sites). But whilst one attached had links to two sites, a James Bond movie for example showed no external links, and neither did The Godfather.

It does look different now I see. But I only see a watch list functionality, and movie trailers to play. No options to register my external streaming services. Even their Pro service makes no mention of linking to external streaming services to watch full movies.

Yes but judging from screenshots (as neither lists their services fully) Stremio shows 4 services to Plex’s 6 services. But I suppose it will depend on what one actually yes of those services.

IMDB is a database of movies, not an integration with streaming services with a universal watchlist etc…

We don’t know for sure yet - depends on whether it gets registered as an open standard. The idea seems to be also, moving away from a central service that controls everything. Ideally, this protocol could be adopted by other decentralised services. For example, ActivityPub is far from perfect, and only the Zot protocol for example has true nomadic / portable identity as far as I know.

Rolling out now to the service’s public beta is the new Discover section that helps you search, add, and stream any movie or TV show across multiple services. You can finally maintain a single universal watchlist in the Plex app (which is synced across all your Plex apps, on all popular platforms), and when you choose a title, you’ll see all the available places to stream it. When you choose to watch it on Hulu, it will open the Hulu app, and will directly start the media playback (thanks to some deep-linking magic). There’s another advantage to using Plex’s universal watchlist: Plex will keep track of where a movie or TV show is streaming currently. So even if a TV show leaves HBO Max and moves to Hulu, it won’t suddenly disappear from your watch list. See #technology #streaming #movies #plex

The interesting part of this, and probably why they did not just go for adopting ActivityPub or SSB (some of these people are actually involved) is because they are trying to also address some shortcomings of these protocols. For example, if a server instance is to disappear from an ActivityPub network, then you have to change your ID (just as when your e-mail provider goes offline) to register elsewhere and this is a portability issue. So the intention seems to be to create a new protocol and services which address existing shortcomings. For the techie crowd these may not seem like major issues, but for ordinary non-tech folks who are used to registering once as a central service, and just discovering their friends easily, eliminating these problems could mean a lot. This would also help accelerate adoption by the masses, especially if they can "migrate" existing Twitter ID's into it. "It could be described as a hybrid federated network with p2p characteristics, but it’s more descriptive to focus on the capabilities – self-authenticating identities and data – than on network topology. Our team has previously built leading decentralized web protocols and blockchain networks, and is working on synthesizing the best of what we’ve seen into something new. For some aspects, we’ll be able to use pieces that already exist, and for others, we’ll have to come up with solutions of our own." See their post at #technology #bluesky #socialnetworks #decentralisation #twitter

I’ve been using self-hosted Piwigo for years now. You can backup photos to it, and perform many other of the Google Photo functions on it too.

Yes I forgot I already post to a Matrix room using RSS, and to Twitter I’m using Integromat as I’m only using the Title, link and hashtags whereas my RSS feed is a full length post.

I have to post manually to about 8 and then that replicates to the others. I keep this diagram updated to keep track of what is being used where, as it changes. But I am actually active daily on 80% of these social networks, so it’s not just blasting out on its own.

RSS is popular as it is one feed that can be used across numerous networks to make a post if auto-post from RSS is an option. With most plugins, it means adding an extra plugin for every network you post to externally.

Pleasure - no not on Wikipedia as that would be pretty global ;-) Very likely here as I do post a bit, but also on about 14 other social networks.

Yes, it draws from what is published on their own website at It is still speculation though as to what is happening. They claim their motivation was to identify and prevent spammers and other malicious actors taking websites, by crowdsourcing and blacklisting bad actors. From that perspective, users will see numerous addresses blocked that are supposedly part of those identified.

So yes, one could say, is that real? Well that’s the point, we don’t really know either way, and as far as I’m aware there have been no court cases yet against CloudFlare ie. evidence brought forward justifying criminal actions.

Certainly my own website was being hammered every day as I can see for the WP WordFence security plugin. WordFence also blocks masses of IP addresses based on attempted logins as well as crowdsourced data from similar actions elsewhere that they have detected. I can see people, after being blocked, running up their IP address range attempting to get around the block. So there are genuinely bad actors out their running automated tools to do this. That does not make WordFence now a bad thing. So websites are looking at many ways to try to protect themselves from this constant bombardment, that also uses up the hosting network traffic.

I’m not saying either that Cloiudflare does not have the potential to do bad. We can see how they work technically. But have they actually sold users’ data, have they exploited the man-in-the-middle or given others access to it? That I’ve seen no evidence of yet. I just dislike ungrounded speculation, as that leads to conspiracy theories that may be unfounded.

What interests me is that there is too much speculation without actual facts. We can suspect anything of anyone (including Lemmy, Facebook, etc). We’ve seen the numerous factual revelations about Facebook and a few others, but then there is something that proves they are being unethical. I’d be interested to see such facts though about CloudFlare, not what they can potentially do.

Cloudflare also means a lot to small websites that want to obscure their hosting IP address, and who want to make use of a global CDN to speed up the response on their self-hosted sites, as a CDN. So yes, they do also provide a positive service in that regard. They are not a free service as many including big corporates pay CloudFlare - that payment is not to get our data or push adverts into our websites, but to use the actual service. So that I see as their business model.

Yes they break the end-to-end SSL, but for plain public websites that is not a major concern. I gather the paying service is where corporates go for security which allows pass-through of SSL to the hosting site.

For smaller guys, CloudFlare can provide a valuable service if the data being hosted is not super sensitive. Yes it is US based, but so are many IT services, and again that needs to be considered in terms of what you are hosting. I recently went to look for alternatives that would be free for global CDN, obscuring IP, proxy, malicious traffic protection, etc and really could not find anything. Only basic DNS services.

Windows has always had a bloatware problem (even if Samsung has recently claimed the crown in that department). Bloatware is an umbrella term for apps, services, and programs you don’t need, and never asked for, and Windows comes preinstalled with a boatload of them. Removing bloatware helps you in two ways: You’ll recover some storage space and speed up your computer. If you’re using a low-end machine or an older PC, or if you just like the idea of running a lighter OS, this guide can help you take care of the problem with one command. See #technology #windows #bloatware #microsoft

You don’t think that their comparison matric table with some other products shown on their website, is sort of leaning towards the pro’s? That to me did sort of highlight their pro’s vs what the other producst don’t do?

They do say it is early days still and not fully dependable V1.0. So there is work in progress, and they still want to have an independent security audit done. I think they are pretty open and forthcoming about what is not yet done. They were quite clear to state the product is not ready yet for the Ukraine war for example, and state people should not consider it for that use.

Certainly in principle one does not want to build on unmaintained code (different from code that has not requited an update for any good reason for a while).

So it is really a proof of concept now that is usable, but not yet declared finished as far as the security side goes (implying some of those loose ends mentioned). I gather from that we should not yet be judging it as a finished or production ready product.

It installs but for some odd reason I don’t see any family or friends, so have not tested messsaging yet…

That’s good to hear. As always with P2P networks though you have to know some people to get connected as otherwise you have a messenger with zero contacts. And that is always the part of the more difficult onboarding for P2P.

** Now in Android and iOS app stores ** No Face, No Name, No Number, No SIM card, No Internet! Berty is a messenger that doesn’t require any of your personal data or network connection (using Bluetooth Low Energy BLE). All conversations are encrypted with end-to-end encryption, in a fully distributed network. It is a peer-to-peer messenger with no servers, no cloud - your data is only stored on the device where Berty is installed and used. No one would be able to access the data or shut the app down, not even the developers. Being P2P, it means the IP address needs to be available to route messaging, but their site explains a bit about how they've tried to mask this. Whilst Briar is an excellent alternative, it is still Android only. The closest alternative is maybe Jami, but it lacks a non-Internet Bluetooth alternative if I recall correctly. Interestingly, Berty also can use Airdrop (iOS to iOS) and Android's Nearby as alternative protocols. You can share your details and add contacts via a QR code, public key, or an invite link. It is currently available on both iOS and Android, with desktop clients to follow. See #technology #messenger #berty #P2P #IPFS #privacy

It is massive, but must be interoperable standards, NOT a proprietary API per walled garden…

Andre Broekman, a Civil Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria, has developed touch-sensitive concrete — a technology that could transform home and business security in South Africa. This could reduce the need for electric fencing, allowing South Africans to protect their properties and businesses with an invisible solution. The technology also has the potential to replace internal alarm systems by implementing it in the flooring of a building. Broekman explained that the technology could also be used to aid the visually impaired. His prototype keyboard has tactile concrete keys engraved with symbols. See #technology #security #southafrica #concrete

It’s not just ads, but also trackers. Idea is to filter all devices across the house. So far about 20% of all my devices’ DNS queries are blocked ads and trackers (that’s on Linux, Android, iOS, etc). I notice as soon as I hit a news site, things go sky high on the blocking.

But remember, a VPN is not going to filter out DNS ads and trackers - it just routes to a remote point and drops you out there. But yes this is a transparent on-site solution where we spend 98% of our time. Out and about is not covered by this.

Well maybe but that product only covers Windows and Linux desktops so my Macbook, phone, TV, and other devices are not covered. By doing this upstream on my router I have the whole house’s devices covered by one product that I can manage globally. AdGuard is not a VPN product though, for that I have a product which I can enable per device or also on my router for the whole house.

Most of us use our hands to interface with computers, but the human body is capable of many types of input other than that of fingers and feet. But what about people who can’t use their extremities and don’t have a voice? For their sake, it’s time to get creative. This works with just an old webcam thanks to the new trans-consciousness messaging protocol, which operates by using facial detection and then interpreting the amount of changed pixels between video frames. See #technology #assistivetechnology #morsecode #webcam #typing

Could the light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors in your future smartphone take the place of laboratory equipment in health and food safety applications? It's looking like a possibility. Researchers at the University of Washington reckon handset LiDAR can determine fluid properties, sparing you from having to use expensive lab gear. The amount of liquid needed for a smartphone LiDAR test is significantly less than that for a medical lab, too, they said. One application of LiDAR would be testing blood for coagulation. The researchers also found their method was able to determine the fat properties of milk and whether the liquid had been adulterated, and to identify a particular liquid from among ten samples. The discovery, we're told, let the researchers distinguish between coagulated and uncoagulated blood with only a single finger-lancet-sized drop, differentiate between different types of milk and whether the milk had been adulterated, and distinguish between 10 classes of liquid with 91.5 percent average accuracy. See #technology #health #lidar #foodsafety

Both AdGuard Home and Pi-hole are free and open source, and both do pretty well much the same as far as functionality goes. They can also both be installed natively or as a docker container image, and will run on Raspberry Pi's or larger hardware. The differences really come with AdGuard Home's UI looking a touch more modern and less cluttered, and supposedly AdGuard Home has additional functionality already included, where that must be installed additionally for Pi-hole. So I managed to get up and running quite quickly with AdGuard Home by following DB Tech's video. One thing that tripped me up was that the container would not start, and reported a clash on port 53 (the DNS port). But one of the commenters on the video, Wesley O'Brien, suggested a solution which worked perfectly for me. I set my router's DHCP server to provide the IP of my AdGuard Home server as the DNS, and now all devices throughout the home network are using it. Speed tests and website page loading appears unaffected (not slower, anyway). See #technology #opensource #adguardhome #pihole #trackers

Yes sorted out now and posts are flowing

If you regularly use Android Auto in your car, you must be no stranger to frequent connection issues. This problem usually stems from using an out-of-spec or faulty USB Type-C cable, though most people end up blaming Android Auto or their phone. However, in many cases, it can be pretty tricky to figure out if the cable is defective or if something is wrong with the car's USB port. To make this easier to determine, Google has added a new diagnostics tool to the latest version of Android Auto. If you do buy a third-party cable, make sure it adheres to the USB-IF standard. Don't be surprised if the new diagnostics tool in Android Auto finds an issue with the cable you are using. USB Type-C cables can use wildly different specs, even though they all look the same, which can cause a ton of problems. See #technology #androidauto #usbcable #diagnostics

The BBC is resorting to broadcasting news bulletins over shortwave radio in Russia after the country blocked access to BBC websites, The Guardian reports. The BBC announced it was bringing back the WWII-era broadcasting technology in the region just hours before its sites were banned. News of the ban was also reported by Russian state news agency RIA. Shortwave radio uses frequencies that carry over long-distances and are accessible on portable sets. The BBC says its shortwave broadcasts will be available on frequencies of 15735 kHz from 6pm to 8pm and 5875 kHz from midnight to 2am, Ukraine time. News will be read in English, which the BBC says will be available in Kyiv as well as “parts of Russia.” In 2019, the corporation also launched a Tor Onion domain, which is designed to offer a more secure, higher performance, and censorship-resistant way to access its website via Tor browsers compared to a typical .com or URL. Fascinates me that no matter how we move forward with technology, we have to realise how fragile it really is, and how more dependencies are introduced, which can be disrupted. Good old radio still works, though, and can reach right around Earth. More advanced low power digital radio has even better reach, but does require slightly more specialised software (which most radio hams can put in place). See #technology #BBC #war #shortwave #radio #tor

So my Manjaro KDE rolling distro has been running for just under 5 years now, just continuously updating. Looking at that date, I see it was a public holiday and a long weekend, so I probably had my migration to Manjaro Linux penned in as a project to do. The linked post explains a few ways to try to determine this date from your system, but the general one using 'stat -c %w /' worked for me. On an aside, I remember at work, one of our support guys saying they had a Linux server that had been running non-stop for quite a few years. On one day that it had to be moved from one server room to another one, they kept it connected with along extension power lead. See #technology #linux #opensource

There are a handful of cloud services available for Linux users that provide native applications. Dropbox is one of the oldest and most popular. Then there is Mega and pCloud. Google has shamelessly decided to not create a Google Drive client for Linux. You may also self-host Nextcloud or Seafile, but that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Internxt is based out of Spain. Like several other EU-based companies, encryption and privacy are at its core. With Internxt Drive, they focus on user-friendly encrypted storage with military-grade encryption and file sharding, so only you have control over your files and data. Internxt uses your password to encrypt and decrypt your files. That means they do not know your password, and if you forget it, your files will be gone (the way security should be). There are desktop clients for all three major OSes, as well as a web based client, and a client for iOS. I don't see an Android client. Each user gets a free 10GB forever, and 20GB is €10.68 annually, or 200GB for €41.88 annually. They also have monthly plans, and very interestingly, also lifetime plans. I'm currently using SpiderOak, which has a Linux client too, and it is costs US$14 pm for 2TB (Internxt €9.99 or $11.34 monthly). One downside many will notice though, is the desktop client appears to be Electron based, which is never ideal from a resource perspective. See #technology #backup #cloudstorage #opensource #internxt

The ZimaBoard is a small, fanless computer powered by a 6-watt Intel Apollo Lake processor with support for hard drives and SSDs. Apart from having an Intel CPU (vs an ARM processor) this computer also has 2x SATA III, 1x PCIe 2.0 and 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports to set it apart from a Raspberry Pi. So it is more readily usable with expanded storage capabilities and dual networking. It is also a lot cheaper than buying an Intel NUC with a single network port. It can be used as a media server, software router, personal cloud, VPN and Firewall, smart home monitoring, file sharing and collaboration applications, embedded projects, or personal server applications. Yes it will cost more than a Pi, and it is a Kickstarter project (with 20% off the final retail price), but I see DBTech has just received one to review on YouTube, so it does actually exist. See #technology #server #zimaboard #raspberrypi #hardware

A web based tool for those who really like to run an organised home. The app can be run as a docker container, apart from desktop and browser access it also Android and iOS apps (mobile view). Some of the functionality includes: * Pantry inventory with expiry dates * Recipes * Shopping list grouped by category, and integrates with pantry inventory and recipes * Household chore management * Tasks * Home equipment / appliances with instruction manuals and notes for each * Battery management to track when device batteries last charged or replaced * Community contributed tools, integrations, and useful add-ons See #technology #household #opensource #chores #organising

Anyone know if Aether P2P is still active?
I only see posts dating up to Sep '21 and nothing more. I've cleared my profile, reinstalled a new profile, etc, but still Sep '21. I also noticed neither the blog, the community nor their Twitter account shows anything past Sep '21. Now I'm starting to think maybe it's not me.... But how does a P2P network just stop working, if so?

This is a router from the Czech Republic using open source firmware built on top of OpenWrt. It has everything you'd expect from hardware running open source, and quite a lot more, including installable packages, so you can add exactly what your home or business network needs the most while ignoring the parts you won't use. It'll change your perception of what a router is, what a router can do for your network, and even how you interact with your entire network. In addition to the flexibility of its interface, the Turris Omnia also features a package manager. You can install plugins, including Network Attached Storage (NAS) configuration, a Nextcloud server, an SSH honeypot, speed test, OpenVPN, print server, a Tor node, LXC for running containers, and much more. It is available on Amazon for $395, but consider it more than "just a router". The CPU is a Marvell Armada 385, Dual Core 1.6 GHz with 2 GB RAM and 8 GB eMMC. It is possible to operate Wifi at 5 GHz (802.11 AC) and 2.4 GHz (802.11 b / g / n) at the same time. Distributed adaptive firewall – The Turris headquarters compares data received from thousands of connected routers and if it identifies an attack, updates are sent right away to all Turris devices. See #technology #opensource #router #openwrt #hardware

Visual Basic is a fully proprietary software programming platform, that means, the language, the IDE, the resulting programs, and the OS where it can run, are all proprietary. This makes programs created with VB proprietary, and can only run on Windows. This is a list of free/libre open source software (FLOSS) alternatives to Visual Basic (part of Microsoft Visual Studio) computer programming platform. If your school is still teaching VB 6, or if you now use Ubuntu for programming classroom, we strongly suggest you to switch to either one of these alternatives. With these, one can create computer programs visually by drag and drop as well as coding just like what one can do with VB. I'm a big fan of open source software, but along with that, also cross-platform applications as they do not lock you into one OS or a single vendor. This just keeps all your options open, maximises competition (innovation), and covers the broadest possible potential user base. See #technology #opensource #alternativeto #programming #crossplatform

Support calls are important and often satisfying in the end, but the act of clear communication can be arduous for everyone involved. If you've ever been on a support call, you've probably spent several minutes spelling out even the shortest commands and explaining in detail where the spaces and returns fall. While it's often easier to just seize control of a user's computer, that's not really the best way to educate. What you might try instead is sending a user a screen recording, but one that they can copy commands from and paste into their own terminal. It does not actually execute any commands itself, it merely displays them, with a file size far smaller than an MP4 video file. See #technology #opensource #asciinema #helpdesk #youtubers

Using SSH profiles can help you in cases where you regularly connect to various servers (especially if you've added custom SSH ports to the mix too). No need to remember the IP address and other such details for SSH connection. So once you've configured this config file in ~/.ssh all you need to login is something like 'ssh webserver' or 'ssh omv-server'. It won't remember passwords, but if you have set up public key access, you won't need any password to login. This is on my todo list now as I have two servers and two Raspberry Pi's that I log into quite regularly, and every time it is a check for the IP address, correct user name, password, etc. See #technology #security #Linux #SSH #tips

The plugin implements the ActivityPub protocol for your blog. Your readers will be able to follow your blogposts on Mastodon and other federated platforms that support ActivityPub. The plugin works with the following federated platforms: * Mastodon * Pleroma * Friendica * HubZilla * Pixelfed * SocialHome * Misskey See #technology #WordPress #activitypub #fediverse #decentralised

MeshLab - the open source system for processing and editing 3D triangular (and LiDAR) meshes for Windows, macOS and Linux
It provides a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering, texturing and converting meshes. It offers features for processing raw data produced by 3D digitization tools/devices and for preparing models for 3D printing. As with anything 3D, there is a bit of a learning curve, but I did manage to select some "noise" in my iPhone's 3D LiDAR images and clean those up a bit. They do have a series of YouTube playlist tutorials which should help, as well as some sample 3D scans to practice on. See #technology #opensource #3Dscans #LiDAR #Meshlab #3Dprinting

LimeSurvey allows users to quickly create intuitive, powerful online forms and surveys that can work for anyone from small business to large business. The survey software is self-guiding for the respondents. They have a cloud hosted option with free and paid tiers, much the same as SurveyMonkey, but there is also the Community Edition which is fully free and open source software which you can self-host. Apart from the freedoms that brings, it also means that any respondent data is also free from tracking and data mining by any 3rd parties. In this video I tour through a sample survey that I created, where I run through the survey options, I also show how easily a new survey with questions can be started, and I end off with a run through the various general menu configuration options. Watch #technology #opensource #limesurvey #selfhosting #surveymonkey

LinkAce is a self-hosted archive to collect links of your favourite websites. Save articles to read them later, tools to use them in your next project, or historic content to archive it for the long term. LinkAce comes with a lot of features while keeping a clean and minimal interface. All saved links are monitored. Get a notification when a website moves or becomes unavailable. Links are backed up via the Internet Archive after you saved them. Choose tags to categorize links, add them to custom lists to group them by a topic or occasion. Your link archive can be accessed by guests, or kept private. Links, tags and lists can be set private separately. Both private and public links are accessible via RSS feeds. Feeds are also available for tags and lists. It will import from a browser's bookmarks, and export to a browser, but it does not integrate with any browser bookmark systems. So it is a stand-alone solution. However, if you use different browsers this may be an interesting solution, or you like to share categories of links with others, or just keep track of links without having a bunch of dead links (most browser bookmarks don't check validity of links). Their site also has a demo you can try out. If you're looking more for a Read It Later service though, Wallabag is probably more suited to that. See #technology #bookmarks #links #linkace #opensource

So says a Study on the Internet's Technical Success Factors commissioned by APNIC and LACNIC – the regional internet address registries for the Asia–Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean regions respectively – and written by consultancy Analysys Mason. The document states that "a significant fraction of global IP traffic now consists of data that is moved between the datacentres and edge networks of large internet companies." Those companies' needs, and growing networks, lead the analysts to suggest that "over time, we could see the internet transform into a more centralised system with a few global private networks carrying most of the content and services. Another risk is that when private networks break, many users suffer. Exhibit A: yesterday's AWS brownout, which hurt Netflix and Disney+, among others. Yet, if you look at nearly all the alternative social networks springing up, you'll see decentralisation, openness, interoperability, chronological feeds, no Big Tech... See #technology #interoperability #BigTech #openstandards #decentralisation

Life360, a popular family safety app used by 33 million people worldwide, has been marketed as a great way for parents to track their children’s movements using their cellphones. The Markup has learned, however, that the app is selling data on kids’ and families’ whereabouts to approximately a dozen data brokers who have sold data to virtually anyone who wants to buy it. Through interviews with two former employees of the company, along with two individuals who formerly worked at location data brokers Cuebiq and X-Mode, The Markup discovered that the app acts as a firehose of data for a controversial industry that has operated in the shadows with few safeguards to prevent the misuse of this sensitive information. “We have no means to confirm or deny the accuracy” of whether Life360 is among the largest sources of data for the industry, Life360 founder and CEO Chris Hulls said in an emailed response to questions from The Markup. “We see data as an important part of our business model that allows us to keep the core Life360 services free for the majority of our users, including features that have improved driver safety and saved numerous lives.” Supposedly the data should be aggregated and anonymised, but like we know from many backdoor vulnerabilities, as well as the Cambridge Analytica scandal, this not always what happens when a "capability" is put in place. "Prohibiting selling or marketing data to any government agency" is no real guarantee. This is just not going to go down well, especially with Tile users after their service was bought out by Life360. See #technology #tracking #privacy #life360 #tiletracker

The report was put together by 8 Swedish government agencies, including the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Companies Registration Office and the Försäkringskassan. The report gives an exhaustive definition of digital collaboration, noting the important components needed for teams to work together. Nextcloud is already in use at the Swedish Transport Agency and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, while Försäkringskassan offers authorities Nextcloud as a service. See #technology #opensource #sweden #government #nextcloud

This video is intended for new Docker users, especially those using Portainer docker-compose.yml files, to create numerous stacks for services, where there is a shared database with an associated phpMyAdmin manager. The database service stack also creates a user-defined shared network, which allows the various container services to communicate with the shared database service. So many example tutorials only deal with a single service, and it's own linked database, so I decided to make this video to give a conceptual overview of how a shared database can be utilised. The docker-compose files are intended to spin up and create stacks, each of which can have one or more associated containers, with each container being created by its image being pulled for installation. There are links below the video to the example docker-compose files. Watch #technology #opensource #docker #containers #database

Quite an interesting read, and I must say, in the past I have ditched an app or two because of such behaviour. It boggles the mind to think an app like Uber could eat 300 MB of storage space. And seemingly fitness apps and social media apps are also culprits when it comes to battery draining. It may be worthwhile considering possible 3rd party alternative apps, which can sometimes be lighter on resources (but of course many Big Tech social media giants are discouraging such 3rd party access as it often bypasses all their adverts and algorithms - just saying). Generally (my untested assumption) the more sensors or data gathering an app does, the more it probably eats battery and storage resources. See #technology #smartphones #batteryhogs

ZombieTrackerGPS is a free and open source application that allows you to view and organize maps, data points and routes from your GPS enabled devices on your computer. In other words, ZTGPS acts as a connection between your GPS device and your computer. ZombieTrackerGPS is a KDE native PIM application satisfying the same purpose as Garmin’s BaseCamp software, which unfortunately does not run on Linux. It’s a professional quality application with goal to fill a hole in the open source ecosystem and provide an alternative to mainstream software business models which monetize your data. It’s important to note that privacy of your data is a central design goal in ZTGPS Linux fitness tracker. All program data resides on your local disk. The software is written for the KDE desktop, but will work on other desktops if the KDE and Qt libraries are available. See #technology #opensource #alternativeto #ztgps #Linux

Be alerted for price changes on websites for Black Friday Specials with Distill Web Monitor or similar browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox or Opera
Whether it is for alerting to Black Friday or other online specials, competitions, or availability of tickets, these types of extensions can be very useful. Distill Web Monitor is not the only one out there, but it seems to be an overwhelming favourite on the Chrome store with over 200,000 installs, and an average rating of 4.6/5.0 stars. It allows for some really flexible monitoring as well as having many options for alerts. The free version does have some limitations, especially for the cloud version (no browser needs to be active), but if you run the alerts on your local browser you can have up to 25 running, with alerts set down to 5 seconds. Mobile app versions are only for paid services. Visualping is another very popular service, but it has a lot more restrictions on the free plan. Thing is, when you get down to hour and minute interval monitoring, many services charge for that as a cloud service. I still fondly remember the Check&Get application that you could install in the early 2000's that used to do this. However, there is also a self-hosted open-source option called See #technology #shopping #monitoring #blackfridayspecials #distillwebmonitor

As alert folks of a cross-platform inclination will have noticed, Paragon's NTFS driver was accepted into the Linux kernel, and was released as part of 5.15. This has had a consequence they probably didn't consider, though: you can now boot Linux from an NTFS partition. But wait, there's more. Since a Linux installation doesn't use any of the same file or folder names in the root directory, you can even install them into the same partition. Yes, you probably really don't want to do this. I keep my OS's on separate drives altogether, and rather share common data partitions where needed. See #technology #opensource #Linux #NTFS

ToF is a measurement technique that relies on reflected light to quickly determine the distance of objects. ToF sensors are used in LIDAR (light detection and ranging) systems and in other applications that utilize SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) algorithms, all of which involve the analysis of the visible and near-visible spectrum. These sensors have started showing up in smartphones recently – Apple's iPhone 12 and 13, and Samsung's Galaxy S20+, among others, include a laser-based Sony ToF sensor – for augmented reality applications and adding depth information to 2D imagery. Now, four researchers based in Singapore and South Korea have another application in mind: They see ToF sensors as a way to spot concealed cameras. Sami said he intends to release the source code for Laser-Assisted Photography Detection (LAPD) but has to coordinate that with his colleagues. See #technology #hiddencameras #spying #LIDAR

This is quite a nice kit to have and includes a self-contained Raspberry Pi 4 (Pi itself is not included) with a touch screen and battery power for around 5 hours. The battery is rechargeable, and all ports are accessible from outside, apart from the GPIO pins. The video shows how it all fits together and works. See #technology #raspberrypi #tablet #RasPad

Industry bodies representing thousands of CIOs and tech leaders across Europe have thrown their weight behind calls to rein in some of the iffier software licensing practices of the cloud giants. Findings in the report included pricing for Microsoft's Office productivity suite being higher when bought for use on a cloud that wasn't Azure and the disappearance of "Bring Your Own License" deals, making it expensive to migrate on-premises software anywhere but Microsoft's cloud. Oracle also took heat for its billing practises, which could differ between its own and third-party clouds. As for the signatories of the letter, VOICE (from Germany) represents over 400 public-sector or corporate CIOs. France's CIGREF accounts for 150 large users, including Airbus and Thales. The Netherlands' CIO Platform represents more than 130 members, and Belgium's BELTUG accounts for over 1800 CIOs and digital tech leaders. See #technology #cloudcomputing #Europe #BigTech #Licensing

Following heavy criticism regarding anti-repair practices on the iPhone 13 lineup, Apple has just announced its Self Service Repair program. The company shared earlier that it wouldn’t be disabling Face ID after third-party screen repairs, after online outrage. The Cupertino giant is now taking an unexpected step further and making repairs easily accessible to individuals. In a newsroom post, Apple has stated that iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 users will be able to order genuine spare parts and tools to repair their own iPhones. The move is unprecedented by Apple, but it’s most definitely a welcome one that will help dodge anti-trust lawsuits. Clearly, without lawsuits and pressure groups, this would never have changed. Whilst I really love some of what Apple does (very long software update cycles, the best health smartwatch, etc) there is also a lot I really dislike (a crippled Shortcuts app, iCloud web apps that lack features, Photos is dismal compared to Google Photos, etc). So this is yet another incremental improvement (like widgets, 3rd party keyboards and browsers, copy-and-paste, etc that eventually arrived). See #technology #righttorepair #iphone #DIY

Clairette (the dog) has had a particularly difficult time adapting to her friends leaving every day, but thankfully her human (Nathaniel Felleke) was able to come up with a clever solution. He trained a TinyML neural net to detect when she barked and used and Arduino to play a sound byte to sooth her. The sound bytes in question are recordings of Nathaniel’s mom either praising or scolding the dog, and as you can see from the video below, they seem to work quite well. While machine learning may sound like a bit of an extreme solution to curb your dog’s barking, it’s certainly innovative, and even appears to have been successful. See #technology #DIY #barkingdog #machinelearning #innovation

The LoRa Meshtastic T-BEAM device are small battery powered devices that will mesh with other T-BEAM and send messages and other data from your phones, tablets and computers. They can use one of three different license-free bands, but you do need to check for compliance in your own country as, for example, the 915 MHz license-free band is not necessarily a license-free band in other countries. The plain broadcast capability can be better replicated using license-free walkie-talkies, but the real niche here is that these devices will create a mesh network. This means that if you are in the outdoors somewhere and a party is slightly split up, the message will relay though intermediate stations it can reach. Yes Android has the Briar app that I think does this, but nothing exists on iOS devices for this, so using these devices, Android and iOS devices can all interconnect (not the iOS device requires a beta version of the software app). Watch #technology #radio #licensefree #meshnetwork #LoRa

The boffins did so because "Fast neutrons propagate significant distances and interact with materials in ways that are complementary to those of electromagnetic radiation. However, their consideration as a potential means of wireless communication has been limited to date despite this complementarity with the electromagnetic medium of choice for both near-and far-field communication systems." This immediately brought a smile to my face thinking about the drama surrounding 5G microwave electromagnetic radio (which was all eventually explained as quite safe as it does not penetrate) and how this nuclear radiation would be received. This is not a viable technology yet at all (or in the near future), and is really a proof of concept. But does show that we should not just assume that extraterrestrial communications may only be electromagnetic, like we currently use. The use of sources of fast neutrons ( > 100 keV) is highly regulated for reasons of security and exposure risk. See #technology #radio #fastneutrons #nuclear