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Help by spreading the word that:

🔵 Privacy is a human right.

🔵 Tracking & surveillance are widespread on the internet.

🔵 Tor is a nonprofit that can help you take back your privacy online.

🇩🇪 Unglaublich: Microsoft entscheidet, welche Mails Europaabgeordnete im Posteingang zu lesen bekommen. Es nennt sich Outlook-Spamfilter und kann nicht deaktiviert werden.

I have yet to understand which word to use to translate the German word "Basteln" properly with EVERYTHING that involves making something out of ANY materials (paper, metal, wood, clay, cardboard, feathers, glitter, electric components, etc.) yourself
"DIY" doesn't seem like a proper verb to me
"Tinkering" I think implies technical DIYs, if I am not mistaken (am not a mother tongue so I don't know)
"doing handicrafts" is two words and can't be used in the same way like an excited "BASTELN!!! :nkoWhoaa:". Noo.. "doing handicrafts" is toooo long and complicated to say for being able to use it in an excited scream

“Algorithmen für Bewerbungen - Das Bücherregal im Hintergrund hat Einfluss darauf, ob Du den Job bekommst” Wir brauchen ein Beschäftigtendatenschutzgesetz. Das Schlimmste ist ja, dass die Ergebnisse der Software als quasi objektiv unreflektiert bleiben

It's illegal to enter buildings in the zone as most of them are completely unstable, and due to a new zone administration there's typically no bribing your way out of a situation. Sometimes in the most unsuspecting places you may find street art left behind by a Stalker who risked arrest for something many will never see. Somewhat of a real life Easter egg, or a subtle nod to defiance: "You're not suppose to be here."

Location: Chernobyl Exclusion-zone, Ukraine. 2019.


I've finally finished setting up my own Matrix instance!

Hurra, die überarbeitete und erweiterte Neuauflage von #NaUndDasBuch ist endlich auf allen Plattformen durch den Freigabeprozess und nun überall erhältlich! :D YAY!!! *freu* RT welcome. :)

And again it drizzles at #fdroid with 41 updated and 7 new #Android #apps – the latter containing a.o. nice things like

* aTox: a Tox client (Messenger)
* Coordinate Joker: Geocaching tool
* Fake Contacts: automatically add (and remove) a bunch of "fake contacts" to your addressbook for data collectors' "cache poisoning"
* Lemmur: a Lemmy client (Fediverse Reddit pendant)
* OSMfocus Reborn: help improve OSM data

Toot, toot – enjoy the software freedom! My PS to #ilovefreesoftware day 😍

China’s naval fleet is becoming a force to reckon with

So I read that China’s naval force is becoming powerful.

Sometime between 2015 and 2020, China’s Navy crossed a critical threshold: it fielded more battle force ships than the U.S. Navy, making it the world’s largest navy numerically. Today, at around 360 hulls, it exceeds its American rival by more than sixty warships.

The article goes on to summarise the recent ship-building achievements by the China’s naval forces. It’s clear, the force-projecting machine is on the rise. This is especially worrying in the context of the regional waters around China, especially South China Sea disputes (

This has implications in regard to the rise of hi-tech as a strategic asset: production of computer processors is becoming a strategic and vital military issue. C.f., e.g., the insightful article by Ben Thompson here: It boils down to this observation: chips are everywhere and especially so in advanced weapons. You can’t win a war without chips. Who owns chip production, owns a strategic resource and it provides them a freedom to operate in military theatre.

The most advanced chip production facilities are owned by TSMC and reside in Taiwan. The fact that EU and USA are becoming disadvantaged in chip production (it’s of course way more nuanced, but generally true) is a strategic military planning concern. China’s growing ability to project naval power and to capture Taiwan if it decides so are, in this sense, problematic.

There’s one more interesting observation:

More broadly still, it offers modern history’s sole example of a “land” power successfully becoming a “sea” power and sustaining that status over time.

Indeed, as well argued by e.g., G. Friedman in The Next 100 Years, China is a land power. It’s limited by it access to the Pacific Ocean by all the islands it needs to navigate to get to the Ocean. So regardless of their fleet size, their capability to project power beyond this region is limited as far as they do not control the whole archipelago between Japan and Indonesia. So far, they don’t. Their growing naval capability, however, potentially threatens that to change. That well explains the growing USA obsession with China and Taiwan issues: threaten the control of Pacific Ocean by USA and you get their attention.

This is one of the slowly moving games played out there, curious to see further developments in the coming decades.

Wenn ihr Links über Messenger oder E-Mail teilt, dann achtet darauf, dass ihr Parameter wie:
- utm_[...] (Google)
- fbclid (Facebook)
entfernt. Das sind Identifier, die zur Linkverfolgung dienen und geben den Betreibern unter Umständen Auskunft darüber, wer den Link anklickt.

What defines your life? What are you? You are what you're good at.

Many people live only one life, doing only one thing until they are no longer able to. Some even less: a promising sportsman who had to quit early because of a trauma may live the rest of his life as a ghost of his former self.

It takes up to 7 years to excel in a trade (not in all but most). Our society provides a sure way to check: if you can live off your profession then you're good.

By that logic I'm on my fifth life now.

Me: There's no such thing as docker addiction and even if it was I wouldn't have it as I'm in full control of my dockering.

Internet: Did you heard of Whoogle?


Baby cries are an equivalent of C++ compiler error messages in the real world.
– Colleague of mine in a recent all-hands meeting

Some proofs that we are living in computer simulation:
* Particles behave like waves sometimes
* Quantum physics handler was taken from another project, that's why fundmental interaction on macro- and micro-levels is different.
* They forgot to add mass to photon and because of this it can't stop
* Every electron in the world is the reference on the same electron
* When moving on high speed, timer gets laggy
* To make galaxies rotate correctly, they were filled with invisible inert substance by 80%
* So that universe doesn't collapse because of gravity, space expands itself. This may cause issues in the future but works yet.
* Two previous paragraphs are temporary hacks but survived to the release.
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