The degree of solidarity between people defending the Berlin squats today was mindblowing. It strengthened my belief that a system with minimal authority is indeed possible and might function very well. Everyone was taken care of today, there was food, water, medical care, friendship - decent human behavior, completely by instinct, no rules necessary.
Just don't be an oppressive asshole, that's all.
Security nihilism is not a realistic option:
Still a bit too lenient from a radical perspective, but much much better than EFF's analysis and its weird recommendations... 🤔
I like how even most nerds say that the GNU contribution to GNU/Linux is negligible and Stallman shouldn't make such a fuss about it. Let's just call it "Linux".
Then they proceed with using GIMP on GNOME, (hopefully) encrypting their emails with GPG and running R in their statistics courses.
Oh yeah and GNUradio is kinda cool. But this is of course all completely unrelated. 🙄
Experimenting with some ultra-low bandwidth video encoding... There's no point in doing this in 2018, but I'm surprised how good webms at 56K (aka modem speed) look and sound with VP9 and opus. Esp. opus at 16 kbit/s is still mindblowingly good quality.
Otoh, good to know that if everything goes to shits, you can produce podcasts or news shows at home, and at that bitrate hundreds of people could stream the broadcast simultaneously from your *home* connection. Always good to know. 😏
Die Linke (Left party) leading for the first time ever in the BerlinTREND polls (which means that a majority would vote for them if there were Berlin-wide elections next Sunday).
Die Linke is far from perfect, but it's... an achievement. Congrats.
so the Australian regulator is investigating the claims that Google's covert extraction of data from android devices, through taping into everyone's data plan, would amount to 580.000.000$ worth of *data* (just the transfer not the value when aggregated in profile!)
This is massive. Has anyone heard of similar study/investigation anywhere else?
Just had to salvage my own #Freifunk router, lol. For some reason, I had to renew the VPN certificate - now it's working again. My little buddy. Good boy.
Very important for the neighborhood btw, up to 25 people are using it. I'm even thinking about handing out some old 841Ns for free... for ad-hoc use... Would love to create a square km around Hermannplatz entirely covered by berlin.freifunk.net, this would be insane. If anyone living nearby is interested in this, please contact me! THX
To all the GnuPG donors: We already made it from 41€ to 206€ within just 36 hours. This is pretty insane, and most of the donors were inspired by this Mastodon campaign.
Please contribute if you can, and let's at least try to surpass the April amount of 342€ 🤗 We can do better than that!
If you can't contribute directly, please boost this as much as you can 🎈
Just donated 20€ to #GnuPG for keeping it real. They have only received 41€ in May so far, which is ridiculously low given the importance of that project. Please help out if you can:
(Really angry to see this shit blowing up on mainstream media now, this will be a frustrating week...)
Apparently, the "total PR overkill" disclosure practice really made folks either completely abandon encryption or made them aware of who they can really trust (*hint* GnuPG *cough*) and chill out. And the few actually existing bugs will be fixed in a couple of days.
Certainly, EFF and many media outlets didn't shine. I wonder what will happen if somebody told them that Windows is insecure? 😑
O2, Eplus, Aldi Talk - all dead in Berlin right now. Telefonica's entire network has apparently been down for hours, in many places throughout Germany, which is insane. And today is literally the day I wanted to try out some mobile stuff using an Aldi Talk sim card I only bought for this reason
Can we also please talk about the need to MITM the encrypted message first before one can launch any #efail attack? Thanks to ubiquitous TLS, this seems to be the much more difficult feat to pull off these days (unless you have considerable resources). The cost of targeting and MITMing a given user is gigantic.
Telling the general public to uninstall GPG extensions is really silly, they should do the opposite. And install updates and disable html, ffs. Everything else is just FUD 😩