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Am Mittwoch, 2020-01-29, 18:00 Uhr veranstalten wir einen Themenabend:

„Umsteigen auf LINUX, leicht gemacht!“

Wir zeigen euch Alternativen zu den oft benutzen Programmen, damit ihr keine Angst vor LINUX zu haben braucht und euch der Umstieg leichter fällt. ;-)

Anschließen gibt es ein großes Palaver - auch Podium genannt - wo wir auf eure Fragen eingehen.

Eure Anmeldung wäre nett, weiter auf: https:/bs-lug.de/ta

#LINUX #Veranstaltung #LUG #wegvonwindows #umsteigen
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Anyone want to live in Shenzhen to teach at an experimental international high school in Shenzhen, China? I've been talking with these folks for about a year now -- they have a definite focus on projects and learning (rather than tests). 2 teachers needed:
Innovation and Science Fiction:
Making and Design:

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Die Organisation Transparenzregister scheint sich ein paar Probleme eingetreten zu haben. Nach einer ersten harschen Aufforderung, sich in das Register einzutragen, kommt jetzt eine längliche Erklärung mit Richtigstellung etc.

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Das Innenministerium und Justizministerium äußern sich in der Bundespressekonferenz über das geforderte Moratorium zur #Gesichtserkennung – Man kenne den Bericht nicht & in #Suedkreuz war alles prima youtube.com/watch?time_continu

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Remember what public life was like before laws were passed banning/limiting smoking? I remember; it was disgusting. I drew this cartoon in 1994. Not everything has changed for the worse.

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RT @MartinSonneborn
Alice #Weidel hat aus Versehen ihren Tweet gelöscht, nachdem die Likes unter den beiden Antworten exponentiell stiegen... Smiley!

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@padeluun Eine schleichende Transmutation der #BRD in einen scheindemokratischen Polizei- und Überwachungsstaat wird von Verfassungsfeinden wie Horst Seehofer, Hans-Georg Maaßen und Wolfgang Schäuble schon seit Jahrzehnten vorangetrieben. Diese feinen Herren halten die drohende Überwachungsgesellschaft offenbar für sehr erstrebenswert.

Es geht hier um lückenlose Dauerüberwachung der Gesamtbevölkerung und dieses Horrorszenario kann überhaupt nur mittels allumfassender Deanonymisierung verwirklicht werden.

Flächendeckende Videoüberwachung mit biometrischer Gesichtserkennung sowie Vorratsdatenspeicherung und Klarnamenpflicht markieren das Ende des Rechtsstaats!

#Klarnamenpflicht #Gesichtserkennung #Rechtsstaatlichkeit #Bürgerrechte #Menschenrechte #Datenschutz #CDU #CSU #Vorratsdatenspeicherung #Sicherheitstheater #HorstSeehofer #WolfgangSchäuble #Datenkraken #BigBrother #Publikative #Sozialkreditsystem #Regierungskriminalität #Bürgerkrieg

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The greatest grift the privileged ever ran was convincing everybody that "Anarchy" was another word for "Chaos", and not an ideology based in the dismantling of hierarchy to be replaced with a system founded in equity. It’s almost like a small albeit powerful group of ppl´s privilege and influence depends on a strict pecking order they’d do literally anything to maintain :blobcatglaredrink: . Almost :TDR: :TDR: :TDR: .

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Schöne Grüße nach Augsburg zu Herrn Ullrich. Wir hatten ja bereits vor 2(?) Jahren im Gespräch geklärt, dass das vollkommener Blödsinn ist und Sie das nur für das verwenden, von dem Sie meinen, dass das Wahlkampf sei.


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Brilliantly debunking of Moxie's bullshit about #Signal and lies against decentralized systems at #36C3:


Decentralized systems' far better track record than centralized services on these goals must be very frustrating if you run such a centralized service but attacking bizarre straw men is not useful. Imagine if the over 50 million dollars funding Signal had gone towards polishing a distributed messenger....

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Police Surveillance Tools from Special Services Group

Special Services Group, a company that sells surveillance tools to the FBI, DEA, ICE, and other US government agencies, has had its secret sales brochure published. Motherboard received the brochure as part of a FOIA request to the Irvine Police Department in California.


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Wirklich bemerkenswert an dieser Recherche sind u.a. die Details über die (Nicht-)Reaktion der auf die Versuche einer Betroffenen, die Vorfälle anzuzeigen.

"nicht so viele Mails schicken"
"mit Links kann ich nichts anfangen"
"Pornografie ist legal"


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So I was recently asked why I prefer to use free and open source software over more conventional and popular proprietary software and services.

A few years ago I was an avid Google user. I was deeply embedded in the Google ecosystem and used their products everywhere. I used Gmail for email, Google Calendar and Contacts for PIM, YouTube for entertainment, Google Newsstand for news, Android for mobile, and Chrome as my web browser.

I would upload all of my family photos to Google Photos and all of my personal documents to Google Drive (which were all in Google Docs format). I used Google Domains to register my domain names for websites where I would keep track of my users using Google Analytics and monetize them using Google AdSense.

I used Google Hangouts (one of Google’s previous messaging plays) to communicate with friends and family and Google Wallet (with debit card) to buy things online and in-store.

My home is covered with Google Homes (1 in my office, 1 in my bedroom, 1 in the main living area) which I would use to play music on my Google Play Music subscription and podcasts from Google Podcasts.

I have easily invested thousands of dollars into my Google account to buy movies, TV shows, apps, and Google hardware devices. This was truly the Google life.

Then one day, I received an email from Google that changed everything.

“Your account has been suspended”

Just the thing you want to wake up to in the morning. An email from Google saying that your account has been suspended due to a perceived Terms of Use violation. No prior warning. No appeals process. No number to call. Trying to sign in to your Google account yields an error and all of your connected devices are signed out. All of your Google data, your photos, emails, contacts, calendars, purchased movies and TV shows. All gone.

I nearly had a heart attack, until I saw that the Google account that had been suspended was in fact not my main personal Google account, but a throwaway Gmail account that I created years prior for a project. I hadn’t touched the other account since creation and forgot it existed. Apparently my personal Gmail was listed as the recovery address for the throwaway account and that’s why I received the termination email.

Although I was able to breathe a sigh of relief this time, the email was wake up call. I was forced to critically reevaluate my dependence on a single company for all the tech products and services in my life.

I found myself to be a frog in a heating pot of water and I made the decision that I was going to jump out.

Leaving Google

Today there are plenty of lists on the internet providing alternatives to Google services such as this and this. Although the “DeGoogle” movement was still in its infancy when I was making the move.

The first Google service I decided to drop was Gmail, the heart of my online identity. I migrated to Fastmail with my own domain in case I needed to move again (hint: glad I did, now I self host my email). Fastmail also provided calendar and contacts solutions so that took care of leaving Google Calendar and Contacts.

Here are some other alternatives that I moved to:

Gmail → Fastmail → Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts → FastmailNextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar → FastmailNextcloud Calendar
Google Search → BingDuckDuckGo
Google Maps → Bing MapsOpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics → Matomo Analytics
Google Drive → Nextcloud Files
Google Photos → Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs → Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music → Spotify / PlexSpotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV → PlexJellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books → Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) → F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android → Lineage OSUbuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps → Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome → Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains → Hover
Google Hangouts → Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo → Signal
Google Podcasts → PocketCastsAntennaPod
Google Newsstand → RSS
Google Wallet → PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice →Ting Mobile

Migrating away from Google was not a fast or easy process. It took years to get where I am now and there are still several Google services that I depend on: YouTube and Google Home.

Eventually, my Google Home’s will grow old and become unsupported at which point hopefully the Mycroft devices have matured and become available for purchase. YouTube may never be replaced (although I do hope for projects like PeerTube to succeed) but I find the compromise of using only one or two Google services to be acceptable.

At this point losing my Google account due to a mistake in their machine learning would largely be inconsequential and my focus has shifted to leaving Amazon which I use for most of my shopping and cloud services.

The reason that I moved to mostly FOSS applications is that it seems to be the only software ecosystem where everything works seamlessly together and I don’t have to cede control to any single company. Alternatively I could have simply split my service usage up evenly across Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple but I don’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I’m very happy with the open source ecosystem. I use Ubuntu with KDE on all of my computers and Android (no GApps) on my mobile phone. I’ve ordered the PinePhone “Brave Heart” and hope to one day be able to use it or one of its successors as a daily driver with Ubuntu Touch or Plasma Mobile.

I don’t want to give the impression that I exclusively use open source software either, I do use a number of proprietary apps including: Sublime Text, Typora, and Cloudron.


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Eine 2kg-Maschine mit fossilem Brennstoff und Lärm für den ganzen Wohnblock.
Um ein paar Blätter nicht einfach fegen oder harken zu müssen.
Nichts drückt schöner aus, warum wir erledigt sind und es auch nicht besser verdient haben.

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