Whenever I think Facebook has reached the pinnacle of Evil they manage to surprise me… I have to say that the “Facebook VPN which rewards you with $20/mth” (aka “Project Atlas”¹) plan is so disgusting it defies belief.
They even know how Evil the whole thing is because they go to the pains of hiding behind shell companies so Apple doesn’t block them.
How can this not be criminal?
My Pixel battery was shot, and because I've dropped the phone I was not able to even attempt replacing the battery without permanently damaging the screen. I pre-ordered the Purism Librem 5 and can't wait for it but needed a replacement phone until then (estimates of April this year). So I ordered a Fairphone 2. Modular phone, open design, with an open source stripped version of Android. Despite the 2014 chipset, it is speedy and running nougat. Very impressed.
It seems that social media is becoming more and more about hostility. It's everyone's cowardly little place to beat their drum and stand on their soapbox. Really makes me glad things like dectralized federated social media alternatives are becoming a thing. Viva Mastodon and the fediverse. Be good to each other.
Everybody does it: The messy truth about infiltrating computer supply chains https://theintercept.com/2019/01/24/computer-supply-chain-attacks/
Firmware attacks like in this article are why the Heads tamper-evident BIOS is so important. With Heads the *user* is empowered to inspect, reproducibly build and reflash themselves instead of anchoring all trust in a vendor. #infosec https://theintercept.com/2019/01/24/computer-supply-chain-attacks/
@kylerankin Related to this, a few months ago I wrote a post that details some of the steps @Puri_sm takes to protect the digital supply chain: https://puri.sm/posts/protecting-the-digital-supply-chain/
@mastohost Update went smooth for my instance. Thanks a lot!
👋So, it's upgrade day and I will be starting the upgrade to v2.7.0 for all instance hosted in Masto.host now.
To avoid long waits during database upgrade there will be 2 downtimes of under 30 seconds. Meaning, your instance will go down and come back up and after some minutes (depending on instance size) the same will happen and the upgrade finished.
You can read the blog post with the highlights of v2.7.0 here: https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/01/mastodon-2.7/
Any issues, please let me know.
"Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years"
Read about our upcoming PureOS App Store coming to Librem 5 and Librem laptops https://puri.sm/posts/purism-announces-pureos-store/. Exciting times are ahead of us! #DefendFreedom #PrivacySecurityNow
I never realized just how good of a replacement to Facebook a Twitter like platform could be. But if you boil down all that Facebook does, Twitter and Mastodon by extension are the important bits. Mastodon allows you to have a media gallery through your profile, and all of your toots are always in chronological order. No sorting algorithm getting in the way. Genius.
Hardware Updates for 2019! 🎉
Today we introduce Version 4 of the Librem laptop line — now with an updated CPU and graphics for all models and a 4k/HiDPI screen for the 15″ model.
Software engineer, family man, and lover of good.
Boosterfive is a Mastodon Instance that focuses on technology, software engineering, and family. Always up and forward!