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Quote of the day:

"It's been said before, but this is not a debate. There is no debate. There is no "on the one hand, on the other hand." There is no "privacy v. security." This is "no privacy and weakened security v. actual privacy and actual security." There's literally no debate to be had here. If you understand the issues, encryption is essential, and any effort to take away end-to-end encryption is outlawing technology that keeps everyone safe."

Via Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Considers Outlawing Encryption

#encryption #privacy #cybersecurity #surveillance

This is pretty exciting for NC users!
We are very proud today to introduce Nextcloud Text, a collaborative, rich text editor for #nextcloud! Try it out and get productive!

The ratings will be yuge.

Mueller to testify publicly on July 17 following a subpoena

"Special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly following a subpoena from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, the panels announced Tuesday."

"Mueller will testify publicly before both committees on Wednesday, July 17, according to a joint statement announcing the hearing."

#Trump #corruption

"TSA Administrator David P. Pekoske told the committee that the move would have 'no effect on aviation security'."

Whatever you say, pal.

TSA to send hundreds of workers to southern border to enforce immigration policies
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A wealthy couple donated millions to spread feer of vaccines
#Vaccines #Antivaxx #Disinformation

Bernard Selz is a so-called philanthropist. Ha! Right! He doesn’t care too awful much about humanity if he’s willing to give millions to support the spread of disinformation regarding vaccines.
No, anti-vaccine hysteria didn't emerge from grassroots. This rich NYC couple funded it.

#proprietarysoftware like #adobe #photoshop helps the #surveillance state ... like proprietary printing drivers that add yellow, pale dots that are secretly designed for spies; use #freesw instead. No source-catching traps.

@Adam Gaskins honestly I have never used Krita - it looks interesting. Since I spend more time scripting and modeling than creating graphics, I am able to use Gimp2 to meet my needs which do not include a lot of hand painting style creations. I might check out Krita though and compare it to other painting tools.

On video editing, I doubt most users engage in frame level editing. I found Adobe Premiere to be a waste of money for me. When I edit videos for myself or for clients, my primary needs are: adding captions, adding music, adding clips, adding credits, and providing transitions for all of those to meet the style requested. Replacing the popular Movie Maker application, Story Remix code was added to the latest Microsoft Photos app allowing most users to meet basic requirements on their own without spending money. I have not tried it yet but am curious about the make someone a star feature.
Shotcut is a FOSS alternative that meets most needs. For other more complex... show more

Great info here @Shelenn Ayres ! Thanks for sharing. At some point i've tried most (if not all) of the video editors you've mentioned and always found one key element missing that I guess I had always been spoilt by in Adobe Premier/AE & Sony Vegas back in my Windows days... namely, envelope control of various parameters. I got so used to this that I find it very hard to edit confortably with any of these tools. Maybe there is some other paradigm for automating parameters that I have simply not yet grok'd. I'm sure Blender could probably do this, but I've barely scratched the surface in that app, and nothing involving video editing. I get the impression that it can do some of the things I might be missing from AE, like scripting parameters, motion tracking, etc.. But the real killer feature for me is simple envelope control of params in an otherwise fairly basic video editor. Have you came across an app that might do this? It's entirely possible that it's been right under my nose... show more

I have, but I do see a few I don't recall since the last time I checked! I guess it's been quite some time now. Thanks @Shelenn Ayres !

Reg. the yellow dots - I always assumed that they got added in hardware and have heard of software that adds additional dots to make them unreadable. Would be interested to learn if they actually get added by the driver as that would be a big plus for using free software.

@elrido I don't know for sure, but I can tell you that I once had a need to scan & print some money (it was for a movie prop where the money needed to be burned... seriously! haha) and M$ Windows, where I worked, would not allow this to work. Every time I tried to scan it would get thru the scan and give an error (I wish I remembered the error or had a screen shot, it was interesting to say the least). So, suspecting the Windows driver being the issue, I tried my laptop with GNU/Linux, used OS drivers and it worked without a hitch! Printing also worked fine, but I didn't try that in Windows (iirc). I figured the printer/scanner combo is pretty basic and 'dumb' hardware. The drivers are typically where the magic happens, and I think this case was no exception.

This isn't a particularly unreasonable scenario on it's own, I guess. But I do highly doubt that the manufacturer took the time to code this proceedure that can detect money of their own volition (time being money, and all); I'... show more

@elrido Just to be clear, this was a very low end budget all-in-one printer - not some sophisticated device that could actually even print money that looked remotely real! So this is why I highly doubt the manufacter would have programmed such things in to the drivers on their own.

thank you for sharing the details

This is how real "fake news" works...

#death #suicide #terrorism #diabetes #heartdisease #cancer #google #news #media #NewYorkTimes #theguardian #guardian #infographic #infographics #infografía #information #data #dataisbeautiful #america #americans #UnitedStates #Fake-News #Fakenews

@Adam Gaskins first: to avoid misunderstanding: there are indeed very successfull attempts to implement socialist principle in societies. Scandinavia is one and I dare to say, that even Cuba has its merits. Though the Castro Regime is far from being democratic, it has never been a brutal tyranny and given the fact, that the regime has been under really heavy pressure from the US for 60 years now, that looks to me like: they actually do not want to brutalize the cubeans just to stay in charge, they rather organise a fairly acceptable standard of living, that is in some aspects(medical care) better than the one of the lower half of the US citizens.

Then you said a very true thing: "we humans have a hard time not putting things in tidy little boxes"
Exactly: ideals are one thing, real life (tm) is something different.
A govt, that does its best to improve the life of as many people as possible is better than a regime of idealists, that do anything to stay... show more

@Adam Gaskins - Great insights and I largely agree. However, I think that the US, in particular, needs to move much further to left. Most Democrats are too far to the right. We need someone like Bernie or Andrew Yang as president.

Let's Reinstate Net-Neutrality!

Please take a moment to help in the fight to restore net-neutrality! It's a very short & to the point bill that is being proposed here: It may take all of 1-2 minutes to read, as it only seeks to reenact the parts of the FCC that Ajit Pai has been dismantling for his former employer and other big corporate interests!

Ajit Pai ( is one of the more vile characters to come from Trump's administration, and he has clearly stated his interests in helping to destroy net neutrality along with any laws that might prevent monopolies from growing stronger and gaining control of every aspect of our digital lives! The FCC's purpose is NOT to help Verizon monopolize markets!

Here's a starting point for taking action on this:
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