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Standard Ebooks: Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover.
Standard Ebooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces lovingly formatted, open source, and free public domain ebooks.
Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to take advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.
This looks like an interesting project!
#FreeCulture #ebooks #NoDRM #literature #publicDomain
funny how those things always use pictures of tablets ..
not sure if its a good idea to use such pictures in promotions for community projects because it encourages the use of devices users cannot really have much trust in!
a tablet isn't really more convenient than a laptop if it means being forced to use a device that can't be trusted by its user!
Im in no hurry to go shopping for any such device until there is something available with root out of the box - same goes for phones.
re ebooks of course one can read those on a laptop too...
well, those look more ebook readers than tablets, imho.
I agree that ebook readers also have significant trust issues, but compared to tablets have a couple of differences (note that most of it only applies to epaper devices, not to certain tablet-from-an-ebook-vendor).
* they tend to be more single-task devices, so you don't load your whole life on them (but I agree that "reading habits" on its own is already an important information that somebody may not want to share
* there are a few ebook readers (surely not the kindle, and I'm not sure about the nook, however, and those are the ones shown on that page) that allow you to use them without having to create a remote account, and they work even if not connected to wifi. Of course it's still proprietary software and you can't know that it's not trying to connect to random wifi networks to send your data by stealth, but that would require explicit malice.
* reading a book on epaper is quite different than reading it on a regular screen, and depending on your eyes it may cause MUCH less strain, as it's pretty closer to what one experiences on a regular book; here a laptop and a tablet would be pretty much the same, but an epaper screen can be a game changer.
Anyway, I suspect that the use of those devices in the image above has more to do with the fact that they want to show that those books can be read on the devices one already owns and uses, rather than suggesting that privacy-conscious users buy one of those devices in order to read those books.
ActivityPub is a real standard now!
Let your social networks be free!
ActivityPub was basically 3 years of my life, and there were points were I wasn't sure if the time and energy I was spending on it was worth it. I'm sure it was today. Thank you everyone who participated in the standards process, have implemented... or are going to implement! You made it all worth it!Show all 5 repliesCongratulations!
On a related note, I stumbled upon a progress report of the FreedomBox project. In it they talk about integrating distributed social networks and in particular about Diaspora and GNU Social. How about someone bringing ActivityPub and accompanying implementations to their attention?
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Configuring K-9 mail via command line
After reinstalling Replicant on phone, I couldn't bear to configure email settings again by hand, so wasted a couple of hours writing a script to do it instead.
- Equifax hacked, details from 143 million *consumers* might be stolen.
Consumers because we aren't customers, we didn't ask equifax to store all our data.
So, the big question: will equifax now pay for credit monitoring for all 143 million people?
The data breach can be exploited such that credit requests go to other credit rating companies, so monitoring only equifax is not sufficient.
It's your data, you should have access to see what they have, especially when they're responsible for the data loss.
#InternetPrivacy #WhoOwnsIt #ConsumerProtections #EFF
uıɐɾ ʞ ʇɐɯɐs likes this.I don't want credit monitoring from these companies. The companies that expose all our data are the same companies trying to sell us a service to protect that data. If they get something wrong or somebody
"steals our identity", we're responsible for correcting it. What a racket. It seems this "industry" externalizes all the costs to people whose information it collects and then exposes. They win no matter what happens.
I want them to pay for credit freezes. (I want them to do some other things too, but it wouldn't be polite to express those things aloud.)
Here's a link to Equifax's own page on the matter (in case it is useful): https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
der.hans likes this.I went digging for the information I had bookmarked about security freezes and came across Brian Krebs' explanation: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/06/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-embrace-the-security-freeze/
Mastodon is rolling out ActivityPub support this week & a new AP CR coming out. I feel like years of work are finally proving themselves. 😌Show all 5 replies
I'm not claiming I did any work on AP implementation in Mastodon of course, that's thanks to a herculean effort on Gargron and friends. But standards stuff unexpectedly occupied 2.5 hard years of my and others' life; sometimes I laid in bed wondering if it was worth it. Feels like it was now, and I'm grateful for that.
Switching to Mastodon - see you soon!
Mastodon will soon be supporting ActivityPub . So I'm going to switch there for good now. If everything works as expected I'd be in touch with everybody still sticking with pump.io anyway. But for now I'm not maintaining two timelines anymore.
My new home is https://social.tchncs.de/@mray - follow me there, or wait for ActicityPub here. See you soon!
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Ultimate excuse for not hitting a deadline: "Sorry, I need to extend the language before all the features work as necessary to do the release"
"nobody will use your code if it's GPL, make it permissive" is the open source version of "we won't pay you, but you'll get exposure"
National Library of Finland
The National Library of Finland (in Helsinki) is unusually fancy for being in Finland. I had a meeting there today, and looked around a bit while I was there :-)
- .@GnuPG just announced their new funding campaign. I use GPG every day. I set up my quarterly donation. Join us? https://gnupg.org/donate/
lsblk- how have I never met this handy program before?
If you're wondering what Republican strategy we'll be seeing, assuming Comey's memo does say that, Ryan just hinted at it
"Comey, why didn't you do anything at the time then"
uıɐɾ ʞ ʇɐɯɐs likes this.Well, Comey still hasn't said anything about it.
But: Trump didn't order Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. He asked Comey to. By itself it's… scummy, but not something to do something about. It's the combination of that, the mention of other investigations that Trump says Comey should have dropped, and Comey being fired that raises eyebrows.
…which is my reply to that strategy, not to you specifically.
- I'm somewhat bemused by all the "mp3 is dead" stories coming out of tech news and being parroted by others. It's hard not to think that this isn't some sort of PR push to get the general population thinking that MP3 is obsolete so that the patent encumbered technologies can be sold as "advanced". I admit it appears to be working. Somehow terminating a licensing program is being reported as killing off an obsolete technology as opposed to simply indicating that the patents have expired and the technology is finally free for use by everyone.Show all 5 replies"They terminated the licensing". No. They terminated the licensing *program* because they no longer have any money to collect from the racketeering.
Problem is that most of those that write about it either don't even grasp the concept or are malignant to misinform.
Hard time seeing any outcome that isn't one of these three:
2) Total fascism
3) Nuclear war
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Ansible vs Fabric
I'm trying to love Ansible, but
ansible-playbook -i inventory.ini --sudo -v certbot-renew.ymlis just messy compared to say
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>> Ben Sturmfels:
“>that I might only run now and again.”
Fair enough. In salt, you would put your host-specific states in top.sls. Then you can just run salt '*' state.highstate when you need to redeploy/update/whatever and forget about running any certbot-related commands, states or playbooks directly ever again. :)If there's an "ansible.cfg" file in the current directory, you can put "inventory=inventory.ini" in the "[defaults]" section and not have to mention it on the command-line.Instead of saying "--sudo", you can put "become: true" into your playbook file.That makes the Ansible command-line a bit simpler, but still not quite as simple as Fabric.In my experience, Ansible really shines when you have modular configuration, where these hosts need this subset of configuration applied to them, but those hosts need that overlapping-but-not-identical subset of configuration applied. Using Ansible for configuring a single thing on a single host is overkill for production, although it's a good way to learn about it.
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Thanks for these tips @Screwtape. I've now mostly switched across from Trisquel 8 to GuixSD for my daily work, so appreciating the newer version of Ansible with the features you mentioned (
inventory=inventory.iniin ansible.cfg and
become: truein playbook file).