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Have you ever decided not to install an Android app because you were afraid it would phone home? Tell Google to let you disable network access to your apps. #FixItAlready fixitalready.eff.org/android

Did you know Xiaomi Roborock vacuum cleaner robot runs pretty much full featured Ubuntu? How safe is Xiaomi Aqara gateway and it's Zigbee protocol? More about IoT security in excellent analysis by Dennis Giese: dgiese.scripts.mit.edu/talks/D and dontvacuum.me 👍

"serious flaw in Medtronic cardio defibrillators that allows attackers to use radio communications to surreptitiously take full control of the lifesaving devices after they are implanted in a patient" https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/03/critical-flaw-lets-hackers-control-lifesaving-devices-implanted-inside-patients/

Is there a guide about installing @pixelfed instance? Apparently on website docs are in to-be-written state 🤔

Planning to run @pixelfed instance, registered image.as for it 😊 This will complete my full set of tools: @gytis (notes), @gytis (videos) and also blog compatible with at @gytis 🤓

think of the websites you use on a daily basis. youtube, mastodon, github... imagine how much better they'd be without javascript. imagine if you were able to click a "reload" button in the mastodon timeline iframe instead of letting it automatically update with bloated JS. imagine if servers with hundreds of thousands of users rendered everything on the server side. imagine if your timeline updated with a meta refresh tag. imagine if every fave, boost, reply, et cetera initiated its own synchronous HTTP request and required a full page reload. that would be heaven on earth

imagine if the gmail webapp didn't exist and you instead had a single page with links to other pages to individually load your email. no keybinds, no lazy loading, no toggling images, no attachment warnings... just pure HTTP. it would be beautiful. so minimalist that you could run it on a flip phone. and isn't that what we all want? in today's modern day and age, where mobile phones are massively more powerful than the computers of two decades ago, we *need* to ensure that every website runs like butter on a pentium II PC with 64MB of memory, no matter how complex. what's that? you want to make a video streaming service? fuck you. we already have icecast and other internet streaming standards. provide a link to the stream and a download link for VLC. this is how things should be

RT @textfiles@twitter.com

The Winamp Skins Collection at the @internetarchive@twitter.com is now past 62,000 skins, with the vast majority containing screenshots, AND, if you go to the page for them, they'll boot up a javascript version of the Winamp player in your browser, using that skin. archive.org/details/winampskin

Wondering when beta version of @remark_as will be available 🤓 So much looking forward to federated Disqus alternative 👍

Let's start the week off with a review of basic online security. We made a list of some of the most common mistakes that can compromise your online #data & #privacy. To learn more, click here: protonvpn.com/blog/how-to-secu

We have released v0.8.0!

Some highlights:

- Better federation support
- Mobile UI updates
- Faster timelines
- Lightbox full screen previews
- Cleaner carousels
- Help Center updates
- New landing page
- Improved APIs to support mobile apps like @tom79

and more! #pixelfed

I must say I enjoy reading comments below Facebook's tweet that their systems are recovering. People explain how critical is to them and request urgent personal attention 😁 Yeah, right, guess if they gonna get it 🤣 It ain't 😆

Q: What's a network security person's favorite mayonnaise?

A: Diffie-Hellmans!

RT @kateo

I love these two for making a funny to help people remember the difference.

Remember:
@vgcerf = Internet, ~1969.
@timberners_lee = WWW, ~1989.
Both of them: awesome, always.

#Web30 #ForTheWeb

Request from a reader:

Are there good free open alternatives to Google's #recaptcha?

It is very difficult to avoid recaptchas as so many sites seem to rely on them. It would be nice to have alternatives people could suggest to websites.

Got myself a video platform - setup own instance of at videotape.me to share voice and video interviews, gameplay and other casts 🎞️ No more restrictions 🛑 Follow for updates: @gytis 🎬

A UDP packet walks into a bar.
A UDP packet walks into a bar.
"Please beer I'll have a bartender."

The bartender says "Ha! Not a chance. You duplicate, you talk out of order, and you don't have credentials."

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Mastodon node of Lithuanian software engineer Gytis Repečka.