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The iOS drama around Hey is quite a thing to behold. As if this is a new policy at all.

Who knows, maybe Apple change their policy, now that all the celebrity Apple fans are making some noise. But it's frankly hilarious to see that these people didn't even know how Apple has been treating small devs and businesses all this time, all the while supporting this crap with their purchases of new iOS devices.

Walked to the Vatican today and found a deserted St. Peter's Square. And zero queues at both the Basilica and the Vatican museums.

Git "master" rant 

Already disagree with master/slave terms for IT being a problem, but at least there's a resemblance of an argument. A master branch in Git, however, isn't even named after a slave master. (I always thought of it as akin to a master recording, like in music for example.)

How ignorant do you have to be to think that the term master can only refer to a slave master, or that this one particular use is somehow more wide than all the hundreds of others combined?

Current status: I ordered a vacuum, and it's the most expensive power tool I have ever bought (because there's no table saw yet).

Is this normal? And how will it continue?

Sightseeing in Rome, with hardly any tourists around and perfect weather: pretty amazing!

You can buy a bunch of guides for the price of a cup of coffee, and they work offline, too (same as the maps do by default). So the question for new visitors to a city is really why *not* to buy a couple of guides for the maps you're using anyway.

Show thread selling high-quality city guides within the app is a neat idea for financing a sustainable open-source app. Chapeau!

I have arrived in the zombie apocalypse version of Rome. (But I didn't take photos of all the military checkpoints that I came close to.)

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During our next (virtual) XMPP meetup on Wednesday, 18:00 CEST, Daniel Gultsch and me will give an introduction to the technologies used for A/V calls with XMPP. Topics discussed will include Jingle, ICE/STUN/TURN, (S)RTP, and WebRTC. The meetup will take place on Jitsi Meet, see:

We'll also be streaming this meetup live to YouTube, so if you participate, you will be recorded. If you'd prefer to just listen, please use the YouTube stream:

Props to Facebook for being pretty much the only big site that I know, where you can receive all emails encrypted. But updating one's key seems to be broken, so there's that.

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I just stumbled over the new web interface, which lets you upload, verify, publish, and manage PGP keys to the directory with a nice user interface.

The first milestone of 100K verified keys was crossed in November:

Anyone knows where I can find the latest in and discussion about events and conference directories? Asking for a friend. (No, really!)

Finally booked a flight back to Sicily in the middle of June. And staying for a week in Rome before, while the tourist masses aren't there again yet. \o/

From the German analog of The Onion:

"Based on the number and equipment of the military present on site, an estimated oil reserve of at least 400 million barrels can be assumed"

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As I've revealed in my last Patreon post, I've been working on adding end-to-end encryption APIs into Mastodon as an upgrade to the direct message system.

Any and all technical details available at the moment are here:

An implementation guide for app developers is being worked on.


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Not the Olognion: "DevOps from above! US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will run Kubernetes"

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🎉 Time to update: Tor Browser 9.5 is out now.

This Tor Browser release is focused on helping you understand and use onion services.

“When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you—pull your beard, flick your face—to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you.” -- John Lennon

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