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This is a beautiful and diabolical collection of dark patterns and broken user interface elements. It’s awe inspiring in its awfulness.

Check my math (I wonder if I'm missing something). $480K after taxes, minus $117K restitution and $55K fine still leaves $308K net proceeds. Divide that by 4 (number of months in prison) and he's getting paid $77K per month of prison. Imagine he paid $100K to his lawyers. He's STILL getting off pretty damn good. I must be doing some of the math wrong.

Colleague just stuck a meeting on my calendar right between 2 other important meetings. Then he messaged me to ask if it was ok. I said "it's fine as long as we are strict on time". His reply: "We are in Switzerland. We will have no trouble being on time." :) I'm sure he's right.

I have a call in 5 minutes, I desperately need the loo, and my laptop seized up and needs rebooting. Ugh

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How many votes can I get on this poll if y'all boost it?

This headline is kinda garbage. Let me try rewriting it: "Confirmed: 20 years of consistently cutting NASA funding left an agency that can't do all the thing we want it to do."

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Every day is a new day to discover a new fucking privacy-washing organization.

Today, let's meet the "Futur of Privacy Forum", funded by :
- Facebook
- Google
- Microsoft
- Amazon
- Adobe
- Palantir
- Uber
- Verizon
- 23andMe
- Criteo

I don't know if I have to laugh, cry, or throw up!...

Thanks @aral for this discovery

I've just discovered a somewhat troubling statistic. In the last 17 years, which is like 6198 nights since I joined, I have 286 nights in just one hotel's programme. That is like 4.5% of my life. And while that's probably the single largest brand of hotel nights in my career, it's probably at most 50-60%. It makes me think I've spent like 10% or more of my life in hotels the last 17 years. Not sure how I feel about that.

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Say hello to Telephant!

I've written a little Mastodon client for the Desktop - called Telephant - and am currently looking for beta testers!

Want to help out and don't mind compiling the app yourself? (Don't worry it's fairly straight forward and I've added detailed instructions to the README!)

Join me here:

Looking forward to hearing your feedback!

I run iRedMail ( as my personal email server (it's really postfix+dovecot+etc) and Nextcloud ( for file, calendar, and contact sharing. You can link the two so they share identities. Taken together, this combo is really solid replacement for the free and surveillance-capitalism-based ecosystem.

Just had my 3rd or maybe 4th pull request accepted to a public project. On the one hand “yay”. On the other hand, most of my PRs are just like syntax fixes on a couple of lines.

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Warning: If you don't schedule time for maintenance, your equipment will schedule it for you.

Just spent a bit of time opting out using the privacy forms on some of the American companies I do business with.

Would all staff please note the new policy. Employees' mothers' must change their maiden names every 90 days.

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Guess which fire alarm company is going to become famous on the fail blogs:

So Marcus Hutchins, of fame and who had been arrested in the US has pleaded guilty to writing banking software. Over on the birdsite there's lots of strong opinions. I blogged my opinion that it's a big world out there and trying to dismiss him as a criminal or pardon him because he's a hero are fundamentally misguided.

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Infosec Exchange

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