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Alexander Bochmann
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As of today, I'll stop using Google+ as primary platform to consume or create new content.

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Find the sort of things I've been posting here over on my old blog platform:

Blog: https://web.gxis.de/tiki/tiki-view_blog.php?blogId=4
RSS feed: https://web.gxis.de/tiki/tiki-blog_rss.php?blogId=4
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There's several reasons coming together to finally make that decision:

I'm spending way too much time on basically doing nothing on G+. At the same time, I'm quite frustrated by the new user interface, which makes it hard to follow discussions on posts, and it's being focused on featuring images too prominently. And then, I'm fed up with online service platforms in general - a handful of distributed systems under the control of a a few big organizations is just not the kind of infrastructure I wanted to end up with when I started using the Internet, over 20 years ago (nearly 25, counting UUCP access).



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So I whipped up a Mastodon instance, and as long as I'm playing with that, I'm over at https://mastodon.infra.de/@galaxis

(And I'm so glad I'm not using G+ anymore, since the first thing it's doing is to garble the address I tried to post: +*****)

Anyone else with active accounts somewhere in the Mastodon / GNU social federation?
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Michael has published a short breakdown on the #Pyra development costs... Even though many things have been done on a budget, and with experiences from the OpenPandora project in the background, hardware development sums up to nearly 220.000€.

All the other actual production costs (ordering components, assembly) come on top of that.

Provided the case samples that should be arriving soon are ok, and there's no new surprises in the latest PCB revisions, hardware development will be wrapped up shortly, and things are being set up for a first production run.
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35 posts now over on the blog I created to replace my G+ activity over on my old TikiWiki platform. Tiki certainly isn't the best choice for blogs (no Trackback/Pingback support, for example), but I didn't want to start off with setting up yet another platform.

It's such a relief to have real text formatting and the ability to embed links right into text, instead of "attaching" them to a post. In that regard, I don't miss G+ in the slightest. Filtering and searching in my RSS reader also works way better than it ever has on here.

I'm still not sure if the missing Trackback thing is a problem or not - I don't expect much interaction anyway. There's also some other technical problems - particularly I haven't been able to create a set of lighttpd rewrites that work with Tiki's "search engine friendly URLs" feature (without breaking other functionality).

RSS feed for all blogs is here:
https://web.gxis.de/tiki/tiki-blogs_rss.php?ver=5
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Promotional intermission for the Humble "freedom" Bundle (of small games and a couple of books): Buyer gives some money, and in return the devolpers and authors of products in the bundle are giving away their stuff for free, as all proceeds go to ACLU, Medicins Sans Frontieres, and the International Rescue Committee.
Humble Freedom Bundle
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"We have to make choices about the world we want to live in.

We must choose between isolationism, inequality and national egotism on the one hand and openness, social equality and strength through solidarity on the other. Between regression and the future.

In this respect, Europe is an anchor of stability in a changing world and is working day and night to find long-term solutions to the challenges that Europe is facing.

It is by standing for openness, social equality and solidarity that Europe can credibly act on the world stage to find common, forward-looking solutions."

President Jean-Claude Juncker
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Summary of new surveillance programs in several european countries. One of my major pains in that area right now is that we don't seem to have any sizable political force or party that's worth supporting in opposition of those decisions....
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Hey Circolonians, I need a signal boost: I'm searching for a 19" rack mounted label printer - has anyone ever seen such a thing?
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"After my trip in Hamburg, Germany, for the 33rd Chaos Communication Congress, I left Germany for the United States for a short vacation to visit family and friends. Upon my arrival in the United States, I was detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) where my belongings were picked apart and I was asked lots of strange, some offensive questions about my personal life. I refused to answer any questions and instead gave them the contact information for my lawyer. They demanded I decrypt my phone so they could "make sure there isn't any bad stuff on there". When I told them no, they said they would seize all of my electronics and search all of them for "contraband". I persisted and they seized about $2,000 worth of electronics and told me I would "get them back". We'll see about that. In total I was detained over 3 hours by CBP alone, and despite that CBP documentation says that I can notify someone of my detainment if I have been detained for more than 2 hours, I was not allowed to even after that point. This seems to have been a violation of CBP policy."
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