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Ugh. rnz.co.nz/news/national/471997 If these folks did a price comparison, I'm confident they'd be able to cut costs by 50-80% using a provider who is *not* Microsoft or Amazon. I doubt such comparisons take place. I suspect there're always (spurious) trumped up requirements that only one mega-corp provider can fulfill. Seems ridiculous that our gov't continues to fall into these holes. I'm convinced it's entirely due to lobbying (which is a slightly wishy-washy way of saying 'corruption').

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@DrCuriosity Sure, even the phrase "lobbying" seems in practice, indistinguishable from "bribery". However, in the USA, bribery is illegal.

So, apparently the USA's concept of so-called "Justice" is as simple to evade as a regex filter? It's almost hilarious, if it weren't horrifically tragic.
@lightweight @ocdtrekkie

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Do you have Codeberg account?

codeberg.org

Please boost if you are a programmer.

#GiveUpGithub #Codeberg #Programming

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@lightweight Yeah, I *hated* the book Sandworm (this is definitely not a recommendation to read it, please do anything else with your time) but the story about some company's AD getting *thoroughly* pwn3d and only "saved" because they had an extremely remote branch which had an AD mirror which had been poorly synced as a result, has some lessons in there for: 1. avoiding Windows and 2. how backups function in the real world (yikes, have some which are offline for posterity, please) @ocdtrekkie

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@lightweight @DrCuriosity I agree. At the core of it, the cloud will always be paying for your portion of their hardware, your portion of their IT staff, and their profit margin, and also you'll still need your own IT staff anyways, and also, their IT staff won't care if they push code the morning of your big product launch.

To be honest, the cloud still feels like a collective delusion that people thought it was a good idea.

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@lightweight @ocdtrekkie
Not to mention that if your OIA requests on agreements with a big corporate can be denied on "commercial sensitivity" grounds, it's very hard to tell if any malfeisance is happening or not.

I requested very similar things (for slightly different reasons) in my recommendations for NZ's Digital Strategy in 2021: davelane.nz/suggestions-aotear Sadly, all of us have long been ignored by gov't. Here's hoping this new, indigenous resistance has more steel.

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Our NZ privacy commission made a very bad decision here, based, presumably, on corporate assurances and on unfounded faith in contract law. privacy.org.nz/publications/st

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Can't believe it's taken so long for people in NZ to question the gov't's (anything-but-NZ-owned-and-run) 'Cloud First' policy for offshoring NZer data with US-owned megacorporates like AWS, Microsoft, and Google. rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ I'm appalled that our gov't ever thought this was ok given that those corporations are beholden to the US Cloud and Patriot Acts.

Huh. TIL that I share something in common with Paul Newman - we're both ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church (of Modesto California). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_New

On a recent visit to San Fran, we happened, by chance, to swing past the Mozilla headquarters. That was kinda cool.

Anybody out there using Frigate for home security cameras? github.com/blakeblackshear/fri If so, any thoughts on it? Found something better (but also )?

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Love #FOSS and #privacy, but are still using #GoogleTranslate?

Give an open equivalent, #OpenNMT (Open Neural Machine Translate) a try! There's a live #translation page (similar to Google Translate) at:
demo-pnmt.systran.net/producti

...or contribute at github.com/OpenNMT/OpenNMT (comes in #Lua, #Python and #TensorFlow variants)

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RT @MelechThomas
Ya’ll said Michael Jackson’s pronouns are He/He and I haven’t known peace since.

Found it surprisingly difficult to explain to my boy how a 'drawing tablet' (i.e. a digital drawing surface, like a Wacom, with which one interacts with a digital stylus) is different from a 'tablet' (namely a computing device with a touch screen and processor).

Seems to me that many of the most angry people in the world are frustrated and feeling disempowered because they don't understand the difference between anecdote and statistical relevance.

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#NextCloud CEO and founder Frank Karlitschek was approached by a #Microsoft lawyer earlier this year to make a deal.

In the meeting, the Microsoft correspondent offered benefits in the form of collaboration and marketing to Nextcloud. For example, they wanted to promote the Nextcloud logo in Microsoft marketing material – if Nextcloud would consider dropping its anti-trust complaint.

Microsoft used to be a company of jerks, liars and cheaters 40 years ago, it remains a company of jerks, liars and cheaters today.

nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-i

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Europe strikes back at Google: After Germany and the Netherlands, also Denmark bans Google Workspace from schools. Let's fight for privacy and protect our children's data! 💪
tutanota.com/blog/posts/denmar

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