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is everything you think necessary for your personal freedom, privacy and security ( even things we have not yet created )

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Updating my regular expression workshop for an upcoming class

Well done, U.S. Census Bureau, for using only first-party requests. A rare pleasure.

Here's a request for coding help to get BigBlueButton integration in #nextcloud to help schools continue their lesson plans! Want to support education in this time of social distancing?

Call for students: Work on Nextcloud related projects together with Joplin! Read more details on how to get involved and develop some great features this summer at #GSoC 2020!

Why does my tutorial level regex not work? Well, I found out after more than an hour of hair pulling. Turns out Debian ships with a broken version from 1996.

Calling "awk" in Debian means mawk 1.3.3 deals with your request.

Problem is that Mawk will not parse {0,3} repetition counts, which is pretty essential regex.

Here's someone more experienced than me encountering this problem back in 2006:

The patch they discuss, as of 2020 is still not in Debian stable.

RT @Pinboard
The public messaging around coronavirus is "your behavior today determines the news two weeks from now." Notice how psychologically hard it is to link cause and effect with just that two week delay. Climate change poses a similar political problem, but the delay is decades long

On another note, is there teachers or school admins around here ?

With a few colleagues we were thinking of putting together virtual classrooms for schools that don't have virtual options, but were wondering on the number of kids having internet access, especially in schools that can't put together their own service...

It would be completely free for schools to join, funded by donations with full transparency on the hosting costs and funds received... We already have a few pledges for the funding that would help bootstrap the project.

On the technical side, it would be a videoconferencing service with a shared whiteboard and a few other features. Added would be a peertube instance where teachers can add content...

I wonder what would be the demand for this kind of things...

birdsite, open source, COVID-19 

Libraries and book stores should count as critical infrastructure.

Hooray! Pleroma Officially Releases 2.x Series

Pleroma, the beloved microblogging platform powered by Elixir, is now in the 2.x series and offers some pretty awesome changes!

Firefox 74 re-introduces outdated TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 due to current pandemic:

"We reverted the change for an undetermined amount of time to better enable access to critical government sites sharing COVID19 information."

Context: TLS versions older than 1.2 are considered insecure and were disabled in Firefox 74. The long-term goal is to completely remove outdated TLS from all current web browsers.

#firefox #tls #tls10 tls11 #firefox74

{ time find / 2>&1 > ~/find.log; } 2> findtime.log # Time is a strange animal in the command line world too. If you want to capture the stderr output from it, you need to do special things, such as putting it inside a command block. Doing 'time cmd 2> output' alone doesn't work.

📢 We're launching Mozilla’s Fix-The-Internet Spring MVP Lab.

8wk incubator-style program for students, coders & more to build minimum viable products that make the internet better. $2,500 stipend/person + prizes.

🗓️ Deadline April 6 #springMVPlab tweeted by @mozilla

Videoconferencing software has become essential to individuals and businesses living under COVID-19 social distancing. If Zoom were free, we could work together to find ways to control access and combat trolls. In the meantime, use free alternatives like instead!

Social distancing doesn't have to mean social starvation. This Thursday, BYOB and join Electronic Frontier Alliance member @techlearningc online for a virtual happy hour and intro to cybersecurity fundamentals.

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