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...and the borders aren't closed for the elite. my pro surfer friends from europe just spent a couple months in australia (gold coast, bells, then western australia, basically all over) before heading to hawaii

these restrictions are like taxes, they're only for the little people

A chinese friend that live abroad just got his Wechat account frozen, and received a call from a chinese stasi agent to tell him "not to talk about things you shouldn't talk about". He also said he will call again in one month.

It's getting more interesting when you know that most people use Wechat as a quasi bank account, and having your account frozen also means you'll lose control on the money that's on it. Do you see where all this is going?

My FOSS friends, is there some nice way to turn papers from papers into epub?

10 YEARS AGO #WikiLeaks published the "Gitmo Files", detailing inhumane torture and incredible incompetence brutally/illegally crushing hundreds of peoples' lives (many of them were known to be innocent).

How many of them still tortured by the US today?

The torturers?
None were charged.

#Assange, the publisher?
Charged with "conspiracy for espionnage" with C. Manning, 2y+ in "the British Guantanamo", still facing US extradition and up to 175y in another #Guantanamo.

If you supported lockdown, you're a criminal

RT @jonatack
gitian builders, it's that time again 😀 bitcoin core 0.21.1 release candidate 1 (v0.21.1rc1) has been tagged and this tutorial for building gitian sigs just updated 🚀
Ok I missed out on Thailand, they're putting us to shame when it comes to covidemencia.
Spraying disinfectant in the jungle, to protect the country from the virus that might cross the birman border. 🤡
I can't wait to read history books from the future, people a hundred years from now will probably just look at us like complete fucking morons.

This is also the 2 years anniversary of the arrest of Ola Bini in Ecuador, brilliant researcher and programmer of privacy-enhancing software.

Ola was jailed 70 days for allegedly "hacking gov servers"
(lol) with risible pseudo-evidence (which books and a high-number of USB devices he owned..).

He is in legal limbo, with no formal accusation ever placed and hearings always postponed.. while banned from leaving Ecuador, who just elected a right-wing banker as new president. :(


I just added a section to the bitcoin wiki explaining how address reuse can also harm censorship resistance as well a privacy:

Remember "Collateral Murder"?

That feeling of sitting in that Apache helicopter with murderous psychopaths insulting their victims, laughing at their death?

It felt like a video game. Endless wars still going on...

It was 11 YEARS AGO!

None of the murderers got trialed. Bush, Blair, Rumsfeld are still free.

Yet #Manning the whistleblower spent 7y in jail, #Assange the publisher didn't have one day free in 10y, has been "British Guantanamo" for 2y.


the log of today's Bitcoin Core Review Club meeting is an interesting read if you want to learn about wallet transaction (re)broadcast semantics

(thanks @jon for putting it up)

we've created a Matrix room for discussion of Matrix-LN integration

let's do in-chat payments the right way 😀

Bitcoin Optech newsletter #143 is here:

- announces C-Lightning 0.10.0
- announces BTCPay
- notes changes to popular Bitcoin infrastructure projects

Question to those that run their own mastodon instance: what are the requirements to run one on a VPS? I'm planning to do one just for me and a few people I know, but I can't find substantial information.

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