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The German Corona Warn App went live today. F-Droid cannot distribute the app for multiple reasons:

1) The core bluetooth contact tracing functionality is only implemented in Google play services and requires proprietary client libs to be included in the app.
2) The google api mentioned above is only available for use by apps which are whitelisted by google and distributed through the play store.

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So, another Bitcoiner exodus to Mastodon, likely short-lived.

Been trying out various decentralization and federation projects for decades already, but it's hard to defeat the network effects of the established players.

I think an alternative to Twitter has to be pure p2p (not bound to "instances"), and offer features that everybody wants and only such a censorship-resistent architecture can offer (kinda what Bitcoin does wrt finance).

Copying is not enough, it has to innovate.

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Interesting that corporate media still describes a 'supply chain' incident (JavaScript poisoned) as a "cryptocurrency" issue. Also, it seems like social engineering-type #security incident, not #freesw issue per se. Will ignore these FUD 'articles'...
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Zu Weihnachten wünsch ich mir Blockchain-Flugtaxis-Vierpunktnull in der Cyber-Edition

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It's very disappointing to hear that Brave (the "privacy" browser) is going to be pushing their own advertising system.

I guess the only way to have a truly private experience is to fiddle around with Mozilla Firefox, or install either GNU IceCat or Tor browser.

basicattentiontoken.org/

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"Gab is under attack," according to GAB.

I can't help but think of cops shouting, "STOP RESISTING!"

The site isn't about #freespeech by making business out of social outcasts http://schestowitz.com/Weblog/archives/2018/07/18/gab-not-free-speech/

For those who didn't know, things like Bitcoin exchanges and ATMs were long not possible to set up in Germany due to unviable licensing requirements, but recently there was a ruling that changed things, and it only took a few days for the first commercial ATM to pop up, and it's here in Munich.

twitter.com/bitcoinmuc/status/

At our last meetup we dared to look at projects for wider "blockchain" use cases again. We only do this once every few months. ;) twitter.com/bitcoinmuc/status/

My personal verdict:

Yes uncensorable AI probably requires decentralization. But a used car meta-marketplace? Only if the technological costs to run this are lower than the regulatory.

Yes I also want the magical p2p-distributed stack with storage and computation that can do everything a centralized system can do, but will we ever be there?

Video of Stepan Snigirev's presentation from our last meetup in Munich. "Batman as a service", with support build on ⚡🦇

youtube.com/watch?v=BAMutjndyi

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The “blockchain” hype continues to be exploited by those looking to #patent some #software with storage or with databases, basically substituting that software component with the hype du jour http://techrights.org/2018/09/30/swpats-painted-as-blockchains/
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Latest FUD about #bitcoin https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/09/20/bitcoin-core-vulnerability-blockchain-ddos/ A #ddos attack can disrupt anything at sufficient capacity levels, including Wall Street and ANY financial market
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Bitcoin is designed to avoid arbitrary money printing. Thats the whole point.

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Found an interesting spam/scam scheme today:
- Attacker posts their link that redirects to a legit news article
- Twitter resolves the redirect to news article
- Twitter hides link from Tweet and displays Twitter Card with news domain
- Attacker changes redirect to spam site

The Tweet now displays a legit looking Twitter Card with the news website domain, but actually goes to the scammer.

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The reason so many cryptology experts are stopped ans harassed at airports

And #encryption itself is treated with/by "export" laws skin to those which apply to hand grenades

Is because #privacy enables #autonomy and thus poses risk to #imperialism
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