Chromium automatically issues DNS lookups for 3 randomly generated domains on every startup and change of network.

Turns out this "adds up to a whopping half the total load on the root DNS servers… 60 billion bogus queries every day." Oops.

arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/0

Mozilla just laid off 70 fantastic people. If you can help them - open positions, offering helpful conversations and references, anything else - please say so.

Use #MozillaLifeboat as an umbrella tag for easy finding. (It's already flowing on the birdsite.)

If you've been affected, I'm happy to chat directly. Also have some open positions (see rest of this thread). But doesn't have to be today - take time to recover if you can.

Most of all: thank you folks for making the web better.

@vortex_egg that moment when you realize that page you just opened, was 14 MB... and then you shut up for a moment, wondering how long this would have taken on a much slower connection - like those the remaining 90% of the world can afford, and has access to.

@alexwennerberg@mastodon.social yet most Mastodon instances actually face the same dilemma as Facebook: No oversight into admin behavior; no way to democratically decide whether content is, or users do behave appropriately -- or even to decide whatever is "appropriate" to the majority of users on the instance -- and then, what about these minorities? Locked out and no way to voice an opinion.

Mastodon did not actually fix anything - it made the problem worse. Yet I do feel more comfortable here.

If it wasn't clear already that #Zoom cares more about money than its users' #privacy and #security, here you have it:

"Only our paid users will have access to end-to-end #encryption for their meetings."

Source: blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/05

@downey as long as we also stay away from the top 6+ hosting companies (in terms of size), yes - I agree with you.

Are you looking for a simple time tracking software that works everywhere (and offline), supports unlimited projects and team members, costs nothing and could be even better - with your help! I just found Pendulums and it looks like a great fit for many: pendulums.io/

@cybeardjm @glynmoody @aral @dredmorbius @LaurentChemla we are using Matrix for team chat and it works great. Most clients except Riot are still a little bit immature and really 8/10 don't do E2E encryption yet but there's a proxy to fix that - Riot works well enough though.

Wow ... Another down? GitHub, NPM, now Wunderlist? I never really used this software, but it (used) to be incredibly popular!

What gives? Microsoft consolidating power, to better compete with Google? Apple?

@danie10 Zoho is open source? Do share! I get a headache every time I see Google Docs.

We've just lost another. After GitHub has fallen into Microsoft's hands, and deteriorating ever since, GitHub has now purchased npm with that Microsoft monaaay.

Who's winning? Not us. Certainly not the user.

viruses • chemistry 

Basically, a virus is a big self-assembled bunch of proteins and lipids. The fatty lipid bilayer is what holds the whole thing together.

Soap easily dissolves those lipids, making the whole thing fall apart and killing the virus.

The alcohol in hand sanitiser does the same thing, but not as well. Any antibacterial compounds don't touch viruses at all, so don't waste your time or money. It's basically just expensive soap.

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The Lebanese currency didn't drop 50%, it dropped 50% more than the EUR/USD/RMB. How much did EUR drop? ~10%, 20%, 30%? Good question, when literally every currency is and has been losing value for years, and virtually, at an equal rate. Globalisation - Remember? Few winners, more losers.

Certainly wouldn't mind that..."through the GAIA-X
initiative, [Europe] would set a goal of 50% of government IT spending on open source, on-premises solutions by 2025 and 100% by 2030" joinup.ec.europa.eu/collection

Was nimmt man denn heute zur Haussteuerung? Zigbee oder Z-Wave? Will in einem gemieteten Büro ein paar Sachen automatisieren, kann also nicht wie zu Hause Kabel ziehen. Ganz wichtig wären Heizungsthermostate.

Dachte an Home Assistent zur Steuerung, aber die kuscheln irgendwie immer mehr mit Google. openHAB fand ich nicht so toll. Was gibts sonst für Alternativen?

I'm probably not going to use qutebrowser but I love that it exists: qutebrowser.org/index.html (no, I don't use vim).

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