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Doing backups the easy way. Plugin your USB drive and let the Pika do the rest for you. Features Setup new backup repositories or uses existing ones Create backups locally and remote Save time and disk space because Pika Backup does not need to copy known data again Encrypt your backups List created archives and browse through their contents Recover files or folders via your file browser Pika Backup is powered by the well-tested borg-backup software. Limitations Currently, scheduled backups are not supported. Excluding files from a backup via regular expressions and alike is not implemented yet. Pika Backup is designed to save your personal data and does not support complete system recovery.

I use Firefox and Firefox based browsers for privacy reasons and because I dislike closed source software and I like to see open source grow. You could argue that at work you are another person which maybe does not need so much privacy. Then when you arrive home you are another person with the freedom to use the software you prefer. I think it will be difficult to argue with your IT staff that Firefox will be more secure with a few add-ons and tweaking and that you want more privacy and not get tracked by Google or Microsoft but who knows, maybe they will let you have it.

I guess it depends how large the company or organization is, and how staffed their ICT support is ;) I like the anecdote btw.

I once had an experienced developer bring me her keyboard complaining that it didn’t work and that she required a new one. I noticed the wholesome aroma of chicken soup emanating from the keyboard when she handed it to me. Before I spun around in my cubicle to give her a new keyboard, I asked, “Was it homemade chicken soup?” She paused for a beat and then responded, “Yes, it was.” I gave her a new keyboard and said, “Totally forgivable then.” She walked away smiling.

See also my other new comment about issues

Posting a URL or an image can show a little bit about yourself, but comments and a posted question will show a lot more. Leaving the old posts like they are makes some sense since people can benefit from reading it without a very high chance of giving up your own privacy.

My issues :

  • data scraping and building a profile by others and abuse it
  • risk for doxing due to writing style, grammar mistakes, and content of comments

Yes, agreed, therefore I mentioned deleting comments not posts.

Reducing CO2 emissions by targeting the world’s hyper-polluting power plants
I skipped the article but was quite taken by this comment from here : https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27959428 > According to this article just 5% of the world’s power plants account for almost three-quarters of carbon emissions from electricity generation. > I think this may be one of the most encouraging bits of news about AGW that I've seen in a long time. 5% of electric power plants (about 1500 plants) is a lot, but it's a manageable lot. This gives us a clearly defined area of attack with a very high ROI. It seems to say: if we're going to get serious about saving ourselves, start here and go all in. The paper lists the top 10 polluting plants... unsurprisingly many of them are in China and India, but at least one is in Germany. If Germany wants to set an example, there's where to start.

Will people provide tools to decrease digital footprint for users on Lemmy instances ?
Some time ago there was dismay on Mastodon (and Pleroma ?) instances about data scraping. Before that happened there were privacy concerned people automatically deleting their own toots, limiting them for example to the latest toots for thirty days. With Lemmy things are different since Lemmy is a link aggregator rather than micro blogging, and Mastodon has boost option (Called replay with Pleroma ?). However deleting your older comments (but not posts) automatically would be really nice for privacy reasons.

Cheat-sheet for comparing AP software re: features and ideas ?
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/75408 > More and more software pops up, like https://bonfirenetworks.org/ and the hometown software of friend.camp admin. Is there an overview somewhere that shows the initial ideas, features and future wish-list features of Fediverse AP software ? For example, Pleroma seemed to have been started by coders who were fed up with some Mastodon restrictions (or bloat maybe). They have later build in ssh and gopher (and BBS alike) support. > > Apart from this for my own curiosity it is an idea to make a comparison sheet for people who like to self host. For example, click on self host on VPS or SBC at home, then when the user clicks on SBC only light weight options would be shown (not Mastodon). Such a sheet could make it easier for people to self host. Or is that already available ?

How to enable medium or hard block with uBlock Origin ?
How to put UBO in medium mode ? I cannot figure this out from the docs. And how to disable or enable certain domains like one could do with the discontinued uMatrix, from animated *figs* this looks possible ?

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/75402 > I thought PipeWire was a better audio support for Linux, but in development. What is the thing about screen sharing for Jitsi Meet ?

Part 1 of a series that is at number 11 now.

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  • link inserted for linguistic confusion – ConfuseUs once said : “Every deleted comment has had its value”

Self hosted Gitea sounds great. Thanks for the suggestions!

That’s nice ! I do not know enough about hard disks and smartmontools to say whether this means you can continue the disk without worrying. I like smartmontools for work to tell me when a disk is about to need replacement but I’ve always found interpreting smartmontools numbers too difficult to grasp. Hopefully someone else can give you more hints. And making a habit of making backups is something which has become a second nature for me. I am still amazed about learning how many non tech people never make backups of their phones and computers.

Yeah github sucks.

I think Github was fine from a technology point of view, and with web browser experience it is (just like Gitea) still much better than Gitlab which is kind of useless to read without allowing JavaScript till … Microsoft bought it. I do make some efforts to not get tracked so much by GAMAFC and like to keep it this way.

Would be really cool if there was a less involved way to submit bug reports and patches.

Fully agree!

Your screen shot shows uncorrectable sector count : 0 which looks fine. Can you run the command line tool badblocks ? By default that will use non destructive options, so you can run (from the top of my head) : badblocks -v /dev/sda for example on the sda disk. https://www.man7.org/linux/man-pages/man8/badblocks.8.html

I’ve tried Lumina recently on NixOS and it looks neat and light weight! Trinity could be a nice retro desktop for the early KDE users (I remember when KDE started with Gnome DE following as a reaction).

Running badblocks tool and a long smartmontools test and examine the output is my recommendation. My experience is that both are not always showing the same results. “Modern” hard disks try to deal with bad sectors magically, until a limit is reached. If you are getting near the limit with rapid velocity then it makes sense to have backups and replace the disk.

Nice way of putting this topic on the agenda again ! :-) Months ago I’ve written about the bug that people can add a comment and then delete it right away as a very quick way to boost posts. I know I should file a bug report for that on the place where bugs are expected to file, but so far I have not bothered signing up at Github with some “anonymous” email address. I hope others will file these kind of bug reports.

Haiku was inspired by BeOS, a now defunct OS which was started by a former Apple employee. There were more OS-es inspired by BeOS but Haiku is still going strong. The amount of applications is not huge compared to for example Linux, Android and other popular OS-es, but having a web browser which is in active development is a good thing. See here part of their FAQ : https://www.haiku-os.org/about/faq/#is-there-an-instant-messenger-client Another imho interesting OS to keep an eye on is Redox. https://redox-os.org/

Ouch :( Make sure to remind them that this Friday is the yearly Happy Sysadmin Day! ;)

Yes, that was very impressive. A precious moment for FLOSS and privacy and a sign that more people care about their choices than before.

Suggestions https://disroot.org/en/services/email and click on the signup button at the left, and https://tchncs.de where you need to contact the friendly admin and ask.


Your opinion on free SSL certificates from ZeroSSL and Buypass ?
acme.sh will switch from Let's Encrypt to ZeroSSL as default CA in August. What do you prefer and why ?

I'd like to make an effort to minimize my digital footprint, and have some software run with a cronjob on a Rpi to delete all toots older than 30 days. What software do you recommend ?

Wallpaper Downloader
Wallpaper Downloader can automatically download and set wallpapers for you. Supported sites include: DeviantArt, Wallhaven, Bing Daily Wallpaper, Social Wallpapering, WallpaperFusion, DualMonitorBackgrounds.

TIL : pre-installed Linux laptops maybe more of a common thing
Wow. The probably most popular on-line shop in Holland and Belgium is selling Linux laptops, with currently a choice of twenty laptops with Linux preinstalled, prices go from about 500 to over 3000 Euros. They usually partner with other companies to deliver the products. The names of these Linux laptops companies were unknown to me till today. (Not wanting to "spam" in favor of them, only wanting to share this development, but if you want to fact check, try "linux laptop kopen" without the "" in Duckduckgo, and choose Belgium for country, and you will probably see that big name as the first hit).

Yes, great that it is on F-Droid.

I’ve read that Namecheap has a good name in the USA. Gandi in France is pretty okay in my opinion. Nowadays you do not have to worry so much about public whois info leaking to spammers (quite horrible how it was years ago) but I am not sure whether that is for the EU because of GDPR, or whether this change to more privacy also happened outside the EU. Greenhost is a privacy friendly provider which offered extra privacy options for that years ago and probably still do.

Long Range WAN ? I was thinking that people who are willing to get a SIP account could have a phone to make phone calls at home via their WiFi, while having an open source phone which is maybe more private than the average smart phone ?

Where are the deb packages ? I only see the MX Linux Testing (MX Linux is Debian based) has it. And Nix and Void as well. https://repology.org/project/lumina/versions

Could this make a nice open source and pretty private phone for "normal users", and not just *hackers* ? One of their last blog posts : https://wiphone.io/blog/2021-06-20_-_Status.html

Serious bug. Interesting that they found this obscure looking way to get root access.

More comments : https://teddit.net/r/linux/comments/onro8q/head_of_strategy_of_muse_group_muse_score/

wheel group looks BSD history style (wheel group is used on BSD to allow normal users to use the su (yes, su) command). On my Arch Linux based distribution I see both wheel and sudo groups mentioned when I use the visudo command, but only the wheel group exists, not the sudo group. That looks a little bit sloppy from Arch Linux maintainers one could argue, only copying a very broad manual page style sudo config file. Yes, OpenBSD doas has some people enthusiastic over the years, and it is ported for use in Linux. I’ve played with doas last year but for now I’ll stick with su and sudo. Yesterday I read about please as sudo alternative. https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/pleaser/

Your post shows root user using sudo, which is not a problem but it is not needed for root to use sudo in this case (root can use sudo however for example to run a php command to work on a website e.g. with Nextcloud occ command like sudo -u www-data php /var/www/nextcloud/occ user:info myuser).

Quite a few mistakes. You don’t use sudo when you are root, and some distros don’t use the sudo group but wheel.

Which are the Linux distributions that use wheel ? I’ve seen sudo config files where sudo and wheel were group options, and you can also manually give a user sudo powers without using a group.

Come on, really? This article adds nothing of value and just duplicates information already readily available.

Are you creating a scapegoat ? It looks like you are targeting this blogger for no reason this time. Everyone should feel welcome here. I see nothing wrong with the topic of this very blog post.

This from the webserver running on Casio calculator, which was seen on HN, Lobsters.

HandBrake open source video transcoder 1.4.0 released
This is a significant feature release that focuses on: - Further refining the HandBrake engine to support native 10 and 12-bit encodes, including HDR10 metadata passthru. - Improvements to hardware encoding functionality for Intel QuickSync, AMD VCN and Qualcomm ARM devices. (Thanks to these companies all for supporting the development in HandBrake!) - Adds support for Apple Silicon based macs. - Adds support for Qualcomm ARM64 devices running Windows (HandBrakeCLI only for now. Windows UI is coming later!) - Improvements to subtitle handling. - UI/UX improvements for all 3 platforms. - As usual, hundreds of other changes and tweaks to the app. See the full release notes below for details!

Maybe good to post in /c/lemmy ? Are you using dynamic IP or does the site go off-line sometimes ?

RedNotebook is a well established software, a small download, and it is nice to have a mini calendar and journal entry in one window, and I see that it is even more multi-platform than Pepys. Pepys is pretty new but imho looks promising.

youtube-dl claims to : https://ytdl-org.github.io/youtube-dl/supportedsites.html

youtube-dl is a command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites. ;)

Neat ! I’m eager to try it - edit - Tried an install, and looks pretty good on the whole. A lot of software choice (including closed source software for those who want it), and easy to start up Conky.

And a review from last year from the some author : https://tylerstech.me/2020/04/05/arcolinux-review-and-final-thoughts/

We live in a world with autistic, dyslectic people and what not. Commenting on one letter wrong seems over the top to me. Striving for unity instead of isolation is a motto I like.

The plot thickens : > I believe in Matrix+Element and ... > Email has to die, its just the worst.

> Spyware campaign targeted journalists, activists: researchers Statements from Microsoft security researchers and the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab said powerful "cyberweapons" were being used in precision attacks targeting more than 100 victims around the world : "Candiru is a secretive Israel-based company that sells spyware exclusively to governments," which can then use it to "infect and monitor iPhones, Androids, Macs, PCs, and cloud accounts." https://citizenlab.ca/2021/07/hooking-candiru-another-mercenary-spyware-vendor-comes-into-focus/

Nguyen: CVE-2021-22555: Turning \x00\x00 into 10000$
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/74273 > For those who appreciate detailed descriptions of how to exploit a kernel vulnerability, this report on a netfilter bug by Andy Nguyen should certainly satisfy. > > CVE-2021-22555 is a 15 years old heap out-of-bounds write vulnerability in Linux Netfilter that is powerful enough to bypass all modern security mitigations and achieve kernel code execution. It was used to break the kubernetes pod isolation of the kCTF cluster and won 10000$ for charity (where Google will match and double the donation to 20000$). > > (Not posting the original directly because I liked this introduction text)

:) There is also this very young and very well playing streamer who tends to talk English but fun to watch imho. https://lichess.org/streamer/PeshkaCh GM Shipov also streams in Russian, I forgot his nickname.

With Duolingo I did improve my understanding of Spanish and Italian a little bit but of course YMMV. Many years ago (in the pre Internet era ?) I tried to learn some Russian but learning Cyrillic made me get stuck. If you are into chess, there are several chess players streaming in Russian on Lichess, for example GM Sergei Zhigalko that could teach you some Daaaaaaaa! - Maybe @k_o_t@lemmy.ml has the best tips for you though! :)

Journal du hacker - Lobsters a like hackernews in French
The amount of French reading people on Lemmy instances may be low but it looks worth sharing this. Pass it on. From their About : > Le Journal du hacker a pour ambition de présenter l'activité des hackers francophones, du mouvement du Logiciel Libre et open source en langue française, mais aussi des startups et du mouvement entrepreunarial de la communauté francophone. Le Journal du hacker s'inspire directement du site anglophone Hacker News car l'idée de base est excellente mais propose d'aller plus loin en offrant un moteur basé sur un logiciel libre fonctionnant par cooptation afin de créer une vraie communauté responsable. Il suffit de demander une invitation pour nous rejoindre et partager vos infos avec nous ;)

[WIP] Cursed Delta, a lightweight Delta Chat client - also here : https://github.com/adbenitez/deltachat-cursed ![](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/85grUFk5YL.png)