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I do have the "allow less secure apps" thing enabled -- I need it to use literally any desktop email client that I could possibly use since Google thinks they're all not secure. I don't see why *disabling* it would allow me to sign in on what is pretty much just the same thing but on a flip phone...

As for the security thing: I use Free (as in speech) Software exclusively and tend to stick with software which has a large community around it, so I would argue that as long as I have my email client set to use an encrypted connection (preferably with TLS), I'm fairly secure regardless of what Google thinks. No security is absolute anyway, not even OAuth.

I can't really speak for the security of my flip phone, I doubt it's fully open source. I tried using it exactly once for email when I really needed to access my email in public and didn't have my laptop with me -- not that it did me any good since Google blocked it as "suspicious". I was trying to imply that the reason Google blocked it was probably because it wasn't a Google-approved device (e.g. those running Android).

Oh, I see. In that case you already know all about it.

The reason I got the notification just now was, I gave my credentials to the hot-chilli service to set up an XMPP bridge. Google blocked it and asked "was this you?"; when I said "yes, it was me" and tried again it worked. You could see if that works. But I wouldn't be surprised if Google is also blocking access for non-Google-approved devices as you said. They're certainly trying very hard (calling it "less secure apps" and all).

The problem with telling Google "this was me" is having web access, which is marginal at best on a flip phone. I really only wanted it for a telephone anyway, and this was a one-off event for me.

Personally, I don't trust a company that's into tracking me and using me as their product to tell me what's secure and what's not...



Do you know what a lowercase 'G' looks like? Many people don't!

#writing #alphabet #lowercase #letters #typography
New Research Study Proves That Most People Don’t Know What A Lowercase ‘G’ Looks Like



Cookie Settings


Just noticed that Al Jazeera's gone beyond the "We use cookies" popup, and actually introduced "cookie settings"!

Image/photo

Some cookies are mandatory, though.

#AlJazeera #cookies #privacy #GDPR

Marzanna how do you benefit from deleting cookies?

Cookies help websites track you, so if you delete cookies it'll be that much harder for them.

Use auto delete cookies extension and dont allow third party third party cookies.



What's all this about Monal having to leave the EU?


Monal is an XMPP client for iOS; apparently the developer is going to stop offering it in the EU because he doesn't have the resources to comply with GDPR. The €20 million fine can be scary, but are things really [bold]that[/bold] bad?

From what i can make out, it seems that Monal can continue with just a few changes. Of course, there could also me lots of legal details I didn't know about. What do you think?
GDPR: Removing Monal from the EU
foss gdpr monal privacy regulations




I'm back


My Internet—or rather, the device I use to connect the computer to the Internet—was down for a few days, rendering me in the peculiar situation where I could only check email using my e-reader :-P

I'm back now.
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#Friendica email test


You can share #posts by #email too, while publishing? I didn't know that! Let's try it out...

Yess, it's working. Some things I noticed:

* The message is sent "from" my own email address, "via" the server's address.
* When people reply, it comes directly to me, not as a comment on the post or something (to be expected, but I was wondering ∵ some services behave differently).
* Servers like Gmail may mark the message as "suspicious" (because it's not sent from my email server but from some other server on my behalf)
* There's a message at the bottom of the email, saying:
This message was sent to you by Badri Sunderarajan, a member of the Friendica social network.
You may visit them online at https://nerdica.net/profile/badrihippo
Please contact the sender by replying to this post if you do not wish to receive these messages.


Anyway, I think this feature could turn out useful. I could write a post and send it to my email contacts as well as my Federation contacts, all in one go!

Yes, feeding answers via mail back to Friendica is not that easy and would potentially open Friendica to mail spammers.

For those long-term users that want to have mail or XMPP under nerdica.net domain, I could set this up. But this wouldn't help you to feed back answers by mail to your Friendica timeline. ;)

For those long-term users that want to have mail or XMPP under nerdica.net domain, I could set this up.

I'm already settled with an email XMPP so won't be needing that. But thanks for the offer!

Yes, feeding answers via mail back to Friendica is not that easy and would potentially open Friendica to mail spammers.


Yes, via-email answers would certainly create a lot of spam problems. But that's not the only issue: I'd usually use the email feature only for those who are not already on Friendica. So it's not possible for them to comment anyway: whose account would those comments come under?

About emails getting marked as "suspicious", some services let you specifically sign in to your email account (via OAuth or providing username/password) so they can send emails on your behalf using your original server. Just speculation though; I'm fine with the setup as it is :-)



Nearly one in 10 Americans surveyed say they deleted their Facebook account over privacy concerns



Here are the big takeaways:
  • 17% of respondents said they deleted the Facebook app from their phone over privacy concerns.
  • 35% said they were using Facebook less than they used to over the privacy issue.
  • 9% reported deleting their Facebook account altogether.
  • 39% said they were "very aware" of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, while 37% said they were "somewhat aware."
http://www.businessinsider.com/delete-facebook-statistics-nearly-10-percent-americans-deleted-facebook-account-study-2018-4?r=UK&IR=T

When 1 of 10 out of those 1 of 10 Americans users that said they deleted their Facebook account would have moved over the #diaspora, #friendica, #hubzilla or #mastodon, we would have got about 1 Mio new users, I guess.

Of course the number of users has increased since #deletefacebook, but not as much as it could have.
Either the users are still using other non-free alternatives like #whatsapp, #instagram etc, ignoring that some of those are still owned by Facebook, or maybe they weren't honest about deleting Facebook. The third option would be that those deleted Facebook and are not joining other social networks as an alternative.

We won't know for sure. But at least we got some new users, which is nice after all. :-)

I was wondering about that. But something is better than nothing!

> We won't know for sure. But at least we got some new users, which is nice after all. :-)

And maybe the word will slowly spread ;-)



Nearly one in 10 Americans surveyed say they deleted their Facebook account over privacy concerns



Here are the big takeaways:
  • 17% of respondents said they deleted the Facebook app from their phone over privacy concerns.
  • 35% said they were using Facebook less than they used to over the privacy issue.
  • 9% reported deleting their Facebook account altogether.
  • 39% said they were "very aware" of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, while 37% said they were "somewhat aware."
http://www.businessinsider.com/delete-facebook-statistics-nearly-10-percent-americans-deleted-facebook-account-study-2018-4?r=UK&IR=T


I think Xubuntu is one of the best-configured out-of-the-box desktop distros ever designed. In fact there are other Xfce distros that mimic Xubuntu's default configuration. There's even a Debian-based one, called #Xebian, that offers a Xubu-like experience! Check this out for fun.

I like Xubuntu because of its customisability: I can arrange things exactly how I want them.

I was using Ubuntu till they did Unity, and a bit after—but the interface became too fixed and unchangeable after a point. With XFCE I can rearrange the panel applets and everything, same as I used to do with GNOME. What's more it's also lighter. I've been using Xubuntu since Trusty (16.04), which for me, distro-hopper that I am, is saying something!

And yes, the out-of-the-box configuration is also great! I installed it for my grandfather to replace the slowing-down Windows XP, and he's been using it without any problems.



Is GitHub blocked in India?


I haven't been able to load github.com since yesterday; the connection keeps timing out. This usually happens to illegal sites (like The Pirate Bay) that have been blocked by the Indian government: sometimes it displays a "This website is blocked" message, but other times it just keeps trying to load till it times out.

When I try loading the website via Tor, it loads properly. And GitHub has been blocked in India before so this is not unprecedented.

Is anyone else from #India unable to load #GitHub? Do you think it's been blocked again?
#India #GitHub censorship github india

@(Maddl)
how democratic is india ?

A bit, I guess :P

if only you are afected, perhaps our object of spy or only your isp block sites ...

The Internet Archive is definitely a government-initiated block, now that it's showing the official block message. Both were giving the not-loading behaviour yesterday evening.

My guess is that they did that as a quick-fix censorship and later, then got their act together just now, displaying the official message for archive.org and (for whatever reason) unblocking github.com.

Of course, it might also be that GitHub was not loading for me for other reasons.

I have no prob loading archive.org too

@Sai Karthik: Now it's working for me too! Must have been unblocked.



Bringing in Snipette


Just registered an account for Snipette, the online #magazine of which I am an editor. Do check it out and let me know what you think!

About Snipette



Hello everyone!

This is an experimental Snipette instance on #Friendica. We already have pages on mainstream social media, but decided: why should our federated friends miss out?

But what is Snipette?

We're an online #magazine focusing on #understandibility, #perspective, and #fun. To learn more, visit the About page on our website, or start browsing!



This is me.


Hello! I'm in the process of switching over to Friendica instead of Diaspora. (They're all interoperable, by the way, so it won't make a difference to you: except that you'll have to re-add me using the new contact).

If you're visiting my profile because you I added you as a contact, this is to confirm that I'm the same person who was using badrihippo@diasp.eu.

You can see my post announcing the move here: https://diasp.eu/posts/856d2750157c013602524061862b8e7b
contacts diaspora friendica
This entry was edited (2 years ago)

How you like your new account? I hope diaspora continues to improve.

Well, I got it mainly for the interface. There's one theme, Frio, that looks very nice, and I was getting a bit tired of the Diaspora posts extending a long way to the right. (Small things, I know, but when the big issues are solved, those are what bug you :P)

Otherwise...well, I've only just begun to explore the functionality of Friendica. I can keep you updated as I find out new things :)

And yes, I hope all the federated networks continue to improve, enough so that everyone feels comfortable joining in!



Diaspora import


Hi everyone! Is there a way to import my profile from #diaspora? If so, how?

#question #profileimport
This entry was edited (2 years ago)

Okay, the answer is: No. As of now, Friendica can only import from other Friendica accounts, and even that feature is experimental. Import is not supported for Diaspora, GNU Social, etc.