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Cake day: Jan 14, 2021


Lobbying groups representing AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and other telecom companies have fiercely pushed back against the legislation, known as the Affordable Broadband Act, and sued New York shortly after it was signed and passed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in April. Initially scheduled to go into eff…


Further, under this proposed regulation, the regulation also allows for a ‘plan’ which will indicate land or zones that can be identified for parks, industries, residential or commercial use, national highways, arterial roads and so on. Under section 72, it also gives power to the Planning and Dev…


Competition of commission of India files case on WhatsApp citing changes made to it's Privacy Policy. WhatsApp files case against Union govt. of India citing 'Traceability' provision in IT Rules....

Only if people understood the class interests involved and whose interest the Government cares more about & tries to enforce. Unfortuanely, we don’t talk about C-word anymore and pretend they don’t exist!

“Some liability protection is warranted, but certainly not for fraud, gross negligence, mismanagement, failure to follow good manufacturing practices,” said Gostin. “Companies have no right to ask for indemnity for these things.” …


It’s not just about the production capacity of India. India currently has two vaccines - Covishield (Oxford & AstraZeneca developed, manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin (Indian Council of Medical Research & Bharat BioTech, manufactured by Bharat BioTech). Sputnik V is a new addition from Russia.

While it would be wise to blame the country for the under production of Covaxin, because it’s a home grown vaccine and public money was involved in its development. It could’ve been manufactured by more than one manufacturer in the country.

But, in case of Covishield, only SII has the license to manufacture it. If the IP rules are to be waived, it could be manufactured by others in the country.

The whole point is, countries like India have the capability to mass produce vaccines to satisfy domestic needs and to help other countries that don’t have the necessary facilities to do so. The rich countries have secured enough vaccines (How rich countries are making the pandemic last longer) and in the case of UK, they have clause in the vaccine contracts to give it more preference, should the producer face shortages (link).

The Modi government’s approach to vaccines is based on the central pillar of RSS ideology: the task of the state is only to help big capital. Anything else including planning is “socialism”. In the case of vaccines, it means no attempt to get the companies—both public and private sector together—to …


Johnson plays hard ball. He has no time for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. “The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends,” Johnson said in a recent call with British MPs.

Covishield will be sold at ₹ 400 a shot to states and ₹ 600 to private hospitals, the Serum Institute of India (SII) said today, days ahead of a new round of vaccinations from May 1 that will include all above 18. …


A tamil language song, give it a try…


Sad reality is,

  • people are still going to watch it no matter what
  • Qatar at most gets a slap on the wrist
  • FIFA makes even more money

Every single channel is coming up with its own streaming platform and shitty originals on it. Piracy is here to stay!

#2 rule: definitely don’t host this shit in the US :D

Even if it was outside the US, wouldn’t the entertainment industry people or through the US government, try to get the foreign government to do something about it?

The inherent problem with creating a new browser/platform is getting people to create addons/extensions for it. …


I believe we could see similar polarizing tactics in other countries as well, from those in power or trying to. …


Such kind of ideas put forth by this right wing hindutva nationalist government is never about preventing crime, like the one the US & it’s allies do. It’s all about power and control, and anyone who goes against that gets labeled a traitor. …


The only way to change the situation is to force those social networks to use their powers more responsibly. Europe’s GDPR law with its right to data portability is a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough. I believe we need more to regain our right to choose what services we use.

I wouldn’t bet much on these laws, because it’s the same EU that’s drafting bills for lawful access to encrypted data -

The adoption of the encryption resolution in the European Union does not affect the landscape for encrypted services in Europe immediately, as the resolution is non-binding. But its adoption suggests a “shift in tone and puts pressure on the European Commission to propose anti-encryption legislation in the near future,” the encrypted email service provider ProtonMail has argued.

After portability, we need to discuss about interoperability, which in this case is the ability to contact people that are are using different chat applications than the one you are using. The way email and SMS already work.

I don’t see a possibility for this in Signal, at least as long as Moxie is there pulling the strings and here are his views on federation -

When someone recently asked me about federating an unrelated communication platform into the Signal network, I told them that I thought we’d be unlikely to ever federate with clients and servers we don’t control.

An open source infrastructure for a centralized network now provides almost the same level of control as federated protocols, without giving up the ability to adapt. If a centralized provider with an open source infrastructure ever makes horrible changes, those that disagree have the software they need to run their own alternative instead. It may not be as beautiful as federation, but at this point it seems that it will have to do.

In terms of functionality, it looks similar. But, trebleshot desktop isn’t having any activity for a long time now (https://gi) and pre-built binaries are missing (we could build it ourselves though.

Sharik is an open-source, cross-platform solution for sharing files via Wi-Fi or Mobile Hotspot. …


Future of Bibliogram
Instagram has started applying extremely restrictive limits to requests from IPs that are detected as cloud servers....

That’s nice, will check it. Thanks for the share.

This is the first time that I’ve come across this site. That being said, I hoped to see Firefox in mid - high tier, based on the articles I’ve read about Firefox and it’s privacy protection out of the box, like tracking protection.

Is this a legit analysis? Would Firefox move up the ladder if we tweak its config like this?

That’s an interesting share and a practical one to learn from.

Yeah, that’s a bit bugging. Checking Signal commits could give a clear idea about this.

I had the same query as well. I don’t know if it has any direct relation to LibreSignal, since it was abandoned sometime back. But, both aims to remove dependency on Google components.

This project is NOT sponsored by Signal Messenger LLC or Signal Foundation.

Molly is a hardened version of the official Signal for Android app. It claims the following features, …


Absolutely love it!

Any idea how we can get an option to search gifs?