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A Positive Note

Dave Cridland, who works on a health system communication app based on XMPP, wrote on the XSF mailing list:

Hello!

Today is a Sunday. It's normally a quiet day in the National Health Service in the UK - only emergency cases get dealt with.

Yesterday, however, the service I help run peaked at more messages than it'd normally see on a weekday - and it'll do the same today. If the growth curve holds, this week will see more messages than the system had last year.

By messages, I mean XMPP message stanzas.

The technology we've built - and continue to build - here in the XMPP Standards Foundation is actively being used to save lives. Not a few lives, either, but hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of lives, not just in the UK but increasingly in other countries too.

People are also turning to things like Whatsapp, Zoom, Hangouts, and of course Jitsi - all of which had or still have XMPP at their core. These are helping both create the physical isolation we need, and also breach the social isolation that would otherwise result.

So if things feel a little bleak right now, and you feel a need for action, then just remember - you have already helped make this crisis hurt less than it would have done without your efforts.

Thank you,

Dave.

#xmpp #openstandards #xsf #health #coronacrisis #nhs #pando #jitsi

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    Dopamine - Or Why You're Addicted to Apps

    debacle · Saturday, 11 January - 01:40

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Only today a colleague told me, that they likes Monal a lot. They says, that push works nicely. Use case is one-to-one chat, no MUCs. And they does care about e2ee.



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    Bits from the Release Team: Debian 10 'buster' is now in the soft freeze

    debacle · Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 - 00:30 edit

Bits from the Release Team: Debian 10 'buster' is now in the soft freeze

Niels Thykier of the Debian release team writes:

We're pleased to announce that the freeze for Debian 10 'buster' has now migrated to the soft freeze stage.

[...]

The next stage of the release is on target. It is:

2019-03-12 Full freeze

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Please take this opportunity to check packages are in their final shape and stay vigilant for release-critical bugs.

#debian #debian10 #buster #freesoftware #release #freeze

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    Ignite Realtime Blog: Dele's FOSDEM presentation on Pàdé!

    debacle · Tuesday, 5 February, 2019 - 16:03 edit

This was a very nice talk!



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    If you ever think about using Electron

    debacle · Monday, 28 January, 2019 - 00:25 edit · 1 minute

If you ever think about using Electron for your next application, think twice. Or thrice. It's probably a bad idea:

Github user miksuhwrites:

It is an really bad idea to use Electron. Electron is completely 100% inaccessible and unusable with the Orca screen reader on Linux. None of the Electron applications work with the Orca screen reader. All of the Electron applications are completely unusable if you are visually impaired or blind like I am. Orca screen reader speaks absoletely nothing when you try to use Electron based applications. Electron is based on Chromium technology. Chromium web browser is also completely inaccessible and unusable with the Orca screen reader. During the last 10 years people have requested several times that Chromium developers should start to support the Orca screen reader. But nothing has happenened. People have requested the same from Electron developers but nothing has happened. Chromium and Electron are still completely inaccessible and unusable. Blind users like me must use computer using screen reader which speaks the content on scree. blind and other visually impaired people can not use any Electron applications because Electron does not work with the Orca screen reader. It also looks like situation will not change, looks like Chromium and Electron developers have no plans to supoort the Orca screen reader. There is now applications like Skype which is made using Electron. Because of that Skype on Linuxx is completely inaccessible and unusable if you are visually impaired. So visually impaired users can not use e.g Skype or e.g Signal on Linux. that is simply discriminitaing visually impaired users. So no, use of Electron is not ok.

#orca #accessability #a17y #blind #visuallyimpaired #electron #signal #chromium #screenreader #jaws

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    Sony macht Aibo zum Überwachhund

    debacle · Wednesday, 23 January, 2019 - 20:09 edit

Sony macht Aibo zum Überwachhund

"Sony kann prüfen, wie es entfernt lebenden Familienmitgliedern geht oder was Kinder so machen, wenn sie nach Hause kommen", sagte Projektleiter Izumi Kawanishi vor Journalisten. "Wir wollen, dass Sie sich durch das Leben mit Aibo ein bisschen kontrollierter fühlen und zugleich Angst haben." Sony spricht in diesem Zusammenhang von "Surveilltainment".

#sony #surveillance #surveilltainment #aibo #überwachhund #derspiegel