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Those days are very long gone - they’ve had primitive onboard computers for years. Great thing for mnaufacturers is many of tyhese parts can’t be serviced and they break - not good for consumers.


I’ve featured Safe Eyes for Linux before so this one is for Windows users. We read more and more about blue light filters (and it also being recently debunked) to avoid eye strain, but the most important preventions are taking forced breaks every 20 minutes, not sitting too close to the screen, havi…


That makes zero difference though to what gets synced to your car when you connect it. Only way is not to connect at all if one is worried about it.


Not when it comes to cars - only way really is not to connect your phone at all, but it will still know other data that the car captures.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBT) purchased technology that vacuums up reams of personal information stored inside cars, according to a federal contract reviewed by The Intercept, illustrating the serious risks in connecting your vehicle and your smartphone. …


I know the various manufacturers and 3rd party research entities are pumping their energy (pun?) into research around improved battery storage not only for EVs but also for grid storage. Battery tech has been largely stagnant until this more recent requirement for EVs, and now it is taking off in al…


Not sure why you are asking as there is lots of software given out for free which are not open source - called freeware. The one does not automatically follow the other in terms of being free of cost and then also all being open source. Many propriatary vendors choose to reatin their full rights to the software. Sometimes it serves as a demonstration of their ability with regards to other products which they sell.


It is the choice of any publisher (their freedom?) to choose a propriatary or open source license to distribute under, and it’s up to us to choose what we want to use. We cannot override someone else’s freedoms.


Those are open source rights and Magic Earth made no claim on being open source, which is why I never posted it in the open source community. It’s a free tool to use that is at least privacy respecting.


Your GDPR rights should be well guarded I gather. Citizens outside of the EU though basically don’t have many rights from what I gather if I watch what Facebook gets up to. Which is why many are now choosing to subscribe to services hosted in Switzerland or the EU countries.


Yes I don’t think it is only open source products that are serious about privacy (although that is the general rule) and I suppose not all proprietary companies are into selling their user data. According to Android app they are headquartered in Switzerland but have dev locations in the EU so legislation is quite tight on privacy there.


The app has been around a number of years already and I’m suspecting that, like open source companies do, they have other paid services that keep them running as this is not all that they do. Seems they enterprise services based around 3D terrain mapping etc.


Yes on all counts - it is an interesting one yes as generally you either have a paid service, dish out adverts, or sell user data. Their ownership resides in Romania and The Netherlands which are both inside the EU and fall under GDPR. So the penalties for fraudulently selling user data would be pretty extreme there.


True not open source, but they’ve been on the go a good number of years. They’re very public about their privacy stance so it would pretty well much wreck their reputation if that was an issue. Not seen any issues mentioned though about that, so I would not want to just speculate without some foundation.


Magic Earth uses OpenStreetMap data and a powerful search engine to offer you the optimal routes for driving, biking, hiking, and public transportation. They don’t track you, nor do they profile you. They don’t trade in your personal data, and they don’t collect it (as stated in the Apple app privac…


An Overview of How to Use the Open Source OpenWebRx Web-Based Radio Receiver to Listen to Remote Radio Transmissions

OpenWebRx allows anyone worldwide with Internet browser access to listen to radio transmissions at the location of the receiver. Depending on the OpenWebRx configuration this could be broadcast FM stations, ham radio stations (various modes), two-way radios, APRS, etc. For ham radio digital modes it…


No thanks I’ve given up now on that site. Tried a month back to register where it told me I could not upload any videos, and no-one ever responded. I’m already uploading now to Peertube, BitShute, Retroshare, Secure SCuttlebutt, etc and what I post should federate to where it wants to be followed. It is better to upload once into a federation, so anyone can follow it, rather than at separate sites.


Quite a clever idea to just bypass the battery and connect it to the 5V USB (assuming your phone will handle the 5V) so that the phone is always connected, and just starts up with the vehicle. It was equipped with a SIM that shares the same number so that it operates like the primary phone. …


Linux supports a variety of file systems such as ext4, ZFS, XFS, Btrfs, Reiser4, and so on. Different types of file systems solve different kinds of problems and their usage is application specific. …


Isn’t Conifer more like The Internet Archive service? I was understanding Cloudflare was really being used to help manage massive volumes of web traffic ie. more the network management side?


Olympic Committee will hold its first official licensed esports event, though not part of the Games itself

Competitive videogames may have moved closer to becoming an official Olympics sport after the International Olympic Committee announced plans to hold a virtual esports event ahead of the Tokyo Games. …


Agatha & Poirot Partners in Crime a Biography: Agatha Christie is one of my all-time favourite authors and her first book was published 100 years ago

I have every one of the 100+ books she published and have enjoyed rereading them over the years (I’m blessed with forgetting the ending of books). Nothing does justice like reading the actual books though, as the mind is way more powerful of conjuring up the imagery than any movie or TV series. Even…


Must say I get a few complaints from people about that aspect of Cloudflare when I link to articles on websites using it. I can’t control where others put good content though.

The issue seems to be with Cloudflare acting as a man-in-the-middle, supposedly breaking the SSL and re-encrypting it with their SSL. For normal sites that may be OK but this is not a good idea at all if that SSL is expected to carry passwords or login info or other private info that should arrive intact at the destination site.

So I’ll also be interested to hear what others think and what the solutions are.


Not sure what is wrong with Hackaday’s site as they have pretty good content. No need to shoot a good article down for a choice of words. It may seem a bit clichéd but it was not inaccurate in this case.


True, it was rather unique though. I’ve seen lots of clean ups around desks, but never inside them. And I still have a good 10+ cables coming down from my desk.


True not as far as general usage goes… but amazing that even at that price it still last so little time. Not like it gets updates for 4 or 5 years.


Well they’d have to think differently - plan for making updates easier to keep doing, maybe launch 3 phones instead of 6 at a time which all differ readically, etc.


Thing is they definitely are not doing so, and we the consumers are just buying the glued up devices that only get 2 to 3 years of updates. It’s one reason why after 9 years of using Android I decided two months to go back to Apple to get 7+ years of updates and opt to pay to have my phone’s battery replaced. I’m sick and tired of paying $1,000 every three years for a new phone.


Software developed by data extraction company Cellebrite contains vulnerabilities that allow arbitrary code execution on the device, claims Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of the encrypted messaging app Signal. …


Inspired by another build, [Pierre] set out to build his dream desk that is maximum PC power in minimum space. It is chock full of easily-accessible cavities that hide everything you’d expect, plus a few things you don’t, like a flatbed scanner, a printer, a router, and a wireless charging pad. One …


Phone, tablet, and IoT gadget makers will have to state when they’ll stop providing security updates for new devices entering the market, the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) vowed this morning. …


Home but never alone: Celebrating World Amateur Radio Day 18 April

On this day in 1925, the IARU was formed in Paris. Since then, on 18 April every year, radio amateurs worldwide have taken to the airwaves to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. Today, the hobby is more popular than ever, with more than 3 million licensed operators worldwide, according to the Interna…


BYD’s entry into Zimbabwe should help catalyze the adoption of brand new EVs, giving consumers the comfort of full service back up and warranties, which are key concerns for potential corporate customers. BYD Zimbabwe has just opened its new EV experience center as well as a service center where peo…


The eyebrow-raising design pulls no punches in the uncanny department: the eye behaves as you’d expect (if you could have expected this) — it blinks, looks around, and can even waggle its brow. The eyeball, brow, and eyelids are actuated by a total of six servos that are controlled by an Arduino Nan…


3D animation isn’t an easy task. Each stage in the process is incredibly complicated, often taking large teams of people to create even small animated scenes. Google wants to beginners learn the tool of the trade with a new tool called Monster Mash, a web-based open source project that lets anyone e…


TrueCrypt eventually closed down, but a replacement project called VeraCrypt quickly sprang up to fill the void. VeraCrypt is based on TrueCrypt 7.1a and features many improvements over the original (including significant algorithm changes for standard encrypted volumes and boot volumes). With VeraC…


In a strange twist of fate, Nvidia quietly patched its RTX Voice app at an unknown time to support all GeForce GTX graphics cards supported under Nvidia’s 410.18 driver or newer. This means RTX Voice works with all products from the best graphics cards in the RTX 30-series down to the GTX 600-series…


OpenEVSE provides open source EV charging stations ready to use, in kit form, or just parts

OpenEVSE supplies open source charging station hardware and software solutions to manufactures and individuals. OpenEVSE SAE J1772 compatible charging station controllers are available in quantities of 1 to 10,000+ for requirements big or small. OpenEVSE controllers allows manufactures to bring thei…


South Africa’s plan to launch state-owned cloud computing mega-network biased towards open standards and open systems, including open source frameworks rather than closed and exclusive systems

“The Data and Cloud Policy seeks to strengthen the capacity of the State to deliver services to its citizens, ensure informed policy development based on data analytics, as well as promote South Africa’s data sovereignty and the security thereof,” the draft policy states. …