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The year is 2050

I live on a popup automated nomadic settlement on a prairie being threatened with drought. The groundwater is drying up here from the Dasani mega-exfiltrators that just got installed a fee miles East, so we're going to book it before anything gets too scarce. The settlement computer, a little RISC-V SOC next to the fabricators is giving an error, deep spec checks starting to fail from high-temperatures as the chip slowly melts in the heat. The HURD kernel makes the appropriate adjustments to keep us on track for morning packup. One of my partners gives me a peck on the cheek as they walk by prepping a launch for the pine-leaf mesh drone to keep us on the decnet while we're traveling (we stopped using balloons after they learned how to pop them). There's not really much concern about the whole ordeal, we've dealt with the thugs chasing us out before and we're prepared if they give chase. Besides, somebody updated the HAB design on decnet to detect fracked reservoirs sooner to avoid this mess in the future. We put up the solar deck and set our habs to a slow crawl westward as the sun just starts peeking over the horizon. The praire, the hills, they can kill it all as far as we care, hierarchy won't be enough to save them in the end, they can't adapt.

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@emsenn My theory is, this is a BIG part of why large tech unicorns are vocal supporters of open source... while banning the AGPL.

It takes the wind out of the sails of folks that would otherwise be very critical of their position of power when it comes to user data, lock-in, privacy, etc.

If the critics can figure out how to DIY, their personal motivation to fight evaporates, even if problems remain for Jane and Joe Average.

(There's also hiring & retention aspects, of course, many reasons.)

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Is adblocking a form of NIMBYism, using educational privilege to avoid a negative consequence of the market while doing nothing if not actively encouraging its growth in another part of society?

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Sometimes I wish fewer of you used adblocks because, due to not seeing them, you're not aware you're sharing links to websites that are just spammy adfarms with rubbish content that could be found better, and even though YOU aren't gaining them ad revenue, you're still getting them ad revenue by using them instead of proper sources.

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Will das wirklich die Fehler von #HessenData wiederholen und die Überwachungssoftware #Gotham von anschaffen?

Bekommt #Palantir dann auch in #NRW Zugriff auf das eigentlich interne Behördennetz?

#DAR /c

@anneroth Darf ich fragen, welchen Crossposter du für Twitter + Mastodon benutzt? 😊

I have to admit that I did not know that this text [0] existed until now.

All the time, I was thinking that the pyramid of ethical design should have a proper foundation that it is built on.

Thankfully, @aral thought of this already and gave it beautiful name: *small tech*. 😍


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Hi @aral !

We've almost completed the crowdfunding of #Mobilizon (our not-so-secret project to get our events off Facebook!)

I think Mobilizon fits perfectly with the #smalltech concept.

However, as you know, we are struggling to make our actions known outside France, so - now that we don't need more money (we won't do "more" with "more money") - we need help to make the project known to non-French-speaking activists.
Can you help us?

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Hypothesis: There is a level of wealth that it is impossible to reach without exploiting others in a morally indefensible way; and even if one could, the effects of a person with that amount of power over others would be incompatible with a meaningfully free society

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Hypothesis: Anything a philanthropist can give the world as a gift, the world should have had by rights

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From the latest dense discovery newsletter:

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Was talking about Mastodon with an old-school sysadmin guy. We reached the realization that defederating from instances with no/bad moderation is essentially the same thing as blocking open relays back when you ran your own email server: open relays always end up getting used for spam, you block 'em to protect your users.

Email was and still is the first federated social network, so it already faced a lot of the same problems; we should study its solutions (and its failures).

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Remember, it's not the first time #Google is abusing it's monopoly with Google #Chrome/#Chromium.

#Chrome's plan to block many of their adblocking add-on's is nearly finished.

#nochrome #nogoogle #switchToFirefox

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What you can do:
Switch to another browser. You see what a company having a monopoly on a browser does. We need #browserDiversity (for a whole lot more reaons BTW)!

Here is how to switch to #Firefox:

#nochrome #nogoogle #switchToFirefox #Firefox

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@kuketzblog Die Relevanz des privaten Signing-Keys scheint einigen nicht ganz klar zu sein.

Das Android-Betriebssystem verlangt, dass jede installierte App mit einem digitalen Schlüssel signiert wird. Der Zweck dieser Signatur ist es, den Autor der App zu identifizieren, und nur diesem Autor zu erlauben, Aktualisierungen an der App vorzunehmen. Erlangt jemand in den Besitz des Signing-Keys kann er installierte Apps mit eigenen (schadhaften) App-Versionen austauschen.

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Google sammelt von den App-Entwicklern, die im Play Store veröffentlichen, gerade die (privaten) APK-Signing-Keys ein. Wer diese nicht hochlädt bekommt einen Warnhinweis eingeblendet. Es ist hoffentlich unnötig zu erwähnen, dass man den privaten Key niemals herausgeben sollte - auch bzw. gerade nicht an Google.

Screenshot: Daniel Gultsch (Conversations)

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"Smart" and networked proprietary devices should be very much called what they are: dystopian junk.

If you want a less polemic term, use "automated surveillance devices," but really all of these TVs, home assistants, toasters, fridges, smoke detectors, etc. are dystopian junk.

We need "low tech" appliances, and we need personal computing devices that are, by design, fully controllable by the people using them.

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I am the developper of reel2bits.

It’s a soundcloud-like self-hosted app, which goal is to be kiss and easy to use. And I am currently trying to implement ActivityPub support.

I would really love to have some more contributors than just myself to work better on it. (python3, flask, celery)

A matrix room have been created for that: And I have at least this week and full next one free to help anyone getting on the codebase.

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