"Google confirms it tracks users even when location history setting is disabled"
Crappy source, but important news. Without free software, legible, modifiable, and distributable by and for everyone, this will inevitably happen under the present political economic system.
There should be a global 'awareness' week for developers. For a week reduce your RAM to 2 GB, disable all cores except 2, downscale your resolution to 1366x768 and cap your internet at 1 Mbps (or less for mobile developers)...
Maybe, just maybe we will start to have less crappy, bloated software.
And that's why Mozilla can say "RSS/Atom has been in decline and support has been dropped by companies such as Google (Google Reader), or Apple (Apple Mail), or changed focus." And that's why I think we need to keep RSS/Atom despite big companies dropping support because RSS and Atom work precisely for the slow web, the small sites, for average Internet people, for us.
"Over a decade ago Bill Gates insinuated that free software was redolent of communism. He wasn’t wrong. Free software presages something very different from the regime of accumulation under which Microsoft flourishes — a system in which the commons benefit people rather than capital."
"Have you ever noticed how online accounts are incredibly easy to sign up for, but can be hair-pullingly difficult to close? Sometimes the Close Account option is right where you’d think it would be, but other times you have to hunt it down, clicking through menu after menu until you finally find out that you can’t close it online, you actually have to call.
There’s a name for this phenomenon—dark patterns."
Just for the reason that Bryan Lunduke got an acc. on the fediverse:
#BrianLunduke is not the nice guy he might believe by themself.
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German police raided homes of members of a privacy group that runs Tor exit nodes.
Their excuse was an unrelated blog called for violence at a right-wing event, this blog uses Riseup email, and the privacy group handles European donations for Riseup.
Egypt has done more than censor the internet. Egypt was found to have hijacked unencrypted HTTP connections for advertising and cryptomining 💰
A groundbreaking new report by OONI and AFTE details these anomalies and more: https://blog.torproject.org/egypt-internet-censorship
pushing people to switch from twitter to the fediverse take Show more
I get lost in my sockpuppets sometimes. Like when I’m logged into a LinkedIn profile of a fake persona, I get into the InMails and recruiter DMs that I receive.
I get flattered that they want to hire my fake persona. I tweak my profile a bit to show off my best fake skills.
I coyly explain to the recruiters that I am not currently interested in a new opportunity, but that I’ll pass the job req to my fake friends and fake associates.