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In case any #Berlin people haven't heard about it: there are multiple demonstrations happening tomorrow, 1 AfD (extreme right wing) and 4 counter demonstrations. Please come all to one of the counter demonstrations!

berlin-gegen-nazis.de/en/sunda

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@apexys @xuv @aparrish my sense is that vc funded social media tends to see users individualistically, so success is a great wave all at once that creates minimum viable .

We've bypassed that barrier by federating discrete communities of interest that often require only a dozen or two active users to be vital places, so we're quietly building critical mass via a mechanism they don't grok... 😁

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This is always the way. You don't beat the incumbent by playing on their own turf - in this case building a bigger silo. You beat them by doing something else. Something they can't copy or assimilate without breaking their business model.
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Not relevant to privacy issues, but just want to say #Mastodon has the best usernames 😎

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Some good news: exit polls indicate Ireland 🇮🇪 has overwhelmingly voted to overturn their abortion ban, in place since 1983. A huge victory for women's rights. irishtimes.com/news/politics/i

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Well done, #Ireland!

This again reminds me of when I got to know many of my irish friends as a teen in the 90s when their open-minded youth culture was so much at odds with the conservative mindset of the older generations. These kids have now grown up and are reshaping the culture of the country.

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The "award winning journalism" is covered by the free speech exemption. The rest of the "full range of digital offerings" most likely is not. The fact they are willing to shutter the journalism means that that is not their main offering. The LA Times is not a newspaper.

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LA Times: "Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism."

I am LOL-ing so hard right now. They have taken their ball and gone home!

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Re: LB: I genuinely believe that this overcautiousness is a good sign. It means GDPR has put the fear of God into those organisations.

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@samtoland That's what I was trying to convey. Any useful piece of regulation in this area will inevitably result in a mess because so many incentives for so many people and organisations are lined up to make a mess of it.

GDPR as a regulation isn't a mess but GDPR as a cultural and economic phenomenon is, and if it wasn't that'd be a bigger cause for concern.

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Of course I'm kidding, knowing that it changes is important, it's just such a fucking onslaught on my mailboxes

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@Gargron @schlink (On the other hand, the ownership of most newspapers is composed entirely of garbage people, so GDPR may be exposing some legit issues. Could go either way.)

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Realistically I should go invest some time into mastodon-bridge to make it use sidekiq and work in the background so people with a lot of friends don't get rate limit errors, and then promote that tool more

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@cathal I used the words "tend to" precisely to avoid the kind of stereotypes you mention. I am aware not everybody thinks the same, but I am also pretty sure there are patterns to be found, and those patterns are likely to highlight a higher attention to scientific notions in one camp and a higher attention to religious ones in the other...

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It's Guardian Select.. but we'll take it! has been featured in the . :)

This thing may just be getting some traction... :P

theguardian.com/music/2018/may

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@Antanicus
You're expressing a stereotype as fact (that all pro-life people base those views on "religion", and that all pro-choice people base those views on "science"), and that sort of tribalism directly leads to opposition before discussion has even happened. That's exactly where the vitriol comes from, and why I don't even participate in public discussions on the underlying subject anymore.

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@Gargron @schlink

It also means LA Times' competitors who have a GDPR-compliant privacy policy will gain an advantage.

It is really good that media companies who behave better get rewarded with a bigger potential audience. Companies listen to their bottom line, and if respecting privacy makes them more money then GDPR is a force for good.

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@schlink What kind of data were they storing on their readers?! This should be a red flag to ALL readers