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When dystopian fiction of the past that you used to fuel your commitment to doing good is quaint in comparison to today's reality.

Google Play's strangle hold is weakening. Previously anything but the Play store included warnings about them not being trustworthy and to stay away from them. The XDA-Developers coverage of the new K-9 Mail's last sentence is:

"If you don’t have access to the Google Play Store, you can also download it from F-Droid, Amazon App Store, and the project’s GitHub page."

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Imagine if you could file a digital restraining order against tech companies. If a creepy person follows you any time you leave your house, looks through your mail, and watches you from the street whenever you're at home, you can legally make them stop. Why not companies?

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BTW, it's rather revolting that #CBInsights wrote a 23-page report on #FacialRecognition, but then they deny access to the report unless you supply them with an email address through their #Cloudflare site. So in order to read about privacy abuses, you must allow them to invade your privacy.

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I saw people worried about causing death. My wife is a doctor so I asked her.

It's complicated, but the general takeaway is: all medicine has risk involved. Just like driving a car or even walking near a roadway. Yet the risk vs reward ratio is usually such that we decide to use medicine. In people who don't have strong independent risk factors vaccines should not cause issues. There's always outliers, but generally vaccines save way, way more lives than they cost.

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"I hear you seek monster-slayers?"
"Yes. There's this centuries-old hoarder of gold, an amoral scourge of the people, with vast power, who even the king dares not challenge directly."
"A dragon?"
"A corporation."

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If you have to ask why anyone would carry out life-saving research if they didn’t stand to reap great financial profit from it, your system is fundamentally broken.

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This was a real scummy thing for Nintendo to do (even though they have done worse in the past). Nintendo Switch users need to read this.
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Here's a little thing that may not be obvious to many people....

When you install an open-source app from Google Play or the Apple app store, there is no guarantee that what you install actually matches the public code.

@fdroidorg are doing a great service. They independently build the public source code for apps from scratch, review for common issues, and publish their builds. Thanks to "reproducible builds" it's possible to verify they do not tamper with the code.


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will cryptocurrency eventually be understood as a religious ritual in which electricity and computer hardware are sacrificed to capitalism in the hopes of personal riches

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Another follower thrown in fascistbook jail for saying a mean thing to a trumper. Until we ALL stop using these garbage platforms and go somewhere else, they'll continue to reign without any checks to their power. But how can we organize such an exodus without using these same instruments of tyranny?

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It was genius of MS to fuck up the task bar so people would complain about that instead of the fact that they're escalating their user surveillance.

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Privacy 👏 is 👏 not 👏 a 👏 crime.

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EU withheld a study that shows piracy doesn't hurt sales


In 2013, the European Commission ordered a €360,000 ($430,000) study on how piracy affects sales of music, books, movies and games in the EU. However, it never ended up showing it to the public except for one cherry-picked section. That's possibly because the study concluded that there was no evidence that piracy affects copyrighted sales, and in the case of video games, might actually help them.

The study: cdn.netzpolitik.org/wp-upload/

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Crazy: @chbmeyer says he asked #Renault what kind of personal data his car collects & shares with the company. #GDPR

Here you go, dystopian shit:

- Charging history
- Temperature
- Unique car & battery IDs
- Kilometres driven (battery)
- Operational state of engine
- Driving & parking history
- Data on speed, acceleration & deceleration
- Number of times ABS has been activated
- When airbags are deactivated
- Name, first name & email of owner
- Other electric vehicles in vicinity
- Geolocation

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is anyone using algebra anymore, it hasn't been updated since the 1800s

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