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I was born in USSR. There were no votes in USSR. I remember Perestroika. When I was just a teen, my parents were seriously discussing going off the grid to sit out the civil war if the 1991 KGB putsch against Gorbachev succeeded. Everybody was surprised when it failed. What followed was very confusing time, people had no idea how democracy is supposed to work, including the people who somehow made it work anyway, for a few years.

And now, exactly a year later almost to a day, the same realization is finally making the headlines.

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Telling people to look the other way worked as well as you could expect, so now Facebook is killing CrowdTangle—the last bit of public transparency into what kind of content gets amplified the most by their platform:
nytimes.com/2021/07/14/technol

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The #Briar messenger explained.

It is finally something new and fullfils my yesterday's idea of serverless apps. It is not just another chat protocol. You could build chat, blogs, filesharing or dating apps on the top of it (using the #Bramble framework). It even does not need internet to work, can synchronize messages over bluetooth or wifi.

blog.grobox.de/2016/briar-next

Can you guess what happens when you provide homeless people with housing?

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You reduce crime, increase employment, improve health, and do not increase reliance on social benefits.

80% of costs are offset by the benefits in the first 18mos.

drop.infini.fr/r/hw0Xg0h8pC#0a=

"The Nobel [peace prize] committee should resign over the atrocities in Tigray" - Kjetil Tronvoll [1].

I think he's right. The committee didn't "do its homework" in deciding to give the 2019 prize to Abiy Ahmed, who holds primary political responsibility for the #TigrayGenocide . Peace researchers should have been properly consulted [2]. Would the physiology/m prize have been awarded to Jacques Benveniste [3]?

[1] theguardian.com/global-develop
[2] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_an
[3] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benvenis

Briar 1.3 was released! It features image attachments, profile pictures, disappearing messages and a re-organized settings screen.

After publishing small thread on arrest of Protasevich and his political views an interesting character came to comment on it. Meet Volodymyr Ishchenko (@Volod_Ishchenko@twitter.com) fellow at @tudresden_de@twitter.com and a big figure for western fans of Putin and conspiracy theories. #Belarus

Thanks to Bullseye Freeze, Firefox 89 is confined to experimental for now. After seeing all the drama about the new redesign, I went to check out the screenshots and now I agree with everyone who hates the new tabs. All other UX changes are improvements, but my tabs were finally the way I wanted them (I hated rounded tabs) and now I'll have to hope that browser.proton.enable=false lasts long enough.

Meanwhile the most crippling Firefox bug survives yet another release:
bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.

Glenn Greenwald 

Is Glenn Greenwald the New Master of Right-Wing Media?

“Glenn and I have always disagreed on some things, but at least he used to have consistent principles and respect for basic facts,” Lee told The Daily Beast. “It’s disappointing and tragic that he’s gone so far off the deep end, from what seemed to be an honest and fearless journalist into a conspiracy-peddling pundit that spends all his time misleading people.”

thedailybeast.com/is-glenn-gre

Belarussian regime denies exit at the land borders for all the belarussian with temporary residence in EU countries. Foreigners with resident permit in #Belarus are also not allowed to leave via lanviad border (you can still fly out of the country). #Repressions

Bitcoin is not just an energy waste. It's also a huge electronic waste : around 12 000 tons of custom hardware (ASIC) produced and thrown each year. That's the equivalent of 100 millions phones, or 12 phones per active bitcoin user (8.2 million) and per year.

A tale of two IRC networks:

#Freenode: kicked us out of our channels, harassed one of our ops on their home page, made supposedly "draft" policy changes to permit hate speech

#LiberaChat: participated in *our* forum to address questions about governance and non-profit structure and asked for feedback on improvements: <meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php>

Hmm 🤔

I remember when it seemed like the open chat standard XMPP "won" 15 years ago when Google Talk adopted it. It seemed like maybe the bad old days of proprietary chat protocols were over.

Google of course abandoned XMPP and later 5 or so other chat protocols. Today the messaging world is a mess of proprietary protocols and networks all reinventing the same wheels.

uspol, political activism, Washington DC, facial recognition 

Political activism works. The DC facial recognition system is shutting down.

epic.org/2021/05/after-epic-le

Today in Freenode "on-topic" policy changes:
- using your old channels to point to a new network? BANNED 🙅‍♀️
- hate speech? Oh that's cool now nbd 👌 github.com/freenode/web-7.0/co

Belarusian secret police organized a fake bombing to hijack Ryanair plane Athens - Vilnius to capture one of the former Nexta telegram channel editors. He is now arrested in #Minsk. #Belarus WTF?!

Political prisoner Vitold Ashurok was murdered by the guards several days ago in Shklov prison in #Belarus. He was sentenced to 5 years for participating in summer/autumn protests against dictator #Lukashenko. Regime states that it was a heart attack. #repressions

Rest in power

online drama 

The dude barged into my mentions trying to shut down my praise of systemd as an attempt to force it on the whole world. All I did was try to explain myself. In response, he blocked me and posted a rant misrepresenting my words and attacking my character behind my back.

(Oh look, of course he hates PulseAudio, too.)

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online drama 

Some online personality tells tend to cluster together. In US politics, it's racist transphobe anti-vaxxer Evangelical Republicans. In free software, it's sexist Stallman defenders who also hate systemd and believe themselves entitled to other people's free labor.

My interaction with @Asimech has convinced me that I should just block systemd haters on sight instead of trying to engage.

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