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are great. They're not "cool" anymore, and idiots abuse them; but they enable platforms to be self-organized by the users without much tech skill.

With all of the anarchists etc. here, that kind of grass-roots understanding should be implicit.

are BOTH crucial and dangerous. bring people into conversations, help onboard new users, and keep people coming back.

But harassment and abuse need to be fought at the platform level.

How can we have BOTH?

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The best way to fight the power of Facebook is probably not to just , but to subvert it.

Facebook works by letting you use it for free, in exchange for using your data commercially.

It survives because people keep using it for personal purposes, which it can then sell.

If you want to fight that, use your personal Facebook account for exclusively commercial purposes, without buying advertising. Promote your business, post affiliate links, and avoid it for anything personal.

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@deejoe @enkiv2

It really worries me that so many programmers sneer at Excel and Access. Those tools exist because they allow users to do programming; yet somehow this is not cheered, but seen as an enemy of 'proper' programming.

(of course then systems programmers sneer at 'mere web developers', etc)

I don't understand the division and I never have. It doesn't seem to be about wanting to make the tools better - more a resentment that user-accessible programming tools exist AT ALL.

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RT @codepo8@twitter.com: Webhint.io – hinting at a better web
christianheilmann.com/2018/08/
Sonarwhal is now Webhint and got a massive upgrade. Much faster, much smaller and still open source and customizable to your needs.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/codepo8/status/102

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Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

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Idea: a distributed filesystem for recycling old hard drives. Ram a lot of them into one storage rack, and sacrifice some amount of storage space on redundancy based on each drive's condition.

Is there something like this in the wild?

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Some interesting points about how sometimes, when kids get obsessed with gaming, it could be related to unmet psychological needs -- especially from lack of autonomous, social free play.

nirandfar.com/2018/07/kids-vid

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u can haz open source digital freedoms. Pay what you want for the Linux Geek Bundle and benefit EFF!
humblebundle.com/books/linux-g

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23andMe Sold Access to Your DNA Library to Big Pharma

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art

If only some of us had seen this coming and warned people… oh, wait…

#SurveillanceCapitalism HT @hjdraper8

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There's an amazing number of #ActivityPub #alternatives now available or under development:

Twitter -> @Mastodon and #Pleroma

Instagram -> @pixelfed and @anfora

YouTube -> #PeerTube ( @Chocobozzz )

Soundcloud -> @funkwhale

MeetUp -> @GetTogetherComm

Medium -> #Plume ( @BaptisteGelez )

Reddit -> @prismo and Anancus ( @tuxether )

LinkedIn -> @cloutstream

Google Calendar -> @calendar_social

Anything missing from the list? What else is needed?

#Federation #Fediverse

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@kensanata posted a list of books for learning the "C" programming language

Here is my list (most are available online):

* Build Your Own Lisp (in C) buildyourownlisp.com/contents

* C Interfaces and Implementations sites.google.com/site/cinterfa

* The C Book publications.gbdirect.co.uk/c_

* The Definitive C Book Guide and List
stackoverflow.com/questions/56

* C Elements of Style oualline.com/books.free/style/

* The GNU C Programming Tutorial crasseux.com/books/ctut.pdf

* Modern C icube-icps.unistra.fr/img_auth

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Oh great: the in everybody's computer has severe bugs so that anybody might able to take over your computer via network: intel.com/content/www/us/en/se
And you can't do anything against it.

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I liberated a friend's computer with Ubuntu Linux recently. She was fed up with Windows 10 after an update caused some of her usb devices to stop working. This friend is a computer novice and I chose the distro that I felt would be the "easiest". So far, she has not had to ask me for much help at all. This further lends to my argument that GNU/Linux is actually to install and use than either Windows or Apple these days.

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Facebook put out a patent application for a face recognition system that will match your face in stores and correlate it with your social media profile to assign you a shopper trust level.

That's some seriously dystopian shit right there.

nytimes.com/2018/07/09/technol

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Problems we are having with #Signal:
* It is and will remain centralized (clear strategy of *not* federating servers)
* It requires strong identifiers/selectors (phone#) to use
* Author disallows distribution by anyone but Google, although free/libre
* It keeps pushing away verification of fingerprint in interface
* It relies on Google+Amazon infrastructure
* Its funding is shady (OTF = Radio Free Asia = USG)

= clearly unethical choices, unjustifiable by accessibility or technological reasons.

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