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Interesting interview with Jaron Lanier (2018): vox.com/2018/7/27/17618756/jar

Question: “How [do you] respond to the argument that without viable alternatives, walking away from Facebook or social media more generally is a privilege?”

JL: "If you’re privileged enough to have the option of walking away from social media, and yet you don’t, you’re failing to use your privilege to defeat a system that traps other people who are less fortunate than you."

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Hey, I didn't see but @mobilizon reached one more goal in its crowdfunding campaign! Looks like we'll get another ActivityPub-enabled tool here 🎉

Congrats @Framasoft!

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My brother John: "It would be really annoying listening to programmers who are also linguists; they'd just argue about semantics all the time."
My brother Steve, being unintentionally meta: "Programmers *are* linguists."

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Probably the thing that bothers me most about Twitter is how it's like a fly trap for smart people. It legitimizes the platform that so many thought leaders use it, even if those same people might privately (or publicly!) despite Twitter.

You can use Twitter as a write-only medium for your own mental health, but then you're still pushing the drug out to a large mass of readers.

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⚠️ Federation Status Update ⚠️

We are putting the finishing touches on improved Notifications, Direct Messages and video support (Loops).

Once those are released, we will start testing full federation support on our staging instance!

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A vulnerability in WhatsApp allowed attackers to inject commercial spyware, developed by NSO Group, on to phones.

The spyware could be transmitted through a call, even if the call was unanswered.

It is unclear how many phones were targeted.
ft.com/content/4da1117e-756c-1

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Hi @davewoodx, how are things going with mirrored.social? Can we help in any way to add new mirrored accounts? Not being able to follow certain people is my biggest hurdle in leaving twitter behind :P

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"I thought wizards live in towers?"
"In isolated towers, to keep others safe from their magic experiments, yes."
"But you are a princess."
"I am."
"And you live in an isolated tower."
"You think a princess can only be one thing? A princess can be anything!"

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I need a tool for reading papers where I can select a variable or constant symbol and be reminded what it stands for. Too many papers and symbols to remember who used r for radius and who used α

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#mastoAdmin

bsd.network has blocked the librem.one instance, because they removed all abilities for us to report abuse to them. They also removed the ability for their users to report abuse from our users, which is also pretty troublesome.

While we normally do not announce instance blocks, this is a fairly serious action on their part and needs to be pointed out publicly.

The safety of our users in the Fediverse is very important to us.

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