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Mastodon doesn't punish you for living your life.

It doesn't actively take metrics of your interactions to gauge your social or cultural capital.

Never will it demand that you post this much to be or stay relevant to the community, disappearing into the void if you don't meet The Quota.

So please, for the love of toot, take breaks whenever you feel you need to! We'll be here when you get back! :patcat:

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Manuals used to teach you about your computer.

This job is now performed primarily by retail cell phone salespeople and internet forum posters.

You may see some of my concerns.

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I miss old computer manuals that assumed everyone was new to the concept of a computer.

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@aral @kel @cult the only way we'll escape the corporate surveillance state is by dismantling it. there's only so much individuals can do to avoid it. it's a societal issue, just like poverty, public health, climate instability, etc.

this is what is meant by 'there is no ethical consumption under capitalism'. some form of compromise is made.

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As soon as officials come to solve my problem, I'll insist it's the damn door and get them to smile for me.

What a waste of everyone's time.

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So, apparently an AP Environmental Science class read my Mars novel through the lens of sustainability and survival through engineering a biome. I never could have dreamed while writing it that it would be read in that context, but I'm obviously overjoyed. Just had a Skype call with the class today... insightful questions, awareness of wealth disparity, and seeing the connection between science and society. As a writer, educator, and engineer... tears of joy. goodreads.com/book/show/274013

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Pro tip: the best way to prevent Google from scanning your emails is to stop using Gmail and then convince everyone you know to also stop using Gmail.

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The best talk at Droidcon was probably "building for the next billion users". I think I got some ideas on how to improve . Also it had the best slide "This app is loading way to fast - no one ever".

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The Wordpress plugin for Mastodon Comments work. I adapted the original work of @bjoern

I will be able to release it tomorrow I guess.

- Connect an account
- Choose a selector (default WP id for comments).

Example: mastalab.app/2018/09/02/how-to

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@aral This feels like a new low: mandatory activity tracking to be covered by life insurance from John Hancock.
9to5mac.com/2018/09/20/john-ha

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Exploiting people when they’re most vulnerable means capitalism is working as intended

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Doctor: I'm terribly sorry but the tests are back. Your child is artistic.

Parents: (sob)

Doctor: Now don't worry, it's not the end of the world. Your child will never have the mind of an executive, but with modern innovations like Etsy, Patreon and Kickstarter, they may be able to pay rent well into their mid-20s.

Parent: Did... did crayons do this

Doctor: Who can say? We're exposed to so many forms of art every day: music, poetry, language, geometry..

Parent: We're getting crayons BANNED

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The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it. - George Bernard Shaw

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