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if you made podcasts illegal, all podcasts would be true crime
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have y'all considered solving the cyberwar problem by just turning off the computers? we could raise goats. goats are cool, and most importantly, can't run UEFI bootkits.

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don't cry wolf
*pets the wolf*
*tries to cheer the wolf up*

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Was just asked to apply to be a Google Women Techmakers Ambassador.

No way. I am not using the little social reach I have to promote the harmful work of Google. And using inclusivity to draw women (or any marginalised folk) into promoting Google is 🤮

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You might think that LCARS looks dated with all its static images, but it's made that way on purpose because of the terrible trauma humanity endured during the Javascript Wars.

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In the flood of unverified or false information on social media, this website offers probably the most reliable stream of news from #Ukraine war

https://war.ukraine.ua/

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As thousands of civilians evacuate from #Ukraine, thousands of adults, men and women, return from work on emigration to join the defence. This is Polish side of the border, a line forming to enter Ukraine.

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Fairphone stands in solidarity against war and injustice. We're devastated by the invasion of Ukraine and our hearts go out to everyone affected.
We #StandWithUkraine.

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A lot of the ideology of Twitter was that in a fair fight the truth will always eventually win. I've seen Berkley law professors also say the same thing in the past.

But the last ten years of Twitter is a very strong indicator that this sort of thinking is wrong. That the truth is usually more complicated and less viral and so is at a disadvantage compared to sensationalism and things which drive outrage and advertising clicks.

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I think this weekend, I'm going to personally file an anti-trust thing against Microsoft's acquisition of Activision/Blizzard.

i've wanted to build games my entire life, but on my terms and not Microsoft's.

Even still, while trying to thoroughly avoid them at every turn in my professional career, I'm forced to engage with their ecosystem and tooling daily and it actively hinders the innovation i'm personally able to create-- by balancing technical relevancy against personal creativity.

pointedly, the code i write to satisfy their needs must be written in such a way that can train their machine learning models to further accelerate their velocity at my expense.

as a creator, this does nothing to benefit my workflow or the end game for my players.

with this acquisition, they'll have decades of player data and intellectual property to algorithmically generate video games that I will not be able to compete against given the sheer quantity of fan-loved quality that they'll be able to produce in a relatively short amount of time.

for a practical demonstration of this technology today: youtube.com/watch?v=SGUCcjHTmG

for a historical example of how Microsoft's managed indie game developers, buy.indiegamethemovie.com/

on a personal note as a player, I've sunk hundreds of hours into Overwatch, intentionally because it was a franchise NOT owned by Microsoft.

to summarize how much being under the boot of microsoft sucks, i wrote this small piece on my birthday last year: musings.tychi.me/an-invisible-

does anyone have any advice?

@pluralistic @aral

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A sphere and a torus walk into a bar. When it comes time to pay the tab, the torus is out of cash. The sphere says "Sorry, I can't cover you".

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whoa guise i LOVE hacktoberfest, hacking is when u mindlessly devote yourself to programming, gotta go, my company hackathon is coming up! we're gonna work for five days straight with no sleep!!!!! can't wait!

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#quoteoftheday
« Think deeply about things. Don’t just go along because that’s the way things are or that’s what your friends say. Consider the effects, consider the alternatives, but most importantly, just think. »
AARON SWARTZ

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A lot of sci-fi plots assume some future AI will break encryption and gobble up all information. But here we are falling all over ourselves to feed our data to it.

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Little reminder to add alt-text to your images/videos when you post them! The fediverse has a lot of blind and partially sighted users who'd still like to participate - and if you need even more incentive, a lot of users won't boost media that doesn't have alt text, so if you want more eyeballs on your amazing creations, get on that alt text :D :D

(If you're low on spoons, you can always add a request for someone else to add alt-text to your toot, a lot of people are happy to do it ^.^)

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The Three Laws of Personal Devices

Law 2: When a feature can be built so that algorithms and data are kept exclusively on the person’s own device, it must be built that way.

ar.al/2021/12/18/the-three-law

#TheThreeLaws

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The Three Laws of Personal Devices

Law 3: The hardware, software, and services must be free and open.

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#TheThreeLaws

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The Three Laws of Personal Devices

Law 1: Your devices must work in your interests and your interests alone.

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