Not sure about this but interesting, yes.

RT @LABlair1492@twitter.com

Here's what Paraguayans did with a statue of dictator Alfredo Stroessner (1954-89). It's an interesting compromise.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/LABlair1492/status

This makes me angry:

I run my own mail server in a VPS. Its IP address is NOT blacklisted, and I have both SPF and DKIM properly configured. I do NOT send bulk mail.

But still, Gmail classifies my personal emails as SPAM.

Same email with same exactly same contents, sent through PoBox SMTP server goes to INBOX. Directly from VPS, goes to SPAM. No explanations, no public blacklist. It looks like they just don't want people going "indie". Sigh.

incarceration 

I spent one day in Jail and it was absolutely horrific and now you’re saying if I didn’t happen to be born here I could’ve been kept there INDEFINITELY

to be clear detainment isn’t some Orange Is The New Black communal life shit

Detainment is being kept in a cell possibly alone with no free access to water or toilet paper or any kind of stimulus and they MIGHT feed you so.

I N D E F I N I T E L Y

Undocumented immigrant detainment centers are concentration camps

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Some folks on birdsite are tagging our project account in tweets like "hey jack twitter should copy this thing mastodon does". The idea that this is merely about features is short-sighted. Twitter will never, ever, ever be your friend. They are the shareholders' friend, not yours. No feature will let you see what their engineers are working on, what's under the hood. No feature will fix their headquarters in the US following and enforcing US laws and customs worldwide.

The final remaining patent on the MP3 format — "METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENCODING DIGITAL SIGNALS EMPLOYING BIT ALLOCATION USING COMBINATIONS OF DIFFERENT THRESHOLD MODELS TO ACHIEVE DESIRED BIT RATES" — has expired today.

So we put ourselves in a place where we use science to reach a heavily unscientific solution. Machine learning algorithms trained over huge amounts of data don't yield understanding of the data itself, but rather a blind reaction mechanism, that we can't introspect for knowledge for ourselves.
At this point we're not trying to better understand the world, we just want to proxy our decisions to someone, or rather something. We're sick of making choices and thus feel we can offload that to an AI.

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A kind reminder to all Internet developers: 

DON'T DO INFINITE SCROLL AND THEN STICK YOUR HELPFUL LINKS IN THE PAGE FOOTER HOW FUCKING SHORTSIGHTED DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO NOT REALIZE THAT IS A MAJOR USABILITY PROBLEM

The major thing this currently appears to have going for it is: early adopters.

Early adopters are typically the most tech savvy folks out there, and on the whole, a good bunch.

It's when the masses follow that things tend to get, well. . . interference patterns would be putting it delicately.

As a teajay friend of mine once said about a magical mystical tea house which is now gone, to paraphrase: "enjoy this now while it lasts, because things like this don't last long!"

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