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A friend once asked me to watch a video with her that she was going to display on her computer using Netflix. I declined, saying that Netflix was such a threat to freedom that I felt uncomfortable with legitimizing it in this way.

Rejecting streaming DRM is an ethical imperative because this streaming technology is intended to divide people and make them antisocial.
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Giving up the smartphone (currently in airplane mode in the drawer) for a dumb phone. I want my attention span back. I want control over my computer. I want to eschew mobile computing for good old fashioned desktop computing.

Nokia 105 Smartphone in airplane mode

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[News] Our plans for PeerTube v4!
By the end of the year, new features focused mainly on experience customization so you can display and discover the videos to your liking.
➡️ hhttps://joinpeertube.org/en/news#roadmap-v4

email : support@whatsapp.com
sub: lost/stolen phone

stolen/lost phone: please deactivate my account +911234567899

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@eff We’ve built a new site to tell you whether or not you are a test subject in Google’s latest tracking experiment. Visit Am I FLoC’ed to see if your browser is putting you into one of their new advertising categories . amifloced.org

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The excuses being given by MobileCoin/Signal for keeping their code changes secret for a year is plain BS. @polarhive @Seirdy

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Bruce Schneier on Signal's cryptocurrency adventures:

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It’s not just that blockchain is just plain stupid. It’s not even that Signal is choosing to tie itself to a specific blockchain currency. It’s that adding a cryptocurrency to an end-to-end encrypted app muddies the morality of the product, and invites all sorts of government investigative and regulatory meddling: by the IRS, the SEC, FinCEN, and probably the FBI.

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www.schneier.com/blog/archives…
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Signal, WhatsApp, shitcoins 

Now that Signal is bundling a shitcoin and everyone is saying “b-but I just convinced like all 127 of my friends to switch from WA”, I feel I need to link this article again: Whatsapp and the domestication of users

Sequel: Keeping platforms open.

Platforms covered across both articles:

WhatsApp
Firefox + the Web
Signal
XMPP
Email
Matrix
(briefly) programming languages

Recognize the potential consequences of getting everyone on a platform before you make recommendations.

Reblogs welcome.

protocol.com/mitchell-baker-mo
"Baker joined the Source Code podcast to discuss what's happening at Mozilla, why she thinks web browsers are still so important, how blockchain and crypto might reinvent the web and why, after two decades of thinking about the internet's technology questions, it's time to spend more time thinking about its human ones"

uhh

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All 3 Browser Ecosystem Suck!
Look's like everyone is following 's model.

on device
Brave's on device BAT Rewards
and this new Scroll thing
firstlook.firefox.com/betterwe

All 3 browsers are 'owned' (influenced) by Google.
The rendering engine (Chromium/Blink) & Funding (Mozilla/Firefox)

Alt browsers like qutebrowser don't have a cross device ecosystem

won't release as
We don't live in the magical
We are at the mercy of

The reason I'm against Signal is that they don't allow forks to work with their servers, and they don't plan to federate or solve the 'meta data issues' with these federated protocols.

signal.org/blog/the-ecosystem-

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Well is baking their own crypto now. 😤

How will the techbros & explain, that this wasn't a scheme. 'jUsT uSe sIgNal' the non-profit, one time soulution to WhatsApp.

signal.org/blog/help-us-test-p

The soultion is protocols, dontating to projects to help reach feature/privacy parity with centralized ones. NOT shifting to another centralized silo - that will inevetiably fail in a free market.

polarhive.ml/blog/fedi-first
polarhive.ml/blog/messengers/#
mastodon.social/@polarhive/106

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Upcoming Instagram changes warn users to accept activity tracking to "Help keep Instagram free of charge" 🙄

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