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Every sentence I read about cryptocurrency makes me hate it even more

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Literally the only real reason anyone cares about anything blockchain-related is because they think if they speculate, it'll make them rich. There's literally no other reason. And they're willing to risk the future of this world to become rich off of pure speculation. Ugh.

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Google’s new advertising regime, FLoC, is rooted in the false premise that we have to choose between “old tracking” and “new tracking.” Instead of re-inventing the tracking wheel, we should build a better world without the problems of targeted ads. eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/goog

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Heads up: If you run your Mastodon server from what was previously known as the "master" branch you'll need to switch to the "main" branch

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Every time the US has a change of administration, EFF staffers - lawyers, policy analysts, activists - create a "transition memo": a series of one-page briefings on the tech policy issues the new admin should take up. The Biden memo is *great*.

eff.org/wp/eff-transition-memo

It opens with a section on surveillance, with three subsections:

I. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

II. Facial Recognition Technology

III. Border Search and Immigration Surveillance

eff.org/wp/eff-transition-memo

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Can we please, fellow white people, don't ever use "woke" pejoratively thanks

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When large billion dollar ISPs are rolling out fiber to their wealthy customers and not upgrading their low income customers (who also pay them), that is called digital redlining, and it should be abolished in law.

eff.org/deeplinks/2021/01/fcc-

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I think we should liberate the gender-neutral suffix "-poke" from the word "cowpoke" and apply it elsewhere. firepoke. mailpoke. chairpoke. businesspoke.

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Me: Did you read the Pen Test Partners article about the smart cock cage vulns?
He: Did they do a pen15 test?
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Another unexpected socialist: Lizzie Magie, who invented the board game Monopoly.

Magie was more accurately called a Georgist, which is kind of a proto-socialist movement in the US that advocated for working people to own the full value of what they produce and hold land in common, rather than have private property.

She called Monopoly "the Landlord's Game," and it demonstrated how private property robs from the poor and enriches owners.

The Parker Brothers (like the actual brothers) screwed her out of a patent by buying it from her for $500 and printing a small run of the Landlord's Game to secure the patent. Meanwhile Charles Darrow was falsely credited as the game's creator and he became a millionaire.

The anti-monopolist messages within the game were stripped out. A round of play that showed how all players could prosper if resources were shared was eliminated, and the game became winner take all.

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@fakemaxkeeble THis actually happens in Finland! They use a "day system", where a certain crime is worth an amount of days, which is multiplied by 10% of your daily income.

Let's say you were speeding, maybe going 50 in a 35, you'd be charged about 5 days. Let's also say you make 30k a year, so you make ~82 dollars per day. You'd be charged 410 dollars.

I really love this system because it prevents any accidental financial discrimination, plus the billionaires get taxed out the wazoo.

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