I finally deleted my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

I just wanted to share that I am feeling free, these social networks were a threat to my privacy and my mental health.

When you're talking about Linux, it's okay to say that it's "open source".

It's okay to say that it's "free software".

It's okay to call it "GNU/Linux", "Linux", or to mess up its name.

It's okay to refer to it as "the one with the friendly penguin".

Part of RMS' legacy has been an incessant obsession with terminology and pedantry, overshadowing far more important shared objectives which are fundamentally emancipatory in nature.

Pedantry is not activism; it is alienating, not emancipatory.

I'm homeless with 0 income.

The next payment for my storage (32€ every 4 weeks), which holds the last few valuables that still haven't been taken from me, will bounce and I might lose the last bit of what I have.

Everything I make, I release for free as a matter of principle, so if you have spare cash it'd be really nice if you could help out.

I can receive money via bank transfer (DM for IBAN) or get recurring donations via patreon:


(boosts welcome)

The thing that does not get talked about during this pandemic is that it's been exacerbated in the US by the deliberate reduction in hospital beds during the neoliberal project.

The US used to have a pretty good, affordable public hospital system (which is why we got away without single payer for so long), and then we fucking sold them off for pennies on the dollar, and they were asset-stripped by corporations, especially in rural areas and the inner-city, where they weren't profitable.

We pay to Steam, Netflix, Amazon prime, Spotify. But not to Wikipedia, Archive.org, Librivox, Project Gutenberg, for our favourite Linux distro.

The huge asymmetry between corporate and community has not emerged naturally. It is a product of our choices of not supporting community oriented projects.

The short conveniences vs the long-term good. We always chose the former.

In face of surveillance capitalism, we must and must change.

any masto instance w more than 2000 users should be split up. trust busting

pig murder 

Freddie Gray was murdered by pigs when he had: a black woman Democratic mayor, a black woman Democratic DA, a 100% Democratic city council, a black police chief, a black Democratic secretary of homeland security, a black Democratic attorney general, and a black Democratic president.

None of them prevented his murder or did anything to prevent similar future murders.

so what is voting supposed to do about police violence? is his republican governor the reason he died, and the political failure that killed Freddie Gray the fact that Democrats didn't capture that single position?

Wow, you can have a _complete_ set of digital computing devices for less than $500 USD with @PINE64 stuff.

* PineBook Pro: 199.99
* PineTab+keyboard: 119.98 (pre-order)
* PinePhone: 149.99 (uBPorts ed.)
* PineTime: 24.99 (dev kit)
= Total: $494.95 USD

They're all designed with FOSS in mind and schematics are provided. That's awesome.

Looks like I won't have to spend much time making sure Jacob Frye isn't reelected Minneapolis mayor. Oh well, that was going to be a fun summer project... Hmm... I wonder what the process is to have a special election and remove him from office...

death, police violence, police murder, Columbus OH 

Sarah Grossman, a 22yo woman that just graduated from OSU, died from tear gas exposure this week in Columbus while protesting. It was originally going around that she had asthma but that apparently wasn't the case - her death was entirely from tear gas exposure, not any pre-existing condition (tho even if she did have asthma her death would still be on the cops).

Sarah was murdered for showing up to fight fascism and racism, and I hope we never forget that. Abolish the police. ACAB. Send every cop to either The Hague or the sun, no compromises.


"billionaires earned their money" is this century's "the king has the divine right to rule"

@dch @aral even if you don’t think it’s a privacy problem, it is a problem that contact tracing apps 1. can’t logically work if you know even the first thing about the technology involved and basic statistics. 2. don’t work based on the evidence from countries that have tried. 3. are promoted under the dangerously false pretence that they somehow protect you from getting infected like a digital talisman or, as the Australian PM called it β€œsunscreen”.


"My problem with contact tracing apps is that they have absolutely no value," Bruce Schneier, a privacy expert and fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, told BuzzFeed News. "I'm not even talking about the privacy concerns, I mean the efficacy. Does anybody think this will do something useful? ... This is just something governments want to do for the hell of it. To me, it's just techies doing techie things because they don't know what else to do."

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