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Funny that we seem to be going in circles.

The web started as a bunch of individuals running their own servers. Then things got professionalized, and we got the mostly benevolent, for-pay corporate services. Now that your data is more valuable than whatever meager subscription fee you're not going to pay for anyway, we're back to trusting the randos.

The plummeting server/software costs help, but it would be impossible without volunteer labor.

It behooves us to support the randos.

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Here's the video for "The Arrival of a Train":

youtube.com/watch?v=UyvYL-gaD7

(In case you're more into viewing than reading)

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Here's "It's all about the curry", my Monkigras 2018 talk on software craft:

youtube.com/watch?v=4EB6F-nhT-

Delivered a lot of talks over the years, but I gotta say this has been one of my favorites so far.

@redmonk

My tracker blocker should be all your site needs to know that I do not consent to your tracking. Blocking it should be illegal.

Any “data protection law” worth its salt would mandate that unless consent is communicated on every request without prompting, consent does not exist.

@ricardojmendez it’s picky on how you look up an account. If you search the URI of the account I think it has to contain https:// otherwise it fails.

Amazon workers sustained lifelong injuries, told to take personal time to leave the building during a gas leak, and will bring packages into the bathroom with them to maximize productivity
theatlantic.com/technology/arc

Anarchism is based on an essentially optimistic conception of human nature: if individuals have a natural tendency to get on well together then there is no need for the existence of a state to arbitrate between them.
-- Saul Newman

#anarchism #quote #bot

Anybody knows if you can follow Mastodon accounts from @pixelfed? Maybe only getting the image posts?

Pinging @dansup ...

"Ah," said the engineer. "I see. Damn."
"Is that-" one of the miners started. "Is it-"
"A god, chained a mile underground? Yeah. It happens."
"What shall we do?"
"We-"
"Love me," whispered the god.
"No!" said the engineer.
"Fear me."
"No."
"Remember me."
"N- Okay."
"I thank you."

From birdsite 

RT @benedictevans
Axel Springer owns Business Insider.

GDPR: A great achievement for online privacy. Pushing back on the big corporates.

Actually existing GDPR: Superficial non-compliant changes to websites. Continued data grabs, with no enforcement.

Finally an article that mentions Mastodon on Techcrunch, not as positive as one would hope but hey, I'll take what I can get. I think there's one good quote from me in there.

techcrunch.com/2021/01/15/twit

Funny how little thought the same group spouting "government is coming after us" rhetoric gave to personal privacy and data security.

independent.co.uk/life-style/g

From birdsite 

RT @eeberquist
you can tell we're living in a normal and functioning society when you get to read statements like "Hallmark believes in the peaceful transition of power"

Is there a way to search for a user through @tootapp to follow them? Am I missing it?

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