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@allison @djsumdog monopolised, centralized social media is a monoculture where mind viruses can spread unchecked.

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Perhaps there is no perfect way to convey how absurdly obscene it is that a single person can "have" over a hundred billion dollars.

But "You Are Jeff Bezos" is damn close:
direkris.itch.io/you-are-jeff-

Also, perhaps there is no perfect way to satirize .

My little parody of the aforementioned game is definitely not even close:
rys.io/you-are-donald-trump/

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Personal project - :
samizdat.is/

Web circumvention using technologies implemented in any modern browser.

Code:
0xacab.org/rysiek/samizdat/

License:

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Personal project - Scary Data:
rys.io/covid/

Graphing coronavirus outbreak globally using John Hopkins University data.

Code:
rys.io/covid/

License:

@Truck @rysiek this used to be public in Purism's GitLab but was since made private; I managed to save a copy: o.perezdecastro.org/5hjg6ox0.m

(I am aware Purism has its lows and downs, but this seemed reasonably researched... Google is probably still worse than DDG, tho)

2451. AI Methodology 

title text: We've learned that weird spacing and diacritics in the methodology description are apparently the key to good research; luckily, we've developed an AI tool to help us figure out where to add them.

(xkcd.com/2451)
(explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php
)

What’s this fuckery?

So cloudflare takes it upon itself to censor websites now? (and of course it fucks it up)

I can tell you with 100% certainty that these are not email addresses... 🤣🤣🤣

Related to the IMF's Death to Privacy proposal, I'm looking for classic questions concerning technology.

There's a set of these from Neal Postman:

“What is the problem to which this technology is the solution?” [3]
“Whose problem is it?” [4]
“Which people and what institutions might be most seriously harmed by a technological solution?” [5]
“What new problems might be created because we have solved this problem?” [6]
“What sort of people and institutions might acquire special economic and political power because of technological change?” [7]
“What changes in language are being enforced by new technologies, and what is being gained and lost by such changes?” [8]

librarianshipwreck.wordpress.c

There's another set from Michael & Joyce Heusemann's Techno-Fix, I think, though the idiot reviewer didn't think to include them in this article:
old.reddit.com/r/dredmorbius/c

(Joke: I wrote that.)

And a few others though I'm blanking.

#Questions #Technology #QuestioningTechnology

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Remember the names Arnoud Boot, Peter Hoffmann, Luc Laeven, Lev Ratnovski, as signatories to the death of all privacy and the opening of universal surveillance in all commercial and financial dealings.

Under the remarkably anodyne title "What is Really New in Fintech" and published by the International Monetary Fund blog, these four men proposed that credit ratings be improved by "tapping various nonfinancial data: the type of browser and hardware used to access the internet, the history of online searches and purchases".

blogs.imf.org/2020/12/17/what-

Everything you do online, transferred to, assessed, rated, and stored permanently, one would suspect, by that most highly egalitarian and trusted of all institutions, the global financial system.

Arnoud Boot is professor of Corporate Fiance and Financial Markets at the #UniversityOfAmsterdam, in the country whose census records were used during WWII to prosecute the Holocaust on the Netherland's Jewish population. Of 107,000 deported Jews, only 5,200 survived.

Peter Hoffman is an economist working at the Financial Research Division of the #EuropeanCentralBank (#ECB), researching microstructure of financial markets, but apparently neither ethics nor privacy and surveillance.

Luc Laeven is Director-General of the Directorate General Research of the #ECB, and previously worked with the #IMF, #WorldBank, and #ABNAmroBank.

Lev Ratnovski is Sr. Econoist at the #IMF's research department.

These men would sell your entire informational history to gain a few fractions of a percent of interest income.

The banality of evil indeed.

#ArnoudBoot #PeterHoffmann #LucLaeven #LevRatnovski #Surveillance #SurveillanceCapitalism #Privacy #BrowserHistory #SearchHistory #Profiling #Credit #Risk #Holocaust

@rysiek I hope my sarcasm was not *that* subtle :­P

Here's another take though, given other replies ITT: what if `Accept: text/html` gave you a JS-free HTML, and only `Accept: application/json` would give you a full blown JS app? One can dream.

In that world `Accept: text/html` would still give you a pre-rendered markdown, of course. But `Accept: application/json` would give you all this bullshit misery you deserve.

sorry didn't want to steal attention from the meme of the day, which is, check notes, sexy boats, but I think the timeline is large enough for this one not to get stuck, too

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@rysiek

I had to stop doing web front end. The tech and techniques are absolutely horrific

Python is my spirit animal

I like how now displays the cookie/tracking consent banner *full-page*, blocking any and all functionality of their search.

This means that for the bit more privacy conscious among us, who up until now just used private browsing mode Google search is effectively unusable.

Meanwhile, and other privacy-conscious search engines have no cookie/tracking consent banner.

Google tried to be smart and push users to "just agree", instead they're pushing more users away. 👍

@x_cli @rysiek But you're not even "leveraging" the client computing power.

Converting markdown to html once is essentially free.

Converting markdown to html millions of times is idiotic.

@x_cli I guess the 'galaxy brain' solution here is to generate the HTML serverside and send that to browsers, but also allow fetching the markdown based on for example Accept headers, query parameters or resource naming conventions

Before I started working on #postmarketOS I was a (relatively happy) #SailfishOS user. However, after my Jolla Phone just became too slow for my taste I choose to move back to Android for my next phone rather than choosing another SFOS phone, and help out postmarketOS instead. The proprietary nature of SFOS scared me away.

I'm clearly not alone and this blogpost by our newest pmOS core team member lists a few reasons that also applied to me which is worth reading!
dylanvanassche.be/blog/2020/en

Are you fscking kidding me? A website that serves Markdown and than interprets it in JS, client-side?

Are you that damn lazy that you can't even be bothered to offer the common courtesy of generating HTML out of your Markdown server-side?

Bleargh. Web is crap.

I can’t believe I’m having to write this code in a fucking web server. What a mockery of the web, human rights, and the GDPR.

Fuck you, Google!

#FLoC #Google #SurveillanceCapitalism

We are looking for people with access to two Android phones to help us testing offline sharing of an app. Instructions here: code.briarproject.org/briar/br

Just in case @Liberapay is your thing.
Briar has an account there:
liberapay.com/Briar/

Shout out to the 26 patreons pledging support over there. (and to anyone else, with whatever means).

Uwaga, odzyskujemy internet z rąk korporacji, odsłona druga, niedziela o godzinie 19.30. Tym razem spotkanie o zupełnie innym charakterze, niż pierwsze: będziemy starali się rozwiązywać praktyczne problemy. Spotkanie będzie poświęcone pierwszym krokom na Mastodonie - dlaczego warto, jak się zarejestrować, jak szukać, z jakich aplikacji korzystać, jakie problemy można napotkać. Innymi słowy, zagadnienia użytkowe. Spotkanie będzie miało charakter zupełnie swobodny, z b. krótkim wprowadzeniem.

Fancy healing potion designs, because your character deserves to feel like a star when chugging that sweet sweet life juice ✨

#art #mastoart #CreativeToots

@federico3 @rysiek What you have to ask yourself is, why isn’t all ram ECC, and just forget about the other stuff?
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