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albin.social is a new mastodon derived instance
it has many negative traits that mean you as an instance admin should defederate
-harvests user data, presumably from all federation as well as local users
-plans to run off ads fed that data
-for profit, corporate adjacent based monetary goals, instead of user centric
-no features to sell you other than "ads = stability" in their twisted logics
boost and defederate, folx
"Jair #Bolsonaro is a right-wing Brazilian who holds repulsive views. He has said that if he had a homosexual son, he’d prefer him dead; that a female colleague in the Parliament was too ugly to rape; that Afro-Brazilians are lazy and fat; that global warming amounts to “greenhouse fables”. He is nostalgic for the generals and torturers who ran #Brazil for 20 years. Next Sunday, in the second round of voting, Mr. Bolsonaro will most likely be elected president of Brazil." https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/opinion/brazil-election-jair-bolsonaro.html
mockup by @firstname.lastname@example.org 4d ago
#SurveillanceCapitalism is like the Global Warming of the Information Technology world.
- Most people don't know about it.
- People whose behavior helps it don't want to talk about it.
- A few corporations make ridiculous profits from it.
- No immediate side-effects are felt at an individual level but only over the long run.
- The people who warn about its dangers are dismissed as being paranoid.
Also, surveillance capitalism indirectly helped global warming by getting Trump elected.
The more user-freedom-violating open-source applications I see, the more convinced I am that #Stallman was right about freedom being the more important aspect, not just sharing the source code.
Open source was a big ideological mistake, but unfortunately turned out to be a convincing proposition for capitalists.
Bad examples I've personally seen in the last 2 months:
Docker CE, Microsoft VS Code and Wavebox
@haitch it's worth mentioning that when people asked RMS "why are you still using non-free hardware then?", his answer was basically "free hardware is not a real concept, there is only free design, not free hardware. The hardware itself cannot be modified nor manufactured by users. It is not possible, and pointless to refuse hardware w/ non-free design, as long as it respects users."
But if FPGA-like programmable hardware is going to be everything in the future, the story is going to be different.
mechanical keyboard + e-ink = awesome
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