Hey, so this is super cool.
Google has been collecting call and messaging data about who you talk to or send text messages to for years. There's no opt-out, no notifcation in their TOS they're doing this, and you can't see the results of that collection in Google Takeout.
We're indoctrinating our entire population into thinking that they can't function without the miracle (**spits) of Zoom/MS Teams/Google Hangouts/Webex, etc. Well, that's bullshit. Talk about sowing learned helplessness & foreign corporate dependence. Why aren't our national educational authorities (yes, NZ Min of Ed, looking at you) organising a far more cost-effective, proven, *local* services for education, like using BigBlueButton? They have *no idea* what they're doing with regard to tech.
The law needs to apply to government officials. The case below should result in both personal civil liability for damages caused and whatever the charges are for using a stolen license plate.
Until there is no injustice in the world, the ability to hide things *is* personal autonomy.
swerfs, internet censorship
Anne Wagner of FOSTA/SESTA is now pushing to go after OnlyFans https://www.vice.com/en/article/4avpe3/ann-wagner-fosta-onlyfans-csam-doj-letter
There's a You're Wrong About episode that traces the bad faith framing of a lot of this, a pivot strategy from anti-porn and even satanic panic (!) propaganda pushers https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/human-trafficking/id1380008439?i=1000465289965
(Sorry for the Apple Podcasts link, it's the only webpage they've provided for individual episodes.)
Apparently states are banning high power PCs now. Spoiler: High end gaming rigs are meaningfully the same devices as high end compute workstations - you can't ban 4K gaming without banning, say, medical research.
1. us congress recently passed a law to make it illegal for ISPs to charge an equipment fee on hardware that you already own, yay
2. at&t fiber-to-the-home evades this by placing secret authentication keys into their otherwise standard combo wifi router + ont (fiber modem).
so you ahem, could, wink, use your own equipment, but the service won't work when you do 🤢
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As I suspected, you can't fix gerrymandering by making rules about voting district shape.
police brutality, copyrighted works as a tool of supression
Good job Canadian parliament. Way to play into the "COVID panic is destroying democracy" narrative. Regardless of the intended goal or actual effect, voting to "suspend elections" is not a good look.
@fribbledom I have three, dunno which is the most controversial, but let's go with this one:
Writing a program for an imaginary model user is stupid and produces inferior UX. If you don't have a real user at hand, write a program that you yourself would like to use.
Just published Google lawsuit evidence indicates that like always retained users' location data, even if disabled in user interface, to the extent that its own employees flashed LineageOS on their phones to avoid tracking. Full thread on https://twitter.com/jason_kint/status/1398353211220807682
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