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uspol, police state, urgent Show more

In case anyone missed this old Snowden / Greenwald / Chomsky interview:

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Sweet Jesus, I am laughing so hard at this. #lovecraftiannightmare

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Academic IP grumbles Show more

@bob That's strictly worse than UBI.

1.) It leaves opportunity to argue about what services people deserve. Should everyone get a free car? Probably not, but for some people that's an essential expense. Better to let each person make that choice themselves.

2.) It hurts people who don't need a given service and wastes money - they can't allocate those resources elsewhere. What if I don't want free car because I can take the bus? I'll probably opt in to free car anyway just in case.

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@bob Why is the design decision to use device identity in rather than user identity in OMEMO a good deal?

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All it costs to fulfill the average person's needs for digital services is a $5 per month VPS instance. It's even cheaper if you buy a single board computer and host your services at home.

We've been letting companies steal our personal data and sell it to the highest bidder and destroying democracy in the process all to save what? A coffee a month?

This is one of the worst deals in history.

#privacy #selfhosting

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this lake sponsored by the last "universal jobs guarantee".

no really: they had nothing better for these people to do, so they made them dig out this lake with shovels.

I mean, it's neat I suppose, but that's what you'll be doing under the "universal jobs guarantee."

it's basically work that has no purpose, like this lake has no purpose other than to sit there and look nice.

instead, we could pay people to improve themselves and their skills through universal basic income.

so, no, a universal jobs guarantee is not what I'm looking for.
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Note to self: When opening an all-you-can-eat buffet, don't offer an all-you-can-eat-for-a-month card for $25

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Reclaiming RSS

β€œBefore Twitter, before algorithmic timelines filtered our reality for us, before surveillance capitalism, there was RSS: Really Simple Syndication … As we move away from the centralised web to the peer web, it’s time to rediscover, re-embrace, and reclaim RSS.”


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"In order to make any meaningful progress, we must at least agree that the Googles and the Facebooks of the world are not forces for good. On the contrary, they are threats to our human rights and democracy. We must at least agree that they are not our partners, sponsors, and friends, but our adversaries. Even today, we are not at this point. Even today, institutions that purport to advocate for human rights and democracy feature Google and Facebook as partners and sponsors."

A really good example of that was the Personal Democracy Forum earlier in the year, sponsored by those companies and promanently fearuring Google and Facebook speakers. It's hard to discuss what democracy means, or should become, in the internet era if Facebook is dominating the narrative.
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I've recently seen plenty of Linux gamers get excited about DXVK and it is an interesting technology. However, you should remember that buying Windows games to play with it doesn't really help Linux gaming. "No Tux No Bux" is still the most reliable way to support the platform and make sure it develops on all levels.