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re: boingboing.net/2018/08/21/coun - Why do private financial firms get to earn interest as a side effect of government spending?

"This is a somewhat advanced, though hardly difficult, topic and is not covered further here."

I'm not sure this writer is clear on the concept of "documentation".

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now, before y'all think i'm just beating up on write.as for the purpose of picking winners and losers, consider this: if we embrace write.as, despite it being a proprietary service, what is to stop other vultures from engaging the fediverse community in the same way?

we must resist all proprietary services, especially ones which promise vaguely to be open source "someday", because "someday" will just keep being pushed down the road.

remember that most VCs cut a company's valuation if they embrace FOSS by at least 10%. i'm not saying that's fair or right, because it's not, but it is a practice they do. and, founders always follow the fucking money.

so when a proprietary service is openwashing from day 1, don't believe the hype.

yes, you'll be able to self-host a blog which is compatible with write.as someday, but it won't be their code that gets it done.

If the US were even slightly interested in democracy, this would have passed by now: govtrack.us/congress/bills/115

I claim to know something about computers, and I approve this message: xkcd.com/2030/

Alex Jones vs. Facebook, and the question of free speech in privately owned public forums: boingboing.net/2018/08/08/size

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Corey Doctorow has some important points on the Defense Distributed case: boingboing.net/2018/08/07/hard

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"You cannot base a public good on a normalised systemic violation of human rights." ar.al/2018/07/30/out-of-the-fr by @aral

Alastair Reynolds "Revelation Space" series is proof that while scientific plausibility drastically improves science fiction, no amount of it can fix an incoherent plot driven by incompetent, irrational, and utterly insane characters.

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Problems we are having with #Signal:
* It is and will remain centralized (clear strategy of *not* federating servers)
* It requires strong identifiers/selectors (phone#) to use
* Author disallows distribution by anyone but Google, although free/libre
* It keeps pushing away verification of fingerprint in interface
* It relies on Google+Amazon infrastructure
* Its funding is shady (OTF = Radio Free Asia = USG)

= clearly unethical choices, unjustifiable by accessibility or technological reasons.

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Facebook has been omnipresent this week, and Zuckerberg asking forgiveness from wise old men of Congress is a distant memory.

These bits stand out:

- FB applies to patent a face recognition system that ranks you matching your social media activity with your buyer profile in shops.
nytimes.com/2018/07/09/technol

- FB prepares to launch its own satellites
wired.com/story/facebook-confi

- Zuckerberg says it's not for FB's to do anything about "Holocaust deniers" (euphemism for Nazis)
bbc.com/news/technology-448837

Here's a talk discussing the weird, procedurally generated child-targeted content on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=v9EKV2nSU8

The speaker is almost certainly right that this content isn't especially good for kids. But, he seems to think this is a problem that can be solved through politics and setting social norms.

I doubt it. A better plan is to just avoid feeding your children's souls to the ad demon.

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