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Imaginative fiction trains people to be aware that there *are* other ways to do things and other ways to be, that there is not just one civilization and it is good and it is the way we have to be. -- Ursula K. Le Guin

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“Current trends in the automotive industry point to a future with you locked in a remote control car, your vendor holding the remote." puri.sm/posts/locked-in-a-remo

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SCI-HUB NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Do you have a few dozen gigabytes of free diskspace and a machine that can seed it via #bittorrent?

You can help save an unbelievable trough of scientific knowledge from disappearing behind the elites' paywalls!

reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/comme

phillm.net/torrent-health-fron

Spread the word and seed till you bleed – for the betterment of humanity!

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I'm looking for a federated RSS reader with functions like commenting / liking.

Does something like that exist yet?

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Periodic reminder. If anyone wants insight into why the US is such a corrupt and generally screwed up country (it's my hyper-militarized homeland, so I feel justified in pointing this out), see this comprehensive explanation from Larry Lessig: youtube.com/watch?v=PJy8vTu66t

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> The power to target is the power to discriminate. By definition, targeted ads allow advertisers to reach some kinds of people while excluding others. A targeting system may be used to decide who gets to see job postings or loan offers just as easily as it is to advertise shoes.

Well said.

eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/goog

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Republican North Dakota legislators have introduced SB2333, a bill that prohibits large tech companies from locking their users into a single app store or payment processor.

legis.nd.gov/assembly/67-2021/

While his has implications for Android and other large tech platforms, its most immediate and far-reaching effects with be on Apple, whose Ios platform uses lock-in to monopolize both apps and payments (and another domain, not mentioned in the bill: repairs).

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A gun control bill (HR127) was recently introduced to congress. It includes a ban on shotgun shells; minimum penalty is a $50,000 fine and 10 years in prison. And people wonder why gun owners have built a lobbying infrastructure to resist gun control.

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An article about legal interest in the EU on Right to Repair stuff: reasonstobecheerful.world/euro

Pressure in the right direction, though the biggest threat (at least in the US, don't know EU law here as well) to the right to repair is the use of *intellectual restriction laws* to obstruct repair / reverse engineering / jailbreaking.

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Do you own a drill? A saw? A vise? Are you in the United States?

Some jerk has introduced a bill to make you a felon:

govtrack.us/congress/bills/116

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"So, there you have it. It is tinfoil-hattedness to raise these concerns. The one area in computer science where tinfoil-hattedness is of absolutely importance is cryptography; and the maintainer of the only Haskell entropy package dismisses these very valid concerns as tinfoil-hattedness."

leonmergen.com/on-the-state-of (Medium)

Very good read, especially since I want to discuss crypto later!

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Did you know that @Fitbit can track your sleeping patterns or even whether you are having unprotected sex? Wondering what @google could do with this data?

Sign the #NotOnOurWatch petition to the @EU_Commission to stop the merger!

pvcy.org/googbit nitter.net/privacyint/status/1

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FINALLY! Ramsey Orta, Who Filmed The Police Killing Of Eric Garner, Released From Prison

Orta was serving time for a gun possession charge that he said was set up by the police.

gothamist.com/news/ramsey-orta

#FreeAllPoliticalPrisoners

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Anyone else finds the word "deeplinking" and the court battles around it completely bonkers insane?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_lin

I mean, this is linking. It's the whole point of the Web. Why do we even need a separate term for that.

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Happy five year anniversary of twitter keeping us safe from dangerous postings.
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Zoom acquired Keybase today.

Keybase helped me to identify a trend in the software industry: using a pretty UI to cover up the disruption of an open ecosystem with a closed, centralized replacement. Keybase seemed cool on the face of it - making encryption easier is a laudible goal, and PGP certainly could use the improvement. But, thanks to Keybase, now I ask different questions upfront.

Beware the Keybase formula:

1. Integrates with an existing, open ecosystem
2. May have open-source clients, but server is closed source and does not federate
3. Pretty UI and good marketing
4. VC funded

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