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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.

We are all atheists about most of the gods humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. - Richard Dawkins #famous #quotes

Information consumption in the form of streams is ruining our attention spans. Each item in the stream might be about a different topic, constantly training the brain to keep switching contexts rapidly. A brain trained thus will have a hard time doing any task that requires prolonged concentration.

@aral This feels like a new low: mandatory activity tracking to be covered by life insurance from John Hancock.

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. - H. G. Wells #famous #quotes

Forget mortgages, how about being unable to get a job or make an online purchase because you don't interact enough on Facebook or carry a major name smartphone to give opaque algorithms enough information about you to assign a low risk score.

Earlier I posted about the possibility of a de facto social credit system, and I speculated that it was probably already happening. Turns out it was.

So much for Apple not building its business on monetizing the private details of your life. They're as much surveillance capitalism as Facebook or Google.

FYI the @Purism CSO confirms "Currently the Librem Key doesn’t support FIDO U2F"[1].

I realize I'm not sure what (if any) websites + browser combinations ONLY support a physical second factor if and only if the key is FIDO U2F compatible. Maybe Google account when using Firefox?


@tom79 @gergely

TootVideo : How to reply using another account via #Mastalab :
- Long press the reply button then choose the account with which you want to answer from/with.

TFW you write a toot that's exactly 500 chars! 😎

Sometimes I see people on the Fediverse arguing about the motivations of the corporations behind free software products like Mozilla Corporation or GitLab Inc.

These discussions can become heated arguments and if no attempt is made to separate out the products from the corporations behind them, they will have unintended consequences.

Like someone who's read an infosec toot that SMS 2FA is insecure stops using 2FA altogether, people reading these toots will continue using G. Chrome and GitHub.

The Web We Have to Save (2015) by Hossein Derakhshan

"The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?"

(tyvm @staticsafe)

Are New York’s Free LinkNYC Internet Kiosks Tracking Your Movements?

(submitted by rfreytag)

So, in 2008 a crisis happened.

Since, the world's 1% share of the wealth has evolved.

It has gained 10%.

Evolution of Digital Freedom

Digital serf -> Self-hosted -> full P2P

Digital serf: Completely depends on digital feudal lords who maintain huge centralized systems. No data ownership

Self-hosted: Hosts most of the services they need on their own servers. Good enough data ownership.

P2P: All personal data resides on own devices at all times and shared when necessary without any intermediary control. Full data ownership.

Eleanor Saitta, one of the creators of Bramble, the decentralization framework behind Briar imagines digital communications in an offline-first world in her essay.

Discovered from @bob 's toots.

Doctor: I'm terribly sorry but the tests are back. Your child is artistic.

Parents: (sob)

Doctor: Now don't worry, it's not the end of the world. Your child will never have the mind of an executive, but with modern innovations like Etsy, Patreon and Kickstarter, they may be able to pay rent well into their mid-20s.

Parent: Did... did crayons do this

Doctor: Who can say? We're exposed to so many forms of art every day: music, poetry, language, geometry..

Parent: We're getting crayons BANNED

@KevinMarks @strypey @cwebber

What would a partnership of indieweb and activitypub look like? Can they play nicely together? Or would they fight?

@njoseph I removed HN from my rss feed last week and then went through to see if there were any articles to it that i was interested in, that didn't get posted to lobsters. there weren't.

Between it and barnacles, i'm good.

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