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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.

Check out this video of Eben Moglen speaking about #FreedomBox at Yale Law School!

Shout out to @privacylab for organizing this event!

Eben Moglen: "Better than Rage Against the Machine..."

> Word processor pioneer dies aged 93

Evelyn Berezin put the Data Secretary on sale in 1971, creating a new industry.

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Sure, sex is good, but have you tried repairing a disposable consumer trinket beyond its planned obsolescence?

If you want to really de-googlify The Net, decentralized search engine should be the first step:

The sad thing is, YaCy's stuck in a spiral. It's not very usable as a everyday search because there's not enough peers and they can't index The Whole Internet, so people go away, the search has less peers, indexes less sites…

There is one use case where you add your favorite sites and get a truly personalized search, but again, one computer can't index the whole net.

Coming from C, I'm still struggling with Rust's philosophy of adding tons of dependencies on small crates. Even with Perl I've learned not to import all of CPAN when the goal is reliability, maintainability and ease of deployment. The recent NPM horror stories aren't helping either. I'd much rather rely on a small number of large libraries maintained by a group of people.

But I doubt I'd get anything useful done if I'd try to fight it, so let's just add a few more crates to my Cargo.toml. 😩

@cocoron was looking for info on this. .Union was proposed in 2000, and... was lobbied against by anti-union group. Wow!

In particular, LPA registers
its strong opposition to the adoption of a .union chartered top-level domain (TLD), which was mentioned as an example of a new domain name in ICANN's June 13, 2000 background document.
LPA is an association of the senior human resource executives of
more than 200 leading corporations in the US

ICANN Will approve .blackfriday as a TLD but they won't allow .union :blobhyperthink:

I think I have hit the point where I don't find any value in learning anything that isn't F/LOSS. Not because I'm a F/LOSS zealot (though that's part of it) but because I see things that are commercial / proprietary as evolutionary dead-ends.

Case in point: I have a license for App Game Kit that I got through Humble Bundle. I'm sure it's a nice program but I have no interest in making anything with it when there's engines like Godot, TIC-80, and PyGame to scratch my game-making itches.

This is the process via which mercantilism overtook feudalism. Via which capitalism overtook mercantilism. In each step, a new system emerged through a combination of individual acts and the influence of existing systems. Those existing systems had changed day-to-day material necessity so much that they became weak. How can we make sure what follows capitalism is better rather than worse?

"And if no one can imagine doing social networking better than Facebook, remember that no one dreamed that the personal computer, once little more than a toy for hobbyists, would displace the mighty mainframe."

Maybe the personal server #FreedomBox can replace the mighty centralized servers of major platforms too.🤔

What do you think?

"As 2018 comes to a close, people around the world have to face the stark truth of surveillance capitalism... In 2019, @Purism 's Librem 5 smartphone will be proof that no one has to live with spies in their pockets." #DemandFreedom

@mray are you trying to tell me I shouldn't have just thrown up a screenshot of my emacs window as the logo? ;)

Understand my words with full knowledge and reverence for my connection to the void.

My data is not yours to own.

You came here and asked to sell us things, then tracked us with the things you sold us.

You came here and begged for trust, which many gave you, then betrayed it by selling our secrets.

Then you took away our nation.

My data is not yours to own.

Random reminder to use a password manager if you aren't already! It'll help you stay safe online by using long, unique passwords for each service you use.

While LastPass or 1Password are great choices, I prefer KeePassXC

Official site:

Official quick-start guide:

My getting-started guide:

Thunderbird is now using Pretty Easy Privacy (PEP) for encrypted emails. I find the user experience quite seamless. It takes no additional effort to send an encrypted email than a non-encrypted one. I don't even have to check whether I'm encrypting or not. It automatically encrypts emails sent to recipients for which it has keys available.

"One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark to a nearby Planned Parenthood," says an article about location data monetization.

Fact: Your location data is collected and sold. Once sold, it is can be abused.

If you want trustworthy tech, look to #FreedomBox, the @Purism phone, @nextcloud, and other products running #Free and #OpenSource software.

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