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I sent my parents a copy of Shoshana Zuboff's book "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" and they actually read it. They're even agreeing that maybe they should look at tech as more than what is the more convenient.

I'm proud of them for willing to learn. They've been curious about big tech and privacy for a while, getting rid of smart speakers, removing some apps, etc but this is the first time they've shown and interest in really learning about why these things are bad.

A big warning sign for when I’m slipping into late-capitalism-FOMO is when I start to worry about “doing enough” .. enough for who? enough for what? If it’s abstract and anxious then that’s a different stress than trying to achieve a goal.

Am I doing the thing because I have a desire to do it? Or have I started thinking about what other people do, wasting time, feeling bad about not doing enough? If the latter, it’s no longer my own desire to do this thing.

"If somebody robs a store, it's a crime and the state is all set and ready to nab the criminal. But if somebody steals from the commons and from the future, it's seen as entrepreneurial activity and the state cheers and gives them tax concessions rather than arresting them. We badly need an expanded concept of justice and fairness that takes mortgaging the future into account."

—Ursula Franklin, 22 years ago, on our societal tendency of flat out ignoring and even explicitly rewarding negative externalities

I have come to quite prefer the paradigm of having multiple tabs in my terminal (with tmux open as needed) as opposed to multiple tiled terminals :flan_think:

A concept I quite like is called SaaSS for "Service as a Software Substitute".

SaSS isn't the only problem we might have with a given service, but it's useful for framing how best to address these other issues. In short the concept is: if something doesn't need to be an internet service to do it's job, don't make it one!

Save for advances in p2p tech (like DHTs & CRDTs) online publishing & collaboration for example is not SaaSS. But other features of those services might be.


Get off Facebook. Get off every Facebook service. Block Facebook. Don't work for Facebook. Don't provide services to Facebook. Find every way you can to get them out of your life and support others in doing the same.

They are ethically indefensible.


You aren't doing sustainable capitalism correctly unless you're tracking your carbon credit transactions on a proof-of-work blockchain.

Worried about burning fossil fuels for the mining? See it as an opportunity to drive more buying of carbon credits which increases the value of your investment.

The idea that we "should not regulate" something is such bullshit. Everything is regulated. We make a choice, as a society, as to whom regulation favors. Choosing not to regulate a company/industry/etc is very much a choice of regulation in favor of that industry.

These days, I feel like a doctor who somehow discovered that smoking causes cancer 15 years before there was general awareness and thus became a social misfit for not smoking.

How to make a "Smart TV" from first principles

- Take a small computer.
- Install a lot of proprietary spyware on it.
- Attach the computer on the back of a big display.
- Don't forget to connect a camera and microphone on the front (gotta spy on people, remember?)

Now - the most important step - start pretending that this spyware computer is a TV somehow. Install a few DRM video apps on the computer to convince yourself.

Convince everyone to buy your "Smart TV". Make lots of monies! 🤑

Process-one is the company behind ejabberd, which is the software running our xmpp server on
And I found this in their blog (from 2019):
"We are happy to report that all our Facebook Pages have now been permanently deleted, and all Facebook widgets and buttons have been removed from our websites."

Great move. I likey that 🥰
Must emphasize this for us, too:
This here is a facebook free zone!
Google free as well.

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#xmpp #jabber #nowhatsapp #jabtrix

Facebook, whistleblower 

Facebook's internal research: "We estimate that we may action as little as 3-5% of hate and about [0.6%] of V & I [violence and incitement]… We have evidence [that] Facebook and the family of apps are affecting societies around the world."

Frances Haugen, whistleblower: "Facebook has realized that if they change the algorithm to be safer, people will spend less time on the site, they'll click on less ads, they'll make less money."

Free Software Foundation - JShelter / prevents harmful actions of JavaScript!

JShelter project develops a browser add-on to protect against threats posed by JavaScript on websites.

These include hidden identification , user movement tracking, and user data collection..

The code is distributed in GPLv3 license. Giorgio Maone, the creator of NoScript, is on board aswell.


Site ==>
#JShelter #Firefox #browsers #GPL #JavaScript #privacy

Live your life in plaintext! Org mode 9.5 has been released -- congratulations to the team!

@brainblasted @alexandra Yeah, if CI results weren't available I wouldn't merge. Sending code outside of the system CI is hooked into is implicitly asking maintainers to do extra busywork to copy your code into the infrastructure that is set up instead of doing this on your own like every other contributor.

This is still one of my all time favorite talks:
Eben Moglen - Freedom in the Cloud (2010):

Eben Moglen is an incredibly gifted story teller with an impeccable analyses and an inspiring message.
And funny too.

"[FB is] *grossly* overpriced at spying-all-the-time. ... I'm not suggesting it should be illegal; It should be obsolete. We're technologists. We should fix it."

"Mr. Zuckerberg richly deserves bankruptcy. Let's give it to him.
For Free."


I'm old enough to remember when "algorithm" meant "deterministic, carefully specified, step-by-step process"

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