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«In her Q&A with interns the same day, Sandberg noted that Facebook had been used to raise billions of dollars for charity and had also been an important tool for activists around the world.»

So unfair. You do all that great charity work, but a couple of genocides and suddenly those are all anyone talks about.

facebook, algorithmic feed, uspol 

sees nothing wrong with stoking primal emotions for profit:

“Right-wing populism is always more engaging," a Facebook executive said in a recent interview with POLITICO reporters, when pressed why the pages of conservatives drive such high interactions. The person said the content speaks to "an incredibly strong, primitive emotion" by touching on such topics as "nation, protection, the other, anger, fear."

Judd Legum once again points right at the most important gap in the news cycle:

“It has been more than five months since the US Senate has passed legislation responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

On April 21, when the Senate last passed legislation, there were 834,948 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, which have resulted in 46,380 deaths. Today, there are more than 7 million confirmed cases, which have resulted in more than 200,000 deaths.”

Today Lukashenka prematurely ended his last term, which could have lasted until November 5, by holding a surprise secret “inauguration” ceremony with a small group of his most loyal co-conspirators after losing the election in a landslide to Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya and falsely claiming unbelievable 80% of the vote.

Starting from today, any cooperation with the Lukashenka regime makes one accessory to the criminal conspiracy that illegally took over the government.

Huh. Apparently Widevine isn’t available for Linux on ARM, or at least not automatically. I didn’t realize my processor architecture would matter when I’m using the exact same OS and browser version… 🙄 So just… no Disney+ or Netflix on Pinebook Pro?

A script that corrects the word "maker" into "guy who does arts and crafts"

"Maker space" = craft room

"Maker ethos" = enthusiasm for arts and crafts

"Maker fair" = craft expo

None of this shit is revolutionary, it's just stuff that your grandmas have always done. You are the newcomer. It's not any less arts-and-crafts just because it involves a 3D printer now.

I got one of those awesome stickers I posted the other day from the artist. It also came in this nicely stamped envelope.

The BBS era and centralization of discourse 

Eliminate safe harbor. Create liability for malvertising, online bullying, and privacy violations. Don't require prescreening but also don't make exceptions for scale. If you can't afford to have human moderators involved in every moderation decision and ad campaign, you can't afford to have a platform.

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Been seeing a fair a bit of discussion of Netflix's The Social Delimma. I haven't seen it, and I don't plan to subscribe in order to do so.

Like The Verge's:

Or more indepth:

These reviews seem to suggest that documentary discusses important topics, but in a very oversimplified way.

@schlink send:

tar cv files/* | pv | gpg -c | nc 12345

nc -vll 12345 | gpg -d | pv | tar xv

Using my own #gemini browser, which can render markdown natively and is also able to transfer files it knows over HTTP, to read the @mntmn Reform handbook.

The Pine Store is down until further notice due to a serious issue. Manjaro CE PinePhone preorders unfortunately must be postponed. More information will be given later.

“Apple granted the FBI access to the iCloud account of a protester accused of setting police cars on fire in #Seattle this summer, according to court documents.”


There has been an attack on our DNS infrastructure. We're working on restoring availability right now.

Nice summary of the small web by @soapdog:

One implication: in the vein of being the change you want to see in the world, all us 'enlightened' folks need to play with a lot more bespoke browsers and user agents and protocols. It's the only way to carve out an oasis in the desert of monopolies and winner-takes-all.

I recently replaced the link to my email everywhere on my website with one to this 'contact' page:

Amazon Podcasts launched so now I can say clearly that the reason Open Metalcast isn't up there is because of Amazon's No Disparagement clause. I'm not going to invest in a platform where if I play something that Amazon folks don't like then I'll somehow be liable. Screw that and screw Amazon for putting that in there.

Also, no RSS? That's not a podcast, that's a portal.

@PINE64 with the @fedora delivery badge from

It actually still has KDE installed, sshh - I'll likely keep it that way and install on an SD card later

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