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@Citizenzibb I understand the frustration. Personally I would still vote for the least bad option, and hope for systemic change later... but I don't have the vote yet.

At least one side seems interested in breaking up or regulating big tech monopolies; the other just seems to want to blackmail them into compliance

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@Citizenzibb yep! You think 1984's Minitrue was bad. Echo chambers give everyone their own truth bubbles. And it acts like a catalyst for political actors and movements already prone to falsifying and emotionally charged appeals

«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.


@FerdiZ I stopped using the FB donation tool as it is always trotted out for PR soundbites like this. Ditto with the claim that we're good for small businesses (read: they're forced to be on our monopolistic ad and social network platforms to survive)

@cassidyjames @zebranium my bad! I guess the standard is a bit weaker than on Linux distros, where by default a package gets built on all platforms and from source, but there are indeed aarch64 apps.

And yes, down with Electron!

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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. t.me/prayforbelarus/1417

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?

@cassidyjames irony that a tech meant partly to abstract away distribution details end up locking you down to one platform

@cassidyjames I've been realizing my dependence on / Flathub too. While the technology is not architecture specific, everything is built for x86_64.

At least since I'm still on the the came with I can use AUR to fill in the gaps. Still...

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.

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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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@alcinnz and the drive to monopolize said audiences.

I've watched it, and work for one of the companies spotlighted in the movie, and I think you're spot on. It's a bit simplified, the way a movie adaptation of a book or a TV series is simplified, but it condenses real issues in a format digestible to more people.

I find it quite powerful ... and will have to rewatch Social Network now. I do wish there's a way to get a DRM free version of important works like this...

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: theverge.com/interface/2020/9/

Or more indepth: xenogothic.com/2020/09/14/our-

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

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