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Not caring about privacy is often an indicator of privilege. But the surveillance and data abuse that happens to the poor and marginalized is a possible future for everyone. fastcompany.com/90317495/anoth

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@ondra @polychrome

Even if Google's paid accounts respected privacy, you are still paying Google, and that money is supporting a company that violates privacy of its "free" users.

You can't compartmentalise services, you have to look at the bigger picture because they are all part of the same corporation.

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ValveSoftware releases Proton 4.2. Lots of updates and improvements. Not sure how much it changes the compatibility profile for games that did not launch before, so I guess I will have to do some testing!

github.com/ValveSoftware/Proto

#linuxgaming #wine #linux #valve #proton

Currently on 2nd read of Cal Newport’s “Digital Minimalism”, worth the read as you lift your head up to see the smartphone and distraction problems of today. Along the same line this article from focused writing app “iA Writer” is spot on.

ia.net/topics/distractions-and

Topics like this are why I moved to Write Freely from WordPress, so I could have a simple, focused place to return to writing.

@write_as
There we go, Federation working now on the main site and followed.

(at)techzerker(at)techzerker.com

Likewise, I won't do much for Automotive writing for a while, but the shell site and federation is also working for:

(at)Scott(at)drivingshift.com

Thanks!

Just finished migrating my site to a much cleaner and simpler Write Freely platform, thanks to @write_as for the excellent product! I will easily be donating to the project very soon :) It's now up and running at techzerker.com

I'm not entirely certain if federation is working for it yet, but I have a few pinned pages to prep and whatnot first before I fiddle with that. If it is working, the settings page says the handle is "@techzerker@techzerker.com"

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@anomaly @whiskeysailor @Red
Finland have a system where fines are based on income. There's no upper limit, so rich people can be fined hilarious amounts for relatively minor things like speeding. For those in poverty, they also account for things like cost of living and dependents, reducing the amount accordingly. They've been using this system for nearly 100 years, I think.

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New article about #WriteFreely on #LWN (note: paywall): lwn.net/Articles/782945/

It's great to read something like this from someone using it for the first time: "WriteFreely has achieved its goal of making it possible to set up a new blogging site with a minimum of effort."

But also plenty of valid criticism there that'll help us making the project better.

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@brandon the minecrafter in me is screaming “YOUR FARM ISN’T AS EFFICIENT ASVIT COULD BE” I love a bit of minecraft to relax to.

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It's not surprising to me that Google can track you outside of you simply being logged in or a few cookies. I imagine this has to do with fingerprinting either using canvas or some other method.

I wonder how different this would be without fingerprinting.

Measuring the Filter Bubble: How Google is influencing what you click spreadprivacy.com/google-filte via @wallabagapp

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"The nostalgia for the old #blogosphere is a yearning for #socialmedia without #scale, without the looming threat/promise and daily occurrence of #virality.

That world seemed driven by #ideas, or some sort of rationalist ideal of discourse, where the #socialinfrastructure we have now is palpably driven by affect, by #emotions coarsened and made detectable and #quantifiable."
Rob Horning

tinyletter.com/robhorning/lett

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I used to associate the xfce Desktop for Linux with low powered machines but it's a really nice desktop to run. Incredibly smooth and responsive. On a high powered machine the responsiveness of everything is amazing. Most distros when booted into it will start with a total RAM usage of somewhere between 250 and 350 MB.

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And the award for the cover of the week goes to … Bloomberg!

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Internet discourse is the digital equivalent of having a parliamentary session, a university lecture Q&A, a public meeting organizing a protest march, a bunch of folks having a beer at the pub, and another bunch tripping balls on cactus or mushrooms, all in the same room at the same time. Is it any wonder it's driving us all bananas?

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Of course it wasn't announced, but a free @Dropbox@twitter.com account can now only sync between three devices. No surprise that a company still losing money has to increase pressure a bit, but not fun for the users.

#selfhost to avoid such unpleasant surprises!

help.dropbox.com/account/compu

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@Wolf480pl I have a lot of ideas about fixing online discourse, and articulating them is one reason I need to get back to writing my book. TL;DR:
* we need to start having a lot more online discussions in private, bounded spaces
* we need online spaces where dialogue can go deep, instead of getting constantly pulled back to basics by new participants wandering in.
* we need to spend more time in online spaces where we either already have, or can build up, ongoing relationships and trust. (1/2)

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I have asked some months ago, but I think it is time to try again: I am looking for a native American/English partner to translate my novels & texts in English.Ofc, we would share the income from English patronage.
I am fluent enough to check the work but not to do it myself.
My work is based upon Crusade history, murder mysteries & short stories.
Everything under BY-SA licence.
Check the French content there : hexagora.fr

Retoot welcome

#translation
#litterature
#creativecommons
#freeculture

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No, Facebook, no!

Promising to open a data center in Canada does not mean you can negotiate an exemption from their data protection laws.

Privacy is a human right, not a bargaining chip. cbc.ca/news/politics/facebook-

Original tweet: twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/

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