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This is not consent. Amazon drivers should not be forced to submit to biometric surveillance as a condition of keeping their jobs.

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@aral And when it comes to making money, somehow we lost sight along the way that there's nothing wrong with running an apple pie business and being happy selling 50 pies a week if that's all you need. I've never understood the infinite growth mentality. Nor why being a serial entrepreneur should be seen as a good thing. Nor why your grandma needs an account on Facebook to see photos of the grandkids. That's not the web. It's opposite of it. I hope our future will be different.

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i might be even more disillusioned (and generally horrified) about software as a general undertaking than i was then, but i don't think i have anything to say about richard stallman in particular that i didn't write out somewhat over a year ago:

but i guess it's probably time to stop pinning any particular hopes on the fsf.

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Hey guys, Thunderbird is STILL hiring developers. You can help modernize an application used by ~20,000,000 people and growing!

The open source community can make something better than Outlook, but only if folks come and build it.

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My oldest daughter asked me if dogs living with vegan shut-ins fantasize more about eating their owners.

Time to pay bills and catch up on voice mail and such, or as I like to call it, "what the fuck is wrong with me?!?"

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why am i in such a stupidly good mood tonight, why can't it be like this all the time. i'd drink less.
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Posted this in a reply but here it is again. How to fill out the UK 2021 census independently from your household without them being able to see

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The line between β€œcool” and β€œnerdy” might be a little blurry, but denying the public’s right to know is decidedly uncool.

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:boost_ok: :ablobcatwave: Please boost this post if you would like the EFF to join the fediverse. :ablobcatbongo:

In a survey the EFF sent me, I suggested they create an account on the fediverse, so they can reach more supporters and support innovative free software that promotes interoperability among platforms, something they've advocated for in the past, too.

If you can boost this post, maybe I'll be able to show them that there are quite a few users who would like them here!

The EFF is the infamous nonprofit organisation that fights for privacy, government transparency, and digital freedom. Their fight is very important, and the EFF is very special to me.

You can see some of their work here

In the meantime, you can follow @eff, which is an unofficial mirror of their Twitter.
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by the way, going to kink parties as a clown is my all time favourite power move now.

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In case you missed it, Google Play recently removed the @Tusky Mastodon app without proper explanation.

Tusky is one of the best Android Mastodon apps, with nothing controversial in it at all. It's quite disturbing that Google can and does act like this.

An alternative and much better way of getting Tusky onto your Android device is by using the independent FOSS app store @fdroidorg

You can find instructions for installing F-Droid here:

#FediTips #MastoTips #Tusky

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Your car is broadcasting data about where you go and what you do. And now a surveillance contractor wants to sell this data to the U.S. military, including "real-time locations of specific cars in nearly any country on Earth."

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Oh wow.

"Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsavainio has released a Milky Way photo that took him nearly 12 years to create. The 1.7-gigapixel image has a cumulative exposure time of 1,250 hours."

#Space #Images #MilkyWay #Galaxies


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Only a few hours left in the work day: cue massive anxiety about how much I was able to get done, further impacting how much I'm able to get done.

For every month that I spend reading my email using a web client I spend 6 months saying "thank god I'm using [mutt/thunderbird/mu4e] for this!"

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