“When a platform is small, is easy, so the incentive is to enforce strong positions one way or another and honor them in song.

“When a platform is growing, moderation becomes hard, so the incentive is to adopt and rhapsodize the virtues of .

“When a business matures, moderation is a predictable expense […] the incentives become turbulent and what is said and done about speech becomes reactive, arbitrary and incoherent.”


“Half a teaspoon of the mystery marmalade” is the working title of @mike memoir / poetry collection

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@tek @bignose Then I think we might be in agreement, basically. You're right about the need for immediate action so when there is a reasonable expectation of violence then action should be taken. But the U.S. right wing is complaining about being deplatformed for their views. They're lying. They're being deplatformed for their calls to violence. If they were telling the truth I would support them even though I disagree with their views

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i hate Parler, am glad it's gone, hope it never comes back, and hope everyone who was posting violence on it rots in hell.

BUT....the fact that Amazon could flip a switch and erase a social network shows quite clearly that "the cloud" is not a resilient network hosting provider. what good is ~~horizontal scaling~~ if one guy at one company can say "nah, turn that off" and your app/site/whatever is just gone?

Who puts up the funds for the next round of disasters in ? It will cost dearly, as it has so many recent years. So someone will have to pay for it.

The average tax payer? The home owner?

Or the corporations that continue to profit from ?

We need a levy to , up front, for the damage being done to us all.


@KolokokoBird is not alone in refusing to install spyware to get an education.

From a 2020 incident with “online proctoring” and the corporations' hostility to student privacy:

“These are effectively rootkits: spyware you are required to install on your computer that grants remote parties sweeping access to your files and processes – especially hard on kids who share computers with siblings or precariously employed parents.”

(hat tip to @pluralistic)

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Well, how annoying is this? If I take a university course online, I am now required to submit to online proctoring. That means granting some company access to my computer and webcam. No, no, no, a thousand times no.

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does not offer freedom for people. (Milton Friedman attempting to re-define “freedom” does not make it so.)

Instead, as @Cyborgneticz says, capitalism is inherently opposed to , it leads to a “new feudalism”. And Amazon is a case study in how that works.


I don't know of anything perfect (or what that would mean) but hCaptcha seems worth a try. hcaptcha.com/

This and other alternatives to reCaptcha exist, for those web developers wanting to heed @kernpanik chaos.social/@kernpanik/105425 and avoid Google .

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Dear web developers and admins,
please stop embedding Google's hideous #ReCaptcha into your websites. Its algorithm is faulty, forcing regular users to click dozens or even hundreds of fire hydrants, bicycles, or traffic lights each day. It puts a 'suspicious activity' flag on users who won't obey to Google's business model - such as people who don't sign into Chrome, use anonymity VPNs, or use browser extensions to suppress common tracking mechanisms. Enough is enough. Stop it.

“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to get a room quiet enough to think” — what Pascal heard me say this year, before going back to the 17th century and writing it down wrong

Deutche Bank's ambitious report demonstrates that the shops sending messages to @KowalskiFlausn (social.chinwag.org/@KowalskiFl ) are just not thinking large enough

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“A study from Deutsche Bank, titled “What We Must Do to Rebuild,” says employees who work from home quickly collect financial benefits, such as reduced costs [….] the employer would pay the tax if the employee doesn't get a permanent desk; otherwise, the employee would be responsible for the tax.”

Heavens forefend that we for people unable to leave their home, nor a general . Financial institutions must have their profit uninterrupted after all.

already missing the months when Melburnians were not making noise outside my windows or through my walls

Re-watching the _Better Call Saul_ run this month.

Keeps making me hungry for Los Pollos Hermanos. It looks g'damned delicious.

Welp, the reason for our Internet being offline is to be investigated.

They estimate it will be done by Monday. So we are without a connection for the whole weekend.

The fault is obvious to us: a cabling worker dickered with something on the street this afternoon. But of course won't pay attention until their technician investigates. In 3 days.

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