When @pluralistic announces a new article I'm happy, but then I get blocked because apparently Locus (or whatever third party they hand off to) thinks VPN users don't deserve Cory's articles 😠
Get your act together, Locus. Many of us live in jurisdictions where a VPN is necessary to be safe. Stop punishing us more.
Watched the first episode (of three, total) from _Michael Palin On Art_. Thanks @maybelaura for reminding me.
Palin still has it, for sure. He's so damned affable and casual, while also being clearly informed and eager to learn about his subject.
Reading this post, alerting #Mastodon users (and the broader #Fediverse) to fundamental problems, I don't have a simple response. The social problems described are real; are the available social solutions adequate?
Do we have what's needed but we are not yet using it right? Do we need different tools? Are those tools tech, or political, or what? What action do we take to improve?
Facebook is showing #Australia what happens when you rely on an unaccountable corporation for essential public services.
Yes, we need to switch to #ProtocolsNotPlatforms. These are natural monopolies; competition naturally disappears, they need to be public.
Ditch Facebook + Instagram + Google + Zoom etc., of course. Then stop relying on some corporation to provide it. Use (and build) #federated systems owned and operated by the people, not by profit-seekers.
Daft Punk is to #music as over-processed food paste is to cuisine.
But if you must consume it, I can recommend the version of Random Access that overlays Strong Bad's “(Come On) Fhqwhgads” lyrics over every. single. track. on the whole album. #PerfectMatch
“When a platform is small, #moderation 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 #FreeSpeech.
“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.”
@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
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?
The average tax payer? The home owner?
Or the corporations that continue to profit from #FossilFuels?
@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)
Consider this a friendly, local pub. Make yourself at home, bring your friends, have a good time! Meet new people, have a laugh, enjoy the ambience, and the Oxford commas.