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“Mr Richards has now announced: “With regret I have to announce that, after some 18 years, I have decided to close the Apostrophe Protection Society.

“[…] fewer organisations and individuals are now caring about the correct use of the apostrophe in the English Language.”

standard.co.uk/news/uk/apostro

Truly we are in the end time's.

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Thanks for creating this space. I just created an account. After I finish my beer I have goats to milk and a quail house to finish building.

@brown121407 They already know what looks like and they know it works and they like it. But they have been lied to about what socialism is, and so they don't like when we point out that thing they like, is socialist.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2019

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"But free services still have costs they need to pay for."
It's not the user's problem they stole our data instead of using a legitimate payment method that doesn't compromise their users.

There's a reason adblockers and script blockers are so prevalent and the people defending this thievery is why.

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We got half-way through #PandemicLegacy season 1; the June month we succeeded on the first try.

We got a bit of funding from previous months to help; but also we stayed entirely on top of infections to the point there were *no* outbreaks!

The blurred-out board sections do show that overall the board is being changed by a lot of permanent bad stuff. I hope the second half of the year brings some new things to deal with the crisis.

#BoardGames weekend we have our groove back!

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Mike's one piece of advice for new Mastodon users - dive into that Federated column and follow ANYONE and EVERYONE who looks like they've posted anything at all interesting to you. Just hammer the button. There's no penalty for mistakes. Go wild.

Later, when your Home timeline is buzzing, go in and unfollow people you decide you're not enjoying so much now.

Then do that again a few times. Then some more. Forever.

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@aral What's your position on the audio show, IRL? Have you listened to many episodes, and how recently?

irlpodcast.org/

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How to tell a true friend: they strip the tracking identifiers and amp junk from a url before sharing it with you.

Timely and relevant.

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Strictly cutting down on meat has opened a new world of interesting dishes for me. I used so much curry in the past weeks. #food

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“Big Tech *does* take away our right to choose, but not through manipulation. Rather, Big Tech steals our right to choose by monopoly. That's why the EU's Copyright Directive -- which will clear the field of small enterprises that might challenge Big Tech's dominance -- is such a catastrophe. We need a vigorous, muscular form of antitrust that goes beyond merely fining firms and actually splits them up.”

#DataFreedom #FreeSoftware #SurveillanceCapitalism #CoryDoctorow

19.re-publica.com/en/session/i

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Yeessss, finally #BloodOnTheClocktower at a convention in #Melbourne. I'll be one of the Storyteller volunteers at this weekend's #PAXAus #PAXAus2019 2019-10-11–2019-10-13.

If you're going please @ me, would love to meet some Fediverse folk there!

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In this instance Adobe is complying with an order from their nation's government. Don't present that as an excuse; why place any corporation in a position to revoke your access unilaterally, for whatever reason?

Only #FreeSoftware and #DistibutedComputing has any ability to provide everyone with the #MeansOfComputation.

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Yet another good reason to avoid all #ServiceAsAsSoftwareSubstitute, your computing is entirely at the whim of some unaccountable third party.

Because you don't control it or host it, the provider can simply turn it off one day and tell you that they:

> will no longer provide access to software and services, including free ones, or enable you to make any new purchases. We apologize for the inconvenience.

#ClownComputing is not a solution to any problem we have.

helpx.adobe.com/la/x-productkb

More evidence that market cannot and will not solve the problems it causes.

The international regulations of maritime air pollution are coming into force. What do transport barons invest in? Would you guess, less-polluting engine technology? Sequestering pollution so that it stays out of the ?

No. $12bn into technology that “scrubs” sulphur and other astounding toxins from the air exhaust only to dump it directly into the ocean.

independent.co.uk/environment/

Travelled through rural southern Australia yesterday. Very sad to see how many residential roofs still have no photovoltaic panels.

And yet employers keep on fitting out their office space with the work-killing, misery-fostering layout.

Everyone hates open offices. Here’s why they still exist
fastcompany.com/90285582/every

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