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If that Google Captcha thing fails to recognize that I'm a human on the first try

*I* should be able to force *a Google employee* to do a small but annoying piece of work of my choosing and not pay them anything for it

It only seems fair

In case you need explanations, here is a handy reference table for all combinations of named phenomena.

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.

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Do you use an RSS/Atom reader?

Boosts appreciated for sample size :)

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.

Looking forward to next week. After successfully stopped another outbreak it feels really good to be able to visit friends at their home again.

I wish the same sensible health policies, and the same safety, to everyone ASAP.

Reading this post, alerting users (and the broader ) 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?

Natural monopolies that should be public services, are in @pluralistic wheelhouse. I'm sure he's got a better response than our media “oh no, what centralised private corporation can save our public services”

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Facebook is showing what happens when you rely on an unaccountable corporation for essential public services.

Yes, we need to switch to . 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) systems owned and operated by the people, not by profit-seekers.

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> make coinbase account
> 'please give 5 blood samples and the marriage certificate of your grand parents'
> ok
> put money on there
> buy btc
> coinbase immediately blocks me
> 'we need more identification to get you unlocked'

this nonsense is the exact reason why people want to use crypto and not have to rely on these middle men.

Daft Punk is to 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.

This has kept me amused (and sufficiently insulated from neighbourhood sounds) for three hours so far.

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“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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