Hopefully, if we can demonstrate the usefulness of what we’re building, one day we will amass the social and political will to allow us to remove that capitalist bullshit element from the system.
So say you’re pricing an online subscription at €5 (VAT inclusive) in the EU. You’re breaking the law because you’re actually charging different prices for different countries with different VAT rates (from €4.35 to €3.94 for 15%-27% VAT)… ain’t the Single Market a gas?
Summaries of relevant law: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/consumers/shopping/pricing-payments/indexamp_en.htm
The €U (aka The Single Market) really is a beautiful project.
Imagine… a huge mall, 27 countries wide. Shelves brimming with only the best European values for sale. And free shipping on orders over €50*
* for a limited time only, terms and conditions apply.
Some very wise words from @aral that we ALL need to hear no matter what domain we happen to work in. In this case he's referring to making Web Applications accessible to "normal people"
Watch this invaluable rant of @aral in front of the European Parliament.
PS. There’s nothing at the root domain yet :)
I was going to create a YAML-based scripting engine to automate site/app installation for Site.js but it seems Phillip Markert has already pretty much built most of what I need for me with Hyperpotamus.
Check it out here, with instructions on command-line interface (CLI) use:
And here’s a basic example of how to use it as a library in your own Node projects:
“« usbkill » is an anti-forensic kill-switch that waits for a change on your USB ports and then immediately shuts down your computer.”
Via cron.weekly #144
@john @aral ?_? You should read the next phrase: "Since that’s not going to happen from day one, we are doing our best to build a bridge from here to there within the limits of the capitalist system we find ourselves in. Our goal is to prove its feasibility and then ask entities like the European Union to support it in the interests of their citizens and the common good."
Plus, "independent" doesn't imply being non-resident or non-citizen, does it?... We can be independent and united.
Researchers from Dublin reviewed the Google Play Services that are mandatory for Covid Tracing Apps on Android. Every 20 min they transfer:
- IP adress
- phone #
- SIM #
➡️ So it's illegal, intrusive and affects large parts of the population
So I just got this message from someone on Mastodon:
“@aral I noticed some harsh language in several of your recent posts. When did you go on holidays last time? By the way, there is a broken link in your article due to a typo. All the best...”
That person is now blocked.
If you feel the need to tone police me, here’s a hint: go fuck yourself.
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