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@brainblasted Thanks for writing this! I understand that people may be disappointed that Flatpak is not as magic or as out-of-the-box reliable as sandboxing in phones... but they had the luxury of starting with from-scrach APIs.
Flatpak is a very incremental thing. I suppose it's at the uncomfortable stage where there is a lot of scaffolding needed to support old-style apps, with all the holes that that entails. I hope it can be removed gradually.
@jalcine The ethical alternatives have to be funded from somewhere. VC isn’t going to fund them. So if we want accessible ethical alternatives, it’s way past time to seriously start discussing funding them from the common purse for the common good. If our taxes can pay for bombs, they can sure as hell pay for ethical technology.
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Study: Google is the biggest beneficiary of the GDPR
(submitted by kkm)
"Instagram has been spotted prototyping a new privacy setting that would allow it to share your location history with Facebook. That means your exact GPS coordinates collected by Instagram, even when you’re not using the app, would help Facebook to target you with ads and recommend you relevant content." https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/04/instagram-location-history/
@aral Linux does not support freedom either. The site is about Linux primarily.
@aral Hm, I've wondered too what we do when "google.social" launches on a forked/modified, mastodon-like platform, or even their own #activitypub implementation with google extensions. the #powerdifferential will be heavily weighted towards the expectation that independent servers will implement google's extensions
@aral The technically possible condition is “do not federate with more than 100 - 1,000 accounts by instance”, as there is no standardized way to get an instance's user count. ^^
“I have resigned as the WordPress accessibility team lead. Here is why.”
Suggestion for Mastodon (to prevent eventual gMastodon instance): cap instance size at 100 - 1,000 account by default. Make it a social contract for instances not to federate with instances greater than that limit.
Or, a few years from now, say hello to “gMastodon”. (See history of email and the Web for a lesson in the future.)
That said, we might already be on that path.
“Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says“
There is a hard limit to how much of an effect lifestyle changes alone can have. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change
Hey mastofriends! I’m currently using http://moa.party to crosspost from Mastodon to Twitter (yes, I want to keep my followers around there and help the ones who would like to migrate to Mastodon). But it’s not granular enough regarding options. I’d like to be able to post from here to Twitter with a hashtag for instance, or post only URLs of my toots on Twitter (adding a bit of friction to make it easier heee and more annoying on Twitter 😛). Can you recommend other crossposting tools?
Leaked Transcript Contradicts Google’s Official Story on China
(submitted by jbegley)
Interesting to see that the CIA (through In-Q-Tel) is investing in GitLab...