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@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.

and finally, to be absolutely clear, codes of conduct, aren't meant to protect the agents of large corporations from people punching up. they're meant to protect against punching down. thankfully, the people who decided to report this resistance effort as a CoC violation in Alpine were debuffed.
because the alpine community amongst others stood their ground and applied pressure on microsoft to stop abusing software patents, we got 60k of them off the table.

but we need to keep them honest, they can't be allowed to use our work and then go back to their old ways.

watch carefully.

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How much thought or work could go into a minimalist interface anyway? Well… :)

"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." techcrunch.com/2018/10/04/inst

@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

also #corporatesurveillance

@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. ^^

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. theguardian.com/sustainable-bu

Hey mastofriends! I’m currently using 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?

Interesting to see that the CIA (through In-Q-Tel) is investing in GitLab...

iqt.org/gitlab/

“Breaking political silence” is what privileged people do when the shit finally hits their fan too.

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