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The episode of Inside Story on Al Jazeera English that I was on yesterday is now ready to watch: quite happy I was able to turn what was meant to be a humdrum review of Snapchat’s recent financial loses and a superficial look into the lack of innovation in mainstream technology into a critique of surveillance capitalism with mention of decentralisation and alternatives like Mastodon.

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I’m on Inside Story on @AJEnglish in 5 minutes

Watch live:

Auto-block any instance that buys into this crap. Nip this shit in the bud.


Via @pourrito

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Fuck you !

Ça sent fort le blocage généralisé, ça ! Y a intérêt, en tout cas !

I’m on Inside Story on Al Jazeera English at 17:30 GMT today, talking about the toxic business models of people farmers like Facebook & Google and how we must move beyond to create commons-based, decentralised, interoperable, free & open ethical technologies to afford us individual sovereignty & a healthy commons and thereby safeguard our democracy. (I also mentioned Mastodon) ;)

Watch live:

…It just goes to show how important it is that we reveal the unethical cores behind the shiny interfaces of these people farmers. When people see the surveillance-based business model that lies behind Google’s cute doodles, they do care and they are outraged by what they see. One of our challenges is to force these companies—through regulation—to be as transparent as possible.

Source: Photo was shared by Lee Gamble. Link to original tweet:

This is a photo of a crashed kiosk advertising the menu and offers at a popular Norwegian pizza restaurant chain. It shows that the kiosk was running facial recognition and basic sentiment analysis on the people looking at it.

Based on the number of people who sent me this on Twitter, it’s clear that people care and are unhappy with corporate surveillance.

The worst bit? Compared to what Google and Facebook do daily and at scale, this is a toy.

Just played a few rounds of Lode Runner on MS-DOS (and probably got further than I ever did when I was a kid). Oh, how I’d missed playing that game :)

Play online at the Internet Archive:

(Before you can play, you must press ] to enter the menu, followed by k to configure keys and remap the dig left/right keys to something other than F1/F2.)

Ivanka Trump’s new book a “howling travesty of post-neoliberal faux-feminism”

“The new attacks on women’s basic rights are not at odds with the howling travesty of post-neoliberal faux-feminism that Ivanka has perfected. They are its logical extension.”

Laurie Penny in top form, as per usual.

HT @laurakalbag

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Some people can't seem to understand why so many French are protesting after #Macron's victory. The most popular comment goes pretty much like "you got what you voted for", which is revealing: these commenters understand politics as if it was a soccer match in which the only thing that matters is winning. They can't seem to understand that Macron won because he was the lesser evil, and the fight needs to continue, if people don't want to see France become a neoliberal hell

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mastodon is gay as hell and i hope it stays that way

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked by Carole Cadwalladr

“We are in the midst of a massive land grab for power by billionaires via our data. Data which is being silently amassed, harvested and stored. Whoever owns this data owns the future.”

Read this. One of the most important pieces of journalism on this year.

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@bob this is how I look at it too. If a company invents a giant global mitm service and you're an amoral lawless intelligence-scraping agency, you would be incompetent not to gain access to that system. And they are competent. therefore, they have access to that system. I don't care how "smart" the people are that work there, it's the same as any other hack, it's asymmetric warfare, you are playing defense and you always lose eventually.

OK, so apparently position:absolute is not being set on the column while it is when other timelines are displayed there (as an inline style).

Added a note to an issue that was already open for it:

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My wife just nearly gave bank details to someone who bought a lot of her personal data and phoned her.

#privacy is not for criminals.

Although… anyone else getting the federated timeline overflowing the screen since 1.3.2?

Just updated my Mastodon instance to master (I know, I know) to get the new sidekiq scheduled task for federated subscriptions.

All looks good.

Federated timeline was broken but RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rails db:migrate seems to have fixed it.

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and while I'm at it. We've been working on finalizing my contract terms, and I'm capped out at 20hrs / week, so please respect my time.

And regards to this being a paid position, I am asking for a bare minimum to cover my bills from Gargron. And if you want to help me further, knowing that I "work" outside of my billed hours, I'd highly appreciate it if you supported me on Patreon. (which is also gonna help me cover taxes etc)