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Hey friends, since I have almost no friends on Mastodon, promo me and help me find people.

I'm a furry artist and musician who's into programming, and video games. My tastes are very eclectic so I'm into most things.

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With the debate over #Microsoft #Windows vs #GNU #Linux raging on, I look at why Windows is unquestionably the top choice in the foreseeable in terms of ease, #accessibility, and #ethics. Noble as #FOSS advocacy is, can it really compete, especially among #women, going forward?

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Anyone need a part time Vala/Python/Java/etc. desktop, web developer? Or AI/vision/robotics research assistant? I'm currently looking for some work to pay the rent while I finish off my PhD.

My CV is here: mjog.vee.net/curriculum-vitae/

Boosts appreciated!

#Python #Vala #Robotics #AI

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@xj9 I'm so tired of the extreme anti-privacy movement.

* Not caring if millions of accounts get leaked
* Considering lack of security as merely a cost of doing business
* Not caring whether people get doxed or harassed or outed
* Assuming that data created by people always belongs to the megacorp
* These cosy relationships with letter agencies are oh so predictable
* The culture of embedding off-site links into web software so that they give companies a lot of data about how people are using it
* Assuming its ok to have telemetry on by default without telling the user or having any kind of informed consent
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The conversation with Todd from Purism was completely unproductive in my mind. In his view, there are only two possible options for moderation:

• Become a complete censorship machine with a slippery slope of who can or cannot speak

• Go by the jurisdiction users are in, hiding content illegal in certain jurisdictions and then removing content illegal in the poster's jurisdiction, for example a Chinese user's dissent against the Chinese gov't would be removed.

There are two problems that I brought up that, being that:

• Purism would be participating in the injustices of those countries

• Legal but harmful content would still be allowed, thus spreading harm.

I felt completely ignored when trying to get this across to him, especially that last bit. I also tried explaining to him that a slippery slope does not exist when you have set principles that you stick to within rules, but that completely flew over his head. It also ended with him basically telling me to solve the problem with a solution that works for every country everywhere and then get back to him. So, the block & boycott of Purism continues.
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@brainblasted Purism partnering with Private Internet Access to provide a commercial VPN option out of the box. I wrote a blog post about why this is harmful after I failed to get through to Todd:


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starwall is asking for money, boosts very appreciated Show more

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Ahh, das chinesische Callcenter versucht mal wieder meinen Windowscomputer zu reparieren. bin schon einmal hocheskaliert worden weil sie mit meinem qutebrowser nicht klarkamen, nun bekomme ich gleich einen Rückruf vom Manager weil ich anydesk nicht installieren kann

Bisher hat noch niemand gefragt, ob ich überhaupt einen Windowsrechner besitze

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After major security vulnerabilities or data breaches, "security people" show up and tell you to delete your account immediately. "Oh, time to delete your account! Switch to service/product … instead!"

Such statements totally ignore that security vulnerabilities are widespread and the vast majority of data breaches won't become publicly-known. Full control over your data and devices requires 100% isolation from the internet, not just arbitrarily switching services or products.


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Non-technical people may have trouble installing F-droid due to Google's ban on rival app stores.

We need non-technical people to be on the Fediverse, so that it stands a chance of replacing centralised services.

That's why I list Google Play links on switching.social, not because I like Play but because I want to make it as easy as possible to try alternatives.

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nice! but:
"Her legal team has already been served another subpoena. It demands she appear before a different grand jury on May 17. Manning has vowed not to answer any questions and, therefore, could be returned to custody as early as next week. " :(

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@darius presenting on the decentralized web at #csvconf !! You might see him on here talking about his work as a Mozilla fellow playing around with #ActivityPub


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Giving the basics of how decentralized social networks work and how people talk to each other outside their servers #csvconf

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this asshole just struts around like he owns the place and nobody does shit about it. no more...no fucking more

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