Now I wouldn't recommend anyone using an instance other than the largest for fear that they may get arbitrarily cut off from others.

That's not healthy.

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Trying to move instances has made me realize how communication is controlled by fediverse instance admins, not users, to the users's detriment.

This is frustrating as picking an instance that some admins start to disagree with means that communication is cut off between users without them having a say.

Currently and block my main instance.

Email had its problems, but it is rare for admins there to decide who you can & can't email wholesale.

Enlightening look at the power of location data that almost everyone's phone is giving up constantly. Claims of anonymity debunked in chilling way:

"Repeated enough times, lies become a 'truth' that people believe."
-- Max Eisen, "By Chance Alone"

"Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth" - a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels

I grew up on Pop Shoppe, but is disappointing:

"5. Can you still return The Pop Shoppe Bottles?

Times have changed and refillable has become recyclable, meaning you’ll recycle our bottles just as you do any other bottles and cans. You do recycle, don’t you? Good!"

Except... not good. Most recycling programs will just trash the glass since it's cheaper to make fresh glass than use the energy to break down old glass.

Refillable is not recyclable. First one is way better

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I'm really not excited for the future where cash is eliminated and you have to have an account on a dominant social media platform and a working surveillance device to buy anything. Also, in general, I find it very hard to care about how giant companies split the transaction fees.

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Instagram is down, pixelfed is still up 😉

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These are hardware kill switches.

Not a webcam cover. Not software disabled Wi-Fi. Kill switch.

Laptops should have these.

Ours do.

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Ethical web principles 

Even though this is written by Samsung it's not bad.

In particular:

* We will prioritise potential benefits for users over potential benefits to web developers
* build web technologies and platforms that respect individuals' rights and provide features to empower them against dangers like [doxing, harassment, etc]
* We must make our websites accessible for people with disabilities
* We must build for users on low bandwidth networks and low specification equipment
* This principle must be balanced with respect for other human rights, and does not imply that individual services on the web must therefore support all speech. (For example: hate speech, harassment or abuse may reasonably be denied a platform).
* We will create web technologies and platforms that can't manipulate our users, complicate isolation or encourage addictive behaviors
* We will consider power consumption when we introduce new technologies to the web
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If you find yourself sitting in cars now and then, this might be interesting to you and help you prevent accidents.
So if you open a cars door from the inside, you open the door with the hand that's not next to the door. This means that you turn around you body which automatically turns your vision in the direction where other cars or bikes might come from.

I was taught this early on I believe, anyways this is the way I have always done it.

#dutchReach #bike

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One of the many absurdities of capitalism in our technologically advanced world: I have to borrow an eBook from the library and return it so others can borrow it

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The air quality is going to be rough tomorrow. Forest fires have been getting worse every year.

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We've got a blog post that explains our views & reaction to #GItHub's new #Sponsors program & related initiatives. We're concerned that it (so far) ignores key governance issues for #FOSS projects related to funding. #Sustainability #FOSSSustainability

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Transactional email providers with low delivery failures are not cheap.

New monthly costs:

$80 - email provider
$40 - dedicated server (media)
$40 - vps (app/db/redis)
$30 - cloudflare (pro + 2 managed tls certs)
$20 - backups, Spaces, CDN
$20 - server

This is starting to get expensive 😅

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Helpful phrases to learn:

"I don't know the answer to that. Let's find out."

"Oh, I didn't know that. Thanks!"

"I was wrong."

"I've thought about what you said and I've changed my mind as a result."

Not only are these phrases useful, they also make you a better person!

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A vulnerability in WhatsApp allowed attackers to inject commercial spyware, developed by NSO Group, on to phones.

The spyware could be transmitted through a call, even if the call was unanswered.

It is unclear how many phones were targeted.

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