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I have never really liked discussing whether you have something to hide, as an argument for or against security or privacy. First, it's irrelevant - everyone has these rights no matter what. But also, once you start talking about "hiding", you have already lost the discussion - because it's a word that is associated with negative connotations.

I think we should change the discourse. I don't have anything to hide. But I do have many things to protect. I have the right to protect my privacy. I have the right to protect my communication. I have the right to protect my work. I have the right to protect my friends and family.

#SomethingToProtect #Privacy

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society: damn misinfo at scale is getting a bit out of hand lately. seems like a problem.

tech guys: i have invented a machine that generates misinformation. is that helpful?

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Mike Pence is an example of toxic Christianity. We should have freedom of religion, yes, but we must also ensure freedom *from* religion. Your religious freedoms don’t give you the right to deny freedoms or civic participation to others. Period.

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@vertigo @dgold @dcbaok @alcinnz

I've basically come to the conclusion that people should be able to render text how they want. That epub is amazing and PDF is evil.

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Hi. Another twitter refugee here. I could not support Musk in any way shape or form so I'm hoping to find a few friends here eventually and some few sites that I followed on twitter. Or maybe something brand new will emerge.

I signed up here as an old Unix/Linux geek from the PDP-11 days now long retired but still volunteering in IT as well as other things.

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One thing that was super common on Mastodon / Fediverse prior to this mass migration was adding image descriptions to help be accessible to our many blind and partially sighted users here. Many people won't boost posts without them.
Please consider adding alt text to your images when you can. :blobcatheart:

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Well written article on an intro to Mastodon including first steps, aimed at twitter bail-ees. fastcompany.com/90803267/how-t

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A fascinating assumption, in replies to my Mastodon guide is that 'universal spaces' are an internet default.

They haven't been. The history of internet communities is one of fragmentation.

There's no guarantee a new universal platform will emerge. FB/Twitter may be a blip.

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@garius "Universal Spaces" like FB/Twitter are seen as a goal for financial reasons, not societal or community reasons. All of the VC-backed or publically owned need to be "Universal" to take the best advantage of network effects and economies of scale, but from a user perspective, this has been proven to be terrible.

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So far the #Brazil news: voter suppression in the Northeast and poor parts of Rio de Janeiro, bastions of support for Lula. Perpetrated by the Federal Highway Patrol, stopping buses full of voters.

Unimpressed with the BBC liveblog in English this time.

Suggesting gringos follow aovivo.folha.uol.com.br/poder/ with machine translation.

In Portuguese, worth listening to Foro de Teresina podcast live piaui.folha.uol.com.br/foro-de

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My "Getting Started on Mastodon" tip is to follow a ton of people.

Follow the people you followed on Twitter, sure, but especially follow new people you didn't know on Twitter. Follow people who follow you. Check out the local or federated timelines and pick random people to follow.

You can remove them later if you don't like their vibe or once you get a sense for how you want to use Mastodon, but in the meantime it's much more interesting to have a bunch of new posts whenever you come visit.

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My advice to anybody coming here from Twitter to escape the Musk purchase:

  1. This is not Twitter. Take some time to feel out the vibe, follow the examples of people already on here.

  2. Be mindful of others and use content warnings. Caption your pictures. Don't be a tool.

  3. This is not a walled garden. The site you first sign up to may just be training wheels. You might find another that suits your interests better, no problem. Mastodon.social isn't for everybody and that's fine.


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Is happiness possible in a degrowth society?

- Degrowth is an effective option for achieving sustainability.
- Opponents counter that degrowth will reduce collective wellbeing.
- Our study explores this existing debate empirically, examining the case of Japan.
- Decline in economic standards did not lead to decline in subjective wellbeing.
- Political and popular feasibility of degrowth might be higher than expected.


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thoughts on birbsite's impending collapse 

it is really clear that a lot of twitter's most active users are addicted to the drama of the day and main character nonsense, and the only reason this even exists in the first place is because of the network effect. one of the main criticisms of the fediverse is its decentralization can lead to siloes, but frankly I think it removes the oxygen from the dumpster fires that twitter seems to feed off of

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Somehow, 3 gigs in a row, I've found myself involved with dynamic #DNS infrastructure.

The pattern is always the same; there is a database of some sort, and then #bind or #powerdns serving results. Updates happen using a custom web interface or home-brewed web API.

But - we have a standard for dynamic DNS updates! It's called #rfc2163. Why aren't we using it? Because DNS is less dev friendly, I guess?

So I wrote Duppy: github.com/pagekite/duppy - a reusable #RFC2163 DNS update server.

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I think one of the main reasons why people find decentralized network services hard to understand is that "talking to your sysadmin" has become a foreign concept to most people. Tech companies have normalized the idea of sysadmins as faceless, god-like beings, impossible for mere Users to communicate with directly.

In the early days of the Internet, when it was pretty much exclusive to major universities, the admins were at least people in your organization; co-workers or staff members who you could speak to in person. They may have held power, but they were known and approachable.

There seems to be an obsession with replicating the scale and power of GFAM and co. now. Being a "responsible admin" by putting on your professional face and treating the people on your servers like customers rather than fellow community members. (It's often at least partially motivated by people wanting to make themselves feel important & powerful, but that's another story.)

But when your sysadmin is just an authority figure, not a person, you can't have a conversation with them. You may be entrusting them with control over your digital life, but you can't open up to them. It's just a phone call with Customer Support—you can ask them why the computer's not behaving, but you can't sit down with them for a coffee and discuss how it all works. And the air of distance and superiority makes people afraid of all sysadmins.

We need less of that, I think. Far, far less of that, and more sysadmins who are friendly, approachable members of the community they serve. Hell, Free Software and the Internet is supposed to be about community! Let's nourish that, not crush it in favour of corporate aesthetics.
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