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- I also serve our English masters, I keep their precious trains running
- Are you happy keeping their trains running?
- Happy? I don't know, but I'm good at it.
- I dream of hunting in this jungle of metal and asphalt. I imagine my true form leaping from beam to ledge to terrace roof until I am at the top of this island. Until I can growl in the faces of all the men who believe they can own me.
Love, Death & Robots - "Good Hunting"

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I don't want websites and the companies that own them to manipulate me into staying longer. I don't want them actively attempting to exploit weaknesses in my brain. I don't want to be controlled.

I just want to have interests. And I just want to live a humble life. And I want to make sure that those around me are happy and healthy.

This "value"-hungry network of companies have to be stopped.

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This security model - surrendering your autonomy to a large company in exchange for promises of protection - is what Bruce Schneier calls "feudal security," though it should really be thought of as "manorial security."

In manorial security, a small elite of mercantalist warlords get all the property rights - the right to decide how the infrastructure is used - and the rest of us get tenants' rights, the right to make limited use of the warlords' property.


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call for help: is it possible to upgrade the database independently and autonomously (without sending it to a third party and paying for the service)?

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I'm a bit grumpy about everyone finally realising that our comms platforms need to be governed like commons, and treating them like private assets is very very bad for democracy and freedom and justice.

Nerds have been telling you this for 15+ yrs.

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People are victims of misinformation, and not rubes or suckers.

People who were not fortunate enough to acquire whatever knowledge or skills that enabled you to not fall for it (this time) are doubly the victim:

First, having been previously failed by their community for not providing them with better education (i.e good info), and again for being exposed to some further misinfo in the present.

People can even willingly seek out and entertain misinformation sources and still be a victim...

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We wrote up a blog post about our decision making process. Hope it's useful to some folks out there 🦄 :pirate_flag: 💞

It's short, simple and tested in production 😅 🧙

#workercoops #consensus

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Centralization is totally fine, until it isn't.
Robinhood would never shut people out of buying an asset... until they did.
A guillotine is a perfectly safe place to put your head, until it's not.

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The ongoing events around /r/wallstreetbets teaches us, once again, about the value of open platforms, and the tremendous risk involved in using proprietary platforms. The economic elites who control those proprietary platforms, backed by their venture capital interests, will shut us down if we threaten them. We’re taking serious risk by casting our lot with them.

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You can corrupt an election, fire 12,000 people, poison a whole city, abuse workers, evaporate a generation's finances, kick thousands out on the streets, keep the costs of lifesaving drugs artificially high and destroy the environment, but if you interrupt the upward flow of money from working people to non-workers, your ass is grass.

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📱 Instant messaging clients. Choose wisely what you use to communicate.

A visualization by @niboe under CC BY SA license.

Please share ❤️

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RT @[email protected]

Oxford University was going to open source its vaccine, then the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation stepped in and convinced them to sell exclusive rights to AstraZeneca.

Now AstraZeneca is failing to deliver and poor countries are struggling to access vaccines.


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@zeh @jgoerzen Those who call #OWS #Signal merely "imperfect" have not read or fully absorbed this article on what a shit-pile it is, in terms of ethics, privacy, & security:

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@jgoerzen @zeh #Signal is so far from perfect that calling it merely "imperfect" is absurdly generous. For the grandma use-case, #Wire is a drop-in replacement for Signal. Grandma doesn't care if her metadata links her to her grandkids, but forcing grandma's network of friends & family to get GSM/CDMA subscriptions & share their ph# is a stupid move that's both exclusive & privacy-abusing

This is a really nice documentary on the economic blockade on . Some countries export bombs and war, some export doctors (and are called terrorists by the formers).

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> In contrast to civil war, which signifies the breakdown of the apparatus of the state, social war is the low-intensity war by the state against the social relationships of its own population in order to maintain its continued existence. The social war then encompasses the totality of everyday life: To be alive today is to be at war, to never sleep properly, to awaken at odd hours to work, to be constantly surrounded by surveillance and police. A further recital of the various symptoms is unnecessary. Unlike in military war, demands of any kind are futile: demands would only make sense as long as the social war was limited in time and space, yet the capitalist form of life today encompasses the entire globe and imagines its reproduction extending into the infinite future.

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So signal is having technical difficulties due to user influx. Signal didn't want to decentralize because it wanted to be able to continue to provide a reliable exoerience. Yet here they are unable to provide a reliable experience BECAUSE they are centralized.


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The Internet was built as a kind of decentralized democracy. Change is slow and messy but it protects us from a single entity forcing their will on us.

When you move your data and social graph to a closed platform you vote for authoritarian rule.

Such choices never end well.

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