Feeling very discouraged trying to get family to care about their privacy, or even to download something like Signal as an alternative to iMessage/SMS. They agree SMS presents potential risk to the family now and in the future, but only 1 sibling has downloaded Signal.

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Great ~3 minute video which explains nicely why I focus so much on #privacy as it shows the dangers of #surveillance #capitalism.
Viewpoint_ ‘We’re living in an age of surveillance capitalism’ _ BBC Ideas

h/t Ips@peertube.mastodon.host


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Sad day for the open web: If you are part of the #MozillaLifeboat contact us! We're constantly looking for developers passionate about #privacy and #opensource to improve our completely Google-free email service!
tutanota.com/jobs/ Let's continue building a better web. 💪🙌

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"The 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work."

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One of my favorite #nextcloud apps is called "Keep or Sweep". All it does it show me a random file (maybe one I haven't opened in a while) and ask me if I want to keep it or not.

I love it! I wish there was something similar for the desktop that would go through my old files and that it would ask me if I wanted to move the file to somewhere else, to help me keep my files organized.

Gotta say, working so heavily in devops makes me long for product dev some days. Solution architecture is way cooler when you're building out products than battling whatever spaghetti yaml monster half-baked and shipped by the hottest new turd in the CICD space is.

I've been doing devops for so many months that I actually got decent at bash programming, and almost cried tears of joy when I started working on some golang code today.

This is a friendly reminder that if you're able, try to get a little sunlight today and go outside. It does a lot of good for my head space when I work from home, and it just might help you too!

@tsturm I just heard some messy things went down at skynet, and that nick is out. I'm so sorry to hear that.

I'm having another one of those days where I'm thinking if people would just learn basic bash / cmdline skills we wouldn't have such a horrific mess of fragile tooling to use for devops. Also, yaml should be canceled.

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Berkeley burrito-delivery bot purported to be using 'advanced neural network' is actually remotely piloted by Colombians, who are paid $2 per hour.


Welcome to capitalism, where tech startups fake 'genius' AI using hidden POC sweatshop labor in a 'black box' to rake in profits.

"AI, games, Amazon, it's all made with magic! In our magic black box!"
"What's in it?"
"Nevermind, just eat your kale salad and let's do yoga!"
*Open box, find a sweatshop*

We are now almost a week into debugging a failing health check on a client's backed app. At this point I've learned enough about the language it is written in, the libraries used, etc. to follow most of it the whole way through. I've liberally applied debugging statements too. The execution just kind of... Never returns. It works via Docker, but fails via Kubernetes with the exact same settings . My coworkers did a deep strace for an hour on the container today and it revealed almost nothing.

I've made it a personal goal to take and pass the CKA exam in the next month at the latest. If anyone wants to know how it is, or wants help study prepping, I can share the resources I've been using.

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Three Message Types for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mastodon where the Shadows lie.
One Protocol to rule them all, One Protocol to find them,
One Protocol to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mastodon where the Shadows lie.

@Bluemona Hey just wanted to say if you ever have questions about how things work on here, please feel free to message me and I'll do my best to help you out. Take care!

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We see more and more project and organisations working on privacy focused apps, services, … great!

But sadly this is more and more just marketing. The most famous line "We value your privacy" is telling almost the exact opposite these days.

So let's do a first step: Everyone who really values privacy, get rid of trackers from your websites. All of them. GA as well as Matomo.

If you want to know how to optimize your websites, analyse your logs or do surveys.

#privacy #tracking

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What are the available alternatives for organizing local meetups for interest groups? I'm aware of meetup.com and facebook. What else is available?

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Then and now 

The web in 1995:

> Click on something
> Wait a few seconds while images download
> Readable content

The modern web, especially silo systems:

> Click on something
> Wait multiple seconds while a bunch of ads are blocked and megabytes of javascript downloads
> Something breaks of can't be displayed
> A dialog obscures quarter the screen, asking you to click "yes"
> Inexplicable semi-transparent gray overlay with close button top right
> You are presented with a captcha puzzle

@cwebber Hey, I've been getting more into open software. I'm working in software w/ experience in cloud, devops, kubernetes & mostly backend dev (go, nodejs).

Do you have or know of a list of tech / frameworks / projects that I should become well versed in to participate effectively/contribute to free s/w? I'm having a hard time creating a technical roadmap for my very limited free time to invest in.

Thanks in advance!

PS: maybe a good podcast episode? :)

Visiting family, and had this moment of confusion where I had to remember that cable tv is a thing / how to use it. Crazy that for all the disruption VOD streaming services caused, people still pay 100-200+ a month for cable TV?!

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