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My every-so-often roundup of the various places you can currently hear my audio work:

@HackerRadioShow - FM talk radio by a bunch of hackers and phreaks, myself included
:flan_phone1:โ€‹ Archives: 2600.com/offthehook

modern.technology - My original podcasts, including:
:flan_laugh:โ€‹ Sketch comedy: modern.technology/breaks/
:flan_awe:โ€‹โ€‹ Film nerdery: modern.technology/watches/
:flan_bard:โ€‹ Self-naming stories: modern.technology/name/

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so you call yourself a cyberpunk, and yet here you are, not blasting Billy Idol's seminal 1993 record on repeat for the entirety of Cyber Monday; I'm not sure what I'm meant to make of this outright hypocrisy honestly???

youtube.com/watch?v=qdPcLM6B8a

Very cool -- teddit.net is a new privacy-friendly Reddit frontend, similar to Invidious / YouTube, Bibliogram / Instagram, and Nitter / Twitter.

Source code: codeberg.org/teddit/teddit

- No JavaScript or ads
- All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Reddit
- Prevents Reddit from tracking your IP or JavaScript fingerprint
- Lightweight (teddit frontpage: ~30 HTTP requests with ~270 KB of data downloaded vs. Reddit frontpage: ~190 requests with ~24 MB)

#Privacy

A bunch of 1980 UK celebrities being totally flummoxed by a "Space Invaders" machine like the hominids at the beginning of "2001" is today's Big Mood.

bbc.co.uk/archive/space-invade

When reading all the heartfelt David Prowse tributes today consider that he spent the past four decades being screwed by Lucasfilm, the massive corp he had a significant role in putting on the map.

slashfilm.com/lucasfilm-tells-

In 2010 Lucasfilm banned David Prowse from all conventions over which they had control, as they didn't like how much he was rattling cages over the issue that maybe his work was iconic enough to deserve a little more compensation than he'd been given.

news.avclub.com/david-prowse-b

As a result Prowse spent the rest of his life doing conventions to make ends meet, until his health deteriorated too much for him to keep it up.

comicbook.com/starwars/news/da

Think of this when reading warm words from any who still get paid for every sale of a plastic Darth Vader.

I have some Amazon Kindles, which are excellent hardware. But I'm very unhappy about giving money to Amazon itself.

What's the current advice for -

  • breaking the DRM so I can read books I've "purchased" on a non-Kindle
  • alternative OS for the hardware so I can control my own device?

Some authors I want to read are publishing only on Amazon; I guess its up to me to talk to them directly to send money in return for their work, which I can handle. But step one is getting control over my existing library ...

Big media companies are not your friend.

As a creator, Disney wants to screw you. They want to take your money away from you. They want to not pay you. They are not alone

See:

boingboing.net/2020/11/23/how-

for the most egregious example of this in recent memory, but then remember that this is also the motivation behind all these "live action" remakes of classic animated films.

Hell, it's the reason Fox News exists. They were born out of Star Wars money.

Universities should strike any app mandates from their existing student commitments, and should pledge to not include them in future student commitments. act.eff.org/action/end-univers

operating computers is hard enough without people trying to run programs on it

The Internet Archive is now emulating Flash so now you can go back and revisit animations/games of yesteryear: blog.archive.org/2020/11/19/fl

In November 2013, among the various celebrations of the 50th anniversary of , the BBC showed "An Adventure in Space and Time," a TV-movie docudrama about the program's origin story, its early years, and the people involved.

On today's episode of "Modern Technology Watches," the film podcast I make with my excellent wife Gila, you can hear what happened when I (a longtime Who addict) showed her (not so much of a fan) said TV-movie.

modern.technology/2020/11/19/m

Anyone know of a good program to convert stl files to step files?

c/ @thegibson

...am I going to have to finally give "The Mandalorian" a look? :flan_think:โ€‹

Do not explore space while pondering the nature of artificial life with me or my son or my son's son ever again.

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.