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I have to confes that I am lost between #activitypub, #matrix, #xmpp etc, not to mention irc and all the proprietary platforms, before we dig into the specializations (text, video, audio etc) or the deeper #decentralization stuff like #dat and #ipfs

I think I could use an updated "internet for dummies" kind of review

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Rather tempted to spin up a new virtual machine to re-experience the joys of one of my earlier Linux distros in life.

3 open-source packed CDs and a huge manual inside the box. It was 1997. Time flies.

Software engineers are indoctrinated to believe: "People only hate ads when they aren't relevant." This doctrine has led to over 20 years of mass data collection. It's a lie, and if more engineers dared to question it, we'd get a lot further on #privacy.

Great thread from a Mozilla dev on Google’s culture of “oops.” Where changes that harm competitors and boost Google’s business goals are always ‘accidents’. twitter.com/johnath/status/111

twitter.com/matthew_d_green/st

RT @random_walker@birdsite.link
When I tell people in tech that the company they work for has too much power, they often protest that they would never abuse that power.

It's important to remember that organizations often act contrary to the sincerely held beliefs of every single one of their members. twitter.com/johnath/status/111

twitter.com/random_walker/stat

"The media, with a few exceptions, is actively hostile. Even when broadcasters cover these issues, they carefully avoid any mention of power, talking about environmental collapse as if it is driven by mysterious, passive forces, and proposing microscopic fixes for vast structural problems."

You do not mention power dynamics in the mainstream media. Period. Capitalism MUST be presented as a natural, inescapable force that cannot be stopped.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

Decserver exploits.

Using the Mac IIsi to connect to the Decserver 200MC, then to a LAT service on a Raspberry Pi, then out over telnet / tcp/ip to a BBS to post about it.

#retrocomputing

I never looked at the protocol as used by Mastodon. But it seems pretty broken: flak.tedunangst.com/post/honk-

And apparently Pleroma is no better?

// cc @kaniini @cj @ivan

"Open" and "ecosystem" are some among the latest #marketing buzzwords for #surveillance servers (aka "cloud", another marketing BS)

> A cult of personality arises when a country's regime – or, more rarely, an individual politician – uses the techniques of mass media, propaganda, the big lie, spectacle, the arts, patriotism, and government-organized demonstrations and rallies to create an idealized, heroic, and worshipful image of a leader, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.

-- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_of_

1, 2... 3... 12... I'm seeing several (about a couple) dozens of #openwashing puff pieces about #google "cloud" at the moment. So #surveillance is A-OK now... as long as "cute" Goooge has "open source partners". Ridiculous!

" GPG: Strong Keys, Rotation, and Keybase"

sungo.wtf/2016/11/23/gpg-stron

Great post by @sungo that makes key management less mysterious and confusing

I wonder how difficult it would be to build a desktop #Wallabag app that pulls in article content from the server (via the API), saves it to/syncs with a local database, and lets you do full-text search on your own machine. Providing a way of reading the articles themselves might require little additional work.

Not sure what happened here... but the USB is powerful tonight.

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hackers.town

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.