Wow. #Opera can't make money with its web browser anymore, so it's selling predatory loans to low-income people in Africa and then sending text messages to their contacts when they don't pay. :opera:

It's probably time to uninstall Opera if you use it!

hindenburgresearch.com/opera-p

The fediverse is a public forum.

Your posts are only as secure as the admins of every instance that your home server federates with, in terms of private and followers-only messages.

If you're going to talk about sensitive information, keep it to Signal or other secure 1-on-1 channels.

Assume that everything you post to the fediverse, is being scooped up by multiple gov agencies around the world.

The Milan scrape was only notable because they made their findings public.

If a university scraping feeds did it, it's safe to assume other, bigger organizations have been doing it for much longer.

RT @lexi_lambda@twitter.com

I’m pleased to present the flame-bait sequel to my previous blog post: “No, dynamic type systems are not inherently more open.” (Please send me your hatemail at your earliest convenience.) lexi-lambda.github.io/blog/202

🐦🔗: twitter.com/lexi_lambda/status

#introduction

Hello there, I'm REZ.

I'm a demoscener since 1993, actually member of a group named RAZOR 1911 as coder.

I'm still living in the 80's, that's probably why I love so much big pixels and lowfi musics!

One of my latest work was a software 3D engine running on the lovely PICO-8 fantasy console:

It's good to see that fediverse administrators care so deeply about the privacy of their users. However I'm not convinced that the long term solution can be a robots.txt (or "advisory") style equivalent approach. Expressing desire and intent is useful, but insufficient.

Scrapers/feed consumers are really easy to write. When indexing is outlawed, only outlaws will do indexing, and they will, because it's easy to do.

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Good overview; many of the same issues apply to FOSS communities as well. A lot of stuff is deeply entrenched and requires proactive work to try to push in the other direction

Via twitter.com/ladyaeva/status/12 which includes another good quote:

> reminds me of something i heard once, "the lone woman on your team should receive hazard pay"

✅ Mastodon's interface sucks
✅ Mastodon is really bad at communicating functionality
❌ Mastodon should be like Twitter

Georgia's Whitefield Academy expels student for wearing a rainbow shirt in a Facebook photo

boingboing.net/2020/01/15/suff

@tao Mastodon is Crumbling and Many Blame the Platform's Inherent Resistance to the Exploiter Class

@tao I know what I miss the most about centralized websites is their ability to sell my information to corporations so they can regurgitate ads into my feed on the regular.

I can't adequately express how much I enjoy having messy and complicated discussions.

Discussions where we're both a bit outside of our comfort zones and trying to not fall back into the vortex of our own subjectivity and biases.

I love it when we *try*. That's the whole thing for me.

There has never been a space that let me stretch into uncomfortable places that held the key to real understanding.

Being on the fedi allowed me to create it.

That is a significant shift in social media.

"This month we addressed the vulnerability CVE-2020-0601 in the usermode cryptographic library, CRYPT32.DLL, that affects Windows 10 systems." portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-U

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