Thank you to everyone who supported the project and spread the word.

I think 2019 will be the year of next generation fediverse projects like Anfora, Funkwhale, Go-Fed, PeerTube, Pixelfed, Plume, Prismo, Pterotype and WriteFreely. #activityPub #fediverse #federation

My friend @sandro (who also was the W3C staff member on the Social Working Group as it turns out) has put together a chart about "ways to harm people online" (whether you agree all are harms, most are, and all are claimed as such) that I think is really useful:

What's interesting is that most of these are about harm caused by *distributing* information.

The web browser Brave is marketed as a privacy-friendly ad-free alternative, but that's pretty disingenuous.

Brave exists not to protect privacy, but to make money from selling ads.

Brave is a commercial company funded by venture capital. Its business model is selling advertising and cryptocurrency investment.

One of Brave's owners is Peter Thiel's Founders Fund. Thiel is also the head of Palantir ( and on the board of Facebook.

I do not recommend using Brave.


Happy birthday to LISP 🎉

First unveiled in the 1960 paper titled "Recursive Functions of Symbolic Expressions and Their Computation by Machine"

oh my,

if I would be any good at (web) programming (and have some time on my hands) I would go hacking glitch-soc fork to add a functionality where you would simply drag/drop an audio file and then choose among about 10 different visualisations for the final video file embed generated on the server.

I mean if it's being done server-side for animated GIFs(!!) and WebM files (!!) why not for opus/mp3/ogg-vorbis/flacs?

I probably don't know what I'm talking about.

"Reporting about copyright infringement is not infringement. The few thumbnails—including a single image from American Gods—act as proof of the story being reported and certainly don’t replace watching entire episodes of television."

"EFF’s Tweet About an Overzealous DMCA Takedown Is Now Subject to an Overzealous Takedown"

@buoyantair Any claims to privacy when the software is completely proprietary are baseless.

TIL that Apple is also in the advertising business.

Fun with charts in #mcclim. #lisp

Same chart may be displayed in the listener as an ordinary output record and in a new window with the same command.

ICYMI: #FreeSoftware #Privacy developer Ola Bini, currently a major contributor to the OTR encrypted messaging protocol, has been detained with no or flimsy charges for 4+ days and counting in Ecuador. "Evidence" included having technical books and too many devices. They say he'll be held up to 90 days while they "develop charges" against him.

#FreeOlaBini #OpenSource #FLOSS #FOSS #surveilancecapitalism

'if you're a user you should change your password now.'

It's running again, but:
'The hacker exploited a vulnerability in our production infrastructure'

#infosec #matrix

Techie friends: if you haven’t started using Mosh (vs SSH) yet, you should. The short version is that it’s SSH over UDP, so it’s connectionless and you don’t get disconnected whenever your IP changes (like you walk into work and your phone jumps from LTE to Wi-Fi) or your laptop goes to sleep. It also has much better interactive latency, especially on slow mobile networks. “The user pressed ‘A’ and isn’t in Vim’s command mode. I’ll display a proposed ‘A’ then unless the server tells me not to.”

How To Be An Ethical Consumer:

- Don't buy from Amazon
- Spend half an hour researching where else you can buy the thing you want
- Order it from a small business
- The small business orders it from Amazon and just has it shipped to you
- Oh no
- There's no ethical consumption in a system with these fucked up power dynamics

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