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We’ve built a new site to tell you whether or not you are a test subject in Google’s latest tracking experiment. Visit Am I FLoC’ed to see if your browser is putting you into one of their new advertising categories. amifloced.org

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Signal, WhatsApp, shitcoins 

Now that Signal is bundling a shitcoin and everyone is saying “b-but I just convinced like all 127 of my friends to switch from WA”, I feel I need to link this article again: Whatsapp and the domestication of users

Sequel: Keeping platforms open.

Platforms covered across both articles:

WhatsApp
Firefox + the Web
Signal
XMPP
Email
Matrix
(briefly) programming languages

Recognize the potential consequences of getting everyone on a platform before you make recommendations.

Reblogs welcome.

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Illinois’ biometric privacy law shows the data-surveillance machine can be tamed. “The status quo is not preordained,” says EFF Senior Staff Attorney @adam_d_schwartz nytimes.com/2021/02/23/technol

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Working a bit on mastofs a tool to expose Mastodon API as a 9P filesystem #thefutureisfiles

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@icedquinn @flip sending people over to Amazon to buy shit is the last thing I'll do.

@strypey Matrix's current level complexity is already a burden on non-VC-funded Matrix clients, many of which are still lagging behind Element. I would rather see the majority of Matrix clients implement E2EE before they have to start worrying about social media features. I'd also would rather not burden ActivityPub clients and servers with support for Matrix's features, unless there's a really clear benefit to doing so, which at this point I don't see, though I might be persuaded otherwise.

@strypey Rather than "as much as humanly possible" I would say "in situations where the benefits outweigh the costs." Federation or bridging puts a burden on the protocols, servers, and clients involved to either increase their own complexity to accomodate each other's network-facing features, or suffer degraded UX. More complexity means more work/people/funding needed to create or maintain an implementation, which makes it harder to avoid centralization.

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@thor It's just one of the classic naming fails: Oh this thing is doing something better/more important than this other thing. Lets name it super-thing. Then later they notice that there is another that does it even better. If you repeat that a few times you get close to
Final_Final_v4_reallyFinal2(7).pdf

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some alarming climate stats

# bitcoin
685 kWh per transaction
326 Kg of CO2
equivalent to 100,000 VISA transactions.

# ethereum
35 kWh per transaction
20 Kg of CO2
equivalent to driving car 100km or electricity consumption of a European for 4 days

memoakten.medium.com/the-unrea

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Even more important to never forget:
Technical solution mean only as much as the cultural space they are applied to. No need to welcome fascists disguised under a "free speech" argument.

Good to know:
fash aren't welcome here.

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If you needed any more reason to sell your crypto currency’s and run away this is it. nature.com/articles/s41558-018

Bitcoin emissions alone could push us above 2C warming.

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So signal is having technical difficulties due to user influx. Signal didn't want to decentralize because it wanted to be able to continue to provide a reliable exoerience. Yet here they are unable to provide a reliable experience BECAUSE they are centralized.

#signalmessenger

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