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One of the neatest tricks Big Tech ever pulled was convincing people that phones weren't general-purpose computers and should have different rules than laptops or desktops. These rules conveniently give the vendor more control.

Now these rules are moving to laptops and desktops.

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#apconf2020's live parts are now open to non-registrants... in ~15 minutes I'll be doing my Q&A on "Spritely & Federation Futures" and there's plenty of other great talks lined up too! conf.activitypub.rocks/#live

See you at the Q&A!

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We managed to release a podcast episode in the middle of hosting a conference!

This week we talk about the Ethics of Agency: fossandcrafts.org/episodes/11-

Now time for the #apconf2020 opening keynote!

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DRM is one of the real killers for new platforms. Paying customers can’t access services like Netflix or Hulu on their devices. They can’t even read their books on them.

DRM is anti-competitive and anti-consumer.

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spritely logo heavily WIP stuff 

It's VERY early, but I'm thinking of taking Spritely's logo in an intentionally very different logo than most social networks. Instead of the standard simple, modern, minimal SVG, something that looks very painted and intentionally like something an art student's videogame logo might look like instead

What do people think of this direction? Obviously a lot needs to be done

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@unlofl For now, my recommendation is the latter. In the future, my goal is that people should be able to learn by immersion: if you open up a game and you have the authority to edit a game object, just click on it and write some new NPC code. Learn by doing!

But for now, yeah you gotta learn racket and read the docs and shit ;)

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I believe this is satire????

Why obscurity through security (or whatever this may be called) is really really important.

discover.realvnc.com/blog/the-

#floss #opensource #freesoftware #fsfe

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IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL TIMELORDS

The deadline for petitions for new assignments is rapidly approaching and submissions postmarked after ...

... oh, who am I kidding?

#JustTimelordThings

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Try our app, it's exactly like our website down to the pixel except for how it accesses your contacts, location, microphone, pictures and camera and it's not always nagging you to try our app.

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Disturbing reports that Google Play is threatening to kick out Mastodon apps. See:

mastodon.social/@Gargron/10476

toot.fedilab.app/@fedilab/1047

App stores have a track record of acting capriciously & are also easy targets for gov't censors (including Trump). This is why alternatives like @fdroidorg are so important for user freedom.

If unfamiliar: F-Droid is a free & open source app you can use to install other Android apps, with focus on free & open source software. Get it here:

f-droid.org/

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VR can’t follow the trail left by smartphones and IoT— we need strong privacy protections before it’s too late eff.org/deeplinks/2020/08/if-p

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OH: "GNU Emacs, which is a sort of hybrid between Windows Notepad, a monolithic-kernel operating system, and the International Space Station."

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"After reading the manual, we think we know why they weren't for sale: *the device bricks itself after 343 uses*--which is slightly longer than the course of treatment her doctor prescribed.

"You can call the company to have it unbricked if your doctor prescribes a longer treatment."

Don't take his word for it. Read the manual.

exogen.com/wp-content/uploads/

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"Work" is defined as an activity directed towards a goal

I'd say "play" is the opposite of that - any activity that you do for the sake of the activity itself, without aiming towards a "goal"

We have this idea that work is for adults, play is for kids. As we grow up, we turn everything into a goal-directed activity.

We play a sport to win, or to stay healthy. We draw to create something beautiful. We cook to make food. We climb an obstacle to get to the other side. We read a book to finish it. We watch a movie in the evening to relax, and then are confused when we can't.

Capitalism brainwashes you into thinking that you've grown out of playing. It wants you to think that you can't possibly enjoy an activity for its own sake anymore, so you need an "incentive"

Don't fall for it, and play as often as you can

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“But safety is only one attraction of in-cabin monitoring. The systems also hold huge potential for harvesting the kind of behavioral data that Google, Facebook, and other surveillance capitalists have exploited to target ads and influence purchasing habits.”

vice.com/en_us/article/m7jpmp/

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