Since it's a new year, a #introductions refresh for those new or want to get a reminder of who I'm about:
Here's some hashtags to what I'm all about. If you relate to any of these, I would love to interact with you all!
Activists rally to save Internet Archive as a lawsuit from publishers threaten to shut it down https://decrypt.co/31906/activists-rally-save-internet-archive-lawsuit-threatens
If people are smart, it's time to archive the Archive right now. In other words, fork it and turn it unto a decentralized platform. I hope someone out there is working on that.
Plus you have to think libraries need some decentralization as well as this lawsuit could kill libraries as we know them.
Publishers/authors are trying to officially kill the Internet Archive https://torrentfreak.com/publishers-sue-the-internet-archive-over-its-open-library-declare-it-a-pirate-site-200601/
It's become very clear that these publishers and authors want to kill libraries and it would be a dangerous precedent if they win.
For example: libraries never needed permission to lend books, and these same publishers are trying to change that with this suit. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200519/13244644530/libraries-have-never-needed-permission-to-lend-books-move-to-change-that-is-big-problem.shtml
This weekend my daughter went to continue reading an ebook she has available to her from her public elementary school on the Epic Reading Platform https://www.getepic.com/sign-in
She got an error message saying that the book was only available on school days and to read on the weekend she would need to subscribe for $9.99/month.
It looks like a #SDF #Mastodon update at the end of 2021 caused a number of instances from other parts of the #fediverse to lose follower/following status from SDF users. I lost about half of the accounts I was following and a somewhat smaller proportion of followers.
If I was following you, or you were following me, and the connection was lost, it wasn't intentional! Please re-follow or remind me that I used to follow. I'd hate to lose that good #retrocomputing or #floss content!
If you're in the US, you have to contact your elected officials on this because what the #IRS is doing that will soon require to use a third-party for profit service called id dot me to do business with the IRS online is going to be a total disaster to our #privacy, #security, and #humanrights. Here's a birdsite thread (via nitter) on this. https://nitter.net/kurtopsahl/status/1484276325258973185#m
Main article is here: https://gizmodo.com/irs-will-require-facial-recognition-scans-to-access-you-1848387715
Astronaut Mark Kelly once smuggled a full gorilla suit on board the International Space Station. He didn't tell anyone about it. One day, without anyone knowing, he put it on... #ISS
Another milestone for the #JamesWebb #Space Telescope, shaping up to be the technological marvel of our times... https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2022/01/19/webb-mirror-segment-deployments-complete/
A update thread on the #DigitalServicesAct over in the EU which would affect people like you and me globally eventually. https://chaos.social/@echo_pbreyer/107654618093107540
🇬🇧 Huge successes and major setbacks after the vote on the #DigitalServicesAct. We won backing for a right to use services anonymously, but there will be mandatory 📱number registration for adult content creators.
Find out who supported and who opposed your digital rights 🧵⬇
birdsite - ponzi scheme
To simplify for you, they just launched their N/F/T tools.
More from Andi McClure here: https://nitter.net/mcclure111/status/1484269432495038467#m
This was in the works since last September: https://nitter.net/mcclure111/status/1443375260305350664#m
If you have a G Suite free legacy account, it's now time to start paying or lose account access. https://9to5google.com/2022/01/19/g-suite-legacy-free-edition/
Glad I didn't fall for this back in 2009.
1Password has raised a $620 million Series C with a $6.8 billion valuation. It's become very clear that they have abandoned the consumer users that made them in the first place and they have put their focus on business and enterprise customers first. It's sad on what they have become. https://mjtsai.com/blog/2022/01/19/1password-series-c-funding-round/
Around Dec 31/Jan 1 the mastodon.sdf.org configuration change/upgrade to Mastodon 3.4.4 resulted in inadvertent disconnections with some instances (two named: fosstodon.org and dobbs.town) and with locked accounts of other instances.
Users of other instances might not notice this disconnect.
I 'lost' roughly 43% of following/followers since Jan 1. If we've interacted, and you have a locked account outside my local instance, DM me so I can refollow you if necessary.
Mostly tech, IT, culture, off topic stuff here but I'm versatile.
Does some code and side projects galore.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko