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BULLETIN: A federal judge has set a tentative trial hearing date of Big Publishing's lawsuit against the Internet Archive on November 2021.

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Activists rally to save Internet Archive as a lawsuit from publishers threaten to shut it down

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.

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Publishers/authors are trying to officially kill the Internet Archive

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.

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For those new or want to be reaquainted, here's some hashtags to what I'm all about. If you relate to any ot these, I would love to meet you!

Salesforce is in talks to acquire Slack and a deal could be announced as soon as Monday

Should read those last two boosts since it's important.

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The Shitty Tech Adoption Curve describes the process by which oppressive technology is normalized and distributed through all levels of society. The more privilege someone has, the harder it is to coerce them to use dehumanizing tech, so it starts with marginalized people.


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Publishing is dominated by just five giant players: Penguin Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Harpercollins and Macmillan.

Within that five-company oligarchy, one company stands out as a true monopolist: Penguin Random House, the megafirm created when Random House's owner, Bertelsmann, executed a merger-to-monopoly by buying Penguin in 2013.


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"You can beat Google by putting privacy first"

Congrats to hCaptcha! "Now the Largest Independent CAPTCHA Service, Runs on 15% Of The Internet"

We're very happy with their service at @plausible, saved us from spam attacks!

Hell yeah we should be concerned that nearly half of the Internet gets taken down in the blink of an eye due to a single cloud outage.

A new company from the ashes of Essential is born, let's hope this new company doesn't repeat the same blunders now that Rubin's not involved.

Checked out FlightRadar24's latest flight data and OMG, people just don't listen.

Wow, huge actively-exploited backdoors on cheap Jetstream and Wavlink routers sold at Walmart, Amazon, and eBay. Buyer beware...

Do me a favor and stop using Firefox at this point. Mozilla have lost their way for years and that last last boost is just the continued path to irrelevance if not already there.

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There's a new "experimental feature" being tested in Firefox 83: sponsored sites in the URL bar.

"Mozilla works with advertising partners to place sponsored tiles on the Firefox home page (or New Tab) that would be useful to Firefox users. Mozilla is paid when users click on sponsored tiles."

You can disable this by setting `browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.showSponsoredTopSites` to `false`.

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So basically starting on January 4th, Google will block sign-ins from embedded browser frameworks which isn't looking too good for the overall health of the web.

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"This block affects CEF-based apps and other non-supported browsers." It says: "We do not allow sign-in from browsers based on frameworks like CEF or Embedded Internet Explorer." Clearly CEF is the main target, but I guess WebKit (and likely also QtWebEngine) is at
risk too; even if we're not mentioned directly, it seems pretty clear that WebKitGTK, WPE, PlayStation and WinCairo ports, etc. are all likely non-grata."

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"But if Google does this properly and uses more sophisticated browser fingerprinting techniques, Epiphany is done for. This could be an existential threat for non-Safari WebKit browsers. Nobody is going to be interested in using a browser that doesn't support Google websites. Google's expressly-stated goal is to block embedded browser frameworks and non-supported browsers from signing into Google accounts."

The New England and Mid-Atlantic areas were the last in the US that Comcast hadn't yet implemented arbitrary, bullshit usage caps and overage fees.

Today, they just deliver two middle fingers on those consumers who are using their bandwidth more than ever during a pandemic.

A reminder that usage caps on fixed broadband lines have no technical justification and exist exclusively to exploit monopolized markets and thus Comcast says fuck you.

covid - holidays 

So the TSA announced it brought 1.2 million people into it's checkpoints.

I feel December is going to be hell, and these people that went through there airports are going to be the main culprits among others.

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hello everyone. I'm new here. what's the best way to find and follow people with similar interests to me?

I have played Beach Head 2 a lot and glad there's a longplay that exist!

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Did you know there was a version of BBCBASIC with SDL graphics for Android?

I didn't.

Now we both do!

Full screen graphics seem a little clunky on the Tauon, I'm not sure how much acceleration SDL gets on this hardware.

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