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Bjørn Stærk

"as a child, my parents were murdered right in front of me by an airplane and a witch stole my birthday. i swore two oaths – 'fuck!' and also 'shit!' – that very night. now, by day, i am charles entertainment cheese, billionaire playboy and birthday philanthropist. by night, i am PIZZA RAT"

*we're engaging in rigorous intellectual debate*

me: ... therefore, my argument is correct. Now, look at this picture of a lovely dog

you: this is the Nice Dog Fallacy!!! Nice Dog Fallacy!!!!!!!

crowd: *murmuring* it is a very nice dog though

Tilfeldig reiseoppdagelse: Frankrike er et fint land å få tannproblemer i. Bruk og let etter engelsktalende tannlege.

I was on and Twitter in 2009, so bear with me for a long-term perspective. It's exciting to see how steadily the community is growing here. I see many toots that are boosted dozens of times. I see healthy discourse running through instances. I see "trending topics" without the advertising bs. I see accounts with hundreds of followers.

These are all the positive network effects that are crucial to a successful, organic growth. And they're happening. RIGHT NOW.

On the train from the Netherlands to France where it's spring and.. ah, a massive train strike.

A point about centralization which isn't often mentioned:

In any future wars, or civil wars, those large and expensively cooled warehouses full of servers are going to become primary targets. Take those out (or just their cooling system) and the communications infrastructure of a nation is heavily depleted.

I wrote an April Fools' thing but posted it another social network that is so new and cool that you haven't even heard of it yet. That's so sad for you!

7:30 i morges: “What’s that bloody sound?” “It’s the risen Christ. It’s the whole point of your religion.”

Yep. We understand that when the full might of a national government is focused on surveillance, it’s awfully hard for a band of scruffy privacy advocates to stand up to them.

What we don’t get is why you’re on their side.

Morality is an unspoken agreement between humans. Corporations can act human when it suits them, but they're closer to wild animals -- sometimes friendly, sometimes useful, sometimes harmful, but always with goals and incentives that are fundamentally unlike those of humans. You may feel a moral obligation towards a corporation or an animal, but it's one-sided: it feels no obligation whatsoever towards you.

David Gerrold not only predicted smartphones very accurately in 1999, he mentioned their implications, too:

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