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#onthisday (June 8) 1947, George Orwell's #NineteenEightyFour is first published. #Orwellian, #BigBrother, #thoughtcrime, and #Newspeak have entered common usage and become clarion calls in the internet age for ethical, privacy-conscious platforms.

BBC's China correspondent is locked out of WeChat (Chinese equivalent of Facebook) for 'spreading malicious rumours' after posting about Tiananmen Square memorials.

Then the app forces him to do a biometric faceprint to be logged back in.

Gee, I'm so glad that last bit is something that could never happen with Facebook or Google or Microsoft or Apple.

@kensanata @jalcine

"For example, users should be able to install style sheets, assistive browser extensions, and blockers of unwanted content [...]"

Oh, goodness.

A nice overview of my favourite podcast, the BHP (British History Podcast).

"With over 3k reviews and a loyal fan base, the British History Podcast recaps British #history by tapping into the humanity of the people of Britain & explaining the stories behind conflicts. Suffice it to say, this isn't your run-of-the-mill history podcast."

You can't save the climate by going vegan. Corporate polluters must be held accountable.

Many individual actions to slow the climate crisis are worth taking. But they distract from the systemic changes that are needed to avert this crisis


A part of the internet I'm becoming more and more enamored of is podcasts. They're still part of the "old web" - it's just RSS!

I also have to commend Apple for hosting an open directory of podcasts, and not trying to extract any rent on it, or run ads on it, or manipulate it with algorithms. My open-source podcast app can just search iTunes like it's no big deal.

My father was getting spam notification from chrome on his android... I opened the browser and at first I thought there was something very weird going on, the number of tabs showed as ":D". "Wait, how many tabs to you have open?" He went to show me "Only two apps!" "No.. tabs, let me show you *scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll*" "oh?!"
I closed 344 tabs.

Ridiculous, brilliant and absurd: dynamically generating a keyboard layout based on the most common letters that you're typing right now!

June 4th is the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre.

My tribute: The Tragedy of Innocence:

(thread, 1/3) I posted something about the US Patent Office's proposed new standards (which it seems they're already using), and how it's going to expand what Google can claim as property and limit what medical procedures are in the public domain.

Hey, Mastomind:

Who breaks your brain and rocks your world. I need some suggestions.

Tend toward thinky, systems, society, philosophy in interests, though I wander much afield.


GPUs are amazing. I generated these images at a full resolution of 12,288 x 24,576, each one taking a couple of minutes. My old python code would have taken most of a month to generate each of these!

As an investigative journalist, Chloe worked hard to protect her anonymity. Yet, when her source used TrueCaller, things changed

For those that are both #musicians, as well as fans of the #gopher protocol...

I thought I could use `aview` or `cacaview` to easily generate an ASCII art version of a cover for my (eventual) #gopherhole. They were not just unscriptable, they were pretty hard to use.

What worked for me?

I took my 2000x2000 cover image and loaded it in the #GIMP. I rescaled the image to 80x40, then had the GIMP export to a 'txt' file. Boom. Perfect. (It uses 2x2 px per char, half-width font. Makes 40x20.)

A year ago I tried learning ActivityPub, and more or less failed. I was confounded by a spec that was so abstract I couldn't make heads or tails of it. Turns out I was missing some key things.

I have written a guide to learning about ActivityPub that I wish existed a year ago when I first set out to learn how to write social media servers that conform to the spec:

Thoughts in the morning: In every word and sentence where "smart" appears, you can replace "smart" with " surveillance". This does not change the meaning, but puts it in a completely different context.

* Smart-Phone
* Smart-Device
* Smart-City
* ...

Command line 

capitalism encourages you to treat your body's exhaustion and physical/emotional limits as pushable, as suggestions instead of as legitimate. your body is not your enemy. your tiredness or hunger or emotionality is not an obsticle to overcome.

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