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if you have 2/3 of a computer, you basically have 0 computers. if you have 2/3 of a donut, you basically have a donut. this is one reason why computers are so bad.

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the admin of a Mastodon instance should be called a Mastodontist. thanks

for instance, there's overwhelming evidence now that the collapse of free and local press in the US is directly attributable to Google and Facebook. whatever you might think about big state actor grappling with big corporate actor, removing one of the poisons that killed the press from the pond we're stuck in is a worthy harm reduction goal.

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The US Department of Justice plus 11 state attorneys general are officially suing Google for antitrust violations now. I've read part of the complaint and it sounds like they're serious and like they know what they're talking about. Press release here: justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-dep (peep that title)

Make of it what you will, but I do think that Google has been and continues to be extremely dangerous and I'll take any action by any actor that curbs its power.

please don't forget to sign up for my webinar, How Diversity And Inclusion Can Help You Capture Even More Economic Value, White Man

mental health 

some people's descriptions of how they've been reacting to recent world events, especially COVID-related events, sound an awful lot like how my depression feels when I'm having an episode.

petition to use "slop" in place of "feed", as in "gonna log on and check my newsslop"

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I will never think of the word "feed" as it applies to facebook, linkedin, etc in the same way again.

"As in animal husbandry, your information diet is engineered to maximize the yield of a business operation."

logicmag.io/care/informatics-o

only ever using MS Windows machines through a windowed remote desktop app makes me more happy than it should. something about isolating and containing a horrible mess.

a cool thing about the modern web is that if you're not using Google Chrome and a web site doesn't work correctly, you can almost always install a browser plugin that makes your web browser pretend to be Google Chrome, after which the web site will work. this is referred to as progress.

my unipolar depression slack channel is a group of ten people posting nothing until, once every two years or so, someone posts "blergh"

if you have 2/3 of a computer, you basically have 0 computers. if you have 2/3 of a donut, you basically have a donut. this is one reason why computers are so bad.

and I'm not trying to say ~the law is good~ because lol. rather, that much as it sucks US capitalism does have rules, and they were already stacked heavily in favor of entities like Uber. but Uber couldn't exist under those rules. they had to cheat them and fight to rewrite them to make them worse.

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Uber should never have been allowed to come into existence the way that it did. it was obvious from day one that they were using massive amounts of money to create and exploit legal loopholes. it was and continues to be a fraud.

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