nanowrimo but for things like creating something everyone in your local community can use and derive benefit from

I dunno, just fuckin paying people to quit their nonsense jobs for websites or Jamba Juice and instead paying them $30/hr to install solar panels, plant trees, build high speed internet, retrofit buildings and build up public transit would solve a lot of problems I think

A take on white culture 

Facebook Messenger still scans all messages, even with end-to-end encryption. Scanning is done locally on the device before text messages are sent and after received messages are decrypted.

Facebook privacy lol

forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/

A toot's got me wondering about the nature of consent in a specific way; I won't ever have an Alexa or anything like it, and maybe you won't either; but other people will.

And now I'm thinking, if you have one of these lumps of spyware in your home, should you be *required* to offer a formal warning to any visitors? I think so; you're required to place CCTV warnings if you run CCTV, and if anything systems like Alexa are more invasive, not less.

The data from a CCTV system might never leave the premises; the data from these "assistants" goes **directly** to servers outside either your *or* your host's control, where your voice may be datamined for any damned purpose the server owners choose.

Don't feel bad about saying "I don't wanna come over, you've got an Alexa running." It's not paranoia to be creeped out by AIs (or persons) unknown listening to your private conversations. It's *normal*. You don't *need* anything to "hide" for you desire not to *share* to be valid.

You can't convince me that blocking all this shit is the true evil. The true evil is that this shit is there in the first place.

in case you missed the paywall skip extension for firefox before it got taken down by mozilla, here's a direct download link. go back to reading news sites without limits

github.com/andreicristianpetcu

I hope eventually the pendulum swings the other way, and we move away from the Generation Sell mindset (nytimes.com/2011/11/13/opinion) and back towards a more Gen X-like suspicion of marketing, promotion, and commercialism (or more succinctly: "bullshit")

"the ads don't bother me much. i hardly notice them anymore" is such a cursed thing to hear, every time i hear it

homelessness 

someone please add a "save toot" feature to Mastodon. sometimes I encounter links and want to come back to them later

Very Important, but: death, fascism 

tiny thing to fight surveillance capitalism 

Dear white, male, cis, straight allies in tech: We need you out there de-radicalizing your racist, sexist techbros friends and coworkers (who are much more likely to listen to you than any of us) more than we need your code. Thank you.

@switchingsocial

Have you seen this list of alternatives to Amazon's offerings? Not all entirely free/open, but definitely some options to say "not Amazon"

threshold.us/c/cancelprime/ama

doctor mention, vent 

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