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My poetry, sad, hope, rough draft 

Painted nails chipped and dirty
Form a fist with skinned knuckles
Caught between redevelopments
Our city rendered unrecognisable
A watching eye on every corner
A cop in every phone
Unrecognisable regeneration
No space to feel alone

If one day we could tear it down
Every office block a home
Destroy every shopping centre
Every police station closed
Repurpose, redistribute
A seedling in sunlight grows
Rewild, regrow together
No need to feel alone

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HELL YES, I'M LGBT

Lets
Go
Bring down
The capitalist system

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spotify replacements/ alternatives 

Does anyone know a music player app with a cloud, or a cloud service designed for music? Meaning
-I can save mp3 files and access them on different devices without having to manually download them on every one
-I can save my music without having to save/ download everything
-I can create playlists, which also sync across devices

Signal messenger 

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There's also the fact that all subsequent libre messaging platforms inevitably have their UX measured against Signal. Is it as easy to use as Signal?

The gap is closing but I still don't think the UX of Matrix and XMPP are quite there yet.

For example, if you told your grandmother (who we assume to be less technical with all due respect to the hacker grannies), can you ask them to get setup with Matrix or to get setup with XMPP. What do you think is going to happen? I propose and I'm happy to be proved wrong by an actual UX study that it won't be as smooth as on boarding process as Signal.

I think the libre hacker community are right to critique Signal but we should also remember to critique ourselves and the alternatives we propose with the same rigour.

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And what I'd say to the libre/hacker communities is to bear in mind that Signal isn't designed for you.

I believe as a project, it was originally conceived as an intervention into the messaging space to promote what is now known as the Signal protocol.

It's actually been very successful at this as big messaging players such as WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, Google shit and Signal derivative such as Wire has adopted the protocol to various extents.

However, we know the implementation of E2E crypto into proprietary platforms is very problematic if there's no way to tell it's been implemented correctly.

It's also been useful for the libre software community. Olm on Matrix and OMEMO for XMPP are based on the Signal protocol and are probably the best hope for decentralised E2E encrypted communications. Though they have some advanatages over Signal, both of these platforms still don't perform as well in terms of metadata privacy as Signal.

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The project has made a bunch of (in my opinion) wrong turns in the past and I fear this will be another.

I'm sure they're doing a bunch of UX testing on everything they do but look, that isn't a golden ticket and it can lead you in the wrong direction also.

Incidentally, I can see that their nag UX strategy for creating a key for the remote SGX stuff doesn't work. Less technical folks just ignore the nagging "Verify your pin" box. It's just part of a UX pattern of "annoying pop ups that you ignore" that people are already familiar with.

I guess my point is that much as the Signal project is the poster child for open source UX, they can't magically solve the really difficult problems that everyone else is already grappling with.

They have a big of a start up public facing persona of "yeh, we'll definitely solve this hard problem". It comes across as arrogant to the wider libre community. A bit more self critique wouldn't go amiss.

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There is no doubt that the future of banking is going to be very mobile focussed.

You can see this with all the fintech being experimented with surrounding the Open Banking API.

However, no one has cracked the crypto currency that's actually usable for buying actual stuff problem. I don't know why the Signal think they will be the ones to solve it. The problems are obvious.

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Also I worry the problems they outlined in
signal.org/blog/update-on-beta are unfixable.

2, 3 and 4 are out of the project's control and they can't code their way out of those issues.

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It's very telling that the Signal team worked on this crypto stuff rather than being able to sign up without a phone number and idk some sort of Loomio style decision making features for groups.

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re: freeciv-anarchy, historians contribute? 

I'm looking for people who know their shit about anarchist history to help flesh out descriptions and city names for the anarchist civs as well as researching and suggesting new ones. I've edited the readme with where to look in the repo in order to help.

If you want to help and don't feel comfortable touching freeciv files feel free to open up an issue on the project with your contribution!

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I'm very spaced out rn watching a cat play jenga huh

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mastodon.social suspension 

Can someone whose account federates with mastodon.social confirm that both the FARC-EP & the ELN's accounts have been suspended from that instance?

Because if so, this shows that the ~progressive~ & ~left-wing~ credentials of fedi's flagship instance are even emptier than previously shown. Which was already pretty empty.

We were under the impression both of those organizations joined mastodon largely because they're ruthlessly suppressed on corporate social media, so...

mastodon.social/@FARCEP_OFICIA
mastodon.social/@eln_urbano

forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/20

Holy shit, this new WhatsApp vulnerability is wild.

Using two factor spam and a single social engineering email you can literally disable anyone who you know the phone number of's WhatsApp account.

And they won't patch it :blobfacepalm:

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This isn't in relation to any particular event, but it's a trend that I've been noticing for a while. Whenever there is a protest or other significant event it's increasingly difficult to search for it on the YouTubes or Birdsite and find people currently on the ground (i.e. not 8 hours ago) who are independent. Instead I increasingly only see highly edited and editorialized official news sources with their cookie-cutter talking points of the day. Even just raw footage would be preferable to me, because at least then I can make up my own mind.

What I think has been happening, perhaps accelerated by the last US presidency and the pandemic, is that the establishment has figured out how to manufacture consent in the internet era. Until recently mainstream news organizations often wouldn't send reporters to the scene. They said they didn't have the budget, or whatever. Now that seems to be going in reverse.

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#OtD 13 Apr 1916 Glasgow Corporation introduced a law restricting the right of free assembly. From 1922 the law started being enforced to prevent working class & radical meetings on Glasgow Green. After a decade of protests and riots the law was overturned libcom.org/history/articles/gl

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