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I will stop here with #Gab by removing the block feature inside the app in the next release.

My motivations:

- I didn't receive a reply from Google policy team about a potential ban of the application.
- Without the previous risk, I clearly think that's not my role. I can't hard-code instance blocks especially when every tools are here for that.
- If you want a strong block, it's in the hands of social network developers or your admins.

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WhatsApp, Signal, Threema, Telegram und Co. äußern sich zu Seehofers Plan, eine staatliche Hintertür in Messenger zu integrieren.

vice.com/de/article/7xgmka/see

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@fedilab
Thank you.

In these polarized times, it makes an important statement: that users should be free to choose who they listen to, and that we are all human and can share the benefits of wonderful free software like #fedilab

Space filling fractals can be used to efficiently display sorted data in 2d or 3d. Same technique is used in GPU:s to decrease cache misses by increasing locallity.

tbf-rnd.life/blog/2019/06/20/u

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@ChristiJunior @sandrockcstm I’m not a Nazi and I’m pretty sure Grandpa didn’t fight the Nazis so I could be called one by a mentally ill tranny.
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Due to the recent discussions about Tusky merging their Gab ban, I'm reposting my series "Imagine if _all_ applications were developed the same way as Fedi apps" with slightly improved screenshots and a new one.

Also, I'd like to clarify my stance on this matter since people thought I'd support Gab or that I'd make inaccurate comparisons.

My motivation for posting these screenshots is that I think blocks like this don't belong in software that is completely detached from the stuff it displays.
Kinds of software that belong in this category are web browsers, email clients, music players, text editors, and also Fedi apps such as Tusky or Fedilab. They are merely tools that allow people to use certain contents or services, but they don't host them and therefore aren't responsible for them.
To me, this isn't a matter of free speech or some free software principles. As a user, I simply don't want developers to force their personal/political opinions onto me in that way. And here is why:

Imagine if more software implemented various kinds of blocks against things the developer doesn't want to support. I'm sure many of you now may think "Cool, so they block things for bad people. How is this a problem?"

The problem is that your view of what "bad people" are or how they should be handled by the software doesn't necessarily have to agree with the developers' views.

A good example for this is the file browser screenshot: Among other files, the message lists a Torrent for an Arch Linux image as blocked. Most likely, the imaginary developer thinks that Torrents are used too often to distribute illegal things, so making them harder to use is more beneficial than not doing it. Would you agree with this?

In the long run, this problem may become worse. What if the political climate in our society shifted and over time, some of the opinions you or people you like/follow/... hold were considered harmful by many software developers? What if you were confronted with messages like the ones in the screenshots all the time because of that?

Many people don't expect that measures taken against "bad people" could ever affect them negatively. After all, they are good people.
This is actually very similar to discussions about privacy invasions, where there are people who "have nothing to hide" and therefore don't care about such problems.

That's the situation I was trying to convey with these screenshots in the same way Black Mirror shows how current technological trends could lead to negative impacts on our society.
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I use Feedly, not "social media", to follow writers, creators, journalists, webcomics, artists, and news sources. Why? Because: every post, every time, in order, on every device. No "engagement" control, no pay-for-eyeballs, no censorship, no deplatforming, no spyware, no "growth hacking". And if Feedly screws up or shuts down, I can take my opml file and pour it into one of many other SaaS or open source feedreaders, and continue right where I left off.

Stenography chorded typing allows for writing at well above 200 wpm.

A small experiment on the way to making that easier to use!

tbf-rnd.life/blog/2019/06/16/0

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Download podcast stream: Download all of the .m4s file and init segment( Usually loaded after .mpd and before normal .m4s and it's usually called *.mp4 or *.dash)
and $ cat initsegment.dash *.m4s > out.mp4
now you have one file, I prefer to convert it to ogg so: $ ffmpeg -i out.mp4 podcast.ogg

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Facebook bucks: a real-world Evil-Coin, with the ethics of Uber, the censorship resistance of Paypal, and the centralization of Visa, all tied together under the proven privacy of Facebook. Just what all of us have been waiting for!

wsj.com/articles/facebooks-new

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I'm not sure about "complete", but fairly comprehensive anyway.

"Alternatives to Google Products (Complete List) "

restoreprivacy.com/google-alte

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@ArdanianRight @siinaIn typical Maoist fashion, bloggers often disappear only to reappear saddened by their actions, apologizing on television and promising to “communicate values with more positive energy”.


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Businesses in England faces much larger threats than brexit. These tendencies to control every aspect on grounds of shaky and vague psychological concepts pose a serious threat to innovation. Who in their right mind would start a business there with the threat of being put under control of frankly a totalitarian ideology that is utterly unpredictable. I for one don't want the state meddling in my psyche.

bbc.co.uk/news/business-486286

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fern: a curses-based Mastodon client github.com/enkiv2/fern (by @enkiv2)

This is really neat! Love that the fediverse has a wealth of different clients with different philosophies.

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Tusky, Gab 

Most of us are much better with the right hand than the left, why use a keyboard that presumes equal functionality?
bit.ly/2WpRGzB

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@judgedread @Gargron @TBF @noirscape @romariorios If you're talking about a small and hated minority it can. Retarded SJW attempts to deplatform stuff 1/3rd of America believes in(especially a heavily armed 1/3rd) will not work and will backfire if they actually push it too far.
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@Gargron @romariorios @noirscape @TBF Of course you don't believe in a debate. And deplatforming works in terms of destroying relatively harmless attention whores like Milo who never had any substance to begin with. It most certainly has not stopped actual radicals, and if anything has made them more dangerous. Anglin has managed to survive way worse, and pushing more and more people off mainstream platforms only drives them into the arms of these more radical figures.
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@noirscape @Gargron @TBF @romariorios Why are the onlookers onlookers? Because they aren't satisfied with the standard answers.

The irony is that there are a lot of cartoonish people in the far-right world who don't get banned, because they are there to distract from more serious challenges to the Oligarchy.

Who did they go after this week? Some guy who made an effective jab at the legitimacy and competence of the Establishment (Pelosi). Meanwhile frog avatars still shout n***** on Twitter.

You can call for deplatforming and they will deplatform the organic voices that are the real threat to their power, leaving up the clowns as a release valve or honeytrap. People denied a voice act out, and then you vote for even more surveillance over yourself and restrictions of your own rights. Now there are even more dissatisfied people than there were before who are now going to try to look for answers.
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