Note that the laptop will be used by a person of age 60 who has always used Windows.

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Any suggestions for a distro suitable for 32 bit old notebook with 2 GB ram?
I installed Antix and it runs okay but Netflix streaming is very very bad.
I also tried to use Zorin OS but WiFi didn't work.

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May America heal (uspol) 

May Biden heal USA and bring it back to regular feel-good non-ugly political discourse of subjugation of sovereign countries to export democracy, covering up of war crimes in the name of national security, leading the global efforts for actionless (non)mitigation of climate change, controlling more minerals and oil worldwide, addressing institutional racism with token rewards of positions to black people and spending more on military to keep the world safe from itself.

@briar I have a question. If state gets their hands on a phone of some journalist or activist with Briar installed and used for communication, will they be able to access all chats?

In India, the way police access E2EE is that they physically access the phones and clone them. Then they scroll through chats from the cloned phone. They have done it often for WhatsApp and Telegram..

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Would you use Briar more often, if you could easily use it with @tails?

How much should it cost to admin a mastodon instance of say 1000 people?

Facebook double standard 

While Facebook banned Trump about a week before the end of the term, does Facebook behave similarly in India?

Hypocrisy of the surveillance monopolies is not even astonishing anymore. After all, the profits never really have a conscience.


This van actually make the problem worse, brainwashing more severe. Since people in these closed groups will have less exposure to outside views.

There is no alternative to humane engagement with these people. Online or offline.

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Blocking Trump and gang from Twitter will have some unintended consequences. The fringe discourse will shift to more untraceable places like WhatsApp groups, Telegram channels, Mastodon instances, mailing lists etc.

That may actually exacerbate the problems. Making technology unavailable to someone doesn't work in 21st century. You cannot stop any fringe movement by mere suppression. Banning from Twitter isn't the same as shutting down printing press of fascists in early 20th century.

@SenojEkul @hurtado

I don't know if you followed, but other countries where the corporations are aligned with the government, the arbitration is pathetic. For example in India. There were newspaper reports that the internal documents of these companies showed that the company refused to block dangerous right wing content because that would affect their business. Also, returning the favor, governments have not regulated data theft by these big companies.

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The shutting down of Trump's all social media accounts by all the surveillance monopolies has some important lesson.

The monopolies have vast powers of arbitrary banning or content prohibition. For now, they have used it against Trump, a villain for everyone. But the fact remains that the company officials have become authoritarian arbitrators of democratic free speech.

How will they use this enormous power when someone challenges these companies politically, tries to hold them accountable?

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RIP , 8 years already : « Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage […] is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. »

Yea, state can co-opt racism, xenophobia, gender bias etc but that doesn't mean it spares the privileged race, ethnicity or gender.

The reason why the police was so soft on the white male trumpists' was because it didn't challenge the state in any serious way.

The state also haunts white middle class males like Assange or Snowden like a hungry hawk.

So we should stop with over fetishizing about the identity based bias of state. The primary bias of the state has always been political.

The liberal sensitivities are shaken up by the attack on Capitol. But the attack was nothing more than a spectacle. It did not have any potency of successful power seizure. It is funny that now a reactionary gimmick is now portrayed as the historic attack on great American democracy. In truth, the common people of any political inclination see the Capitol as an oligarchic institution. So the attack should rather be seen as infighting between the liberals and trumpists.

Elon Musk is part of the problem. He is blind to any decentralized and democratic solution like Matrix or XMPP. This stand is in fact analogous to his preference of luxury electric cars over a robust and far reaching public transport.

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the real tragedy of the effort towards better handling of digital Arabic text is that even our loftiest goals are a compromise. most systems can't even do the super basic A in the first image correctly. few can pull off B, allowing letters to stack and bend, preserving some of the flourish and nuance of the script. the second image -- which is still text! -- is just not on the table. it's the kind of thing we're leaving behind to exist on computers.

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