Since I deleted my Instagram, I still reflexively tap on the location of where it's app-icon used to be. That indicates just how addictive these apps are.

Overall, which one would you use?

Please boost.

Police are starting to turn those Ring doorbells into an always on surveillance network. So, if you have one you are now literally snitching on your neighbors to the state. Throw it away.

vice.com/en/article/v7memd/pol

I'm going to try and do a little here, and I really liked the way @minkiu added a bit about each person, so here we go:

@kev / @mike - The Admins behind Fosstodon.org

@sylvia_ritter - You may recognise some of the artwork if you're an Ubuntu fan ;)

@dajbelshaw - A friendly chap with some interesting blogs to follow

@keyoxide - An alternative to Keybase to establish your online identity

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If you'd like to participate, give @FollowFriday a follow!

"At the end of the day, we have to manufacture our own meaning, our own purpose — we have to manufacture coherence… to make sense of existence. And when you manufacture purpose, that doesn’t make it artificial — that makes it so much more noble than accepting purpose that is thrust upon you from the outer world." - Brian Greene 2/2

"When you recognize that we are the product of purposeless, mindless laws of physics playing themselves out on our particles — because we are, all, bags of particles — it changes the way you search for meaning and purpose: You recognize that looking out to the cosmos to find some answer that’s sort of floating out there in the void is just facing the wrong direction..." 1/2

So Apple just threw the baby out with the bathwater and killed offline web apps (unless you’re cool with all your data being deleted if you don’t use an app for a week). You’d almost think they had an App Store to promote or something.

webkit.org/blog/10218/full-thi

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+ I'm old enough to remember the Web of the 1990s/ 2000s.
It was a maze. You followed hypertext links, stumbled into forums and early troll-caves, used Slashdot and GoTo, experimented with LiveJournal and Blogger.

It wasn't safe, it was filled with weirdness, appealed heavily to geeks and loners. Being on the web in that era was a serious trip.

But it wasn't corporate. It wasn't the tool of major governments, yet. It was defiantly decentralised, and when you were online...

... you felt free.

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"Challenges in the Decentralised Web: The Mastodon Case" (PDF) emilianodc.com/PAPERS/mastodon

Interesting academic paper analyzing the fediverse and how different instances and users are connected to one another. It's cool that the Mastodon API is open enough that researchers can do this kind of work.

Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.

I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.

Boosts gratefully appreciated.

#gittutors

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UK politics 

So a non-elected parliamentary leader will ask a regent with government control to absolve the parliament?
Fair enough, this has surely been done before in history and that have all went [check history books] .... oh christ... well, good luck!

Me as a kid when I started to learn programming: "This is really exciting, but I can't imagine any piece of software I can write. Everything already exists…"
Me now: "How do I find the time to build all these things I want?"

ICANN granted Amazon.com the domain '.amazon' today, rather than the entire geographic region of the Amazon Basin.

Acts like this are colonial, obviously, but also a slap in the face to early internet promises of global representation + shared power. Its really sad.

mashable.com/article/amazon-do

#GAFAM #GAFA #amazon

(via everest-pipkin.com/ , thanks ! )

Not sure I got close enough to Fitz and the Tantrums on Thursday night at Res Hat Summit.

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