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The introductions here make Fosstodon what it is. I postponed mine long enough. Some might have noticed me around already.

I am happy to have joined Mastodon and Fosstodon in particular, finding here many cool and interesting minds engaging with things that interest me, like free software, privacy and the politics of our changing world. I like how reading your toots expands my view.

Most importantly I have joined because I believe in the power of freeing our conversations.

RT @Rainmaker1973@twitter.com

This is a recently discovered illusion, and it’s really quite striking. The strange effect is called the ‘curvature blindness’ illusion bit.ly/2j8khqV

👀 'Towards fungal computer' 

It's ridiculous how many websites are just text and images but won't load/render without a half dozen or more 3rd party javascript files loaded. The cesspool web.

My uncle (111 M) gifted me (33 M) a ring before leaving to go travelling. A close family friend (2019 M) told me to destroy the ring due to problematic associations with the jeweller who made it, but the ring is precious to me and I would feel guilty throwing it away. AITA?
#lotr

Last week, I was attending a fascinating lecture about India, titled: "India, an invisble country".

The speaker is Fons Stoelinga, the Dutch ambassador to India from 2012-2018.

He says that the challenges India faces are unprecedented, and he easily grabbed my attention for 1,5 hours.

He talks about culture, politics, Hindu-nationalism and the justice system.

Please share what you think!

The video can be found online:
vimeo.com/386817594

@sanjayuvacha
@noorul
@gautambhatia

Software is like an onion. If you open up the inner layers you start crying

If you can't fix it, you don't own it.

Repair:
- Is better than recycling
- Saves you money
- Teaches engineering
- Saves the planet

ifixit.com/Manifesto

Linux was a scam invented in the 90's to sell more stickers.

What are some good sites for tech/Linux news things?

I'm not surprised and still disappointed at the lack of outrage on the persecution of Glenn #Greenwald (for 'cyber crimes') because of the great, and embarrassing for the Brazilian gov, journalism he (and his team) did: theintercept.com/series/secret

It's sad to see how gullible and short sighted many people are and believe the persecution is justified because 'hacking is a crime'.

After #Assange this is the 2nd high-profile journalist under attack.
Are people really that eager for authoritarianism?

USA geoblocking EU citizens 

Great podcast, great episode on Cassandra.

"This week on Hidden Brain, we look into the psychology of warnings. We'll turn to an unusual source — an ancient myth about the cursed prophet Cassandra — to understand why some warnings fail."

npr.org/2020/01/17/797357603/t

"At the end of the day, if you completely trust the Trump administration and Alphabet to decide what’s best for the world when it comes to regulating AI, there’s nothing to worry about."

thenextweb.com/artificial-inte

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