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@gargron It's social media, but anyone can provide it, just like email.


Realize that the person you're talking to doesn't realize you can have email outside of Gmail.

Requiring to install an app to offer you a service offline is actually quite disrespectful and impolite.

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The fact that is considered legal for a corporation to compile perfect records of your private life simply because you had to "click OK to continue" to make your phone work is a perfect expression of who holds the power in society and why they should be cast into the sea.

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"We learned from big tobacco how outsized interests create entire ecosystems to influence and manipulate both civil society and policymakers. Based on my experience of and encounters with the big tech platforms from inside the EU over 12 years, I have formed the view that the Brussels policy community has been, and still insidiously is, in the grip of this corporate class – the biggest the world has ever seen."


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Smartphones have so many useless sensors nowadays, yet still don't have a thermometer.

Want to measure magnetic fields? Sure! Air pressure? Of course! Acceleration? Definitely! Exact orientation of the device? Sure! Heart rate? You bet! Blood oxygen saturation? Who needs a doctor when you have an app!

Air temperature? How hold on there turbo, let's not go overboard on the sensors!

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Don’t give Twitter any more of your mindshare or content. Write long form on your blog where it truly belongs.

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@bonfire is a new federated network for individuals and communities to design, operate and control their own digital lives. It's support #ActivityPub 👍

You can help Bonfire by becoming a beta tester today: bonfirenetworks.org/posts/meet

In my opinion, the whole #Bonfire UI is adorable and promising :owi:

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Something a bit different today...

There's a really nice Fediverse admin on here called @stux who provides lots of free decentralised public services (public instances of Mastodon, PeerTube, Pixelfed, Matrix, Nitter, Invidious, Searx etc).

Stux is spending hundreds of euros a month so that these services remain free and operational.

Apparently Stux has had a tough time finding work recently, but has their own small business which provides web hosting.

If you're looking for a small indie hosting provider, this might be a really good choice as the money raised will help keep the Fedi going too:

➡️ stuxhost.com

(I'm sorry to embarass you Stux, but I think you deserve a shout-out for the good work you do!)

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If you are in the EU and have not yet heard of this vote. There is a European's citizens Initiative for a Universal Basic Income. This is an EU binding vote. eci.ec.europa.eu/014/public/#/ . There is only 5 days left and over 700,000 votes still needed. Please vote.

Me: *change matrix profile picture*
Matrix: *notifies half of the human population*
Me: *promise myself not to change my profile picture ever again*

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Okay I've added a bunch more #Fediverse services here! social.as/fediverse

Tomorrow perhaps some more :blobcatgiggle: :fediverse:

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I need to find an alternative to DuckDuckGo. Any suggestions?

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is there a fediverse alternative for snapchat?

Which app for 2FA you can recommend me? Ideally open-source.

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Your preferred way to store files in the cloud: #poll

Big Tech services: Google Drive/Cloud, Amazon Drive/AWS S3, Microsoft OneDrive, etc.

Other proprietary solutions: DropBox, Backblaze, pCloud, etc.

Open source solutions (Nextcloud, etc.) on servers you don't manage (hosting services).

Open source solutions (Nextcloud, etc.) on servers you manage (local, VPS, etc.). Includes P2P, like Syncthing.

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