I don't believe in global warming, evolution, or vaccines. The only thing I believe in is mood rings, and you can take mine from my cold dead finger.

When you're talking about Linux, it's okay to say that it's "open source".

It's okay to say that it's "free software".

It's okay to call it "GNU/Linux", "Linux", or to mess up its name.

It's okay to refer to it as "the one with the friendly penguin".

Part of RMS' legacy has been an incessant obsession with terminology and pedantry, overshadowing far more important shared objectives which are fundamentally emancipatory in nature.

Pedantry is not activism; it is alienating, not emancipatory.

In which The American Conservative argues that Kids These Days™ are too fat, ugly, poorly dressed, and gay to being having sex anymore.

theamericanconservative.com/dr

Finished "You Look Like A Thing and I Love You" by @janellecshane

It is a wonderful light-hearted read about the current state of AI, how it works and how it doesn't work. It is easily the funniest non-fiction book about AI on the market.

"“Five people requested a name change today and another six yesterday,” said Ou Minxin, an official at a local household registration office in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second-largest city. “We have seen changed names such as ‘Hotness Salmon,’ ‘Dip Wasabi and Eat Salmon,’ and ‘Can’t Help but Want to Eat Free Salmon.’ ”

Ou said most of them changed their names back after having a meal. “It has indeed added to our workload, but it is quite interesting,” he said."

washingtonpost.com/world/asia_

Accessing my own self hosted pod for a federated social network over Tor sounds like the correct amount paranoia for me.

#LibreLingo the FLOSS alternative to DuoLingo finally has an account on the fediverse!
Follow @librelingo and hopefully if they get some following here they might post updates about its progress.

Public IP addresses that begin with "192." are the worst.

@guardianproject @fdroidorg
Popularity Contest aka F-Droid #Metrics is now posted as a merge request, it should be included in the v1.12-alpha1 which will be out soon.

gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroidclient

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My ebooks and audiobooks (from @torbooks, @HoZ_Books, @mcsweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements."

craphound.com/shop/

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So this happened in my home town. Police seized the computing devices of a local scientist who was fired from DoH because they wanted her to downplay the Covid-19 statistics.

twitter.com/GeoRebekah/status/

My latest novel is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books. @washingtonpost called it "a political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance."

Get signed books from @darkdel: darkdel.com/store/p1840/Availa

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III. A government may order the company to attack users.

In 2017 Apple removed working VPNs from its Chinese app stores as part of the Chinese state's mass surveillance program (1m members of religious minorities were subsequently sent to concentration camps).

Apple's trusted computing prevents users from loading apps that aren't in its app stores, meaning that Apple's decisions about which apps you can run on your Iphone are binding on you, even if you disagree.

reuters.com/article/us-china-a

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I'm pretty excited for the upcoming release of Owncast, an open-source video streaming solution (think self-hosted Twitch)!

@gabek is testing the latest version in preparation for the next release, streaming some tunes on his Owncast instance at goth.land/ right now!

Drop by and say hello in the chat, if you want to see Owncast in action!

Hosting on a server in my home office and then accessing it abroad over Tor is the best kind of next-level paranoia.

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