I'm not sure if I'll ever use these, but I now have PGP keys for all my emails.
- (firstname.lastname@example.org): 7276 F01E 8B82 665C
- (email@example.com): 5628 FC2F 4DEC 14FD
They are published on https://pgp.mit.edu
A couple things I saw and thought "Mastodon will love this":
- Alias, a 3D-printed "parasite" that sits on top of your Amazon Echo or Google Home, feeding white noise into its mic until you say the wake word: http://bjoernkarmann.dk/project_alias
- The adminbook, a wonderfully ugly design for the ideal sysadmin notebook: https://m.habr.com/en/post/437912/
Global warming and third extinction related events showcase the "fun" dynamic of capitalism to make individuals feel empowered while actually taking away freedom to affect real change on a personal level.
E.g. insects will keep dying off by industrial farming and global warming, even if everyone doesn't mow their lawn starting tomorrow. In the face of powerlessness we concentrate on symbolic actions.
If you have problems understanding how someone could reasonably disagree with you about immigration, this essay by the psychologist Jonathan Haidt may help:
I like how Wittgenstein always looks angry in these comics. Even when the topic is humor.
Every time I said Watchmen was a bad movie someone always piped up to say that Snyder matched the comic ‘scene for scene’. Okay but he gave the characters superstrength and made their costumes look flashy which is the OPPOSITE OF THE MEANING OF THE COMIC WHICH SEEKS TO MAKE THEM FASCIST HUMANS WITH SHIT COSTUMES RUNNING AROUND AT NIGHT LIKE TOTAL BONERS. Snyder may as well have shat on Moore’s doorstep and yelled I LOVE REAGAN
If you have submitted patches (or translations) to Mastodon before and they've become part of the software, you can go here:
And submit an invoice for your work 💰
XKCD on the dishonesty implicit in the sharing options in social media
"Your TV Is Now a Computer, but Not in a Good Way" by Alexis C. Madrigal https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/01/smart-tvs-are-dumb/581059/
Dumb TVs FTW. I'm never going to buy a "smart" TV if I can avoid it.
Participating in @feneas annual winter meeting today.
Google Is Fined $57 Million Under Europe’s Data Privacy Law
“the French data protection authority announced Monday that it had fined Google 50 million euros, or about $57 million, for not properly disclosing to users how data is collected across its services — including its search engine, Google Maps and YouTube — to present personalized advertisements.”
Should we take action on surveillance capitalism? Yes, absolutely. Should blame be put on users for using the tools they are coerced into using? No.
This is most starkly visible with "not good enough" approach. User A starts using the Fediverse, but is still on Facebook, and gets scolded for the latter instead of commended on the former.
I do digital culture, game studies, role-playing games and Linux.
This is a personal Mastodon instance closed for registrations. I suggest you find an instance open to registrations from joinmastodon.org.