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I'm not sure if I'll ever use these, but I now have PGP keys for all my emails.

- ( 7276 F01E 8B82 665C
- ( 5628 FC2F 4DEC 14FD

They are published on

I had a good day, and then I tried fixing a thing on a computer. A stupid mistake: you can't fix things on computers. They're always broken.

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:

- The adminbook, a wonderfully ugly design for the ideal sysadmin notebook:


Does anyone know how I could report problems with I have opened an issue in the gitlab issue tracker for, but it has been there untouched for more than a month.

“git cherry-pick” - alternate version of “git log” that shows only the commits that support your argument

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:

"...surveillance capitalism's unusual products manage to be derived from our behavior while remaining indifferent to our behavior. Its products are about predicting us, without actually caring what we do or what is done to us."

#BookQuotes #TheAgeOfSurveillanceCapitalism

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 💰

What if I told you that ecological collapse and increased reliance on opaque and unaccountable networked computation not only have the same consequences for the same people but are deeply intertwined and require similar interventions

"Your TV Is Now a Computer, but Not in a Good Way" by Alexis C. Madrigal

Dumb TVs FTW. I'm never going to buy a "smart" TV if I can avoid it.

Any idea on how to get a instance listed on joinmastodon? It used to be listed there, but is no more. It's on the latest version, and listed on both and I added an issue on the joinmastodon issue tracker, but got no reaction.

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.”

#GDPR #SurveillanceCapitalism

TIL that MIT has its own Mastodon instance.

@aral @jalcine @humanetech @switchingsocial for me the important distinction is between taking action and being blamed for not solving the problem.

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.

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