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Did you know that the FSF has a PeerTube account? PeerTube is a decentralized, federated video platform powered by ActivityPub and WebTorrent, and you'll find us on the Framatube instance: https://u.fsf.org/36m https://status.fsf.org/attachment/2527390
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Freedom is the gift that keeps on giving. Read the annual Giving Guide for our latest recommendations on tech gifts for your friends and family that promote #, not the interests of a "big tech" monopoly: https://u.fsf.org/377 https://status.fsf.org/attachment/2547263
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Since we’re talking about astrology today, I may as well divulge that I am an Aquarius. I have usually always identified with the label that I am one, despite never really being able to find a non-vague definition of the personality traits that one is supposed to exhibit. I take it to mean that my star sign imbues me with the traits of being creative, intelligent, and with reasonably good social skills. That’s about it, really.

I agree with Carl Sagan, though, there is no link between the position of the solar system’s celestial bodies, and my personality and personal behaviour. It is a mysticism.
@~vidak Yeah. I'm born mid-september so the stars imbued me with ADHD coping mechanisms.

"virgos are perfectionists"

I'm sure there are eight other aspects that are way off, but this one happens to fit, so it's the one that stuck.

Freedom is the gift that keeps on giving. Read the annual Giving Guide for our latest recommendations on tech gifts for your friends and family that promote #, not the interests of a "big tech" monopoly: https://u.fsf.org/377 https://status.fsf.org/attachment/2547263
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Want even more cool GNU Gear to celebrate the FSF's 35th year? Pre-order some stylish FSF35 socks by December 9: https://u.fsf.org/378 https://status.fsf.org/attachment/2547816
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# to stephen waite and Trevor Spiteri for their generous donations to the FSF. With your help, we will defend # and break the chains of proprietary software for a freer future!

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i don't care what you think about trans rights in general, if you're too much of a cock to respect me personally and use my pronouns the way i want you can fuck right off

this is called being a friend and if you can't into that then i don't want you around. easy as
yeah
I had a post the other day that basically went
"yeah no one can force you to be nice, but have you considered that the reason you have no friends is that you don't treat anyone in a friendly way?"
and the exact people I was talking about jumped into the thread like
"no you just don't get it, this is how REAL MEN bond, also why do I have no friends?"

Freedom is the gift that keeps on giving. Read the annual Giving Guide for our latest recommendations on tech gifts for your friends and family that promote #, not the interests of a "big tech" monopoly: https://u.fsf.org/377 https://status.fsf.org/attachment/2547263
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Let's give a warm welcome to our fall intern, high school student Daniel Katz:

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Content warning: first world shit that makes me irrationally angry at capitalism

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Content warning: first world shit that makes me irrationally angry at capitalism

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Content warning: first world shit that makes me irrationally angry at capitalism


More FSF members means a stronger movement for software freedom! Help us achieve our goal of adding 500 new members by December 31. Join today, and share our messages with the hashtag #: https://u.fsf.org/joinfall20 https://status.fsf.org/attachment/2345421
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Save the date: as part of our Defective by Design campaign, this year's International Day Against # (IDAD) will be on Dec. 4, and will focus on streaming services' unjust use of DRM: https://u.fsf.org/36d https://status.fsf.org/attachment/2514180
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#DRM

All aboard for software freedom! Our fall fundraiser is underway: help us achieve our goal of adding 500 new members by December 31. Join today, and share our messages with the hashtag #: https://u.fsf.org/joinfall20 https://status.fsf.org/attachment/2545537
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Help us fight against the DMCA anti-circumvention rules: support our comments for new exemptions by emailing us by December 7th. We'll just need your name and state/country. Learn more:

Just in time for next week's International #, read guest author Rory Price's reflections on the dangers "platform exclusivity" poses to independent authors:

Basil mastodon (AP)
Not saying my bathroom has a moisture issue but I found an actual mushroom sprouting out of the wall.
Edible?
Basil mastodon (AP)
I'll post it to you and you can give it a go.

Luke mastodon (AP)
Image found on Twitter. 😆
A wired.com article with headline “how the wedlock become unreadable “ but the article is obscured by pop ups
KΓ©vin mastodon (AP)
all it's missing is a video ad that won't fuck off and it's Web2.0 all over

Publishing is dominated by just five giant players: Penguin Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Harpercollins and Macmillan.

Within that five-company oligarchy, one company stands out as a true monopolist: Penguin Random House, the megafirm created when Random House's owner, Bertelsmann, executed a merger-to-monopoly by buying Penguin in 2013.

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Now, Penguin is about to effect another monopolistic merger, by acquiring Simon & Schuster from Viacom, which bought the company in 1994. The acquisition was always a bad fit: it was driven by a desire to create a vertical monopoly.

Viacom leadership thought they could use the relatively small publishing company to provide raw material for the larger, more profitable TV and film divisions (the same logic that drove Time-Warner's acquisition of DC Comics). It never really panned out.

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Within Viacom, S&S has always borne the brunt of corporate scheming, protected from the princelings of the sprawling corporate empire by erstwhile CEO Les Moonves's indulgence and favoritism.

So when Moonves was drummed out of his job in the midst of a truly awful, disgusting # scandal, the writing was on the wall for S&S. Not even a string of successful anti-Trump tell-all books could save it.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/12/the-les-moonves-report-is-a-metoo-horror-show

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The $2.175b acquisition is contingent on regulatory approval.

It should not receive regulatory approval.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201125005459/en/ViacomCBS-to-Sell-Simon-Schuster-to-Penguin-Random-House-for-2.175-Billion

In a year in which the FTC, the Senate, the House, Republicans AND Democrats have all taken up antitrust, there is no better test of whether they're serious about monopoly that this idiotic merger.

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After all, we don't have to speculate about what Random House will do after it absorbs S&S. We have the historical record of what it did when it bought Penguin: shut down imprints, fired workers, subjected writers to worse deals, put the screws to booksellers.

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This didn't happen in the shrouded mists of ancient history: it is still happening RIGHT NOW. It's not a case of "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."

It's more: "When a firm called 'Monopolists, Inc' sends a legal team dressed as the Monopoly Guy to file regulatory documents printed on the back of Monopoly money, and challenges you to a friendly game of Monopoly before the meeting starts, assume they are monopolists."

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Tio friendica (via ActivityPub)
Cory I hope to get your attention. I created this search engine to showcase how 175 companies own the world https://www.tromsite.com/tbf/ + and infographic (scroll down). Please use a computer not mobile. Part of my book: The Origin of Most Problems https://www.tromsite.com/books/#dflip-df_6562/1/

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Image found on Twitter. 😆

i'd just like to remind everyone not to admit to crimes on the internet
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Thanks for the swag @torproject ! Check out the awesome stickers for making https://Cosmic.Voyage available to more users via Tor and promoting onion services.

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Letter from the Tor project with stickers as thanks for participating in the More Onions Per Favor project.
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14/10 would pet again
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When you call yourself “free and open source” and you’re a raging surveillance capitalist.

Hey, FOSS Post, you’re a bit shit, aren’t you, darling?

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FOSS Post web site: “<br />You're Using An Adblocker, Darling!<br /><br />Free and open source software<br /><br />FOSS Post writers are giving you content for free (licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0). We depend on advertisements in order to be able to keep the website up and running.<br /><br />Please add fosspost.org to your whitelist or at least be kind to give a small donation for what you have just read.”
Screenshot of list of domains blocked by uBlock Origin (using the Better blocking rules). There are 13 domains blocked, including Google and Facebook.
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Where do you land on this chart?

I had access in 93, but 88 if BBS counts.
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Luke mastodon (AP)
Think I got on the internet in 1994. There were only 2 or 3 ISPs in London at the time.
outside of London Demon was the only one with local numbers (which all ended with 666) - ISTR British Telecom ended up subsidising entire racks of modems for them as compensation as they were completely overwhelmed by demand for circuits and missed their quoted delivery dates by *months* (although of course it also meant BT got a smaller company to take all the initial risks and design the infrastructure and they could subsequently profit from that..)
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93-94

Today's threads (a thread).

Inside: Tech in SF; Office 365 spies on employees for bosses; A state-owned Amazon; Random Penguin to buy Simon & Schuster; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2020/11/25/the-peoples-amazon/

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Yesterday's threads: Sci-Fi Genre; Saudi Aramco is gushing debt; Emailifaction is digital carcinization; Cheap Chinese routers riddled with backdoors; Talking interop on EFF's podcast; and more!

https://mamot.fr/@pluralistic/105266627274169225

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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: https://www.darkdel.com/store/p1840/Available_Now%3A_Attack_Surface.html

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I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:

https://onezero.medium.com/how-to-destroy-surveillance-capitalism-8135e6744d59

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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."

https://craphound.com/shop/

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Upcoming appearances:

* Keynote, Cybersummit 2020, Nov 26 https://www.cybera.ca/cyber-summit-2020/

* Keynote, Cologne Futures, Nov 27 http://medienpolitik.eu/

* Beaverbrook Lecture: How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, Nov 30, https://www.mcgill.ca/maxbellschool/channels/event/2020-beaverbrook-annual-lecture-part-ii-cory-doctorow-325538

* Teach-In Against Surveillance, Dec 1, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/teach-in-against-surveillance-tickets-128926228821

* Keynote, NISO Plus, Feb 22-25, https://niso.plus/cory-doctorow-to-keynote-at-niso-plus-2021/

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My first picture book is out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.

https://pluralistic.net/2020/07/14/poesy-the-monster-slayer/#poesy

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You can also follow these posts as a daily blog at pluralistic.net: no ads, trackers, or data-collection!

Here's today's edition: https://pluralistic.net/2020/11/25/the-peoples-amazon/

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If you prefer a newsletter, subscribe to the plura-list, which is also ad- and tracker-free, and is utterly unadorned save a single daily emoji. Today's is "🐮". Suggestions solicited for future emojis!

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Today's top sources: ACAB For Cutie (https://twitter.com/RamaTheVoice), Naked Capitalism (https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/), Slashdot (https://slashdot.org/).

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In most of the world, the lockdown has destroyed small businesses while increasing the profits of Big Tech intermediaries like Amazon, who control access to customers on one side, and access to merchants on the other.

The government of Argentina is trying to avert this fate. Their postal service is launching a "state-owned Amazon" called Correo Compras, which will offer low-cost ecommerce listings to businesses, and do fulfilment through postal workers.

https://www.correocompras.com.ar/

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States could offer postal fulfilment and startup funding for worker co-ops. They could enforce structural separation, forcing companies like Amazon to either offer a platform or sell on it, but not both.

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They could structure taxes so that profits from predatory listing fees were annihilated by tax liabilities. NIST could offer bug-bounties for a free/open source federated clone of Amazon's platform that any co-op could stand up and run.

As always, the trick is to decide what's "infrastructure" - public goods that need public ownership - and what's a "service" that should be pluralized among many hands to make it harder to gain and abuse power (even state power).

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These weird ligatures on the enterprisingbarnsley website
The letters "c" and "t"  and "s" and "t"  are joined with a ligature in the phrase "Your total project cost must equal the amount of grant you are applying for"

The Shitty Tech Adoption Curve describes the process by which oppressive technology is normalized and distributed through all levels of society. The more privilege someone has, the harder it is to coerce them to use dehumanizing tech, so it starts with marginalized people.

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You get a chart. Microsoft gets fine-grained data on your company's operations - data it can sell, or mine, or you know, just lose control over and leak all over the internet. That's some unprecedented Shitty Tech Adoption Curve accelerationism right there.

Not since the day when Amazon convinced Borders Books (RIP) to use it for all digital ordering and fulfilment (giving Amazon 10)% access to all Borders' customer data) has a tech company offered a shadier B2B deal.

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Last year, Slate's Future Tense and ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination asked me to write some fiction illustrating the Shitty Technology Adoption Curve. The result it "Affordances," a story that grows dismally more relevant with each passing day.

https://slate.com/technology/2019/10/affordances-cory-doctorow-sf-story-algorithmic-bias-facial-recognition.html

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Have you noticed how the Internet Explorer Logo is now the Debian swirl, but mirror imaged and color reversed ?

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Screen shot of the "welcome to Microsoft edge" splash, showing the Internet Explorer E becoming the Edge swirl
Fabio friendica (via ActivityPub)
mmmh..
oh! it's the firefox logo!

Today on the Attack Surface Lectures (8 panels exploring themes from the third Little Brother book, hosted by Tor Books and 8 indie bookstores): Tech in SF with Annalee Newitz and Ken Liu, recorded on Oct 16 by Interabang.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GecqbDNbTI

You can watch it without Youtube's surveillance courtesy of the Internet Archive:

https://archive.org/details/asl-tech

Or get the audio as an MP3:

https://archive.org/download/asl-tech/Tech%20in%20SF%20with%20Annalee%20Newitz%20and%20Ken%20Liu.mp3

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IV. Cyberpunk & Post-Cyberpunk (Christopher Brown and Bruce Sterling, hosted by Anderson's Bookshop)

https://craphound.com/attacksurface/2020/11/19/the-attack-surface-lectures-cyberpunk-and-post-cyberpunk/

V. Little Revolutions (Tochi Onyebuchi and Bethany C Morrow, hosted by Skylight Books)

https://craphound.com/news/2020/11/20/the-attack-surface-lectures-little-revolutions/

VI. Opsec and Personal Cybersecurity (Window Snyder and Runa Sandvik, hosted by Third Place Books)

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https://craphound.com/attacksurface/2020/11/23/the-attack-surface-lectures-opsec-and-personal-cyber-security/

VII. Sci-Fi Genre (Sarah Gailey and Chuck Wendig, hosted by Fountain Books)

https://craphound.com/attacksurface/2020/11/24/the-attack-surface-lectures-sci-fi-genre/

VIII. Tech in SF (Annalee Newitz and Ken Liu, hosted by Interabang)

https://craphound.com/attacksurface/2020/11/25/the-attack-surface-lectures-tech-in-sf/

Here's a master post with all the media:

https://craphound.com/news/2020/11/16/attack-surface-lectures-master-post/

And you can also get this as it's posted on my podcast feed – search for "Cory Doctorow podcast" in your podcatcher or use the RSS:

https://feeds.feedburner.com/doctorow_podcast

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Today on the Attack Surface Lectures (8 panels exploring themes from the third Little Brother book, hosted by Tor Books and 8 indie bookstores): Sci-Fi Genre with Sarah Gailey and Chuck Wendig, recorded on Oct 16 by Fountain Books.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GecqbDNbTI

You can watch it without Youtube's surveillance courtesy of the Internet Archive:

https://archive.org/details/asl-opsec

Or get the audio as an MP3:

https://archive.org/download/asl-opsec/Opsec%20with%20Runa%20Sandvik%20and%20Window%20Snyder.mp3

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Stevie-O mastodon (AP)
The archive.org link is the wrong video. I think it should be this one: https://archive.org/details/asl-scifi-genre
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Yikes, you're right! Thank you!

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If I ask an # (but more like #) related question, will anyone answer? Otherwise imma just ask #
@Musing... If you ask it on Reddit, I'd be interested to see it. This is the first time I hear the term RSD, and now I'm going over my life history and wondering whether it applies to me and has any explanatory power in my context.

The three little sheeple go to the supermarket.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRaeLkhbvRY

The sheep masks are so good - whatever you think to their confused politics.

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Sebastian mastodon (AP)
Have we ever discussed the *worst* messaging solution? 😂 # # #

"This messaging app uploads every file you send to the internet, which is bad"

https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/19/21575733/go-sms-pro-media-flaw-vulnerability-messaging-app-trustwave
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no, they just rely on the urls being hard to guess, although what you sketched could be a way to do it.

A simple method for sending pictures by wire or radio (1936) https://archive.org/details/electronictelevi00eckhrich/page/48/mode/2up
A person holding a stick pointing at an image divided into squares, sending the color of each pixel via telegraph key to a person wearing headphones painting in a large version of the image.
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Población de Madrid: 6,6 millones
Población de Cataluña: 7,7 millones
Población de Andalucía: 8,4 millones

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Muertes por coronavirus ⬇️
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Do you want more people to notice your posts on Mastodon and the Fediverse?

✅ Use hashtags on your public posts if you want people to find them. For privacy reasons, the only way to search on Mastodon is by hashtag, so if there are no hashtags the posts will not appear in search results.

It is totally ok to use lots of hashtags if your posts deals with lots of different topics! Don't be embarassed to have a list of hashtags at the end 😄

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Such a soothing font and relaxing blue color. Like the voice of a doctor as you are being rushed into ICU in a medical emergency.

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The words "Leave everything to us"  as shown after booting windows 10 for the first time.
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