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1993: On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog

2018: The Internet is run by five mega corporations and not only do they ALL know you're a dog, they also know your preferred brand of kibble, your recent interest in flea powder and whether you've been spayed or neutered.

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IN 2018 BE THE GAY COMMUNISTS JOSEPH MCCARTHY WARNED YOU ABOUT IN 1950

Noreply email addresses are the worst. In addition to being hostile to customers who are denied a way to directly respond, they also deny customer service departments the opportunity of placing inquiries directly within a context.

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here's a thing that is annoying to me: when a company takes *any* sign of engagement with their site as an invitation to re-add me to all of their spam that I unsubscribed from the *last* time I used their site (most recently: getting a promotional e-mail with like a t-shirt to buy or something from atlassian because I logged into my bitbucket account for the first time in a few months)

Anyone remember when phones’ alarms would go off even when the phones were turned off. Of course that was before the iPhone.

Every time I warm up to Star Trek Discovery, it does some tiny thing that ruins it for me. Why a tiny detail should ruin an entire show I don’t know. It starts nagging me and slowly but surely begins taking over my mind. And what really gets me is that most of these tiny details are really insignificant and could easily have been done “right” by the showrunners.

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Mozilla was unable to oppose DRM because Apple, Google, and Microsoft would have gone ahead with it anyway and Mozilla would have lost even more of its userbase as people fled to browsers that would play their Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and soon YouTube since YouTube is adding DRM.

The obvious conclusion is that user-friendly piracy is imperative for our freedom. We need easier-to-use tools both for breaking DRM and for sharing the results of breaking DRM.

I want to be a free spirit but I’m still somehow stuck in the Apple ecosystem.

I’d pay twice as much for a HomePod if it came without microphones.

I want someone to write an article titled “Does Betteridge’s law of headlines apply to this article?” just to taunt the logicians.

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english: pretzel
french: bretzel
compromise solution: þretzel

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Before the iPhone, it was common for phones to have replaceable batteries. Anyone remember that? You could just get a new battery for $10, replace it in a few simple steps and be done with it. Nowadays it’s considered progress if battery replacements “only” cost $30…

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Awesome Selfhosted

This is a list of Free Software network services and web applications which can be hosted locally.

github.com/Kickball/awesome-se

#indie

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An "NSA backdoor" proposed TLS extension finally turns up inthe wild: in random Canon printers that fail to work with TLS 1.3...
blog.cryptographyengineering.c
As the blog post points out at length, gee this spy stuff can be super mundane.

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star wars: let go of the past
star wars fans: hell no, the past is still in the box, and I'll make a fortune selling it on ebay one day

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A happy day. For the first time EVER I heard from a client that I should send everything in .odt format. He further stressed, 'send everything in Libre Office! Libre, Libre... you know, that's easier'. And then he emailed me an #odt file. \o/ #FreeSoftware #FreeFormats #foss #opendocument