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A practical guide I wrote to help people get out of using the usual suspects of the toxic big text ecosystem
stax.xyz/free.html
It does not cover everything, so lemme know if there's anything I missed.
Ps. I know I missed XMPP. Whoops

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Crucial research into the #AdTracking industry by Oxford researcher KKollnig@twitter & colleagues: 90% of #Android apps engaged in user #tracking w/o even asking for #GDPR consent. 😡

Half of those that did ask, made consent a condition for using the app.

arxiv.org/pdf/2106.09407.pdf

Via @edri (Twitter)

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the state of academic publishing is so awful that despite being a student at a research university, and having access to basically every journal in existence, I still use Sci-Hub because it's just easier than navigating through all the godawful websites and logins

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…It’s also victim blaming to tell everyday people they’re at fault for using one of the two main tech platforms instead of an (as of yet inaccessible) alternative. (I have two Pinephones and my room overflows open hardware. No, I don’t blame you for using an iPhone or an Android device. You’re the victim here.)

Blame the actual culprits: clueless legislators/policymakers who allow these monopolies to continue and fail to protect our human rights. Blame Big Tech and those who enable it…

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…I’m seeing people say “just don’t use an iPhone.” It’s not that simple when everyday things like financial apps with two-factor authentication are locked into the two main platforms.

We need legislation to ensure critical services use open standards so you can use your Pinephone to buy lunch in the future.

It’s shocking how easily some folks jump to “just go live in a cave.” No, that’s not an acceptable alternative. We deserve to partake in modern life without sacrificing our human rights…

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i hate that so much technology just assumes you have access to fast unlimited internet and is totally usable wherever thats not the case
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if you think people are demanding that you feel guilty about racism you've completely misunderstood the situation. feeling guilty doesn't help with antiracism and so nobody is going to ask you to do that

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Trans hotline. Suicide 

The first transgender suicide hotline is now up and running in the US. You can reach Trans LifeLine at 877-565-8860 #trans #transgender

PragerU but a self own 

When accidentally self own yourself and admit the USA is racist.

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every second that someone dies of covid in a non-western country is an indictment against bill gates who basically single handedly assured that vaccine IP would not be publicly released, directly going back on a promise that researchers had made

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This should be national. Also enjoy the police having a hissy fit about not being asked

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I really need to know this, so please boost for visibility:

Are there any people out there on the autistic spectrum that have found a format of living that works for them, that makes them happy?

If you're on the spectrum and feel generally happy or content: do you have a routine, specific coping mechanism(s) or special life conditions that you recommend or feel privileged with? Did you feel happier after excluding some particular element of stress in some way?

If you're on the spectrum and feel generally unhappy: do you think there could be a happy existence for you if society enabled it?

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Raspberry Pi OS has turned into spyware for M$:
github.com/RPi-Distro/raspberr

And yes, they add M$'s repository key to APT's trusted database and add their repo to APT's repo list.
Without asking.
Or informing you via a NEWS file.

So now every time you do "apt[itude] update", M$ will know about it.

This isn't the first time that the #RaspberryPi Foundation changed your sources.list without asking: x0f.org/@FreePietje/1037994382

Fuck that.

#RPi

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RT @Joydas@twitter.com

The irony of Indian @NSaina@twitter.com and Canadian @akshaykumar@twitter.com posting exactly same tweet, word to word, with the hashtag India against Propaganda while being part of the Propaganda

🐦🔗: twitter.com/Joydas/status/1357

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People, please. Before you report an account ask yourself "is this person breaking any rules? is this something an admin would take action against?"

If you report a specific user because you don't like their tweet and they're not breaking any rules there's nothing I can do about that. Block them if you really must. I'm not here to babysit people and each individual report takes time out of my day.

Be reasonable, logical, and give me a damn break.

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New to Mastodon, check out my open-source project! Open source offline neural machine translation in Python: github.com/argosopentech/argos

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