“We live in a world where captains get arrested for saving people’s lives on the sea; where a person downloading scientific articles faces 35 years in jail; where people risk charges for bringing contraceptives to those who otherwise couldn’t get them. Folks are getting in trouble for giving food to the poor, medicine to the sick, water to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless.”
According to Google, you’re not human if you aren’t being tracked by Google.
“…one of the ways that Google determines whether you’re a malicious user or not is whether you already have a Google cookie installed on your browser.”
Repair and jobs.
“To say nothing of the impact on jobs: landfilling a kiloton of ewaste creates <1 job; recycling that waste creates 15 jobs, while repairing it creates 200 good, local jobs that can’t be offshored (you don’t send a phone overseas for repair).”
proprietary (no source code included) s/w is like supermarket packaged goods without ingredients label. And you know how bad that would be.
It's not that everybody reads the list of ingredients, but that *anybody* could, & that organisations can randomly sample to confirm the list adds up.
We need this for software just as much as food:
- 20% evil, sends data to Google
- 38% screwed, displays adware based on that data
- 17% previous purchases shared with Amazon
- 26% audio history to Apple
In the decades since Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Facebook were upstarts, luring users away from the giants of their days, these same companies have labored to stretch copyright law, terms of service, trade secrecy, patents and other rules to ban the tactics they once used.
This has all but extinguished comcom as a commercial practice.
When Twitter, Instagram, etc., tell you they’re “better on the app”, what they mean is that they can farm you better on the app.
In case you're wondering how Freenode is doing, just take a look at their latest policy update:
In other news, if you enjoy political, racial, ethnic, religious or gender-related invectives, Freenode is now the network of your choice! 😬
Ethics as PR (or the ‘Some Very Good People Work There!’ Fallacy)
“There’s been a lot of research into ‘Ethics in AI’ recently and it’s being sponsored and led by… *checks notes*… surveillance capitalists like DeepMind… Similarly, lots of people are working on ‘Ethics in Health’ at Philip Morris and ‘Ethics in Environmentalism’ at ExxonMobil.”
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What3Words sends legal threat to a security researcher for sharing an open-source alternative – TechCrunch
What3Words claims open source alternative WhatFreeWords violates its copyright.
Just an enthusiast programmer, but see https://gitlab.com/n8chz
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