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Happy New Year! Maybe you're feeling it. Maybe you're not, but let's all of us do what we can to make 2020 a little better than it's been of late. Peace, love, empathy, and all that we forget sometimes. Joy whenever you can

anyway we're going into 2020 and now more than ever in our lives, please let me encourage you: now is the time to just go completely goddamned hogwild with whatever your Thing is. doesn't matter if anybody else gets it, that ain't the point. just Do You; we're literally approaching the first major Cyberpunk Year from like every sleazy early-mid-90s RPG splatbook and now is not the time to be coy about self-identity.

Three Quotes from G.K Chesterton 

A horrible suspicion that has sometimes haunted me is that the Conservative and the Progressive are secretly in partnership. That the quarrel they keep up in public is a put-up job, and that the way they perpetually play into each other’s hands is not an everlasting coincidence.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - excellent film, not so good on a hangover.

Mainly off-line at the moment, Fediverse-wise. Then dipping into toot now and then which does not show notifications. Be back on it sometime in the New Year, maybe, but enjoying having a fairly locked-down firewall right now - late 1990s-style. I have to delete SMS messages on my phone every day to get new ones. All this to brake down into that Xmas / New Year chicane. Also, needed it with where Britain (etc.) is going. Peace out, wherever you're at.

Vox claims all Google’s Face ID data is accessible to the government (3:40)

youtu.be/cc0dqW2HCRc

Updating @writefreely more painless than I thought. Sweet. Still stripped-down, customisable styling, though I probably won't.

If you are a web developer trying to keep spambots out, DO NOT use reCAPTCHA. It is an unethical privacy invasion that follows people around the Web and stops disabled people from accessing information or services for no good reason.

Instead, just ask a (very) simple logic puzzle from a decent-sized set. Ask the questions in regular text and give an option to change puzzles. Switch out the library of puzzles occasionally. This will stop the vast majority of spambots.

I suggested anarcha. He didn't buy it. I also said it could be sedlák, which in once sense means 'peasant'.

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Told the not-quite-father-in-law I'm not going to sit on a mini tractor with a private registration plate reading "Monarcha". This is the name of his wine on account of the fact he fancies himself as an enlightened monarch.

Hey remember when a terrible idea (DNS over HTTPS) was created and everyone who cared called it stupid, then it just happened, putting everyone (who cares about their privacy from Google or Cloudflare as a threat actor) at risk!

@krozruch @heluecht oh yes its gonna be a fucking nightmare of a war if twitter gets involved with the protocol decision making process, which they inevitably will. and if they join then google and facebook will probably send their goons over too so they can have their say. This is why we need to get to work NOW

@krozruch @liaizon @heluecht @mewmew i absolutely think so, and i also think its somewhat inevitable. The only bullwark against the gamification of these kinds of information systems is a culture of critical thinking and vigilance, the brainshare and decision capacity for which is under assault from all sides.

Hey netizens, please, *please* stop doing unpaid marketing work for YouTube by embedding their videos on your websites. I understand continuing to upload videos there to reach the large audience that already use it, but that doesn't mean you have to link to them. If you also upload your videos on a #PeerTube instance, or some other more independent video host, and embed those on your sites, you can help to grow the audience for ethical video hosting networks.
instances.joinpeertube.org/

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Mastodon

This Mastodon instance is dedicated to all people interested in a united Europe, a post-national and truly democratic Europe. But even if you are not so interested in European politics you are welcome.

Diese Mastodon-Instanz ist für alle, die interessiert sind an einem vereinten Europa, einem post-nationalen und wirklich demokratischen Europa.

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