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Replied to Support for importing syndication links for Mastodon Autopost · Issue #75 · dshanske/syndication-links by Chris Aldrich (GitHub)Now that SL has the Mastodon icon (#66), I’ll also note that the latest version of Mastodon Autopost plugin should now also support importing the URL for the l…

How did you get this to work Chris?
Watched The Media & Big Business: Friends of Fascism? by an author from Novara Media

As Tommy Robinson gets boosted by the UK press, and Brazil’s stock market backs Jair Bolsonaro. We ask: Why are the mainstream media, big business and fascists all besties? With Ash Sarkar and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.…

Some pretty stark prognostications from Oscar Guardiola-Rivera about what fascism in Colombia and Brazil, coupled with Trump in the US, could portend.

One glimmer of positivity at the end, that there is a resistance movement already organising.

I think gevulot is the speculative fiction version of the Personal Data Store. (The Quantum Thief is an awesome book, massively recommend)

"Gevulot is a form of privacy practised in the Oubliette. It involved complex cryptography and the exchange of public and private keys, to ensure that individuals only shared that information or sensory data that they wished to. Gevulot was disabled in agoras."

Read How solid is Tim’s plan to redecentralize the web? by Irina Bolychevsky (Medium)

The internet and near-costless scaling of digital has allowed the concentration of too much power in too few hands. Our systems for…

I really like the Personal Data Store concept. You own your data, and you choose to let apps interact with it for your benefit. It’s pretty much what the is doing (though perhaps for the more limited subset of things that don’t need verified claims).

I don’t like the commercial nature of most PDS offerings (including Solid now).

Either way, some good general food for thought in this article.

How you choose to break a monopoly depends on your politics I guess.

Direct action against it; grassroots alternatives; state support for alternatives; legislation/anti-trust; state alternatives. Maybe some combination thereof.

I’d probably plump for the first two/three.

I think it’s a bit of a misused and overused trope to say that people use centralised services because they have a better user experience.

The only definition of user experience that puts Facebook or Twitter ahead of alternatives is a broad definition that includes the network effect (people I know are on it) and familiarity (it’s what I’m used to).

But in such a broad definition, I would then include things such as ‘you manipulate me with ads’, ‘you steal my attention’. This is bad UX.

In a narrow definition of user experience – how easy is it for me to sign up; how easy it is for me to share an image; how easy is it for me to share a note; there is nothing special to Facebook or Twitter in these regards.

You rarely hear someone complain about the user experience of signing up for an email provider. But that’s (nominally, at least, gmail black hole aside)
a decentralised service. It’s just because people are familiar with it and it’s where people already are. If a company came along and said – hey – for email – everyone on the planet must sign up to this one megaservice to exchange emails from now on. People would say – what a terrible idea. Because people are familiar with it not working that way.

I don’t think centralised services have better UX. All they have is a monopoly.

Read Fully Automated Green Communism | Novara Media (Novara Media)

How can we secure luxury for all without careering even faster towards climate catastrophe? Aaron Bastani discusses.

“It means saying ‘here is a path to limitless abundance’, rather than calling for civilisation to be placed in a straight jacket.”

Following on the previous ‘degrowth vs accelerationism’ article, a view from what the other article would call the left accelerationist approach.

I wouldn’t call it accelerationism though. Just a harnessing of technology for the aims of equality and abundance. But not blind techno-optimism.

Good article.

Hand-curation should be cherished too. Knowing another human being has listened, thought about and combined these tracks is a beautiful thing. The only recommender algorithm I ever liked was, which really got the social aspect of music.
Coool.. just came across RadioDroid on f-droid, it’s an app for discovering and playing internet radio streams.

Now I’m listening to hibernate on Resonance Extra and it’s awesome.

I was thinking about how to approach music discovery since ditching Deezer (which was pretty terrible for it anyway). I think back to radio is the way to go (I mean duh, pretty obviously really).

Read Repair Day: No One Should Be Punished for “Contempt of Business Model” (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Repair is one of the secret keys to a better life. Repairs keep our gadgets in use longer (saving our pocketbooks) and divert e-waste from landfills or toxic recycling processes (saving our planet). Repair is an engine of community prosperity: when you get your phone screen fixed at your corner…

Great piece by Cory Doctorow on the importance of repair.

“This is the golden age of repairs, a moment made for a renaissance of shade-tree mechanics, electronics tinkerers, jackleg fixit shops, and mom-and-pop service depots. It has to be: our planet, our pocketbooks, and our neighborhoods all benefit when our property lasts longer, works better and does more.”

I was at a discussion about anarchism yesterday. A few questions about the need for leaders. One was "what about if there was a serial killer.. surely you’d need a leader to take control, surely?" Fair question about how does macro organisation occur, but the repetition several times of ‘surely’ was really interesting. Like capitalist realism, but for hierarchy. Seemed ingrained that a need for hierarchy is self-evident, that there is no alternative. Spanish Civil War was the end of history.
So far Pride and Prejudice is full of posh nobs chatting on about women’s appearance and comparing men based on their earnings.

Is it all an elaborate satire? Or is it just shit? Fingers crossed the former.

Anyway one great thing about installing Lineage – my Android security patch level has gone from February 2017 to September 2018.

I figured it as around 100 critical security flaws I was potentially vulnerable to, thanks to Samsung stopping support for a barely 4 year old device.

Not sure I get the permissions in Nougat… a bunch of the apps I installed need network access, but when installing it listed no special permissions needed. Is network access not considered a special permission anymore, it’s just a given? So far Ultrasonic has been the only one to prompt for any extra permissions, and it was for read/write the SD card.