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Learn to give some fucks or don’t come back to lemmy.ml.

The Miseducation of Kara Swisher ( thebaffler.com )

Silicon Valley was supposed to be “different,” or so veteran tech journalist Kara Swisher wanted to believe. Facebook was going to bring people together, in the process strengthening our communities, our democracies, our world; Google was going to deliver the vast stores of human knowledge to our fingertips; Tesla was going...

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Edward Ongweso Jr. is one half of the This Machine Kills podcast. Every other episode is available for free on many podcast apps & sites: https://podtail.com/podcast/this-machine-kills/

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Same as for every other website: Firefox.

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Companies pushed for us to install their apps on our phones so they could force ads on us and extract (meta)data from us that they couldn’t from our browsers.

Cory Doctorow: How lock-in hurts design

More than half of all web-users have installed ad-blockers.

This is why services are so horny to drive you to install their app rather using their websites: they are trying to get you to do something that, given your druthers, you would prefer not to do. They want to force you to exit through the gift shop, you want to carve a desire path straight to the parking lot. Apps let them mobilize the law to literally criminalize those desire paths.

An app is just a web-page wrapped in enough IP to make it a felony to block ads in it (or do anything else that wrestles value back from a company). Apps are web-pages where everything not mandatory is forbidden.

Seen in this light, an app is a way to wage war on desire paths, to abandon the cooperative model for co-innovation in favor of the adversarial model of user control and extraction.

And now this corporate brainworm has infected our desktop environments, even Linux ones. Just say no.

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Thank you. I was having a hard time imagining that this hasn’t been a thing for decades.

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Anyone pushing you to do something you don’t understand, or understand poorly.

This was taught to me in my bank teller training back in 19-dickety-two. Don’t let someone try to rush you or to obfuscate/over-complicate things.

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Is this really tech? Anyway, haha get fucked Nazi. I hope you lose your tech job at Open iT.

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I think it’s fine to leave it. I’m not the mod for this comm, anyway. I’m not sure where I’d have posted this either, it kind of spans topics while not cleanly fitting into any specific one? Ars Technica is ostensibly about tech 🤷

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We know the 2016 election was fucked with through Facebook and not a damn thing has been done.

Okay I’ll beat that dead horse.

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Not all states are equivalent.

The US is the hegemonic imperial core country (like the UK before it) and has been since the end of WWII, and even moreso since the end of Cold War I. The imperial core’s imperialism is driven by the monopoly stage of capitalism. The imperial core has been pillaging the Global South for the last 200+ years, including putting China through a century of humiliation. It caused WWI & WWII & Cold War I, and has now started Cold War II.

The U.S. Did Not Defeat Fascism in WWII, It Discretely Internationalized It

The US has over 750 overseas military bases around the world, and is building more to further encircle China. It constantly has multiple regime change operations in play around the world.

But China is not a capitalist state and is not driven by the forces of monopoly capitalism. I think it has one anti-piracy base in Djibouti.

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If it’s a 100% capitalist state then why is it ensuring that its people can afford housing at the expense of the capitalists?
CNBC this week: China's housing minister says real estate developers must go bankrupt if necessary

“We will scale up the building and supply of government-subsidized housing and improve the basic systems for commodity housing to meet people’s essential need for a home to live in and their different demands for better housing,” an English-language version of the report said.

Unlike Obama, who bailed out the private banks at the expense of people with home mortgages. Michael Hudson, 2023: Why the Bank Crisis isn’t Over

The financial sector is the core of Democratic Party support, and the party leadership is loyal to its supporters. As President Obama told the bankers who worried that he might follow through on his campaign promises to write down mortgage debts to realistic market valuations in order to enable exploited junk-mortgage clients to remain in their homes, “I’m the only one between you [the bankers visiting the White House] and the mob with the pitchforks,” that is, his characterization of voters who believed his “hope and change” patter talk.

The Federal Reserve is just the cartel of the US private banks, whereas banking in China is predominantly state owned. The Chinese state both runs these banks and has fiat monetary sovereignty, so it’s not answerable to the capitalists like the US is.

Why The Government Has Infinite Money

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It doesn’t examine other social media, like the much-larger Facebook.

Facebook Partners With Hawkish Atlantic Council, a NATO Lobby Group, to “Protect Democracy”

All of the US corporate social media platforms are part of the US military-industrial-intellegence complex now. Look at their boards of directors and executives. Look at Reddit:

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TikTok as well. We’ve known since Snowden that US “cloud”/hosting companies are deeply embedded. The US already forced them to move their service to the US onto one of those providers, and they have already put people with a history of aligning with “American interests” into executive positions, like CEO Shou Zi Chew and vice president Michael Beckerman.

They have their eye on the fediverse now, too: Atlantic Council » Collective Security in a Federated World

As I’ve said before, the threat has always been coming from inside the house:

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Lastly, it doesn’t suggest that foreign influence operations aren’t a threat at all.

One can’t prove a negative, and I’m sure there isn’t literally nothing that has happened or will ever happen. But trying to propagandize the voters of the most propagandized country in the world probably isn’t the most efficient way to go about it. Bribing politicians surely would be more efficient, for example.

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The imperial core countries affords those—notably deteriorating—social programs through the exploitation of the periphery countries, programs which the core does not allow the periphery to have. The global north working class paid for those concessions with our blood & sweat, though no one seems to remember, thanks to two red scares and a cold war. The purpose of FDR’s New Deal was to save capitalism from socialist threats, and the capitalists have spent the last fifty years chipping away at their New Deal concessions. Europe had its own, even stronger socialist movements, and their capitalists similarly ceded ground temporarily.

China escaped from the imperial core’s predation in the last century, and is still in the process of recovering from it.
United Nations, 2019: Helping 800 Million People Escape Poverty Was Greatest Such Effort in History, Says Secretary-General, on Seventieth Anniversary of China’s Founding

Despite over sixty years of imperial core-enforced sanctions, Americans Can Now Expect to Live Three Years Less than Cubans.

Look up China Ghost towns.

I am familiar with them. Those were planned communities that were photographed after construction but before being populated. Perhaps there were some duds, I couldn’t say: researching every bit of US propaganda gish gallop isn’t my day job.

This Is What The World's Loneliest Metro Station Looks Like Today

China intentionally popped its housing bubble recently, and that’s why some capitalist real estate developers are going bankrupt, and China isn’t trying to save them because they’re capitalists.

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Those are not my adversaries, they’re the adversaries of US military industrial-complex and the imperial core capitalists in general. One reason they’re a thorn in the capitalists’ side is that they’re unable to exploit them through neocolonialism.

What has Cuba done to me? The reason Cuba has been under an illegal, grinding embargo for sixty years is that they pose the threat of a good example to the capitalist class: Americans Can Now Expect to Live Three Years Less than Cubans

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Tiananmen square massacre


their genocide of the Uighur people

This bullshit never ends, does it?


their oppression of Hong Kong

Hong Kong was the product of the UK’s century of Chinese oppression, and their 99 year lease on oppressing Hong Kong ended in 1997.


steal Taiwan’s sovereignty

Taiwan is only considered sovereign by eleven countries, most of which are micronations like the Holy See, the Marshall Islands, and Tuvalu: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_status_of_Taiwan


was a bigger crime

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The executive branch amends the “foreign adversaries” list as it pleases.

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You obviously have a flawed system but you still have a choice compared to those countries.

As a bourgeois democracy we’ve never really much choice electorally.

Princeton University Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.


Before that there was a black man.

Michael Hudson on the 2008 Great Recession:

All of these loans were against fictitious mortgages, mortgages that pretended that there was value there, but there were mortgages mainly to Black and Hispanic borrowers by banks who cheated them, who over-evaluated the prices. The banks in general discovered a new way of making money after about 2004. They could make money by charging racial minorities much higher rates, almost double the rates that they charged white people. There were whole banks and brokers that specialized in this, and this was basically the junk mortgage group. Countrywide, Financial was the most obvious beneficiary of this.

There were a number of notorious banks that ended up being merged. Bank of America was one of the crooked banks. Citibank was one of the most crooked banks, as has been very well documented. Randal Wray at the Levy Institute and Kansas City published a big explanation of who were these $29 trillion, $27 trillion of loans for. It ended up many of these loans were rolled over and reloaned, so the net amount was not $27 trillion, but that’s how much was given to the banks with this huge jump. Instead of sending the bankers to jail, they made them billionaires. They rewarded them. That was the Obama policy, and that is what makes them one of the most viciously racist presidents in modern American history.

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Aren’t we paying them to do all this?

No? This question indicates a fundamental lack of understanding of the social relations, power dynamics, and motivations in open source software.

davel , (edited )
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This is a good question. I learned it the slow, hard way, back when Apache was “a patchy server”. Maybe someone can suggest books or online resources for getting up to speed quicker.

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The characteristic pattern: In authoritarian states, more influential internet service providers are predominantly state-owned, whereas in democracies they are largely privatized.

Uh-huh. As Edward Snowden showed us, the more neoliberal a country is the more free 🙄 And public infrastructure is socialism is when no iPhone.

Edit to add: See also Room 641A » NSA Leak Vindicates AT&T Whistleblower

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Bourgeois democratic research institutions never do. I mean, just look at their funding.

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Do you know what it is about that post that causes the crash? The Sync devs might like to know.

Is it the image: https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/b733f506-7837-415d-a761-e3bea08c0594.png

Or is it some specific thing in the body of the post:

Heffalump Hackerz - Woozle Wizards - NIST Quantum Cryptography  

Enjoy some humor regarding 'quantum hysteria' and 'quantum scaremongering'.  

Quick expert critique of quantum computers and quantum cryptography:  
On the Heffalump Threat (short single-page essay)  
[https://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/\~pgut001/pubs/heffalump\_crypto.pdf](https://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/heffalump_crypto.pdf)  

Short 3-minute video (aptly portrays quantum hysteria)  
[https://youtu.be/CLnADKgurvc](https://youtu.be/CLnADKgurvc)  

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[@programmerhumor@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/c/programmerhumor)
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Bad bot. Nobody asked for your help.

davel ,
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If so then the workaround for Sync users would perhaps be to block the neon.nightbulb.net instance, and for the long term, file a bug with the Sync folks.

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I suspect they’d prefer that he die in prison over there, but if not then in prison over here. I don’t think they want to ever take this to trial, because it’s been a farce from the start.

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Demographic Sensor

  • People count
  • GDPR-compliant demographic profiling (age and gender)

Firefox 123.0 changed DNS settings?

After installing Firefox 123.0 I ran a Mullvad Connection check https://mullvad.net/en/check and found I had a DNS leak. Turns out that Firefox had changed the settings under "DNS over HTTPS" so that my Mullvad DNS wasn't being used any more. After changing this setting to "off" in Firefox, the Mullvad check passed.

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In my case the setting stayed off after upgrade.

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Please be aware of comm rule 2: Don’t promote proprietary software

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FYI, @haui_lemmy has posted a request on c/community_requests.

FWIW, I wouldn’t say the spam issue is a function of the lack of mods in this comm, though more mod help is needed and appreciated. There seems to be a new person or group of people experimenting with automating the creation of user accounts on “open enrollment” fediverse instances and using them to post spam. We admins & mods here and on other instances are in whack-a-mole mode at the moment. Clearly this will have to be addressed in a more systematic fashion.

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Yes, in general I see a lot of comms have been abandoned by their mods, which is unfortunate and leaves us few admins having to pick up the slack on comms we’re not even necessarily familiar with. And we don’t currently have any sort of auditing to for knowing a comm is abandoned and haven’t yet developed any sort of playbook or automation tools for it.

And again, we do appreciate the help!

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BTW I’ve only been admin for a few weeks now, so I’ll leave your mod request to the O.G. admins.

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Please don’t complain to us mod/admins about someone making things personal, when you’re the one calling someone a liar and a know-knowing embarrassment in their field of work.

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Brand new Lemmy user account, what exactly are you trying to get at with these vague semitic allusions? What does @Pantherina’s post have to do with antisemitism? Why are you calling @SnotFlickerman “goy”? Do you know them personally and so know they are not Jewish?

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I’m told they’re similar, but I’ve never used Obsidian.

Logseq vs Obsidian - which PKM tool should you use?

Logseq is a block-based outliner, allowing you to organise information into a tree-like structure using bullet-points. You can think of it as a mind-map, but for text. This allows users to quickly structure and add hierarchy to their information by indenting information, and to also move quickly between different branches of information.

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In contrast to the outliner approach, Obsidian is a page-based application that functions like a long-form text editor, similar to a Microsoft Word document. The key advantage over traditional word processors is the instant searchability of all files and folders, as well as seamless linking between different pieces of information.

How to use Obsidian and Logseq together and why Markdown matters

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Do not use 2 letter country TLDs!

You say that as if every other TLD does not also have its own particularities. Do some basic research on a TLD before committing to it. For example, .cat is not for your cat pics.

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