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It's here! The new #FreeTube has just released! This release is a year long rewrite of the application which includes a huge revamp of everything. There's even some new things that wasn't in the last release. Take a look at the blog post to learn more.

write.as/freetube/release-0-8-

Thank you so much for your patience on this, I really hope it was worth the wait!

#privacy #opensource

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We should build systems which don't scale. Instead build small systems which federate or peer together. When a single server can host millions of accounts then it's easy for Big Tech to move in and colonize the space at very little cost. We should not be fostering “economies of scale” for efficient capitalization. Prefer an ecology to a factory farm.

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12 classics for 12th year of GOG:

gog.com/promo/2020_gog_12_clas

- Diablo + Hellfire
- Blade Runner
- Deus Ex
- Alone in the Dark trilogy
- Pirates! Gold Plus
- Thief Gold (yes!!!)
- Jagged Alliance 2
- System Shock
- SiN gold
- Warcraft II
- Unreal Tournament
- Dungeon Keeper 2

#GOG #games #DRMfree #history #clasics #sale

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@aadil It was here too! When Corbyn became Labour leader in 2015 it was a massive shock and then he faced intense internal opposition from his own party and pretty much every part of the political class, everyone said he was absolutely going to fail. The fact that they did as well as they did in 2017 (biggest increase in vote share since 1945, jumping about 20 points in polls during the election campaign so that they removed Tories' majority) was an incredible feat, it's a shame that they lost so badly in 2019. I think the ground wasn't quite ready for a legit left government yet, the stranglehold the right has over media has to be broken before anything substantial can be done really. But inconceivable things happen all the time.

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We put merchants in charge of society and we got a shopping mall instead of democracy. Is this really news to anyone?

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Bash: How to find all files modified on a certain day
ojdo.de/wp/2020/10/bash-how-to

The following bash function (e.g. stored in your ~/.bash_aliases) finds all files within a directory that was changed on a specific date. I use this to retroactively check on all my activities throughout a day. For code-related changes, a filtered git log certainly is better, but this includes file downloads, modified text documents in one search q

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I wasn't expecting Iron Rain to be half as good as it is. Well made up with it.

My biggest complaint is it does away with the prrrling noise when you grab a collectible. Alongside Crackdown's throbbing orb, it's one of those sound effects that makes me feel a bit funny so it's absence is quite notable.

Apart from that though, it's pretty damn excellent. Flitting between Iron Rain and 5, they're nicely different takes on the same formula.

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#Leeds council is asking citizens to collect seeds for growing new areas of woodland. They'll be adding collection boxes to local parks for people to deposit acorns, beech nuts, chestnuts and conkers.

I think this is a very cool project.

theariumleeds.co.uk/woodland-c

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I'll tell you what, having access to the Microsoft Defender console and seeing just what data from my work machine gets sent to Microsoft sure makes me think three times before touching ANY key on that machine ever again.

This is probably a net win for my work productivity.

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Old programmer wisdom:

"Fix someone's program, they're happy for a day. Teach someone to program and they're never happy again."

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"what's the password for your wife?"

"we don't have wife yet, we just use the neighbor's wife"

"we need to get a wife extender so the wife can reach into my room"

"I'm having trouble connecting to my wife, I think there's too much noise from all the other wifes nearby"
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'If you steal music, you aren't a real music fan'

bbc.co.uk/news/business-542454

Ridiculous fluff piece for the big music companies' copyright lawyers.

No mention of the fact the record companies and streaming platforms are taking around 90% of the revenue from the music for themselves and giving the artist less than 10% from which they have to recoup all their expenses.

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I think it should be called Microsoft Invader.

A few years from now, we are going to look back on this period of frenzied corporate deployment of "information security through centralized surveillance" as one of the top Big Mistakes ever made by industrial civilization.

Nuclear weapons are a mistake that's bigger. The Transatlantic Slave Trade was also a very big one.

Can't think of many others that give me close to this sheer gut-wrenching sense of horror.

There is no privacy. It's gone.

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It's true that we don't have to copy the practices of Facebook or Twitter here. There are no comparable commercial pressures. And in #Epicyon I've tried to add a few things to avoid falling into addictive patterns of behavior.

But one thing to consider is that the addiction dynamic gives sites like Twitter something of an advantage in terms of retaining its user base within their walled garden. They're not restrained by ethics, only return on investment. So they don't need to care about anyone's mental well-being, the presence of the far right, or much else.

This problem of being in competition with people who are willing to do unethical things is an aspect of the bigger capitalism problem, in which the same kinds of coercion play out within all areas of the economy as a race to the bottom.

So to have much of a chance, we in the fediverse should be trying to do things which don't exactly compete with Twitter but instead do things which they can't compete with without breaking their business model. Build for depth of relationships rather than breadth. Build for small but federated computing rather than for infinitely scalable silos. Give users the best possible control over what appears in their timeline - something which Twitter can't do without losing money.

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