“Most advertising is crap because it is designed to be watched by people too stupid to block advertising.”
Wow, man, no. This is such blatant victim blaming. Most advertising is crap because it is part of a horrid Silicon Valley Big Tech surveillance machine built by asshole engineers on six figure salaries. As someone who makes a tracker blocker, let me tell you: tracker/ad blockers shouldn’t have to exist. And they wouldn’t if we regulated the real culprits properly.
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To put it another way: if we leave the definition of the Internet to the US Federal Trade Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority, we shouldn’t be surprised if the result is focused on companies and competition, rather than people and cooperation. " https://www.mnot.net/blog/2021/06/21/standards-competition-governance
In case you're wondering what kind of spam #FDroid is receiving, here's one fresh from our junk folder. 😅
𝑀𝑦 𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑋𝑋𝑋 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑌𝑌𝑌 𝑎 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑦. 𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑐𝑜𝑜𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝐹-𝐷𝑟𝑜𝑖𝑑. 𝐶𝑎𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑣𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑧𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛?
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On monday I'm presenting a paper on solar.lowtechmagazine.com during the 'Computing within #Limits' conference.
In the paper I'm describing the design choices we made, such as designing for unavailability and how they were based on reducing a few key metrics such as data transferred, calculations per request and use of third party services. This opens up a way of thinking about #degrowth and ICT. We should be looking in to that waaaay more.
The paper also tries to implicitly answer the 'how do we do sustainable web design?' question and argues aiming for reduction (of bytes transferred, computation and infra required) as useful rule of thumbs guiding a design. That is to say, solar protocols, 'low tech look', 3.5MB dithered images, green CDNs etc ain't it.
However, it also self-criticizes solar.lowtechmagazine.com for the fact that it is so unreproducible and a very limited and 'easy' use case. So yeah no answer but thinking through degrowth should definitely be considered as the direction of the answer..
The Government has announced
1st July will be the start of English NHS patients data upload to a central database - unless you opt out
I'm no techie, but if "major websites" are down then perhaps the problem isn't with the tech but with the fact that there's such a thing as a "major website"
There's no reason we all have to visit the same ten websites as each other every day, support the little guys
I like the way this place works, where there are lots of little sites and you can choose the ones you interact with, but they're all interlinked on a network, you know, like a kind of inter... net...?
Welcome to the Internet - Bo Burnham (from "INSIDE"): https://inv.riverside.rocks/watch?v=k1BneeJTDcU (YouTube via Invidious, music video)
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.”
fun fact: the dude who did that song "cars" in the 80's is still alive and making music AND IT'S LIKE THIS
Stack Overflow bought for 1.8bn
independent, no changes, blah blah blah. Sorry, but I've heard that song before. When you're not printing money fast enough is when the founders start taking time off and pursuing other projects. Then the screws come out and the water comes to a boil.
Just remember folks that your community is not an asset, it's your reason for existing at all. Many companies forget this.
Kate Raworth on Why Our Times Demand 'Doughnut Economics' https://david-bollier.simplecast.com/episodes/kate-raworth-why-our-times-demand-doughnut-economics
ALERT: If you have an Amazon device in your home, it is shortly going to start sharing your internet connection with strangers. opt out now, and then light that piece of shit on fire!
There's some interesting takes on #cyberpunk here:
Do we need Big Tech to stream video? Our two guests don’t think so…
(And I will attempt to setup and stream to an Owncast server live in under a minute using the Small Web host we’re creating called Basil.)
Watch live at 5PM Irish time:
(Have your cam ready if you want to join in.)