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I think my philosophy when making software is that it should work for people with zero money or no bank account / credit card.

I know it's not a popular mindset to be in since money and profit is everything in the tech world.

I think it comes from growing up as a kid with no disposable income or access to anything but my shitty computer.

I'd rather support people with almost nothing than people with latest and greatest tech gizmos and spare cash for subscription services. 😅

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Thread of stuff I wanna buy. Will "like" my own toot if I get it.

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I'm gonna use this yhread as a way to keep track of links to read and like my own posts when I get around to them.

Made a script to redirect zoom to the web version automatically. I hate the zoom app and I hate having to manually convert invites :P

DuckDuckGo, Microsoft Copilot, ChatGPT's web search, Ecosia, and Qwant all stopped working this morning because of Bing API. 😂 And they want Microsoft Copilot deeply integrated with Windows OS. Imagine someone is unable to book emergency medical appointments because Microsoft Copilot is down or you can't withdraw money or transfer funds through netbanking because AI and screenshot services are down. This is a good example of why we must not trust someone like Microsoft for anything serious.

Potentially this could lead to some easy to use node APIs?

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A nightmare woke me up a couple hours early today so I decompressed by getting to run inside node.js via Neon bindings to Rust.

The Willow Sideloading protocol is a new protocol for securely delivering Willow data by whatever means possible. USB keys, email attachments, torrents, and other ad-hoc means make a “sidenet” we can use to deliver eventually consistent data using the infrastructure users already have.

companies don’t build for users, they build for the shareholders. and the shareholders don’t use what companies build, nor do they talk to users.

i don’t know how to fix this, but framing the challenge this way has given me ideas and decisions to consider vs fully losing hope which many of us have exhaustively been fighting.

We already have something that actually can achieve the human-level performance that keeps being claimed by these charlatans yet not attained, it’s called humans. Imagine what investing $7 trillion in humans could accomplish.

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@datakid The ongoing erosion of my ability to tell where information I enter into any random text box on my computer is sent and stored has me increasingly tempted to switch back to a 386 and WordPerfect 5.whatever for MS-DOS

Our commitment to the fediverse is here to stay.

Today, we launched our new Mastodon instance. It will ensure a privacy-focused space to engage with and get the latest from our Commissioners, departments, and the official voices of the Commission.

We want to thank @Mastodon for stewarding us and helping us make this possible.

Fostering European digital players is vital to our strategy for a stronger #DigitalEU.

This is a unique opportunity to grow the community even more. Let's get there!

For those who aren’t aware, Microsoft have decided to bake essentially an infostealer into base Windows OS and enable by default.

From the Microsoft FAQ: “Note that Recall does not perform content moderation. It will not hide information such as passwords or financial account numbers."

Info is stored locally - but rather than something like Redline stealing your local browser password vault, now they can just steal the last 3 months of everything you’ve typed and viewed in one database.

oh wow I had a great long weekend disconnecting from cyberspace. I'm excited to take this energy and write some code this week 😈💜

From now on instead of a phone, I just have a raspberry pi strapped to my belt buckle with a giant battery pack in my backpack and a keyboard on my arm

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Just read an article about how Apple is going to incorporate openAI into the next iOS and it made me realize I need to maybe get a pine phone

I know this is going to be an opinion that a lot of people disagree with, but hear me out:

If you're going to "game-ify" your service... make it optional.

I'm not talking "you can just ignore it" optional. I'm not talking "just don't take it seriously" optional.

No. Let me disable it.

I want to use DuoLingo and NOT know what my ranking is or who my stuff is being compared to or what my score is? Let me.

I want to disable achievements on my Xbox or Steam? Let me.

It's not that hard.


Ugh! So #Libby is selling our data, not shocking after they were acquired... but there are alternatives that are below that public libraries can use! I personally recommend libraries use the Palace Project because of their #Accessibility focused design but links are below!

For the Libby #Enshittification background, read

Part 2

For the targeted ad investigation, read

One of them is Library Simplified

The Palace Project looks awesome and is fully accessible, screen reader wise! Librarians should check out

#Library #Privacy #Librarian #LibbyApp

hackers, in fiction: trying to take control of other people’s devices and steal their data

hackers, in reality: trying to take control over their own devices and prevent others from getting their own data

SaaS kinda feels like extortion sometimes. Bht I guess that's the core of capitalism?

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Escape ship from centralized social media run by Mauve.