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Most don't realize how unusual it should be that people the world over know exactly what is going on in US politics yet, if you ask Americans about these other countries, we often can't find them on a map much less do we know the 1st thing of their politics.

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Over the next few years the world is going to start to realize how bad of an idea it was to let private US tech rise to the level of public utilities while also privatizing accountability and other basic functions to the same companies who's only goal is stock price.

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It is possible to be fascinated by technology, including AI, voice recognition, etc and still horrified by the companies currently manning the gates by which people can access that technology.

Imagine if we had put 20 years of effort into making the internet a safe and productive place for people to live their lives instead of optimizing dopamine output from each individual interaction

No, FOSS solutions don't have to scale to GAFAM size. That said, they often do need to scale to small group (2-10 people) and all too often most FOSS solutions fail miserably at that.

One of the most damaging impacts of social media and the internet in general is that we've completely devalued the concepts of study and experience in nearly every topic and replaced them with a 30 second review of something read online and calling it "research" and "facts."

One of VS Code's biggest strengths is its portability. Here's how you can help leverage that in your project. chriswiegman.com/2021/09/manag

TIL: If you use the default Python extension in VS Code you have to enable Telemetry to get it to load. That is some shit right there.

My post today addresses a common issue I see in tech. TL;DR is right in the title. Yes, a college degree is still worth it. chriswiegman.com/2021/09/yes-a

*Attention Retailers*

You may think that I'm a sap
But I don't care about your app.
I would rather take a nap
Than deal with all that crap.

#SmallPoems

Whwn we say don't trust a single company with all your data, we don't mean you should give up your #privacy to multiple corporations. We mean you should protect yourself from all corporation and not trust a single soul on this.

PixelFed has just reached 50k users on 186 instances! 🥳

If you haven't tried it yet, you can find out more from the official site at:

pixelfed.org

It's a Fediverse alternative to Instagram, and federates with Mastodon etc. so millions of people across the Fediverse can follow PixelFed accounts.

PixelFed has an unofficial Android app called @PixelDroid. It's currently in beta testing, you can get it from F-Droid:

f-droid.org/packages/org.pixel

If you don't have F-Droid yet, here are instructions on how to install it:

switching.software/use/f-droid

#FediTips #Fediverse #PixelFed #PixelTips #PixelDroid #Android #Apps #Instagram #Alternatives

Netflix is where a comedian can go to make sure their list of stand-up specials takes a sudden turn where you can tell when the allegations surfaced

- Unlucky (1995)
- A Three Piece Suit (1998)
- Tireless (2004)
- Raised and Confused (2006)
- Fields of Mozzarella (2010)
- Offensive!! (2015)
- The Big Mean Man Said a Bad Word (2016)
- I'm Not Even Upset at What Happened. In Fact, I'm Laughing About It (2016)
- A Long List of Slurs (2017)

I wish I had 1/2 the purpose in life that my cat has.

I always like writing my annual "uses" post. This year is a bit different because I currently don't have a personal laptop but it was still fun. chriswiegman.com/2021/09/my-de

New blog post!

rusingh.com/2021/09/13/block-i

You can prevent your personal images from appearing in #Google's image search results.

#privacy #moa

This morning's excitement: I have a new phone charger on my desk, non-wireless as my last one died over the weekend. What's exciting about it? It looks much better than what I had.

I am truly old.

USPOL 

The biggest mistake in partisan politics is making the automatic assumption that if the other party wants it, you must oppose it.

Even a blind man hits a bullseye sometimes.

Best example: Republicans coming out against fucking public health measures....why? Because democrats want it. It's a show. All of these R pols have had the vaccine, even Trump. But gotta play for the crowd. Dance, clowns, dance.

I started A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett again the other day. It is one of very few books I read over and over again every year or two and, after 20 years, it is still one of my a solute favorites.

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