The other day I was sure I had seen an otter crossing the road, but on second thought, I Show more
@platypus to be honest i kinda interpret that stuff more as "you can't be so efficient that they'll stop trying to overwork you"
« [...] surveillance capitalism makes it harder to organize effective long-term dissent. In an setting where attention is convertible into money, social media will always reward drama, dissent, conflict, iconoclasm and strife. There will be no comparable rewards for cooperation, de-escalation, consensus-building, or compromise, qualities that are essential for the slow work of building a movement. »
― Maciej Cegłowski https://idlewords.com/talks/build_a_better_monster.htm
Corporate surveillance Show more
@pixelfed I notice there's a gOgle #reCaptcha on pixelfed.org. Please ... don't do that.
So, got a job with the Academy that took over my school. Nice. After the interview I had a chat with a friend who heads their HR and joked I'd like my job title to be IT Manager - Special Operations (currently Special Projects, for whatever bizarre reason). Turns out she didn't recognise my trademark deadpan humour and notified the Academy Head of my request! Whilst it will give me endless joy, not sure it's the best way to start!!!
VHS, Eurotrash, glitch, aliens, boobs & butts Show more
The highlight of this evening has been ripping the old VHS tape I'm calling "Ufrotrash".
In the 90s I apparently taped over a documentary about alien abduction with an episode of Eurotrash & the previous audio track keeps leaking through. Here's a few (censored) samples!
utopianism, sci-fi Show more
it is said, write what you can’t not write. write what you want to read. write what hurts, what reveals, what illuminates, even as you may not understand what you are illuminating or why.
i’m writing this story because i want more stories about positive, post-scarcity social relations — even as complex social and material tensions remain.
utopia is something we do for each other. it is something we owe each other.
Secure messaging vs. services 3/3: Please ignore the server behind the curtain Show more
There's no way to know if your friend is being a dumbass and handing their keys to someone else. You can't *force* them to self-identify, either.
AFAIK this hasn't happened with e.g. Signal, but people happily do it with email.
Is there a general solution to this problem?
Secure messaging vs. services 2/3: The worst game of Mafia Show more
At this point, people maybe get nervous: You can't tell whose "client" is actually a service, maybe run by an adtech company like Google or some other disreputable party. So now you have two classes of users: Those with true end-to-end, and those who are actually Google wearing your friend's face.
How can you tell if your message is really secure? You can't.
Boston-area meat construct ␥ I just do what the plants tell me ␥ I'd rather be pentesting^Wsleeping^Wundermining the client-server paradigm
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