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Call me crazy, but maybe free speech isn't about choosing the "right" billionaire or government to protect it.

Maybe if we want free speech, we should make it impossible for billionaires and governments to shut it down.

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Seems to me, people general put their faith into the wrong things.

Show thread Wow, Ms Dalton does not have an informed view. It's depressing to think such people have a role in developing local gov't policy and allocating resources. :(

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The whole Bluesky thing is hilariously bad.

All blockchains are scamtech. Why?

They exist either to actively scam you (all cryptocurrencies and NFTs fall into this camp),


they exist to legitimise blockchain as a technology, so that you are more vulnerable to number 1.

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Hello toot friends, I bring #antiLawn memes.
I'm hoping to radicalise you all against the boring monoculture lawn and turn you into biodiversity defenders.


This is a pretty solid take, I think: The opposition have, in recent years, been almost entirely pointless.

Who'll pay for homes threatened by rising sea levels in NZ? Not insurers: 'They’ve made their position clear — they won’t be paying for it.' It gets worse, the new, dire predictions of increased rates of sea level "... don’t account for the latest predictions of polar ice sheet tipping points: major sea-level rise is on its way." Flood-threatened properties have already lost much/most of their value, most people just haven't realised it yet.

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I am reading the #Bluesky #ADX architecture outline. First impression is that it seems quite complicated. The topology looks a lot like the fediverse but everything is a Merkle tree and identity is tied to something that looks a lot like a blockchain.

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At work I'm using Teams and Outlook on the web because the Windows apps keep crashing and refusing to work until after a Windows reboot. MS is failing epicly at their core business of writing Windows applications. What's the point of using Windows if using a browser (maybe on Linux desktop or Chrome book) gives a better result?

A good write up about Fosstodon's scaling woes and their eventual success in meeting the new demand! Well done.

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@lightweight yeah, most people probably have no idea you can block things so granularly!

So much wasted bandwidth on the modern web, for little to no reason...

Well, this exposes of how electricity works is very interesting, and despite physics degree, fills in some gaps in my knowledge (assuming I've understood it properly). or

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Just saw a CC No Derivatives licensed artwork fly through my timeline. I have opinions on -ND:

Short version:
ND doesn't stop bad things (say, appropriation) from being done, while stopping good things (say, translation) from being done.

On a broader level it makes promoting and building libre-culture together harder.

ShareAlike is as effective at stopping some bad things (say, corporations using stuff in ads) from happening, while explicitly allowing the good.

#Art #Culture

Just managed to book our whānau in for our first southern Great Walk, a year from now. But only just.

The general usability of NZ gov't websites (particularly those built on proprietary Microsoft technologies, like DOC's) does not inspire confidence.

#religion #uspol 

In a different family, community, or region of the world, I am sure she would've attributed the experience's causality differently. Or she would've deemed all the conventional options unacceptable/implausible and chosen "none of the above", like I did.

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