AccessNow, OpenTechFund, Ranking Digital Rights, and Save Internet Freedom are fake organisations funded by Amazon, UK Foreign Office and the State Department to advance geopolitical hegemony.

’s firing of an entire threat detection and other sections of it’s team is a change in priorities that must have been in the works for quite some time already.

Reasoning a corporate strategy restructuring and cancelling of departments with COVID talk seems incredibly illogical, dissingenious and disappointing turn of events.

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So YouTube is removing community contributions, which means community-contributed captions and subtitles are not going to be available anymore.

If you have any viewership in another country, and you wish to make your content more accessible to them but you do not speak their language, or to make your content accessible for viewers who are hard of hearing or deaf, YouTube says “tough luck.”

You’ll have to find either dedicated volunteers, or hire a translator, to translate your transcript into other languages.

Which disincentivizes accessibility measures for many creators. Which is bad.

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#Protip: "Drafts" on Mastodon

Mastodon doesn't natively support a "draft mode", where in-process toots can be saved and re-edited.

... but ... you can emulate this by setting default posting to "DM", and not filling in any recipients. A DM toot not shared with any third parties is visible only to yourself. You can then post, and delete/redraft this toot until it's complete to your satisfaction.

On devices/platforms where Web content is prone to disappear without notice (o hai Chrome Android mufferphuckerz) this may prove useful, especially where researching links / content for a substantial toot.

#MastoTips #ProTips #DraftMode

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Allyship as an identity or badge of pride becomes ridiculous when you consider what the alternative is. Being an ally simply means you are not hostile to humans for their existence, and will not condone or further hostility against them. Refusing to be an enemy to humanity is just the bare minimum, like okay you're not evil cool story.

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I do think it’s interesting how vampires have gone from being a class analog to almost exclusively a queer homoerotic thing

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It's telling that 100% of TinyLetter's help pages are for people sending bulk email, and 0% are to help people who are receiving it.

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"transform a smashed smartphone into a homemade laptop"

this guy is a wizard

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Wow, there is a whole public conversation going on inside the Creative Commons copy of 'Twitter & Teargas' via

Now that's what I call hypertext

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I set up two mailing lists for the livecoding language:

one for announcements (like a newsletter) and one for questions, discussion, patches etc.

Please feel free to subscribe and share :)

Certain details are more important, than others. It's the exclusion of insignificance, or overambudnce, which allows for the birth of remarkability.

An that cannot be easily reproduced, because it applies to a very specific one case, means it's purely subjective, and therefore not really an insight about the nature of anything as such.

With modernist , there just constantly seems to be an area, or other, that feels not exhaustive enough, or not described enough yet to be considered a universal, as opposed to merely a subjective phenomenon.

It is possible to something quickly for the purposes of advancing a narrative along, or filling the page, but what takes time is making those words feel to also be worthwhile.

It's better to always be as exhaustive, as methodically covering with one's as possible.

Writing for style, or worse yet, space, is an awful habit that always leaves the important stuff unclear, and subjects it to question.

Clear , while technically good, does not so often mean that it's also worthwhile.

The reconstruction of a forgotten cannot be successfully assembled again at once, it also goes through all of the same developmental stages and forms, as the did originally.

The process of forgetting is constant simply because the speed of human expression, written or verbal, is definitely oftentimes just too slow to be able to capture all incoming variants of a thought, hence even if you know an idea from all sides, in hindsight, you can only ever capture so much of it, that certain related impressions, insights and focuses which occurred to you with the will be lost, even if you start writing as much of then as you possibly could capture, immediately.

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Abolish homework

Society has progressed past the need for homework

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Org Mode and AsciiDoc format thoughts 

Briefly considered translating my next book in #OrgMode, but decided #AsciiDocs is the better option this time since I would still be setting up and teaching myself Org Mode as I do the project, while I am more familiar with AsciiDoc. I look forward to learning Org Mode, starting small with to-do lists, and to seeing if I can use it for other future projects.

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