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@fribbledom I don’t think the tech is good or redeemable in its current form. Blockchain is a really bad name for consensus algorithms on top of a merkle *tree*. Proof of Work is about the worst possible consensus algorithm you could possibly imagine, and as implemented is a scary distributed preimage attack on hash algorithms. I’m personally tired of all the “Bitcoin is bad but blockchain is redeemable” narratives. Blockchain is bad and we need to stop throwing good money at it.

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It's clear that cats attain levels of contentment out of reach of any mere human

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@vfrmedia @salixlucida @liaizon a few long time fediversians have commented that there have been "two fediverses" for awhile now. I dare say that that split began in earnest when Mastodon became established which added meaningful moderation tools that GNU social lacked and Pleroma followed with effective moderation/filtering tools as well.

This enabled federation to split between safe/responsible and toxic factions. I believe that this will largely continue given past history.

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Copyright Grump 

Content Cartel: *overlays advertisements for other shows on what you're watching*
Content Cartel: *fills DVDs with unskippable ads*
Content Cartel: *fails to include commentary/extras with streaming films*
Content Cartel: *Fragments into nine billion streaming services each of which exclusively holds three things you want to watch*
Content Cartel: *makes the hardware you buy your active enemy*
Content Cartel: *takes things out of circulation entirely but sues and sends takedowns to people who try to keep them available*

Content Cartel: "I just don't understand how people could be so mean and lawless as to acquire media in ways other than the official channels we dictate! ;( ;( ;("
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#CatsOfMastodon close-up photo of my tortie Aria ... her eyes are so beautiful 😻

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matrix.org/blog/2020/12/18/int This was unexpected... a masto/twitter-like service cobbled from the Matrix framework. Diversity of approaches seems good, and this is coming from outside the ActivityPub-based sphere. Very curious as to what the social consequences of a mainstreamed version of "reputation feeds" would be.

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@calculsoberic @DinkaChica @esvrld I'm atheist but i like some Buddhist stuff metaphorically and, well, I've always believed that, if you interpret it metaphorically, all cats are Buddhas.

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pragmatism is when you cede respect and authority to the very people who want to destroy you and hope they'll let you compromise, and the more you cede the more pragmatic it is

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In the grand tradition of civil disobedience, we must keep on sailing the high seas ☠️

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If this passes, I would encourage people who are concerned about prosecution under the new law to move hosting and domain registration to njal.la.

njal.la was founded by Peter Sunde (co-founder of The Pirate Bay) to allow for registry of domains (and now hosting) that are immune to copyright bullies.

njal.la's blog is also very similar to The Pirate Bay's old "legal" page.

This is one of my favorites, and is an exchange njal.la had with lawyers from The New York Times: njal.la/blog/about-those-threa

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Urgent uspol: DMCA violations might land you in prison (please boost) 

Yes, DMCA violations may land you in prison for up to a year. They would also be classed as a felony, which among other things would make it so you aren't able to vote.

This modification to the DMCA was silently slipped into a stimulus bill which is being voted on in **two days**.

Here is a video with more information: invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=

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the thing is, when people say anarchy will fail, they're right when they visualize the world switching right to anarchy overnight
I feel like the actual project of anarchy is creating a culture where people genuinely give a shit about each other, which is why I'm fine thinking that we'll probably never "win" because every step on the path to anarchy means living in a slightly more tolerable world.

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