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"Incognito" doesn't mean private
"Direct message" doesn't mean private

The first step to bringing back privacy online is bringing back the word privacy.

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hello everynyan!!

New XBAND news! Last time I announced anything, it was just that I had gotten a Genesis game playing over a local phone setup.
Today I'm announcing a public XBAND server that anyone can connect to. Gameplay over the internet is still laggy, but most of the other features are available for use.

If you aren't familiar with XBAND, it was an early network multiplayer service for the Genesis and Super Nintendo, letting you play in real-time with players across the country, all through a 2400 baud modem. It also had two newspapers, a way to exchange mail, a friends list, player rankings, and a few other community features.

Launched in 1994, it was completely reliant on servers that were shut down in 1997, but are now revived for 2020 and beyond. Since landlines are almost completely gone these days, we've come up with a few alternate ways you can use to connect, if you have an XBAND modem. We'd love to see you on the network!

Info on the Retrocomputing.Network site:
Announcement video on YouTube:

These screenshots generated via the newspaper functionality in the XBAND OS.

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ok let's do this

announcing FennelConf Online: 2nd of January 2021 @ 22:00 UTC / 14:00 US Pacific

this is not a "proper" online conference; it's just a chill show-and-tell. take 10 or 15 minutes to talk about something neat you did with Fennel.

DM or email me if you want to show something. there is no expectation that presentations be fancy or polished. no slides please, just bring your enthusiasm.

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I don't like how many plastic bags I use when making sous vide dishes, but I do love how easy it is to prep a meal once a portion of it is already cooked and just needs to be finished.

And legitimately, some food just comes out better this way.

I found a new emulated 8-bit console on eBay in the case of an old Dendy famiclone.

I think somewhere Jean Baudrillard is spinning around in his grave.

I remember a FLOSS podcast directory that was hosted on Github from a couple of years back but can't find the name.

I'm wondering if anyone else might remember and be able to point me to it?

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The COVID-19 bill is released and hidden in it are two *enormous* copyright provisions; the Tillis bill that creates a jail felony for streaming infringements, and the "CASE act" that creates a totally new low-friction DMCA-takedown-like court that can levy five-digit fines for…well, pretty much anything, without the checks on abuse a normal court has or (to my read) adequate notice to targets they were even sued.

These have real potential to harm average Internet users.

I think I just rubber duckied a problem away that I've had for months.

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I am looking to commission someone to draw for me an artwork for an open source project of mine.

#askfedi #artwork #Python

My new home media server from TrueNAS runs Free Software out of the box and is legit beautiful.

This is perhaps the most important news in Free Culture in years.

A parody was found not to be fair use by the 9th Circuit in the US:

This is significant as it will surely impact many works, and stifle free speech.

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Indigenous people from modern day Canada and Alaska invented the first sunglasses. The oldest pair known dates back to the year 1200. They work by limiting the amount of sunlight that hits your eyes, preventing snow blindness.


All businesses need to provide some level of self-insurance, or as most of us would call it, a rainy day fund, that is able to cover full costs of between three and six months of operation.

The pandemic is terrible, and the pandemic would eat through this entirely, but that is why the insurance company themselves needed to be able to cover their bets, either by charging rates commemorate with their costs, or by taking long term investments able to cover it.

Otherwise it's just a scam.

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One of my favorite local Youtubers, Louis Rossman, has a great breakdown about why so much insurance is nonsense:

I know people will respond to this with "What about health insurance?" and "What about homeowners's insurance" etc.

All insurance works due to spreading risk. Health insurance works because of collective bargaining.

Insurance is a hedge. That's all it ever is.


Today Birdsite shut down regular access to Tweets. The only way you can access a tweet now is with an authenticated API call or with Javascript.

This should be a good indicator of how they view the world, a closing walled garden.

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So I don’t use Chrome but I have Ungoogled Chromium ( as certain things only work under Chrom(ium) and I only just realised Google requires a Google account to install extensions.


Hint: You can bypass this restriction using this the Ungoogled Extension Installer:

The lengths we have to go to in order to protect our privacy from basic everyday things is ridiculous. We need fundamental change. Surveillance capitalism needs to die.

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In 2020 "I can hear voices" is generally followed by "everyone please mute your mic when you're not speaking".

Thinking about a thread I'm having with @meejah , NYC is considering a $3 "package tax" meant to somehow "punish" Amazon and Walmart and "encourage" people to buy local- but it doesn't do anything like that.

Amazon can sell online even while local stores are entirely closed.

Big boxers will simply consolidate packages, where smaller sellers online will be sending more packages.

And as a non-progressive tax, this hurts the middle class folks the most.

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