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For the last decade or so it is the first time in history when artists no longer need labels for distribution. There is no more need to make physical copies of records and even recordings themselves can be made with considerably less effort and expense.
While corporations still have more means to maximize profits - it is possible to earn without them as well. Maybe this explains increasingly louder screeching of copyright industry we see these years. It was questionable symbiosis before and now it is clear parasitism. The parasite doesn't want to die.
#copyright #DigitalRights #freedom
At the top of that precarious stack was, as with similar proposals in the United States, client-side scanning. ... Unalterable computer code that runs on your own device, comparing in real-time the contents of your messages to an unauditable ban-list, stands directly opposed to the privacy assurances that the term “end-to-end encryption” is understood to convey. It’s the same approach used by China to keep track of political conversations on services like WeChat, and has no place in a tool that claims to keep conversations private.#Internet #freedom #WarOnEncryption #privacy #RightToPrivacy
It’s also a drastically invasive step by any government that wishes to mandate it. For the first time outside authoritarian regimes, Europe would be declaring which Internet communication programs are lawful, and which are not.
This is all you need to know about freedom of speech or justice in #Russia of today.
Nostalgia... I had this one too :)
The article keeps talking about "more modern file transfer protocols" but to be honest I am not sure which ones. Sure - rsync and git are fine for server management and development and BitTorrent and such are great for publishing. However FTP shined in its own niche of providing structured catalog of information which could be easily navigated and manipulated. I am not aware of any better modern alternatives to this - especially when we are talking public access. SFTP - sure, it exists but I almost never see it used for guest access. While it could be used like that - it just doesn't.
To be honest I think it is not FTP that gets obsolete, it is just companies no longer want to provide this kind of service - just letting users freely browse file structure of their archives. Same happens with direct HTTP links. You are not supposed to just download stuff you want anymore. Here, have a cookie first, solve a captcha, confirm your email, pass fraud detection, look at our offers. Then maybe we let you.
#thoughts #internet #ftp
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Call from work comes. Apparently someone lost some data and they need backups. I am not the only one who can do this but they need it fast. Since I have my laptop with me I decide to help. I take it out, connect and do what needs to be done while connection drops about every 15 seconds.
Then I feel like someone is looking at me. I lift my eyes from the screen and see that woman. She is looking in my direction and she is shining. We make eye contact and she turns her gaze away yet her smile stays on.
I am confused. Certainly it is not me. I am not that charming. Not in these circumstances anyway. Then I get it. My laptop lid. And huge cat sticker on it. It can have this effect on people.
#caturday #story from #life
Sure, it doesn't happen until you break the law but you get the idea.
Encryption however now is available to everyone. It doesn't do much but can make a piece of information yours. Just that. And if used correctly it can't be broken - at least not right here and now. It is a bit of superpower. Governments all around the world don't want their citizens to have superpowers, no matter how harmless they are.
#thoughts #news #encryption #freedom
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If you think democracy is all about the loudest voice being heard and obeyed - it is not democracy but mob rule. If you want to eradicate wrong opinions - not to disprove them or convince people not to follow them but to shut them up - I have even worse news for you.
The idea of democracy is not about to "win" an argument. It is about making sure the discussion keeps going.
You don't want to be like them, right.
Janette came anyway. She was standing in small crowd looking at the fresh grave and felt like she made a mistake.
"This is definitely her" - someone quietly said behind her back. She took out her phone and screen reflection caught two tall men in suits approaching. Now they were standing right next to her. A police car stopped in the distance. Any moment now.
The men pushed her away and darted towards trees on the other side. Loud shriek followed as they grabbed a woman standing there and knocked her on the ground. Her umbrella rolled. A van appeared out of nowhere plowing right through bushes, its door opened and closed with a loud bang and then everyone was gone. The patrol car disappeared too.
Shaken up people started to disperse and Janette left with them.
He always cared about her.
The only good thing about flying is actually getting somewhere. Everything else is complete nightmare, even with better "packages".
People are strange.
One thing I really don't get about open social networks is "defederation" craze (on Diaspora it is more known as "shadowbanning") which is when one server blocks communication with another one.
I can get it when it happens as the last resort measure against spam attacks or other malicious interference but why on Earth any user would want it otherwise?
Would someone want cars hardwired not to drive to certain areas at all? Music players with censorship built-in blocking certain types of sounds from being played? E-mail which refuses to deliver messages to certain addresses?
There is damn blocklist (some platforms also have mute and ignore), use these as you like and stop your spreading your #fediblock bullshit. It is plain harmful for the network.
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Recently my cats discovered how my phone liked to warm up for no reason depleting battery in the process.
Now when I misplace my phone I find it much faster. It is under one of the cats.
Curiously BBC article sounds like the protest was over by the time it was published. However according to the video feeds the protest is still going on, one hour later.
Germany announced a minimum €50 fine for people caught not wearing face masks where it is compulsory. This probably was the push that triggered this.
Every article covering the protest in Berlin seems to mention "alt-right present among the protesters". I am not sure how relevant it is. It doesn't seem to be alt-right event and alt-right are seen at many events because they either want to piggyback on publicity or also support the idea - which doesn't say anything about the idea itself.
Military priests! These are variants of proposed uniform.
Here's a live one. The T-shirt on the table says "Warrior of Christ".
Some accessories. Note that candles are not traditionally yellow but in camo.
These developments seem only logical as mobile churches were developed somewhere in 2011. Now we need battle priests.