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the story of how workplace collectivization came to make sense to the dankwraith

them: ok you know how you vote for political reps

me: yeah

them: you spend a lot of time at work and it has a lot of power over your life... why cant you vote at work

me: :surprised_pikachu:

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FELLAS is it gay to fulfill? You basically emotionallying or artistically <xref>satisfy</xref> 🤔😔

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brexit, democracy Show more

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60 years of computer engineering developing reliable and fault tolerant file transfer protocols culminate with users uploading multi-gigabyte files through a webpage with no resume functionality.

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I can’t believe nobody told me that regular exercise actually makes you feel better [extremely ignoring literally every single person in my life for 29 years voice] I SAID I CAN’T BELIEVE NOBODY TOLD ME

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PSA: cursing Show more

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milkshake politics Show more

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making abortion illegal won't make it magically go away. it will just make people seek less safe means of aborting, which leads to even more death (as abortion is normally a very safe procedure but can be pretty oof if not done safely)
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"but if the Nazis and Fascists don't feel safe out on the streets, aren't you just as bad as them?"

No, because we are protecting the people they want to kill. And with that in perspective, a milkshake to the face is a mild action.

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caps, genocide mention Show more

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> Readers believed that cryptography was a kind of magic security dust that they could sprinkle over their software and make it secure. That they could invoke magic spells like “128-bit key” and “public-key infrastructure.”
> Since writing the book, I have made a living as a cryptography consultant: designing and analyzing security systems[...] I found that the weak points had nothing to do with the mathematics. They were in the hardware, the software, the networks, and the people.

B Schneier

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Boy, this is worse than I ever imagined.

At some point in time in the past we all pushed towards standards and flamed Microsoft for not respecting them (for example, IE6).

Nowadays, we don't give a shit about standards and unilaterally decide which standard to respect. Yet we keep complaining about incompatibilities and providers or services breaking.

This is not how the Internet works you guys. Standards should be the single most important thing you follow here. This is how we got here.

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like seriously. if you hate what Gargron is doing with Mastodon, switch your instance to glitch or something. it's easy to do. you just pull from the glitch repo instead and follow normal upgrade procedure.
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so you know how i've been warning y'all that any secure communication platform that's installed from a corporate app store is vulnerable to the state subverting that corporation, even if we assume the corporation is benevolent in the first place?

trump has now, by *executive order,* forced a major american corporation to lock out a single manufacturer's entire range of devices from all of its services. huawei devices can no longer use any google services, at the command of a one murderous sociopath in the oval office. not congress, not the FCC - the president, alone.

that vulnerability is no longer hypothetical.
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