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#psa You should probably stop using Startpage.com as a search engine.

#Startpage appears to have sold out to a company called "System1" who are a "pay-per-click behavioral ad company"

techrights.org/2019/10/16/star
github.com/privacytoolsIO/priv

Please boost for exposure.

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HACKERS: Hey, github is owned by Microsoft and is ipso facto evil. Let's move to Gitlab!

GITLAB: We explicitly endorse evil and ban employees from complaining about it

theregister.co.uk/2019/10/16/g

Hey y'all for now I'm tooting from a vanity instance I spun up called spacewizard.space

If you follow me here, maybe follow me there?

spacewizard.space/web/accounts

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OH MY GOD IT'S A REAL LIVE BELIEVER IN THE FOMENKO CHRONOLOGY

The theory that 1000 years of western history are a hoax, and it's actually the year 1019, or something like that

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Chro

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The denizens of zotum.net seem to be kind of.... interesting....

These thoughts provoked by seeing people post youtube music links on the same day as seeing the announcement of mastodon 3.0 here mention media: blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/10/

What if there was a bot where you could notify it of a toot with a link to a youtube song, and it would reply with a toot containing the audio from that youtube song *embedded in the toot*?

I bet you could write that bot today without too much trouble.

But you know... these days a decent copy of a whole pop song doesn't take much more storage than a single good photograph. Masto's decentralized, not an easy target for takedowns, who wants to waste a lawyer on randoServerWithThreeUsers dot social?

Could there be a world where we actually share music again?

But in general "streaming" has been seen as OK because you don't get to keep a copy of what you stream so potentially whoever's sending out the stream can repeatedly monetize it through ads. These post-flash days, it's much more possible to save copies of stuff but the UI generally isn't available, you need a Firefox plugin or a Python script or some shit. And where would you keep it on your mobile phone even if you did download it?....

I guess it's been considered OK to link to youtube videos because copyright is youtube's problem at that point, not the linker's. If youtube leaves it up, that's on them, not you. And youtube did leave a lot of stuff up, though they took a lot down. And they've achieved some kind of equilibrium thanks to Youtube's monetization of other people's uploads to the benefit of copyright holders, which carries so many of its own problems.

Apparently the latest mastodon has better audio upload.

Sharing audio outside the context of Youtube videos has been taboo on the internet for so long, partly because it used to be a heavy thing to host and partly because in the post-Napster era it was aggressively attacked by copyright lawyers. You could share all the copyrighted photos you wanted and nobody would care, but one pop song would get you lawyered to death.

Every couple weeks I get together with local Esperantists to talk Esperanto in the evening. Then during the work day I try and refill my brain with E-o by playing Esperanto music at work. So that's today!

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Fuck Blizzard. Fuck China. Free Hong Kong.

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Someone earlier said Jeff Bezos makes more in a week than you could have earned at $5k/day since Columbus reached the US.

I didn't believe it.

I checked.

It appears to be true.

This is disgusting.

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What if there was a roleplaying game where the motivations of cultural antagonist NPCs were quid pro quo thinking and self-serving ideas about justice?

salon.com/2019/10/04/trove-of-

Drums of Death, y'all. youtube.com/watch?v=SINOvqXXiP

I love the science fiction thing going on in the background in this song.

Wish my aging Gen X ass a happy 50th bithday, kids.

Ah crap, do I try to do Inktober this year? I flake out every time, sometimes sooner, sometimes later....

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