A few of the tech old guard, people who benefited from the weblog bubble, who see the cryptobubble, want to cash in on it without losing their reputation, and so insist that crypto is just like the “early internet”

Because that’s what the early internet was for them

The weblog bubble was hyperinflated mix of adwords fraud, content farms, spam blogs, and grifters grifting the gullible (“here’s how to get rich from blogging”)

@Gargron @IzzyOnDroid @dukethereal @yesfreenet

To be fair, there are interactive EU accounts, @EC_OSPO does reply to toots.

The EU has factions who are really keen on the Fedi as the way forward (that's why they set up EU servers!), but other factions who think they should only use Twitter/Facebook etc.

We ought to support the pro-Fedi factions by engaging with the server's accounts constructively (including constructive criticism), and show the EU why Fedi is better than Twitter/Facebook.

I'll be glad if crypto becomes unviable. It's a nasty, grifting ecologically destructive system designed to make a tiny minority rich.

But I feel really sorry for all the ordinary folks who've gotten pulled into it, hoping to escape the misery of late stage capitalism. Who will give them hope now?

#crypto #cryptocrash

Optimist: The glass is ½ full.
Pessimist: The glass is ½ empty.
Excel: The glass is January 2nd.

uspol, reproductive rights 

Rickie Solinger: "When we talk with such focus on the physical danger that criminalization causes and we don't talk about the danger to women's human status, we are allowing ourselves to make a consumer rights argument rather than a human rights argument. This is a terrible mistake." nplusonemag.com/online-only/on

@darekkay Nice.

This seems like a bug though: All of the <a> hrefs are empty for me (Firefox 99.0.1 MacOS)

When we created ODF 20+ years ago, Microsoft first laughed at the committee at OASIS, then made OOXML to render it moot, then rigged ISO to make OOXML a standard, then implemented ODF and now participates in the ODF committee and helps fund its work through COSM.

#Bluesky is Twitter's OOXML to #ActivityPub and it's at the "rigging ISO" stage.

Morning thoughts, unicorns, startup culture 

I think there's a huge desire to find the next unicorn within the UK and Europe and that is to the detriment of our entire tech ecosystem.

We should not be trying to emulate companies that make money out of the capture of millions of accounts and their data.

We should be trying to build an ecosystem of lots of smaller companies and encouraging them to partner together. Creating a culture of cooperation rather than competition.

#Security: we make sure we won’t pass your data to anyone who hasn’t paid us for it

#Privacy: we won’t manipulate you or interfere with your life

#DataProtection: fairness, lawfulness, transparency, minimisation, adequacy, storage limitation, security, accountability

Security without privacy and data protection; is just another vehicle for imposing tyranny

#Security: you’re locked inside this room and the only exit is guarded

#Privacy: you *chose* to be locked inside this room, you have your own set of keys and the guard at the exit won’t stop you leaving if you want to.


Level 10 ecologist: Plant trees to help climate change
Level 50 ecologist: Restore ecosystems with large predators so that tree saplings can grow naturally
Level 9001 ecologist: Release lions on golf courses

Did you see the news that all of the #JWST instruments are aligned now?

Check out this comparison of one of the newly released calibration images from the MIRI instrument compared to images taken of the same region of space by the WISE and Spitzer space telescopes! Look at that resolution! So many newly resolved stars and structures! 🤩

I can't wait for all the new discoveries we'll make with JWST! #Science data starts in only a couple months!

(Image from @/AndrasGasper on birdapp)

How about this for the weekend?

Earlier today we published a study showing that public services need to nurture and sustain vulnerable small projects


So apparently using 'delete and re-draft' on a toot with media doesn't retain the image on the toot.

Took me three attempts to post that two toot combo correctly 💀

UKPol, Broadcast white paper 

What does that even mean? Which other human rights do the government think are chilling free speech?

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UKPol, Broadcast white paper 

A big WTF moment reading this from the government's broadcasting white paper

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