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This is exactly why apps doing the instance blocking is a slippery slope. here's some mastodon idiot arguing for the blocking of """known nazi havens""", not just blocking Gab when it comes here.

In 2019 you can be called a Nazi for any reason, like drinking milk or enjoying video games, when really you are far from what they say you are.

While opposing actual, real nazis is a genuine moral imperative, that's not what these people are doing. They are just in the business of giving anybody they don't like an extreme label to justify drastic action in response.

When the product is free, you are not the customer.

Sounds like Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be a worthwhile game for the social commentary alone if they stick to themes from the RPG source material

block recommendation 

Due to the recent discussions about Tusky merging their Gab ban, I'm reposting my series "Imagine if _all_ applications were developed the same way as Fedi apps" with slightly improved screenshots and a new one.

Also, I'd like to clarify my stance on this matter since people thought I'd support Gab or that I'd make inaccurate comparisons.

My motivation for posting these screenshots is that I think blocks like this don't belong in software that is completely detached from the stuff it displays.
Kinds of software that belong in this category are web browsers, email clients, music players, text editors, and also Fedi apps such as Tusky or Fedilab. They are merely tools that allow people to use certain contents or services, but they don't host them and therefore aren't responsible for them.
To me, this isn't a matter of free speech or some free software principles. As a user, I simply don't want developers to force their personal/political opinions onto me in that way. And here is why:

Imagine if more software implemented various kinds of blocks against things the developer doesn't want to support. I'm sure many of you now may think "Cool, so they block things for bad people. How is this a problem?"

The problem is that your view of what "bad people" are or how they should be handled by the software doesn't necessarily have to agree with the developers' views.

A good example for this is the file browser screenshot: Among other files, the message lists a Torrent for an Arch Linux image as blocked. Most likely, the imaginary developer thinks that Torrents are used too often to distribute illegal things, so making them harder to use is more beneficial than not doing it. Would you agree with this?

In the long run, this problem may become worse. What if the political climate in our society shifted and over time, some of the opinions you or people you like/follow/... hold were considered harmful by many software developers? What if you were confronted with messages like the ones in the screenshots all the time because of that?

Many people don't expect that measures taken against "bad people" could ever affect them negatively. After all, they are good people.
This is actually very similar to discussions about privacy invasions, where there are people who "have nothing to hide" and therefore don't care about such problems.

That's the situation I was trying to convey with these screenshots in the same way Black Mirror shows how current technological trends could lead to negative impacts on our society.
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If you put a computer in charge of solving some decision-making problem, keep in mind that computers can't make decisions.

You are actually putting programmers in charge.

And if that doesn't terrify you, go ask a programmer how much they trust software.

Booted partner's machine (they use Windows 7 still) and this promptly showed in my pi-hole:

They aren't even trying to hide it.

Medieval diseases, gangs, corruption, crime, crumbling infrastructure, out-of-touch wealthy elites … Yep, that's California.

On Facebook's payment system:

"Can't wait for a cryptocurrency with the ethics of Uber, the censorship resistance of Paypal, and the centralization of Visa, all tied together under the proven privacy of Facebook."

it's time to read the middle english wikipedia article about frogges 

What will you do when you need to make facebook bucks to survive?

I know what company scrip was like... my ancestors warned me about it.

They are coming to take your liberty... even more of it.

We make a stand or we fall together.

Touch screens have no place in a car. Drove a Mazda while vacationing about 2 years ago and the HUD is quite nice. Glad they're actually testing experimentally instead of giving into a fad.

Needles & feces in the street, a dying middle class, the country's highest poverty rate, policies that prioritize illegal aliens over ailing American citizens. California is still a symbol. But today it's a symbol of everything that's going wrong with this country. #MAGA #UniteBlue #Democrats #DemocraticParty 

It turns out that setting a timer on your phone is not the best response to, "Can we be serious for a minute?"

Welp, there's some news about #Tusky and its censorship. The PR made for banning "hate speech instances" has been merged ( So, there's censorship at application level instead of instances-admin banning those "hate speech instances".

Do you see the problem here? The fediverse wasn't supposed to be so. And now we have Twitter but in a lot of servers deployed and communicating with each other, just because a couple of persons find everything offending.

The argument to merge the change is because you can revert the commit and so. What a shitty argument by the maintainer.

So I really discourage using #Tusky even being able to remove the ban, just because of the people which are part of the problem.
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