Why do i constantly talk bad about DRM?
because it's a protection that does more to serve the corporation than it does to serve the person buying the game
most recent example the rockstar launcher went down and RDR2 offline was not playable because it has a DRM that has to phone home to a server
DRM is going to kill pc gaming profitability by making people want to pirate games regardless of if it's legal or not
seriously support storefronts with no DRM games before pc gaming implodes
That's what sticks in my craw here. Not the policy part, not the (naive, flawed) implementation. Somebody asked the Chromium team to restrict students access to devtools and source code, and there wasn't even a discussion.
"Calm technology" seems right up the alley of a lot of folks here:
Technology should require the smallest possible amount of attention
Technology should inform and create calm
Technology can communicate, but doesn’t need to speak
Technology should work even when it fails
The right amount of technology is the minimum needed to solve the problem
Technology should respect social norms
It seems "permacomputing" is the name for what I'm interested in.
google antitrust filing thread from @firstname.lastname@example.org
RT Lock (with permission):
Ok so, I just read through all 173 pages of the unredacted Google antitrust filing and I have to say that either Google is screwed or society is screwed, we'll find out which.
Unordered list of fun things I learned:
- google has a secret deal with facebook called "Jedi Blue" that they knew was so illegal that it has a whole section describing how they'll cover for each other if anyone finds out
- google appears to have a team called gTrade that is wholly dedicated to ad market manipulation
- Google had a plan called "Project NERA" to turn the web into a walled garden they called "Not Owned But Operated". A core component of this was the forced logins to the chrome browser you've probably experienced (surprise!)
- Google is willing to do almost everything to prevent people from circumventing their ad exchanges
- This is what AMP is about
- Google habitually insider trades on their ad exchanges in every way you can think of and every way you can't. Too many ways to list here.
- The exchanges are also rigged so that google wins on bids where they aren't the highest bidder.
- A large amount of people inside google are aware of all of this
- If Google ever tells you some change will increase your ad yield, run. In fact anything they tell you is a lie
- Google has worked with Facebook and Microsoft to discourage them from increasing user privacy, lamenting occasions where they prioritized their reputation over their collective business interest
You can read the full unredacted document for yourself here:
Apparently Truth Social is having some legal issues regarding violating the AGPL. This isn't super surprising considering they seem to have lifted the #Mastodon source code wholesale and given no attribution.
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How Wikipedia dodged public outcry plaguing social media platforms https://scribe.rip/wiki-strategies/platform-a3b8c3ce901e
Hardening Firefox - September 2021 Update
In case you missed it: Privacy Tools has rebranded (or forked, whatever) as Privacy Guides! Be sure to consult their new site for the latest and greatest comprehensive lists of privacy-protecting tools and tricks!
I love how Drew DeVault is gradually turning into Richard Stallman with these half-satire advocating for digital rights: https://drewdevault.com/2021/08/10/Apple-CSAM-scanning.html
What is the best GNU/Linux distro? This is a often asked newbie question. It is what kept me distro-hoping for so many months when I first started. The answer is the one you feel comfortable using, makes you happy and you feel home on. With experience you will learn this. Take time with each one, find your home.
@drwho Yup. Isn't that amazing
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Interesting work, tracing the history of UNIX through FreeBSD.
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