> Some said the role of tech leaders in supporting last year’s anti-police brutality protests was the final straw for the government.
> The defiant protesters held their ground, singing the national anthem and chanting, when a convoy of soldiers arrived. Shortly thereafter, according to a CNN investigation, the soldiers fired live ammunition to disperse the crowd of young people. [...] At least 15 people died that evening
> Over the last year, the Nigerian tech community has been rattled by arbitrary startup regulation, a cryptocurrency ban, and a Twitter ban entering its fourth month. Nigeria has also seen telecomms shutdowns in two states, ostensibly for security reasons.
@waxwing All of them, as there's no PIN or other secret to decrypt any of them when starting the app.
@waxwing Yes, Zeus. Was just exactly as you describe and I did not investigate at the time.
@waxwing Had the same issue when I tried it out a few months ago, but was mainly put off by the fact that it stored credentials unencrypted.
@polychrome Yes, I realize that. But they should really just run their own Pixelfed. Alas, most don't have an IT person in their organization, who could know about these things and set them up.
You could then still sync posts from the open web to the various silos, except for the ones that have disabled their post APIs.
@polychrome Clearly there's no way for them to post to their own website, and there cannot possibly be one...
Museums are finding it nearly impossible to post imagery containing artistic nudity on social media because their posts keep getting deleted and accounts suspended or banned, so Vienna's museums opened a page on OnlyFans.
TikTok closed the Alberta museum account for showing an obscured woman's breast.
Facebook ruled the 25,000 year old Venus of Willendorf figurine as pornographic and removed the post.
Netflix just chose to help the U.S. government with smearing Julian Assange just 3 days before his crucial extradition court hearing, by offering a blatant propaganda film from 2013 to their users:
@jkb Wow! I thought you were just a little bit ignorant about something you hadn't researched enough when I first replied. But the amount of obviously and provably false assertions and conclusions you just wrote up there is truly staggering. It's well too much BS for me to refute in even a few posts, and I don't actually care about the opinions of rich Westeners unwilling to understand the world they inhabit, or consider the lives of half of humanity. Have a nice day! I'm out.
So please, don't give me this "the war about the word #hacker is lost" bullshit. It's not. We just keep surrendering and undermining our own position.
So, stop using the word "hacker" to mean "cybercriminal". Stop using the word "hack" to mean "breach" or "compromise".
There are better words.
Like "cybercriminal", "breach", "compromise".
Thanks for coming to my TED talk.
@jcbrand @mxtthxw @jkb Yes, you could theoretically surpass VISA capacity for very little money by spinning up a bunch of Lightning Nodes on cloud VMs and doing txs over fee-less private channels. Except that credit card txs are not final, involve 3 middlemen between sender and receiver, and the receiver has to wait multiple days for settlement.
@mxtthxw @jkb If you think bitcoin mining is a problem in the grand scheme of things, then either you haven't looked at much global energy data yet, or you intentionally choose to ignore all or most of it. What's worse, you will potentially support policies that will stop progress in developing countries and prolong real human suffering among the poorest. Overall, we need *more* energy, not less. And production of it is increasing *much faster* than what bitcoin mining will ever consume.
Anchored in a nice bay with zero Internet last night. No regrets.
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