> if we’re going to put machines in charge of cleaning our mental universes, the past is going to be one of the first casualties


Some people think the #Bitcoin user stories I bring in my podcast are edge cases. They weren't applicable to the general public. I say: those massive human rights violations are just the tips of the iceberg. Millions of people are oppressed everyday. amp.theguardian.com/technology

I really wish Mastodon itself would get support for local-instance-only posts.


Sunday ride around Berlin was nice. The RCC group was fast today. Sorely needed this delicious cake after racing for it in the wind.

> All governments rule through the consent of the crowd, including tyrannies. Every step a regime takes is taken with a fearful eye to gauge the reaction of the crowd. You don't have to like what they do. You just have to comply. Saying nothing legitimizes each baby step towards full blown tyranny.


@lain Same for parking meters (have you seen the ridiculous signs for those recently?), toll roads, etc..

@lain Yes, been thinking the same for years now. Pay-per-minute from a Lightning wallet makes total sense. Currently being experimented with in wallets by way of paying for podcast streaming, and there are already proposals for common specs I believe.

@happybeing @melvincarvalho @yarmo So, basically, you need to tokenize real money, like e.g. BTC, in such a mint, which is exactly what the Scrit whitepaper is already proposing, based on the upcoming possibilities of Schnorr signatures.

@happybeing @melvincarvalho @yarmo I think what @melvincarvalho is referring to is that if the issuing process for the underlying asset that mints can tokenize is not decentralized (enough), then the mint itself, or at least its value token, is by definition not decentralized, even if it's running on a (fairly) decentralized network.

Smuggler himself is working on a DBC payment system called Scrit, for which he recognizes that the mints themselves cannot create a backing asset.

@przemek Nobody cares about sealed products like that really.

Daniel Hale, one of the great American Whistleblowers, was just moments ago sentenced to four years in prison. His crime was telling this truth: 90% of those killed by US drones are bystanders, not the intended targets.

He should have been given a medal. t.co/3i4IbkrfI3

Translation of the sign: they completely and utterly failed at setting up the COVID passport infra in Germany, so they took it offline. The pharmacy first said something about it being back soon, but then taped another sign over it about that date being unknown. Background is that they 1) didn't implement cert revocation 2) had a gaping hole in the guest account "security" and 3) don't even validate certs properly to begin with.

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The best thing protecting us from totalitarian governments nowadays is oftentimes their sheer incompetence.

@ngizero Maybe you could provide an index for the talks? Not sure many people want to watch 3 hours of content before even knowing what it's about...

A recent Sticker Mule sales email:

"Inflation is going crazy and prices are rising up up up."

But don't you know it's just transitory, Anthony? Everyone knows it's transitory!

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@cstanhope I think this might be at least partly due to the average person's short memory span, similar to how most people keep forgetting how abysmal a political party had been at governing just 5 years earlier, before any elections (no matter the country or party).

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@cstanhope Similar experience here, although there's definitely some bias from being able to fix potential issues (and much more so than on other systems). In fact, when I use Windows or macOS for a few minutes these days, I'm actually appalled by how buggy and non-user-friendly they are in comparison to my own setup.

Here's a little thing that may not be obvious to many people....

When you install an open-source app from Google Play or the Apple app store, there is no guarantee that what you install actually matches the public code.

@fdroidorg are doing a great service. They independently build the public source code for apps from scratch, review for common issues, and publish their builds. Thanks to "reproducible builds" it's possible to verify they do not tamper with the code.


@lain That's the same corporation that refused to use their new main entrance as official HQ address, when the district named the new street after a person that died doing slave work for them in a concentration camp.

Such woke. Much wow.

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