Australians could face ten years in jail for refusing to unlock their smartphone. Last time they've banned cash for all larger purchases.
Coming up next: Social credits, just don't call it that because China had them first and it's not at all the same because when we do it, we mean well.
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FYI for people considering Tootdon, they're the app that creates private copies of your post:
@Antanicus I think there are two things preventing non-techies from stopping using Google.
They don't perceive the value being extracted from them, and they only perceive the value they receive. Google is seen as neutral; a sort of commons. That it happens to be a private company is irrelevant. If they stopped using it, they wouldn't get the same value.
What must be changed is the view that Google is a commons.
Apparently #Google employees are protesting the plan to build a censored search for China. That's very good to hear, but it's also important to remember that de-ranking of websites to protect the interests of outdated private industries, highlighting news stories from 'trusted' (by them) sources, personalization etc. are just some of the ways Google already censors content worldwide.
Hmm... most of the people who I'm seeing dismissing Mastodon seem to be assuming that instances don't share posts/follows/etc with each other
@aparrish Say what one might about #Stallman, but he saw this way before most people did and this is why the importance between merely open-source and truly free-software matters. Free software cannot 100% prevent misuse by corporations, but it goes way further than open-source to try to.
Also, I wouldn't be a programmer today without free software and probably much worse off, so in my eyes, free software succeeded.
@aparrish This is why I place great importance on the distinction between open-source and free-software. The BSD guys represent open-source rather well, they normally don't care about any wider social concepts and sure not about wealth redistribution, not being locked into an ecosystem etc. they just share code.They don't care that companies just take the code. Many of them tend lean right on the political spectrum and think this is compatible with capitalism. This is what #GPL tries to prevent
I quit Facebook when I concluded the cost of remaining (e.g., constant vigilance for unilateral changes in privacy settings) was greater than the benefit.
Twitter sure feels like that now. Demands tons of effort to read stuff someone else decided I should read just to reach occasional morsels of what I subscribed to? Fuck you pay me.