- 2016: everyone expects gif support in every chat app. giphy becomes the standard
- 2017: builds encrypted, secure giphy support in their app
- 2017 - 2020: countless petty techmen complain about implementing something "pointless" when there are "more important" things to do

2020: FB buys giphy, turning every giphy gif into FB tracking and data-collecting software. Allowing them unprecedented reach into non-FB apps to allow them to correlate with the rest of their data stores

@thefinalstrawradio @paulfree14

Honestly, none of those 10 points are very convincing. The main complaints against things (signal is only one example) are made by people who either don't know how encryption works (running on AWS literally doesn't matter if the messages are properly encrypted) or contain a level of purity politics that is ridiculous, or are personal beefs wrapped up in radical language to try to sound less petty

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Seattle pol 

I know fedi is mostly people who have been hit hard by the layoffs, so all i am really asking is if you can share this link on mainstream social sites if you still have an account on them 🙏

Left Bank Books, an anarchist bookstore in seattle, needs some help:


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To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same.

#longreads, #learning
#reading, #books

Bonus: now that I work in localisation, I’m getting into #linguistics too!

@nivex @schlink never seen this "unbuntu studio" image before, but it is exactly what I have been looking for. thanks!

Shout out to all the people who are shoving their heads into bowls of ice water way more frequently now

Britney Spears calls for a general strike, implores fans to “redistribute wealth”


I think I must be experiencing a fever dream

covid, PNW/OR question 

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"People in prisons, jails, and detention centers are at high risk of infection and have seriously abridged access to health care and hygiene within facilities. The overcrowded and unsanitary conditions of confinement, coupled with inadequate, neglectful, and often punitive responses to medical needs, mean that COVID-19 poses serious risks to this population."

Check out this guide to supporting prisoners during the COVID19 pandemic.

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covid, PNW/OR question 

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The shock doctrine in action: suspending civil liberties and giving the Trump administration the ability to imprison people without trial
RT @timkmak@twitter.activitypub.actor
ALERT: "The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States." https://…

Covid thoughts 

the exclusion of anticapitalistic perspectives in the commentariat becomes very apparent when they say "X industry shouldn't be affected"

we are people, with friends and family, not cogs. we are all affected.

The giant apparatus corporations use to externalize the cost of socially reproducing us for the next day of work has broken down and been replaced by anxiety and physical isolation

that will/is affecting everyone fuck off

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phone zap now (3/19, 12pm PST) / COVID19 and ICE detention in California 

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uspol, covid-19 

it was a beautiful day in seattle yesterday. decided to walk to the park and smoke (assumed it would be empty)

instead there was a ragtag brass band with people spread out in the park (more than 6ft, no large groups)

(i didnt smoke, too many kids)

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a manager where i work was saying that his friend (brother? i dont remember) is "getting screwed" bc he owns a lot of apartments across the US and because of the moratoriums on evictions tenants are choosing to not pay rent "just because they know they can get away with it"

in case you needed to be reminded that landlords are fucking terrible leeches

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