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@pluralistic Would it be safe to say if the choice is between an old dumb appliance or a new one Internet connected it would be better to take the old one lest you get wrapped up in control and subscription fees ?

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Today's threads (a thread)

Inside: Inkjump Linkdump; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/25/anthology/

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For the rest of May, my bestselling solarpunk utopian novel The Lost Cause (2023) is available as a $2.99, DRM-free ebook!

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-lost-cause-4

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It's the start of a long weekend and I've found myself with a backlog of links, so it's time for another linkdump - the eighteenth in the (occasional) series. Here's the previous installments:

https://pluralistic.net/tag/linkdump/

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https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/25/anthology/#lol-no

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pluralistic OP ,
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For the rest of May, my bestselling solarpunk utopian novel The Lost Cause (2023) is available as a $2.99, DRM-free ebook!

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-lost-cause-4

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18+ pluralistic , (edited ) to Random stuff
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I can't get a definitive answer on whether TV static (see attached) constitutes a strobe effect that could endanger people with photosensitive epilepsy. Anyone know? PEAT (the only tool that measures this, seemingly?!) is Windows-only and won't run under WINE.

See https://craphound.com/static.html

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@rndeon it got compressed - here's the original:

https://craphound.com/static.html

thegibson , to Random stuff
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Would be really cool if people voted for Veilid Foundation in the EFF Awards!

https://www.eff.org/nominations-open-2024-eff-awards

pluralistic ,
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@queue @thegibson that is very kind of you! However I have already won one so I am no longer eligible

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I have been a published writer since I was 17, and never in all those years have I encountered worse editorial suggestions than the automated ones generated by Microsoft Office365.

Makes Clippy look like EB White.

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@natrhein I mean, just demanding that you expand every instance of "it's" into "it is." FFS.

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Hey, @mozilla I'm really proud to be a paid Media Monitor subscriber, and I'm happy with the service, too.

But why do your emails pass their links through a tracking redirection service controlled by a third party?

My May statement links through https://blrv1ly5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/

?!

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@dphiffer @mozilla @themarkup I can appreciate this; I run my mail over Mailman for this reason. It's very primitive, but at least it just delivers the email I enqueue, rather than inserting trackers in it.

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@dphiffer @mozilla @themarkup At EFF, we've had a variety of providers (e.g. Civi) who would do the same for us, even for very large mailing lists.

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Today's threads (a thread)

Inside: Red Lobster was killed by private equity, not Endless Shrimp; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/23/spineless/

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    For the rest of May, my bestselling solarpunk utopian novel The Lost Cause (2023) is available as a $2.99, DRM-free ebook!

    https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-lost-cause-4

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    pluralistic , to Random stuff
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    A decade ago, a hedge fund had an improbable viral comedy hit: a 294-page slide deck explaining why Olive Garden was going out of business, blaming the failure on too many breadsticks and insufficiently salted pasta-water:

    https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/940944/000092189514002031/ex991dfan14a06297125_091114.pdf

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/23/spineless/#invertebrates

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    US politicians, the courts, the media, and even unions are lining up to knuckle under to another stolen election like 2000. But preparing for a general strike is a way to counteract this seeming near-certainty, to prepare for the worst, and most importantly to change the narrative of helplessness. https://www.hamiltonnolan.com/p/what-will-you-do-if-the-election (via @pluralistic)

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    Today's threads (a thread)

    Inside: How finfluencers destroyed the housing and lives of thousands of people; and more!

    Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/22/koteswar-jay-gajavelli/

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    pluralistic OP ,
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    For the rest of May, my bestselling solarpunk utopian novel The Lost Cause (2023) is available as a $2.99, DRM-free ebook!

    https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Cause-Cory-Doctorow-ebook/dp/B0BQGGP2XT/

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    pluralistic OP ,
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    @Blort They're the ones having the sale. It's available everywhere, though.

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    @hosh Yes, Amazon is the one having the sale. You can get it elsewhere at full price. As the author, I don't set the prices for retailers.

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    @justinas Yes.

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    @justinas Just download it from the Kindle web interface and install it on the reader of your choice.k

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    pluralistic , to Random stuff
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    The crash of 2008 imparted many lessons to people who were only dimly aware of finance, especially how complexity was a way of disguising fraud and recklessness. That was really the first lesson of 2008: "financial engineering" is mostly a way of obscuring crime behind a screen of technical jargon.

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/22/koteswar-jay-gajavelli/#if-you-ever-go-to-houston

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    pluralistic OP ,
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    @KSargent Thank you - I can't locate this typo, though?

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    @bkim different publisher (UK and EU rights are Bloomsbury, not macmillan) so probably not

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    It’s alive. https://udm14.com

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    @peterfr @ernie Disenshittification

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    pluralistic OP ,
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    For the rest of May, my bestselling solarpunk utopian novel The Lost Cause (2023) is available as a $2.99, DRM-free ebook!

    https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Cause-Cory-Doctorow-ebook/dp/B0BQGGP2XT/

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    pluralistic , to Random stuff
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    Here's an underrated cognitive virtue: "object permanence" - that is, remembering how you perceived something previously. As Riley Quinn often reminds us, the left is the ideology of object permanence - to be a leftist is to hate and mistrust the CIA even when they're tormenting Trump for a brief instant, or to remember that it was once possible for a working person to support their family with their wages:

    https://pluralistic.net/2023/10/27/six-sells/#youre-holding-it-wrong

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/21/noway-back-machine/#pew-pew-pew

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    @pluralistic Do you know when you're speaking at HOPE XV? I might go.

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    @reppep July 14, closing keynote.

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    Oh, fuck you, British Airways.

    pluralistic OP ,
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    No, seriously, fuck you.

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    Today's threads (a thread)

    Inside: The new globalism is global labor; and more!

    Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/20/a-common-foe/

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    pluralistic OP ,
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    For the rest of May, my bestselling solarpunk utopian novel The Lost Cause (2023) is available as a $2.99, DRM-free ebook!

    https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Cause-Cory-Doctorow-ebook/dp/B0BQGGP2XT/

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    Depending on how you look at it, I either grew up in the periphery of the labor movement, or atop it, or surrounded by it. For a kid, labor issues don't really hold a lot of urgency - in places with mature labor movements, kids don't really have jobs, and the part-time jobs I had as a kid (paper route, cleaning a dance studio) were pretty benign.

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/20/a-common-foe/#the-multinational-playbook

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    @pluralistic

    I know what your least favorite audiobook platform is, but what's your favorite way for [Canadians] to buy audiobooks from you?

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    @jpaskaruk Anything works, and you can buy direct from me: https://craphound.com/shop

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    just @pluralistic in a featured spot at my local library!

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    Today's threads (a thread)

    Inside: Monopoly is capitalism's gerrymander; and more!

    Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/18/market-discipline/

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    pluralistic OP ,
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    For the rest of May, my bestselling solarpunk utopian novel The Lost Cause (2023) is available as a $2.99, DRM-free ebook!

    https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Cause-Cory-Doctorow-ebook/dp/B0BQGGP2XT/

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    @forooghian the sale is Amazon only

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    You don't have to accept the arguments of capitalism's defenders to take those arguments seriously. When Adam Smith railed against rentiers and elevated profit to a means of converting the intrinsic selfishness of the wealthy into an engine of production, he had a point:

    https://pluralistic.net/2023/09/28/cloudalists/#cloud-capital

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/18/market-discipline/#too-big-to-care

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    When it comes to AI art (or "art"), it's hard to find a nuanced position that respects creative workers' labor rights, free expression, copyright law's vital exceptions and limitations, and aesthetics.

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/05/13/spooky-action-at-a-close-up/#invisible-hand

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    pluralistic OP ,
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    @midnightfire You're missing two things:

    1. It's either impossible or nearly impossible to make a copyright principle that bans AI and doesn't break collage; and

    2. Such a law wouldn't prevent artists' bosses from trying to fire us and replace us with AI, because they want to fire us and they have huge corpuses of copyrighted works they're already licensing for AI training for the express purpose of firing us.

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    @midnightfire The very best we could hope for from a new copyright law that bans training is:

    a) An enormous amount of collateral damage inflicted on unrelated activity, including, but not limited to collage;

    b) A minor shift in the relative distribution of misappropriated creative wages, from the tech companies that hate us and want us to starve to the entertainment companies that hate us and want us to starve.

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