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A quick introduction:

I am or have been a: writer, publisher, renter of virtual apartments for real money, injector of radioactive materials (for the forces of good, usually), sociologist, teacher, BBS sysop, SJW, polyam, and dedicated to punching up. I also have screwed up a lot, and try to learn from that crap.

I write stuff at ideatrash.net, and share lots of things I find interesting.

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Doesn’t matter where you go in the world—if you’re good at your job, people who are good enough at theirs to see it will respect you for it.

-Harry Dresden

From 24 Oct: Legal experts slam Jared and Ivanka’s ’abusively frivolous’ lawsuit over Lincoln Project billboards - Legal experts are pushing back against President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump and her husb... alternet.org/2020/10/lincoln-p

uspol, bigots 

Charges: Boogaloo Bois fired on Minneapolis police precinct, shouted 'Justice for Floyd' (trying to frame BLM protesters for his actions) - Star Tribune nzzl.us/08d3QCU via @nuzzel

My thoughts the youtube-dl situation.

1. youtube-dl did nothing wrong, even the inclusion of a command to collect a copyright work is ok. an affiliate of the riaa published this copyright work via youtube, and due to the open nature of youtube any person(and user-agent acting for this person) is allowed to download said copyright work. or as in this case, link to it.

2. The heavy hand of the DCMA strikes again, I doubt the people behind youtube-dl have the means or motivation to fight this.

Distracting people from the misery of daily life is radical praxis and self-care.

Distracting people from the misery of daily life is profitable.

Which kind of world do you want to live in?

Re: All the copyright stuff (RIAA/YouTube/GitHub)

Groklaw (groklaw.net/) remains an invaluable learning resource re: intellectual property and technology.

"One does not show predators weakness or hesitation. It’s the easiest way to communicate with them."

-Harry Dresden

politics 

From 22 Oct: Trump Promised Seniors Drug Discount Cards. They May Be Illegal. - Continue reading the main storyA proposal announced by President Trump last month was to send older ... nytimes.com/2020/10/22/us/poli

From 22 Oct: Millions of cars could get What3words navigation tech - What3words navigation technology could arrive in many more cars through a deal with mapping company... cnet.com/news/more-cars-could-

From 21 Oct: The Left and the Right Speak Different Languages—Literally - A study analyzing patterns in online comments found that liberals and conservatives use different w... wired.com/story/left-right-spe

abuse 

From 21 Oct: A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women - An AI tool that “removes” items of clothing from photos has targeted more than 100,000 ... wired.com/story/a-deepfake-por

From 19 Oct: Archaeologists discover massive 2,000-year-old cat doodle carving in Peru - The feline figure dates to back to between 100 B.C. and 200 B.C., and is 121 feet (37 meters) long.... cnet.com/news/archaeologists-d

From 19 Oct: Linux 5.10 Solves the Year 2038 Problem Till Year 2486 - The Year 2000 problem was one of the most severe issues in programs of computerized systems that cr... fossbytes.com/linux-5-10-solve -kernel -kernel-5.10 -news -2038-problem

social-media 

From 14 Oct: Facebook Bans Anti-vax Ads: Starts Vaccine Education Campaigns - Facebook has now banned anti-vaccination or anti-vax ads from its platform, as part of its recent f... fossbytes.com/facebook-bans-an -vax -ads

From 15 Oct: 9 Best Free Lorem Ipsum Generators For Cool Placeholder Texts - If you’ve ever had a brush with website designing or any other mock designing work, you proba... fossbytes.com/best-free-lorem- -free-and-legal -tools -ipsum-generator -text-generator

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Faith Collapsing

Faith Collapsing is a host set up by me (Steven Saus) with the same sensibility of the BBS I ran back in the 1990s - I set it up for me, but folks I personally know are welcome to join if they like.