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I just went through the process of signing up to stop junk mail and thought folks might dig some deets.

Some of the steps are described here;
consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262

Phone calls
www.donotcall.gov

Credit Offers
optoutprescreen.com/

Magazines, catalogs, etc.
For most junk mail you can sign up to stop it via dmachoice.thedma.org/register. - they charge you $2 to do it, or $3 if you do it by mail.

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“Last March, Tony Schmidt discovered something unsettling about the machine that helps him breathe at night. Without his knowledge, it was spying on him.

From his bedside, the device was tracking when he was using it and sending the information not just to his doctor, but to the maker of the machine, to the medical supply company that provided it and to his health insurer.”

propublica.org/article/you-sno

#SurveillanceCapitalism

Via @gilles

The people who are making cranky youtube videos about minor inconsistencies in world building aren't literary critics, they are tiresome scolds, and sadly people listen to them because a large portion of the population don't read spec fiction to enjoy spec fiction, they do it to be the kind of person who does it.

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Bear is a huge, good boy.

(pictures of a large white Great Pyrenees dog napping on couch)

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Google spreadsheet: a very weird chat service with a funny 2d channel selector, and another extra meta channel per channel no one reads. It has very bad notifications (something happened somewhere), the tiniest input windows you can imagine, and, and, aaand, not only do you have to add your name yourself, you can also edit other people's messages to your delight.

And I haven't even scratched the surface! This, folks, is what happens if you can't stop adding features to your software.

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The big ben account should tweet once a day at 4:20pm with a single "BONG" otherwise, s'fucking useless, we all have clocks on our phones

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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.