Has anyone heard anything either way about PeerTube (joinpeertube.org/en/)? LBRY seems to be a better shot for me (especially since it actually has some big names like Mother's Basement, Minute Physics and Jordan Peterson on it already), but I don't know.

@yahananxie I know I'm late to this reply (Mastodon kinda dropped off my radar; turns out I'm more of an antisocial type, not just an anti-social media one), but the difference is:

I agree with this baker, actually; I'm a devout Catholic and wouldn't bake a cake for a gay wedding (which, they wouldn't ask; it'd be a horrifying abomination of a confectionery). I would, however, bake a cake for a gay guy if it weren't for that purpose specifically, because there's nothing wrong with baking a cake, or with a gay guy eating cake.

The problem arises with a gay wedding, because I for one do not believe that a sensible definition of marriage should include homosexual unions (though I personally think that the state needs to get out of the marriage business altogether) and I believe homosexual acts *per se* to be sinful. My baking a cake for their wedding would be an endorsement of that act, and therefore a lie.

That's my case; that's Masterpiece Cake Shop's case.

Though I'm somewhat preaching to the crowd here; you already hold the (for want of a better term) liberal/libertarian perspective on this, so we're agreeing on the politics.

Fewer Sexual Partners Before Marriage Yield Greater Happiness in Marriage: Study

New research reveals that marriages are quantifiably happier if the couple had fewer sexual partners prior to their wedding day.


The targeted assassination of Gab.ai is a nice little reminder of the value of decentralized platforms.

I'm not sure if the bad actor here is the police or Fox 4. I imagine (at least, I hope) that the search was done because a possible crime (namely, his shooting) was done in the apartment, and as part of the search, someone went through a closet and was like "huh. Pot."

Then some knucklehead at Fox 4 was like "ooh, moral ambiguity, that sells" and shot that tweet.

Maybe. I'm assuming good faith (or at least short-sighted self-interest before malice) and haven't read the story. It's still disgusting either way.

Google changing slogan to "Be Evil" :

Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers... Google compiled a censorship blacklist that included terms such as “human rights,” “student protest,” and “Nobel Prize” in Mandarin.


I just want to point out that the baker's objection was not making a cake for people who were homosexual. The objection was to making a cake for a homosexual wedding.

The baker (I believe rightly) saw that as his creative output being used as part of an act he found immoral and therefore refused to participate.

Even if the excuse were "no, you're a fag, get out of my store," I think he's within his rights to do that (dick that he would be).

But that's not even the issue here.
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Yeah, that makes sense.

Stalin? Really?

Stalin is the *only* communist leader you could think of? A dictator that was responsible for the deaths of millions.

Literally no one else did state communism.

Heard an interview today about how outrage can be addictive and a trap, stops us from being able to #reachacross... CW for length... 

I bought a new laptop off of Amazon and it works wonderfully, except that the battery doesn't work at all. Could something be loose inside that I can fix myself, or should I call the seller and ask for at least a partial refund?

I think the fair use laws currently in place in the US are pretty decent (though I think the copyright term here—death+70—is abjectly nuts): must be transformative or commentative, with prejudice toward non-commercial works and works that use as little source material as possible.

That said, I do think they may be a little *too* strict and wouldn't mind a bit looser strings around it, especially considering how weird the philosophy around intellectual property is.

Using someone's work in a defamatory way is defamation and therefore already illegal, or else parody and therefore definitely deserving of protection, no?

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