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"What digital files and digital artists do have is duplicatability... I'm horrified to see this willingly traded for an opportunity to reproduce the worst parts of the existing physical art market, where 'the original' is useful foremost as a rare thing- a unique thing- that, in its scarcity, is an asset."


Digital rights are only as strong as our power to enforce them. But when we sue government officials for violating our digital rights, they often get away with it because of a dangerous legal doctrine called “qualified immunity.” Congress must repeal it.

I don't share the same attitude of ownership over my work that some other artists/creatives seem to have, but have to agree that this whole thing (and I'm inclined to say the hype around in general) is absolutely ridiculous.

By the way, if you want to get a sense of the environmental impact of NFTs specifically there's

(Repost w/ more hashtags)

(It probably would've been better if only the account owner could tokenize their posts but still.)

"Connections Versus Subscriptions," in other words, only some connections include wanting to receive a regular feed of what they post: doesn't apply to when people say just "coronavirus" instead of "the coronavirus". It would be like saying, "Spider has moved to..." as opposed to, "The spider has moved to..."

TLS certificate for expired on January 31 and hasn't been updated. Even after bypassing the browser security warning I get the same Mastodon error page. I don't have much faith that it's going to be restored. It's a shame, I posted a lot of thoughts there that I'd like to keep. I guess it's a harsh lesson learned.

The shows that unlimited tolerance for intolerance is untenable. But it doesn't say what the limits should be.

I often find this brought up in response to those who oppose speech restrictions, as a way to justify such restrictions. The paradox can help show why some restrictions may be justified, but it doesn't say what they should be or whether they are justified at all in a given situation.

This paradox (or any paradox) should be the beginning, not the end, of discussion.

"The Chinese Robber Fallacy is where you use a generic problem to attack a specific person or group, even though other groups have the problem just as much (or even more so)."

This is something I remember wanting to write about a while ago, and I'm glad someone else has already done it and given it a snappy name.

"The Chinese Robber Fallacy" by Alyssa Vance in The Rationalist Conspiracy:

"In the New York Times' worldview, they start with the right to dox me, and I had to earn the right to remain anonymous by proving I'm the perfect sympathetic victim who satisfies all their criteria of victimhood. But in my worldview, I start with the right to anonymity, and they need to make an affirmative case for doxxing me."

"Still Alive" from Astral Codex Ten

We can’t “fix” journalism or Big Tech by weakening important free press principles or opening the door to the regulation of journalism, says EFF’s @davidgreene in last year's keynote for @CIMLAPS on Media Law and Policy in the Digital Age. isn't back up yet, but it's the Mastodon error page instead of a generic "404" now, which is... something, I guess

Linktree ( ) is a site that lets people create a single Web page with links to all of their online accounts. The fact that this exists as a commercial service annoys me greatly. Should something as basic as a single-page site with a bunch of links really be outsourced to an outside service?

Some people on Twitter seem to be reacting to [@]EFF's post with this quote from David Greene from an interview on KQED without hearing/reading his full remarks: "My free speech heart doesn't bleed a ton for perhaps the most powerful person in the world having a more difficult time speaking to people"

"My free speech heart doesn't bleed a ton for perhaps the most powerful person in the world having a more difficult time speaking to people" - EFF’s @davidgreene on @TheBayKQED

Private companies can exclude who they want. But the closer you get to the Internet's core infrastructure, the more troubling those exclusions become.

US politics 

With the situation at the Capitol I'm already seeing people drawing comparisons to Black Lives Matter protests, and frankly I don't see the point. Are we trying to figure out which side has perpetrated more violence? Does it matter? Virtually all political affiliations are fuzzy and prone to exceptions. I've long suspected that any generalizations about such fuzzy groups serve no purpose.

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