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Wack Playstation Sup! ๐Ÿ™Š ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ @HerraBRE@mastodon.xyz

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Hello friends!

If you and I have exchanged messages here on the Fediverse about collaborating on or - please e-mail me a quick reminder.

Not only am I scatterbrained, I am finding it impossible to find old exchanges on here and I haven't yet set up my own independent archives.

My e-mails are bre(at)pagekite.net and at mailpile.is.

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Oh, hi new followers! Maybe now is a good time for ?

I'm an Icelandic geek who sometimes lives in Italy.

I mostly toot about , , , (or ), , and my work: and .

Sometimes my account is taken over by Mr. Tradomat, a bot who posts confused rants about arbitrage.

I'm not always serious, but it can be hard to tell.

Now I'm back in Iceland, the beard has come off!

In Italy people kept calling me "kid." Even with the facial growth. Here in Iceland everyone looks young-ish, so I don't need it as much anymore...

Pale chin!

That feeling when you find and fix an off-by-one error in old code you've been using for years.

And finally add tests.

Yay? Shame? Both?

Halp halp, why does my auto-close query windows when they've been idle for a while? I hate that.

Update: Found it. Stupid autoclose_query setting in mah .irssi/config.

Shit, now I really want to work on that. Stupid ๐Ÿง  already has a rough design in mind...

Must. Resist. Temptation.

Being able to quickly quote FAQs in e-mail is the main motivator I have for adding reply templates (as a plugin) to Mailpile.

I haven't written this yet, but one of these days my guilt about ignoring e-mails from interested people will make it happen...

Confession: I ignore e-mail asking questions that are already answered by my projects' most recent blog posts and Twitter accounts.

I know I could be more welcoming and friendly to all the noobs, but I just don't have time to be everyone's personal Google replacement.

Lazy Italian Sunday afternoon.

Good food. Talk. Kids jumping around. Ice cream.

Then... Everyone falls asleep. But me.

My laptop is trapped behind a loud door, don't want to wake people.

Guess I'll just grab a beer, sit outside in the shade, enjoy the brisk Foggia breeze. Listen to Icelandic rap on my phone, read your toots.

Tomorrow is travel day.

Oh, and in other news, apparently Iceland is now ruined and no longer the special wonderful place it used to be.

The real reason Iceland was a Better Country Than All Other Countries, is it had no mosquitoes.

It still doesn't...

But apparently now Iceland has biting midges, which are even more annoying (although less deadly, they don't spread Malaria).

We had a good run, but I guess we may as well just all move to Europe now.

Fly: Ooh, I'll just fly into this beer glass!

Me: I hate you, fly.

Fly: Look at me rubbing my legs together and walking around! Yes!

Me: Can flies drink alcohol? I was almost finished.

Fly: Walking! Oh yes! All over!

Me: Oh look, there's a beer coaster trapping you, Mr. Fly. Will you survive?

Fly: Oblivious! Walking! Whee!

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Honestly, I was more worried when I realized that Jake Applebaum and I had essentially the same hair-cut. ๐Ÿ˜ข

That was a while ago, but ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh.

I've started wearing a red baseball cap. It's from my daughter's play-school and it makes the Italian sun more bearable.

The lettering is "La fattoria di Nonna Papera", which AFAICT, translates to "Grandma Duck's Farm."

It is not a MAGA cap.

How far gone are we into polarization of red baseball caps? Am I at risk of making the wrong friends, repelling people I'd rather attract? Am I accidentally supporting America's leader?

The more you over-think something, the more complicated it becomes!

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@HerraBRE the reason why we're losing inch by inch, and why we're always playing catch-up, and why we're always outnumbered, is because "our side" does not have high-powered lawyers by the dozen, and millions in lobbying money.

I am here in Strasbourg on my *vacation time*!

You want to go on the offence? Support EDRi. Support politicians that are doing good work, like Reda, or Boni. Or McCarthy.

Software is an important argument, too! But we need to tackle the law.

If you want to compete with Google or Facebook or other big companies, you need to understand that a) they are actually constrained by the law and b) the only computer bigger than their computer, is "everybody else's computer."

Radical decentralization + build software that has features the companies cannot offer for legal reasons.

We just have to be willing to go where the big companies can't. The more censorship there is of "normal" content, the more opportunities there are to do just that.

One caveat: We have to protect cryptography.

Crypto must be protected at all costs, it will allow us to work around most everything else. If crypto is outlawed (as in, users or developers face jail-time), we're completely and utterly screwed.

Although I love and appreciate my friends who fight in the political sphere...

Part of me thinks a) we can't win and b) the censorship, the filtering, the copyright, the moral panics - all will ultimately work to our favour.

By "our", I mean us folks who care about decentralization, free software and less corporate ways to exist online.

The more constraints the law puts on Internet businesses, the more compelling the law-ignoring DIY alternatives become.

Bad laws are for breaking. โœŠ

My contribution to the is to admit ignorance, so the rest of you don't have to!

A realisation:

When an 'application' is no longer 'a piece of code on your computer that you may or may not have the source code to', but 'code and data running on someone else's computer that might even be in a different country'...

... suddenly the argument about 'should data be owned by applications for safety, or should it be owned by the operating system for interoperability' becomes no longer academic.

If data is owned by 'applications', it's not owned by YOU. It's not on YOUR computer.