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The difference between WhatsApp and Signal (both end-to-end encrypted) in the new App Store privacy section is stark


the birb, Apple, Facebook 

Seldom have I seen an argument so thoroughly dismantled in just 280 characters.. in this case it’s Facebook’s “Apple’s changes are going to hurt the little guy” bullshit


For those of us who have decided or will decide to move their account off this instance: it works ™️, however, you'll have to hit me up (privately) to "flip a switch" of sorts so you can use the "official" account moving feature. It only takes a minute, but for now it's necessary (working on a permanent fix, still!)

We're all very sad to see you leave, but also understand that it's a part of the nature of the fediverse to consider other parts of the world your home than our neck of the woods 😊

And we've safely made it over to "the other side" with nary a noticeable downtime.

Enjoy 3.2.1!

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I'm going to take this instance down (briefly) to finally lift us up to version 3.2.1. It'll probably be a few minutes of downtime because the database has to run its migrations.

Stay with me, hold on to your horses, it'll all be over soon 🙂

I'm excited to share my #apconf2020 talk, "Decentralized Social Media vs the Trolls."

In it, I tell how the #Fediverse, a #decentralized social network, rallied together to isolate an invasive right wing extremist group through codes of conduct, human moderators, and strong moderation tools.

Thanks to @ashfurrow, @emi, @maffsie, @catgirl, @laurelai and all the folks who gave me their time and perspective.

(Hosted on a #peertube instance,!)

Yes, the "#Apple spies on you with app-based hashes sent to their servers on each app start" is FUD (or least most of it).

However, #Apple exempting its own apps from the APIs all applications are forced to use since a while, therefore making it possible for apps to hijack traffic & circumvent the firewall "protection" entirely, is not:

Just like with key escrow for encrypted content: it's _literally_ impossible to stay secure if you break the system on purpose 🤷

I may need to seriously ask for help tomorrow. It’s been a full month since I submitted my first invoice to a contract I started, and I’m still missing $200 of it when the invoice was supposed to be paid within 10 days.

I’ve now sent my second invoice, but really I have no clue when I will get it based on it taking over a month for my last one.

I have, total, $137 in my bank account.

I need to pay $1600 in rent each month. So I am in a tight spot right now until I can get paid.

covid, very German stupidity 

8/8 The website wants any foreigner who doesn’t speak German to go to a complicatedly long-named website, figure out, in German, which of the languages means “their language” .. only to then have you also ENTER YOUR OWN FREAKING COUNTRY IN GERMAN AFTERWARDS (example: Ireland (English) > Irland (German))

And if that isn’t a perfect representation of how Germany’s “digital” response is to pretty much anything, BUT ESPECIALLY THIS PANDEMIC, I don’t know what is.. 🤦🤷

covid, very German stupidity 

7/8 Now, assuming all the information is correct, the site will tell you to select your country of origin before you can enter your details.

Okay, cool.



Yes, you read that right.

covid, very German stupidity 

6/8 Like, this is UX one 0 fucking one. And if you can’t translate the names, use other cues, like flags!

Strike 1.

covid, very German stupidity 

5/8 The website also greets you in German (because us Germans are totally going to use that website the most, especially during a country-wide mandated lockdown!), but, hooray, there is a language switcher at the top.. the problem though? The country names ARE ALL IN GERMAN!

WHY. Why go through all the fucking trouble of localizing a website in 12 different languages, but then MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR A FOREIGN PERSON TO READ THE COUNTRY IN THEIR LANGUAGE?!?!

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covid, very German stupidity 

4/8 But now we have a digital COVID register. Great!

But, as we’re Germans, and Germans are proud of their language, the URL is obviously a long German portmanteau a lot of foreigners won’t be able to understand or write correctly:

(The portmanteau is “Arrival” (Einreise) and “Registry” (Anmeldung) in one large as word)

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covid, very German stupidity 

3/8 And I say that as somebody who’s been through the gauntlet of a 14-day quarantine (my partner had COVID, I either didn’t or was asymptomatic) and multiple business and leisure trips since last February.

Germany largely sat on its hands and did zilch in terms of modern disease prevention. We bungled our way through this crisis largely due to the our somewhat excellent medical care infrastructure and culturally instilled obedience..

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covid, very German stupidity 

2/8 How’d we do it before? We .. didn’t? There were paper-based efforts, but nobody ever really cared or used them.

Local authorities were largely overwhelmed (and still are!) with stacks upon stacks of unreadable, shitty forms filled out by all sorts of people, in all sorts of situations and venues (eg restaurants, bars etc) .. none of it helpful, none of it really useful.. it’s a miracle Germany hadn’t been hit with a second wave sooner, honestly.

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covid, very German stupidity 

1/8 Sooo, Germany now has a digital COVID register for travelers arriving in Germany. Countries like Greece have had this for effective contact tracing since literally the beginning of the pandemic.

But Germany’s? It’s a disaster. As anything digital in Germany usually is. Obviously.

But how did we get here? Let me explain.

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