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Austin here. Pronouns are We/Us because we must collaborate.
BSc student at University, Montreal, Canada.

Part-time developer, mostly working on Android apps. F-Droid addict.
I'm known for having made , the better client. You know how that worked out

Music tastes are 70s/80s/90s hits, jazz, blues... just not the modern stuff.

Ask anything.
Nice to meet y'all!

The #web3 is another attempt to build fences in the "untamed wilderness" of the WWW and to subject it to property rights.

Nobody is safe until everybody is safe.

"In the early days of the automobile, it was drivers' job to avoid you, not your job to avoid them. Pedestrians were walking in the streets anywhere they wanted, whenever they wanted, usually without looking,

So here it is:

Gonna start with the frontends. Planning on hosting interactives (CryptPad, PrivateBin...) soon.

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Sure, we say that need not legally uphold , but given the platforms' reach, they effectively have the power to curtail our speech, often beyond reasonable limits (like the phony bans for PR image). It is essential for users - including those we disagree with (so that we may debate against them, unless they have bad faith) - to seize full control of their social media experience from the platforms (specifically, freedom to dis/engage with others).

So I got the free Oracle stuff and am now dabbling on and whatnot. Difficult and long learning curve ahead, which I expect to be enjoyable. So I will eventually start running a few public services "for fun."

A lot can be said about moxie's web3 post.

I'd like to consider just one sentence here.

"People don’t want to run their own servers, and never will."

First part is true. But why?

Even my grandma can install android apps. Apps have become so easy because big tech pushed for it to be. Big tech never developed the concept of set-top box-like homeservers, not in their interest. If pushed like apps, homeservers would be easy too!

People don't want to? They never were given a proper chance to!

I published an article:

A bill is proposed in New Hampshire that, if passed, will force state agencies to use free software, and to facilitate its use by the public.

If you live in/near New Hampshirp, consider attending the reading of the bill, to voice your support.

Thank @cooljeanius (Eric Gallager) for creating this bill! If you live near New Hampshire, USA, please attend the reading on January 11th.

I've linked to Eric's instructions for attendees, in my article.

But trust has got to come from somewhere: a source can't just *be trustworthy*. Given the technological convenience, people are tempted to do their own to evaluate that trust, despite varying abilities to do so. And in most cases, they are being manipulated by their tool (eg. SEO), on top of themselves. So how do you research the techniques to do your own research? (And it's true that STEM education might make a big difference from now, but is it enough?)


This is what the Malaysian government has provided to its lowest monthly income households since early December.

Two packets of Rapid antigen tests, pulse oximeter, mask and thermometer.

No fuss. No drama.

Just leaving this here.


Happy 2022, y'all!

To celebrate the year, here's a new post by showing off my "magnum opus":
showing on why the fediverse is good, according to myself (and basing it off my own impressions, basic knowledge, and experience on the thing).

Despite i was procrastinating for way too long to do illustrations and explanations, the idea of doing an effectively "controversial" post has been roaming to my mind for a fair amount of time- and finally completed it all today.
Besides some slight inconsistency of size on some details, it was fun doing these smaller illustrations alongside my points lol.

I have no idea if this post will gain any tractions, but if it could:
it would be surprising enough on why, tbh.
I gave my shot at it, afterall, it's what really counts.

First day of the . Many businesses (especially those in Japan) prefer than just profiting from the present, as they inherit their techniques, advance them or acquire new ones, and pass them along. That's what a healthy business should be. When companies squeeze resources hard for profit, what they're destroying is and culture.

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This is the most basic argument against crypto that I tell all the people who call me. The tech doesn't work, and the fundamental idea is ahistorical and flawed. Writing it down so I don't have to repeat myself all the time.

The Case Against Crypto

Last day of the year. I think the society needs to revisit the concept of , since people tend to neglect so-called "long term concerns" like climate change or health - which are rather concerns that may arise at an indeterminate time that could be sooner or later - or even try to squeeze short-term benefits (like money) out of such negligence. Here, the distinction of "short term" and "long term" is incorrectly applied, but nevertheless, policymakers think this way. Why?

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