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Welcome to all the Twitter refugees! 👋

Mastodon and the Fediverse does NOT use NFTs or blockchain or cryptocurrencies. No one is on here trying to get rich, no one is promoting anything.

The Fediverse (which Mastodon is part of) is a federated computer network spread across thousands of independently owned and operated servers. The millions of people on the Fedi can interact with each other regardless of which server they signed up on, because the servers talk to each other through federation.

Federation is a proven and stable way to make a network, it's how telephones and email work for example. It's how social networks should be.

We aren't trying to break anything or compete with anyone. There are no shareholders or venture capitalists. Instead, we work together, donating time or money, and collaborate to make a better social network for its own sake.

Here are some hints and tips for new users:

mstdn.social/@feditips/1075370

#Fediverse #Mastodon #FediTips #MastoTips #Introduction

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"Smart contracts without Blockchains" by Paul Frazee

This is the kind of work I want to see more of. Take some of the interesting parts of "crypto" and make them, you know, not suck so much.

paulfrazee.medium.com/smart-co

It's one of those days where I feel like no ammount of consumption, creation or connection will ever fill me up...

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@rysiek Children, terrorists, drug dealers, all of them are just excuses to get the public on side of destroying encryption (a back door is the same, just a bit delayed until the key to the back door gets discovered or stolen) so they can stifle dissent quicker

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Waste is profitable 

Waste is profitable

Because the companies who make packaging whose sole function is to be thrown away don't have to concern themselves with what happens to the packaging after they manufacture it.

Waste is profitable because companies who produce waste don't have to pay for its disposal. Society pays for the cost of disposal.

Privatized profit. Socialized expense.

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the failure of renormalization 

The thread holding our society together is the belief that at some point, we can return to some previous status quo, and everything will go back to "normal"

I don't think that's going to happen.

I don't think an entire society can be as traumatized as we've been, and return to "normal"

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#Siliconization sounds like a useful concept. In this article, it refers to how local IT cultures were colonized/conquered by a "Silicon Valley" culture in the nineties Eastern Europe. But based on my experience I might say that e.g. Western European countries weren't immune to it either.

The phenomenon has grown very strong. Centralized platforms (usually managed by Californian companies) dominate people's daily lives all over the world. Ridiculously short hardware lifespans are the norm. The Californian ideology has spread from IT to other areas of business and life (even Finnish governmental companies, such as those taking care of the postal services or the railways, are often managed as if they were some lousy IT startups). There is a definite need for countermeasures based on healthier ideals and decentralization, and in order to succeed we need to understand both the enemy and the local histories.
Corruption, Șmecherie, and Siliconization: Retrospective and Speculative Technoculture in Postsocialist Romania
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Remembering Aaron Swartz, who died on this day, a victim of the copyright system walledculture.org/remembering-

By @glynmoody

Aaron's face gets thrown around the internet to prop up campaigns and etc, but it's important to remember that Aaron was an activist for digital rights, and was bullied into suicide by a system that wanted to punish him for his activism. He was also a human being with friends and family who loved him dearly.

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Prof. Stephen Hawking, the last comment on reddit:

“If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.”
np.reddit.com/user/Prof-Stephe

Happy 80th birthday Prof. Hawking
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really loving that sexuality is now commonly referred to as nsfw just because, you know, capitalist hellworld

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Web3 is just people seeking to extract money out of what should be open and free.

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