I'm a firm believer of Hanlon's Razor, but over a week, Facebook has flagged a post and a comment of mine, both about Mastodon (and including a link to joinmastodon.org)

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And that's not even the end of it — should you actually find that checkbox and uncheck it... it'll show up beside the submit button, hoping to trick you back into consenting.
If you check it, open the EULA and close it... it disappears. Only to be found in its original place, mid-EULA.
What. The actual. Heck.

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Major Russian social network VK just hit a new low for "explicit consent": as they're rolling out their new email service, users that are signing up may (but probabaly won't) find a pre-checked checkbox in the middle (!) of the EULA (!!!), consenting to, well, spam.

How is that even legal here is beyond me.

EU withheld a study that shows piracy doesn't hurt sales

engadget.com/2017-09-22-eu-sup

In 2013, the European Commission ordered a €360,000 ($430,000) study on how piracy affects sales of music, books, movies and games in the EU. However, it never ended up showing it to the public except for one cherry-picked section. That's possibly because the study concluded that there was no evidence that piracy affects copyrighted sales, and in the case of video games, might actually help them.

The study: cdn.netzpolitik.org/wp-upload/

The FTC calls bullshit on manufacturers' claims about cyber-risk, housefires, and whether getting your car fixed by your family's beloved mechanic will lead to your murder. It broadly and firmly endorses Right to Repair.

Which brings me back to 2021, were every one of the 27 R2R bills that has been brought before a state legislature for a vote has been defeated, thanks to heavy corporate lobbying by monopolists.

bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

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They concluded that *general* public sentiment had almost *no* impact on US policy making - but the political preferences of wealthy people and large corporations were hugely predictive of what laws and regulations we'd get.

Or, in poli-sci jargon, "Economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence."

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A friend of mine recently tried to share a file from his with me. I received a link in an email, but it refused to let me download the file unless I either get an app (on mobile) or(/and?) sign up/in (on desktop).

How am I supposed to be inclined to use Dropbox it cannot accomplish such a simple task as simply sharing a file with a stranger with no strings attached? :blobcatblep:

Signal created targeted ads for Instagram that show the personal data that Facebook collects about you and sells access to.

They were blocked.

signal.org/blog/the-instagram-

Such a thing actually exists! Kinda.

A third party that shrinks terms and policies of various popular services down to bare essentials that are actually understandable and aren't buried deep in legal-speak.

Something to encourage you to question the blind trust in these services, to restrict your activities there and to consider alternatives to especially carefree ones.

tosdr.org/

(Kudos to @unreared@mastodon.social for the pointer)

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Own a digital device? Big Tech abuses copyright law to block you (and potential competitors and innovators) from tinkering with their products—even the ones you pay for. EFF’s @caragagliano and @mitchstoltz will testify that tech users deserve better. eff.org/press/releases/video-h

So humanity still refuses to learn to handle conflicts constructively. Instead choosing to talk behind peoples' backs and distancing themselves from the matter if/when the jig is discovered.

And I'm not trying to make just this board or the parents look guilty here, this a very widespread problem. There is a cultural trend of suppressing conflicts instead of solving them, which only serves to secretly annoy and heat up all sides. Until something goes slightly sideways.

bbc.com/news/technology-561567

Ok, Google, how's this lack of customer support service treating you? :)

Terraria lead dev's Google account is suspended without notice or explanation, with access to Google Play, GMail, GDrive and everything, he retaliates by cancelling Stadia release of the game.
stadiasource.com/article/1449/

Here we go again, another app suspended for unmoderated content that users can choose to receive over the network.
mastodon.matrix.org/@matrix/10

a really great comic discussing some serious problems with the way scientific research is conducted smbc-comics.com/comic/science-

A friend just messaged me asking if I had any advice on how to read news critically. I told him I didn't really know because I don't read news that much (although now I come to think of it, I end up reading news articles when I check the source of something posted online).

But we are curious, what are some answers to this question that yous can come up with? Looking at different perspectives is one. Others?

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