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Settlers II IS still a thing in gaming for you?

WIDELANDS - a free, open source real-time strategy game inspired by it!

Singleplayer campaigns & a multiplayer mode.

Widelands has significantly more variety and depth to it than its original predecessor.

+please contribute if you can!


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For your consideration:

If you go around asking random people on the streets about X, in a country where criticizing X might land them in jail for 15 years, you will only get responses that are pro-X.

This does not, in fact, prove that all these people are pro-X.

Jumping to such conclusions is not just bad journalism, it is simply disingenuous and borderline malicious.

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


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.

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.


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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.

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.

(Kudos to for the pointer)

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