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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@Hyolobrika when reading, being on the lookout for manipulation attempts, typically through logical fallacies. Learning to spot these will take some time.

Here's one "pocket reference" that I really liked, although it's in a form of an Android app only:
...it wouldn't take much to make it into a website, but there are countless other lists/cheatsheets of logical fallacies online.
Say, the "Informal fallacies" here looks decent too:

Now I also exist in Russian over at @dside! Nothing to see there yet, but that might not be for very long.
I've wanted to post in Russian every once in a while, but seeing that one cannot subscribe to posts in only one language, its isn't fair to bombard everyone with both languages. So I kept posting here in English only.

...I know there are pieces of content that discuss EULAs in response to recent events, but these are usually apologetic or negatove, and do not review *respectful* EULA's (do they even exist?).

Hardware and software are usually reviewed on launch day because that's when users start buying/using them. But acceptance most of the time just goes without saying. Why does it have to be this way?

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Hm-m... There are reviews of hardware and software, but are there reviews of service 's anywhere? Looks like an open niche for content 🤔

These could showcase most gruesome examples these "agreements" allow for themselves, what clauses have no actual effect in certain larger jurisdictions, etc.

With these, users could maybe stop ignoring EULAs with extreme assumptions like "can't be too bad" or "they'll make full use of everything they can".


@Gargron @Claire "fleet carriers". You can buy one for a billion credits + upkeep cost depending on what you install there, lack of upkeep will get it auto-sold back. Rather pricey for individual use.
Can jump 500LYs.
Community maintains a network of these, "deep space support array" I think, if you need a pit-stop in the middle of nowhere.

@umnik @rf а чем принципиально отличается от реблога просто пост с просто ссылкой? Не знаю как в вебе, а в Tusky для ссылки даже подтягивается превьюшка.
Или об этом и речь про "реализацию на клиенте", чтоб одна кнопка кидала в черновик с готовой ссылкой на пост?

I often hear questions like "if you could change something about X, what would it be?"

It's never as simple as that! A lot of the time we're dealing things in stable states that, when disturbed with changes, just spring back.
Like a ball that's too heavy to roll uphill, so you have to dig around it in order for gravity to do the rolling for you.

If I knew where to dig I probably would've already started? If I didn't, I probably don't know. I might have a new location on my mind, but that's it.

@L29Ah @drq @rf The notion of cancel culture is a variant on the term call-out culture and constitutes **a form of boycott** involving an individual (usually a celebrity) who is deemed to have acted or spoken in a questionable or controversial manner.

@b1beny4 @rf что касается выбора между услугой VPS и разобраться самому – на первое время, если там есть ценные данные, можно взять услугу И параллельно начать разбираться, как это работает. Когда бэкапы делаются разными способами, меньше шансов, что в критический момент сломанными окажутся все.
Из интересных историй на тему есть фиаско от гитлаба: about.gitlab.com/blog/2017/02/

@b1beny4 @rf ну, традиционно приводят правило 3-2-1:
3+ копии
2+ носителей
1+ копия подальше

А чтобы понять, что именно копировать, нужно решить, что захочется при случае восстановить. Если базу, то либо файлы данных базы (найти где они), либо дампнуть данные средствами базы. Если приложение, то его файлы данных. За это я люблю Docker: там папки с польз. данными нужно подключать самому в "тома" (volumes), поэтому сразу понятно, что копировать.

We're used to "social" networks that aren't owned by the societies they host. Are they truly social then? Mastodon is! And so is the rest of the united Fediverse, where your friends can be into something other than microblogging!

@koyu @flexagoon what good is Signal's open backend? There's no way to tell that it's on actual servers. And if you host it on your own, you're on your own, because Signal does not support federation.

@umnik @rf особо параноидальные господа могут возразить, что честное оконечное шифрование защищает только содержимое коммуникаций, но не метаданные (напримеи, кто с кем и когда общался).

Хотя открытость серверного кода от этого сама по себе, конечно, тоже не спасает. Спасает только возможность использовать собственноручно развёрнутый сервер с известным кодом, где сохранение метаданных точно отсутствует.

Как по мне, это скорее из области "технически..."

@zloygik @E23 @modibor @rf в Usenet есть классный термин plonk en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plonk_ – в фидо есть что-то подобное?

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