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Seth Martin

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Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:19:32 -0500  
#Freedom and #Liberty require #Decentralization

Practically everyone knows a geek. Ask your geeks to share their websites by running decentralization software such as Hubzilla, thereby making centralized social networks irrelevant.

Senatorial Candidate Austin Petersen Receives Controversial Facebook Ban 

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Former Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Austin Petersen received a 30-day ban on his personal facebook account yesterday for an unspecified TOS violation. Only one post was removed and it contained a video.  The video breaks down his take on Senator Clair McCaskill‘s anti-gun record, specifically her voting for the Assault Weapon Ban. Petersen is concurrently running a promotion which involves giving away an AR-15 – a weapon which would have been illegal under the ban.

#Politics #Facebook #Social Networking @LibertyPod+
Seth Martin
  
Since I know where most everyone who cares about Susie likes to waste their precious time, I took to #facebook to announce the tragic turn of events with her health.

Unfortunately, facebook functionality has only gotten worse. Copying text is no longer permitted, notifications come randomly and can take up to a day.
Mulk
 from Diaspora
The Power of the Dog

THERE is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; And when we are certain of sorrow in store, Why do we always arrange for more? Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. Buy a pup and your money will buy Love unflinching that cannot lie Perfect passion and worship fed By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head. Nevertheless it is hardly fair To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits, And the vet's unspoken prescription runs To lethal chambers or loaded guns, Then you will find - it's your own affair, - But ... you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will, With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!), When the spirit that answered your every mood Is gone - wherever it goes - for good, You will discover how much you care, And will give your heart to a dog to tear!

We've sorrow enough in the natural way, When it comes to burying Christian clay. Our loves are not given, but only lent, At compound interest of cent per cent, Though it is not always the case, I believe, That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve; For, when debts are payable, right or wrong, A short-time loan is as bad as a long - So why in - Heaven (before we are there) Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
Mike Macgirvin
  
Animals outnumber humans in our household by about 10:1 so it's a situation I'm unfortunately quite familiar with.  The time that aware beings share together is always transient. Remember the joy they brought; that's permanent - or at least as permanent as it gets.
elmussol
  
That moment when you realize Noggin the Nog (who we brought from the UK as a young lad) is now twelve. For a lab/springer spaniel cross that's old. Hugs Seth.

Seth Martin
  
Facebook is writing a Mercurial server in Rust. This is not a drill

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Git, Go, Swift, pish – that's so last year, darling

Between Git and Mercurial, the two most popular distributed version control systems in use today for managing software development, Git gets most of the attention.…


#Version Control #Facebook #Git #Mercurial #Rust @Gadget Guru+
Mike Macgirvin
  
Git is decentralised by nature. Facebook is not. Makes perfect sense.
 
Github is not That's why we should make GNU/Gitlab CE more popular But for now, GitTorrent is promising to me :)

Seth Martin
  last edited: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:58:51 -0500  
We use #Hubzilla at my workplace so our data remains our data!
I'm also considering introducing the team to Riot/matrix for a Slack/IRC like experience.

MotherboardMotherboard wrote the following post Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:45:00 -0500

Facebook's Version of Slack Is Coming for Your Workplace. What Now?

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Sitting at work all day scrolling through Facebook is almost definitely frowned upon by your bosses, but Facebook wants to change that with the launch of a new version of Facebook—specifically designed for work—called Workplace.

Facebook is ubiquitous. If it’s not Mark Zuckerberg handing out “Free Basics” to developing countries, it’s internet connectivity beamed down from giant, solar-powered drones. As of July 2016, the social network had 1.71 billion monthly users. Facebook is without doubt one of the most pervasive technological phenomenons of the 21st Century. Thing is, Facebook’s hit a brick wall when it comes to growth. Everybody who would want to use Facebook, generally speaking, is already, or at least will be using Facebook very soon. So, to eke out the last embers of growth in a saturated market, Facebook has now, officially, entered your workplace.

Workplace by Facebook launched on Monday October 10 after almost two years of development and months of beta tests on early customers. The service is the social giant’s new effort to infiltrate businesses around the world, and to rival office apps like Slack and Microsoft’s Yammer. Essentially, it’s a modified version of the Facebook we all know and love/hate. It’s the same algorithms, the same news feeds, the same ability to share photos and documents and chat in groups or in private—only your bosses can see everything that happens and it’s all controlled by your company’s IT team. Workplace is on mobile, too, with standalone apps for Android and iOS meaning employees can access everything remotely, just like users would with the regular Facebook app.

Facebook, with Workplace, is hoping to revolutionise how companies want to work with employees by shedding the old ideals of emails and intranet. “It's for everyone, not just for one team, not just for five percent of the company, it's for everyone from the CEO to the factory workers to the baristas in the coffee shop,” a Facebook spokesperson said at the London launch event this week, which Motherboard attended. “Even people who don't have a desk, even people who have never had a PC, even people who have never had an email.”

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Image: Workplace by Facebook

The question is, to what extent will this horizontal workflow management clash with privacy concerns? If your team or company decides to implement Workplace, will signing up be compulsory? It would seem so, if Facebook has its way and truly lets your bosses ditch emails and intranet and all of the inner workings of PC-based bureaucracy. But then what?

The Facebook spokesperson at the launch event said it best when he was explaining how the chief information officer of an airline wanted to be able to see what his staff were doing in their personal, consumer versions of Facebook groups. “Every crew of every flight were using Facebook groups,” the spokesperson said. “It's not necessarily what the CIO of the company wanted, because he wants to control who sees the information.”

But the reason why many organisations will be attracted to Workplace, such as the familiarity employees will have with regular old Facebook, could also be its downfall. Employees will be accustomed to Facebook being a place for gossip, cat videos, and friends. So what’s the decorum for Workplace by Facebook? While the two are completely different applications, old habits die hard. Who can you trust to speak to in private? Is my group being monitored for productivity? Do I have to befriend everyone in the company, and if I block someone’s news feed, will my boss know I hate them?
Your workplace chats may well one day be used as evidence against you

It’s also worth noting, as highlighted in the Gawker vs Hulk Hogan case, in which Gawker Media’s Slack conversations were subpoenaed for court, that your workplace chats may well one day be used as evidence against you. While data on Workplace belongs to the company using it, rather than Facebook, it’s still wise to watch what you say with any office productivity app. Facebook did not immediately respond to Motherboard’s request for comment on whether workplace chats would be susceptible to subpoenas.

Ultimately, Facebook is banking on the familiarity of the platform winning over customers. It’s appears easy to use and offers all of the same features as regular Facebook. But in the end, only time will tell whether employees will ever be, or ever want to be, comfortable using Facebook as a work tool or not.


#CCF #Facebook #Social Networking #Communications #Privacy @Gadget Guru+
Fabio
  
Problem with SpiderOak products is that while are nice in theory, no source is avaiable... so you must trust their words...
Manuel
  
We use #Hubzilla at my workplace so our data remains our data!

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Manuel
  
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Seth Martin
  last edited: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:29:43 -0500  
Facebook is getting the US government on its side before trying to launch its limited internet services in the US.

Facebook is talking to the White House about giving you ‘free’ Internet. Here’s why that may be controversial.

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The company has spent the past half-year in conversations with officials.

Facebook has been in talks for months with U.S. government officials and wireless carriers with an eye toward unveiling an American version of an app that has caused controversy abroad, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

The social media giant is trying to determine how to roll out its program, known as Free Basics, in the United States without triggering the regulatory scrutiny that effectively killed a version of the app in India earlier this year.


#Facebook #Free Basics #FreeBasics #Internet #Corporatism #Crony Capitalism #Capitalism #Politics #Net Neutrality #NetNeutrality #Communications #Social Networking #Zero-Rating @LibertyPod+  @Laissez-Faire Capitalism+  @Gadget Guru+
Marshall Sutherland
  
The debt bubble will burst and crash on all their plans before they get that far. (See? I can be an optimist!)
 
ex-presidente Dilma Roussef combined the same business with Facebook here in Brazil, but it did not work because anyone would use that crap service

new from 10 apr 2015Dilma e Zuckerberg anunciam parceria para levar internet a brasileiros de baixa renda

Dilma e Zuckerberg planejam internet grátis

translateDilma and Zuckerberg announce partnership to bring Internet free to low-income Brazilians

The government of Brazil and Facebook announced a partnership this Friday (10) to implement the Internet.org, a project that offers free connection in the country; the announcement was made at the Summit of the Americas, held in Panama, after a meeting between President Dilma Rousseff and the executive director of the social network, Mark Zuckerberg;
Theaitetos
 from Diaspora
I really wonder why everyone is into this #netneutrality thing. All the nerds rage against the government censoring, controlling, and sifting through the internet, but then they come and beg in the name of net neutrality for a big government agency to install a complete state control system for the internet.
Seth Martin
  last edited: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:07:51 -0500  
Mike MacgirvinMike Macgirvin wrote the following post Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:16:36 -0500
If you know folks who use Facebook and 'logout' regularly to prevent tracking or prevent 'haha I hacked your FB account', I have it on good authority that in the last few days this (logout) has been rendered useless. You are now always logged in. Logging out and visiting a facebook page presents a dialogue to re-connect the last session. Dismissing the dialogue without acting on it actually re-connects the previous session with full access to the "logged out" account. My own investigation suggests that removing all facebook.com cookies might actually log you out, but if this information becomes widely known, they'll just attach a cookie from some obscure domain that you won't be looking for. It's not like they can't afford to buy a domain name.  

Granted there are probably less than a dozen people in the world who logout of Facebook, but if you know any of these people please pass the word along.


#Facebook #Privacy
Mike Macgirvin
  
Not at all. That's a pretty sensible approach. I wasn't aware that FB had an onion friendly service, so thanks for that bit of knowledge.
Michael Meer
  last edited: Sat, 10 Sep 2016 05:49:24 -0500  
You may call it Onion friendly, I call it a trap, cause you have to authenticate. And FB offers saml based Single Sign on.
Your activities in tor may be tracked. Please don't forget they work together with lots of US agencies and you are they product not the customer. It might be possible that your data are more worth when you use tor.

I just can make some guesses, don't know what really happens in the background. But usage of Facebook through tor might harm your privacy even when you use the tor browser. So be careful, think about it and make your decision.
Seth Martin
  
Seth Martin tagged Seth Martin's post with ⋕CCF

Seth Martin
  
Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Why would India reject it? Here's why...
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Who could possibly be against free internet access? This is the question Mark Zuckerberg asks in a piece for the Times of India in which he claims Facebook’s Free Basics service “protects net neutrality”.…


#Facebook #Internet #Net-Neutrality #India #Free Basics #Charity @LibertyPod+ @Gadget Guru+
David
 from Diaspora
If Google is free to do as it wants to me, I will not be free. Google doesn't want me to be free. If I am free, they are less profitable. I want Google and its business models to cease to exist. People who work for Google understand that what they do is harmful, and they do it anyway. Screw them! I repeat: There can be no peace between us.

Google doesn't want to improve my life; they want to control it. They want to govern my behavior. Google does indeed try to force itself upon me, but I constantly resist. The people who run Google aren't able to desire anything but more and more power.

Your capitalist utopia has never existed and never will exist because the capitalists themselves don't want it to. They want government to prevent competition with patent, trademark and copyright laws. They will never tolerate free competition. They continue to bribe members of Congress and other government officials to prevent it from happening. If they were in favor of economic freedom, they would own no patents at all, and all their software would be distributed under the GPL.

You seem to believe that the formal government, the elected officials, bureaucrats, are the only people trying to control you (i.e., govern you), but they are only the visible tip of the iceberg. The real one-world government of this planet is the interlocking boards of the corporations that determine what you can eat, drink, wear, read, see, hear, and think. You can fight against the whole government, and not just the tip of the iceberg, or you can continue wasting your time going on and on about "the market" and spouting other ridiculous jargon. Google doesn't care about your economics; they just want more. When they have more, they'll want even more.

God! I'm sick of reading and hearing the nonsense of the establishment and those who apologize for them. Try to get this straight: the elected officials and bureaucrats, and those who run the corporations are the same people. They move between the corporate board rooms and congressional offices constantly. They're one group.
Seth Martin
  
This article is not just about net-neutrality. It's about how Facebook is disingenuous. I just happened to notice the conversation focusing on net-neutrality but don't want the bigger picture to get lost.

I'm going to touch on net-neutrality anyhow. I'm pro net-neutrality because I live in a place where the government picks the winners and losers. At first glance, that probably sounds backward but it's not. If free markets were a real thing here, we wouldn't need the FCC to make rules like this. We don't need governments or Facebooks monopolizing the internet.
Mike Macgirvin
  
I wonder why.

Don't you?
Seth Martin
  
#Facebook sync in #Friendica is permanently coming to an end. I think that I may disable the plugin at friendica.libertypod.com right now to hopefully free up some resources.

Permissions with Facebook Login

read_stream

Provides access to read the posts in a person's News Feed, or the posts on their Profile. Review

If your app requests this permission Facebook will have to review how your app uses it.

Limited Use

This permission is granted to apps building a Facebook-branded client on platforms where Facebook is not already available. For example, Android and iOS apps will not be approved for this permission. In addition, Web, Desktop, in-car and TV apps will not be granted this permission.
Thomas Willingham
  
On the plus side, losing my Facebook account was the best thing that ever happened to my Friendica site.

In hindsight, I probably lost it by registering apps for other people rather than for breaching their terms (even though it did breach their terms), but it was still the best thing that ever happened to my Friendica site.
Seth Martin
  
#^Facebook Can Now Deliver Ads to Almost Any App | Business | WIRED

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Facebook will now deliver targeted advertisements to practically any smartphone app, after unveiling a mobile ad network at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco.

#Facebook #Advertising

Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:23:43 -0500  
The days of thriving Facebook pages are coming to an end quickly. If you run your own Facebook page you’ve already experienced this problem of reaching your own fans. These people who opted in and want to receive your updates won't ever see them now unless you pay money.

These two videos reveal the shadiness of what’s happening on Facebook right now. The videos explain why we often don't see each other’s posts, why all of our pages are filled with fake users, and how Facebook makes more money because of it.



Facebook Fraud
by Veritasium on YouTube



The Problem With Facebook
by 2veritasium on YouTube

The solution is of course to abandon the decrepit, privacy abusing, centralized walled gardens like Facebook. The free and open internet now has all of the social networking features of Facebook available without the problems and limits.

The most feature-rich option is the RedMatrix:

The RedMatrix is a decentralized network where the people using it are in charge and the size of your server farm and wealth do not offer any comparable advantage. Anybody may participate on a level playing field. Cloud storage, file sharing, communications, content creation and management belong to everybody and can be shared with anybody (or somebody, or nobody). This is only a representative sample of the services that the RedMatrix plans to offer. In an internet where creativity is allowed to flourish and corporate overlords have no power, the door is open to entirely new forms of expression and applications. The RedMatrix software is free and open source; created by volunteers and distributed under the MIT license.

And the RedMatrix has Got Zot.

So what the heck is Zot? I'm glad you asked...

Your identity is your own. One identity across the network.
Zot is a revolutionary protocol which provides decentralized communications and identity management across the matrix. The resulting platform can provide web services comparable to those offered by large corporate providers, but without the large corporate provider and their associated privacy issues. Communications and social networking are an integral part of the matrix. Any channel (and any services provided by that channel) can make full use of feature-rich social communications on a global scale.

We use the full power of the matrix to offer friend suggestions and directory services. You can also perform other things which would typically only be possibly on a centralized provider - such as "wall to wall" posts and private/multiple profiles and web content which can be tailored to the viewer. You won't find these features at all on other decentralized communication services. The difference is that Zot also provides decentralized identity services. This is what separates the men from the boys, and what makes life in the matrix so awesome.

Zot's identity layer is unique. It's like OpenID on steroids. It provides invisible single sign-on across all sites in the matrix; as well as nomadic identity so that your communications with friends, family, and business partners won't be affected by the loss of your primary communication node - either temporarily or permanently. The important bits of your identity and relationships can be backed up to a thumb drive and may appear at any node in the matrix at any time - with all your friends and preferences intact. These nomadic instances are kept in sync so any instance can take over if another one is compromised or damaged. This protects you against not only major system failure, but also temporary site overloads and governmental manipulation. You cannot be silenced. You cannot be removed from the matrix.

As you browse the matrix viewing channels and their unique content, you are seamlessly authenticated as you go, even across completely different server hubs. No password dialogues. Nothing to type. You're just greeted by name on every new site you visit. How does Zot do that? We call it "magic-auth" because it really is technology that is so advanced as to be indistinguishable from magic. You login only once on your home hub (or any nomadic backup hub you have chosen). This allows you to access any authenticated services provided anywhere in the matrix - such as shopping and access to private information. This is just like the services offered by large corporate providers with huge user databases; however you can be a member of this community and a server on this network using a "plug computer" like a Rasberry Pi. Your password isn't stored on a thousand different sites where it can be stolen and used to clean out your bank accounts.

You control your data. RedMatrix enforces your permissions.
Zot's identity layer allows you to provide fine-grained permissions to any content you wish to publish - and these permissions extend across the RedMatrix. This is like having one super huge website made up of an army of small individual websites - and where each channel in the matrix can completely control their privacy and sharing preferences for any web resources they create.

Example: you want a photo to be visible to your family and three select friends, but not your work colleagues. In the matrix this is easy. Even if your family members, work colleagues, and friends all have accounts on different hubs.

Currently the matrix supports communications, photo albums, events, files, chat rooms, content management services (web pages) and WebDAV cloud storage facilities. Every object and how it is shared and with whom is completely under your control.

Again, this type of control is available on large corporate providers, because they own the user database. Within the matrix, there is no need for a huge user database on your machine - because the matrix is your user database and for all intents and purposes has infinite capacity and is spread amongst hundreds, and potentially millions of computers. Access can be granted or denied for any resource, to any channel or any group of channels; anywhere within the matrix. They do not need to have an account on your hub.

Reclaim your privacy. RedMatrix is built for you, not governments and corporations.
Your communications may be public or private - and we allow your private communications to be as private as you wish them to be. Private communications comprise not only fully encrypted transport, but also encrypted storage to help protect against accidental snooping and disclosure by rogue system administrators and internet service providers.

Want more? You can fully encrypt your messages "end to end" using your choice of encryption ciphers and using a passphrase that only you and the recipient(s) know - in addition to our standard multi-layer encryption.

Want more? Our end to end encryption is pluggable. You can define your own chain of multiple encryption steps with multiple keys, and include algorithms known only to you and the recipient. At some point even the US National Security Agency will have to throw up their hands. There won't be enough computational power available in the universe to decode your private message.

We also provide optional message expiration as a standard feature. When the expiration date/time passes, your message is removed from the network.


Another great decentralized option is a social network called Friendica, which was created by the same developers prior to the RedMatrix but has less features and is often used because people are familiar with the simple social network permissions. Friendica also federates with other decentralized social networks like diaspora*.

#Facebook #Fraud #Social Networking #Decentralization #Open-Source #Communication #Friendica #RedMatrix #CMS #WebDAV #Zot #GotZot? #GetZot @LibertyPod+  @Laissez-Faire Capitalism+
elmussol
  
A fine piece of writing if I may say so Seth.
Marshall Sutherland
  last edited: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:31:42 -0500  
After privacy issues, I think my biggest gripe with facebook was the way they had all these controls to tell them what you did and didn't want to see which they would treat merely as suggestions. "We know what you WANT to see, but we have special algorithms, based on factors outside of your control, to figure out what you WILL see."
There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity.
– The Outer Limits.
Seth Martin
  
A fine piece of writing if I may say so Seth.

In fairness, most of it was copy/paste. I think that most of it was written by @Mike Macgirvin

Seth Martin
  
Minecraft founder Markus Persson, known as Notch on Twitter, tweeted that he was backing out of a proposed plan to build a version of the the game for the Oculus Rift on Tuesday.
"Facebook creeps me out," he said, explaining why he was scuttling Minecraft's proposed partnership with Oculus.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has high hopes for the company:


After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.

This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.

Facebook wants to extend Oculus’ existing advantage in gaming to new verticals, including communications, media and entertainment, education, and “other areas.” In other words, the company will be using Oculus as a base to experiment with virtual reality, hoping it will be the next platform after desktop and mobile.

Facebook and Oculus join for science fiction future - CNET

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The companies believe that by joining forces, they can invent the future and turn science fiction into fact.


#Facebook #Oculus #Minecraft #Gaming #VR
Seth Martin
  
Facebook creeps me out too. This was the only game system that I even considered. Maybe Sony will do something cool with VR and the PS4.
Arto
  
Yeah, Sony is working on a VR set as well.  They'll probably get bought by Google.

No problem, as long as I've got a nice 23 inch monitor to play Eve, all is good.
Seth Martin