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Paul Merrell

Sick Of Facebook? Read This. - 0 views

  • In 2012, The Guardian reported on Facebook’s arbitrary and ridiculous nudity and violence guidelines which allow images of crushed limbs but – dear god spare us the image of a woman breastfeeding. Still, people stayed – and Facebook grew. In 2014, Facebook admitted to mind control games via positive or negative emotional content tests on unknowing and unwilling platform users. Still, people stayed – and Facebook grew. Following the 2016 election, Facebook responded to the Harpie shrieks from the corporate Democrats bysetting up a so-called “fake news” task force to weed out those dastardly commies (or socialists or anarchists or leftists or libertarians or dissidents or…). And since then, I’ve watched my reach on Facebook drain like water in a bathtub – hard to notice at first and then a spastic swirl while people bicker about how to plug the drain. And still, we stayed – and the censorship tightened. Roughly a year ago, my show Act Out! reported on both the censorship we were experiencing but also the cramped filter bubbling that Facebook employs in order to keep the undesirables out of everyone’s news feed. Still, I stayed – and the censorship tightened. 2017 into 2018 saw more and more activist organizers, particularly black and brown, thrown into Facebook jail for questioning systemic violence and demanding better. In August, puss bag ass hat in a human suit Alex Jones was banned from Facebook – YouTube, Apple and Twitter followed suit shortly thereafter. Some folks celebrated. Some others of us skipped the party because we could feel what was coming.
  • On Thursday, October 11th of this year, Facebook purged more than 800 pages including The Anti-Media, Police the Police, Free Thought Project and many other social justice and alternative media pages. Their explanation rested on the painfully flimsy foundation of “inauthentic behavior.” Meanwhile, their fake-news checking team is stacked with the likes of the Atlantic Council and the Weekly Standard, neocon junk organizations that peddle such drivel as “The Character Assassination of Brett Kavanaugh.” Soon after, on the Monday before the Midterm elections, Facebook blocked another 115 accounts citing once again, “inauthentic behavior.” Then, in mid November, a massive New York Times piece chronicled Facebook’s long road to not only save its image amid rising authoritarian behavior, but “to discredit activist protesters, in part by linking them to the liberal financier George Soros.” (I consistently find myself waiting for those Soros and Putin checks in the mail that just never appear.)
  • What we need is an open source, non-surveillance platform. And right now, that platform is Minds. Before you ask, I’m not being paid to write that.
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  • Fashioned as an alternative to the closed and creepy Facebook behemoth, Minds advertises itself as “an open source and decentralized social network for Internet freedom.” Minds prides itself on being hands-off with regards to any content that falls in line with what’s permitted by law, which has elicited critiques from some on the left who say Minds is a safe haven for fascists and right-wing extremists. Yet, Ottman has himself stated openly that he wants ideas on content moderation and ways to make Minds a better place for social network users as well as radical content creators. What a few fellow journos and I are calling #MindsShift is an important step in not only moving away from our gagged existence on Facebook but in building a social network that can serve up the real news folks are now aching for.
  • To be clear, we aren’t advocating that you delete your Facebook account – unless you want to. For many, Facebook is still an important tool and our goal is to add to the outreach toolkit, not suppress it. We have set January 1st, 2019 as the ultimate date for this #MindsShift. Several outlets with a combined reach of millions of users will be making the move – and asking their readerships/viewerships to move with them. Along with fellow journalists, I am working with Minds to brainstorm new user-friendly functions and ways to make this #MindsShift a loud and powerful move. We ask that you, the reader, add to the conversation by joining the #MindsShift and spreading the word to your friends and family. (Join Minds via this link) We have created the #MindsShift open group on Minds.com so that you can join and offer up suggestions and ideas to make this platform a new home for radical and progressive media.
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Spotify takes an early weekend, has outage on Friday afternoon [# ! Alternatives Down...?] - 0 views

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    "It has been a long week, and we all deserve to take off a little early. Spotify knows that feel. Its service went down in various part of the U.S. and Europe on Friday afternoon. An outage indicator showed problems that began a little after 4:00 P.M. EST."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Open source PDF readers, creators, and editors | Opensource.com - 0 views

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    "Aren't we supposed to be living in a paperless world by now? I can't be the only person who imagined the office of the future, free from the confines of the eight and a half by eleven sheet (or A4, for my international friends), would have long since arrived. Instead, we've managed to land in an intermediate state of not paperless, but less paper. It could be worse."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Linux Kernel Security (SELinux vs AppArmor vs Grsecurity) | [ # ! 2009 to check and upd... - 0 views

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    " Unfortunately, stock kernel is not secured out of box. There are some important Linux kernel patches to secure your box"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Australian ISP Rejects 'Pirate Site' Blocking Attempt - TorrentFreak - 0 views

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    " Ernesto on November 20, 2015 C: 19 Breaking A small Australian Internet provider is refusing to block a website that allegedly infringes on the copyrights of a local construction company. Lawyers demanded a blockade citing Australia's new anti-piracy legislation, but the ISP believes that it's an attempt to bypass a law which is already flawed."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Dropbox Alternatives for Linux Users - Datamation - 1 views

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    "Like many of you, I too have found myself wooed by the convenience of using Dropbox. It's cross platform, simple to setup and provides a cloud storage option for those who might otherwise be less inclined to store files off-site. In this article I'll explore alternatives to Dropbox for Linux users."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Open source webmail clients for browser-based email | Opensource.com - 0 views

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    "... But Gmail is far from the only name in the game when it comes to web-based email clients. In fact, there are a number of open source alternatives available for those who want more freedom, and occasionally, a completely different approach to managing their email without relying on a desktop client. ..."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

8 of the most unsettling things you'll find on the darknet | ITworld - 1 views

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    "Catch a glimpse of what flourishes in the shadows of the Internet. "
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    "Catch a glimpse of what flourishes in the shadows of the Internet. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself * The Register - 1 views

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    "Microsoft wants to get better at monitoring Linux. Don't pinch yourself - this isn't some weird dream. Redmond on Tuesday took the covers off a new Linux VM monitoring tool."
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    "Microsoft wants to get better at monitoring Linux. Don't pinch yourself - this isn't some weird dream. Redmond on Tuesday took the covers off a new Linux VM monitoring tool."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Replace SourceForge with these Better Alternatives - Linux Links - The Linux Portal Site - 1 views

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    "SourceForge is a long established web-based service that offers source code repository, downloads mirrors, bug tracker and other features. It acts as a centralized location for software developers to control and manage free and open-source software development. "
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    "SourceForge is a long established web-based service that offers source code repository, downloads mirrors, bug tracker and other features. It acts as a centralized location for software developers to control and manage free and open-source software development. "
Alexandra IcecreamApps

Best Skype Alternatives for Windows - Icecream Tech Digest - 0 views

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    Skype is one of the most popular and famous messengers in the world. Through the years of its existence, this IM has gone through drastic changes. The interface, the owning company, the functions - all these things have been evolving … Continue reading →
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    Skype is one of the most popular and famous messengers in the world. Through the years of its existence, this IM has gone through drastic changes. The interface, the owning company, the functions - all these things have been evolving … Continue reading →
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Linux vs. BSD: Which Should You Use? - 0 views

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    " By Danny Stieben on 13th January, 2015 | Linux | 11 Comments At MakeUseOf, we cover Linux quite a bit as the "alternative" to Windows and Mac OS X. However, those aren't the only three operating systems out there - there's also the BSD family of Unix-like operating systems, which are technically speaking different from Linux."
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    " By Danny Stieben on 13th January, 2015 | Linux | 11 Comments At MakeUseOf, we cover Linux quite a bit as the "alternative" to Windows and Mac OS X. However, those aren't the only three operating systems out there - there's also the BSD family of Unix-like operating systems, which are technically speaking different from Linux."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Web app open source alternatives | Opensource.com - 0 views

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    "Remember when Sun Microsystems proclaimed that "the network is the computer"? Many people guffawed at that proclamation. What was once a clever slogan is now a reality thanks to the proliferation of web-based applications."
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    "Remember when Sun Microsystems proclaimed that "the network is the computer"? Many people guffawed at that proclamation. What was once a clever slogan is now a reality thanks to the proliferation of web-based applications."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Hate Amazon? 6 alternatives for buying books, electronics and more | ITworld - 0 views

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    "Here's where to buy if you want to avoid the Web's biggest bully By Preston Gralla May 28, 2014, 11:35 AM - The Amazon bully just got nastier, with Amazon refusing to take orders for upcoming books from publisher Hachette for authors including J.K. Rowling, Tina Fey, and others, because Hachette won't agree to Amazon's lowball pricing demands. Tired of buying from the world's nastiest Web site? There are plenty of other alternatives --- here are six of my favorites."
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