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OBS

ためしにキャプチャーしてみました。 いや、特に何かするわけではないのですが^^;

OBSは最新版、OSはこの為だけにセットアップして用意したWin7sp1です(キャプチャーのみならネット接続不要です。あとLinux用も存在しますが他の設定やデバイス、ツールなどを考えるとWinが無難?)。 OBSは、そのままではインストールできずVisual Cをインストールして海外フォーラムか何かで配布されていたDirctXのパッチ?をあてました。

画像をよく見ると遅延しているように見えますが実際、差は感じません。 画像はなぜか遅延しているように見受けられます。 グラボはGTX750Ti、キャプチャーボックスはUSB3.0での接続です。

私の場合は初期設定時、PC上でキャプチャー元の映像を指定しただけでは取り込まれていなかったです。 入力デバイスを別のものにして再び戻すと映るようになりました。 パススルーの出力は問題なく映っていました。 ここら辺りは私の手順が不適当だったのかもしれません。

ゲームに関しては、今は特にないです。 R-Typeを購入しようとは考えているのですがPS5が入手できたらどうしよう? 魔界村やモンハンあたりはプレイしたい気もします。 あと今年ゼルダが発売されるのかな? 正直、最近のゲームは詳しくないです。

キャプチャーボックスは格安品のものです。 何やら曰くつきなようで1080p+60fpsが可能とか不可能とか… その辺りは機会があればいずれ。

追記 久々のWindows7のインストールだったけど必要な機能がインストールできなかったりした。 そう言えば証明書? それっぽいものをダウンロードし更新して解決した。

ゲームするなら追加でモニターと有線LANアダプターが必要か。 すぐに飽きてPCはトレード用のサブ機に成り下がるのだろうけど^^;

追記その2 試しに録画してみました。 nvenc h264はエラーメッセージが出て録画不可でした。 これはドライバーが古いためなようで390.77以上だと可能なようです(Nvidia製でもドライバーに関係なく非対応のグラボもあるようです)。 とりあえずx264で試してみましたが問題なく録画できていました。 他の記事でも書いていますが375.70以上のドライバーではテレメトリが機能しているようです。 初期はツールを利用して停止させてたような記事を見ましたが今は任意で停止可能だったかな? 実際試したことないので私には分かりません。

録画に関してはSwitchの案内画面ではCPUに負荷は大してかかってなかったです(Corei7 4770、1080p 60fps)。 ゲームだと変わってくるのかな?多分変わりますね^^; ゲームを購入する機会があればまた試してみます。 あと通信する場合はニンテンドーのアカウントが別途必要なのですね(おまけにサービスは有料?)。

まだPS5待っとけばよかったかな? 購入するとしてもモンハンとかまだ先だった。 下手すりゃゼルダまでゲーム未プレイのまま保管か^^;

Linuxから書くとフォントが違ってた^^; あとプレイ動画アップするだけなら収益化の可能性0のようですね^^; (何かしら付加価値が必要?) それだとただ趣味でアップするだけでも躊躇してしまいそう^^; vs○×とか○×攻略とかテロップ入れとけばいいのかな?厳しそうだけど。 なるほどゲームだとゆっくり以外の実況一択ということなのかな? 収益化を考えるとゲームは敷居高そうですね。 アクティブな人とかでないと一般人には難しい気はする。 まあ上位10%くらいでしたっけ、まともに稼げるのは^^;

実践してる人の収益化についての意見や動画見たらお手上げ。 投資のほうがはるかに楽^^; 投資系配信者の方たちも大変なのかなあ? (趣味な方々も多々いるのかな?ただ勝ち組だと、たとえ顔出ししてなくとも、どこからともなく知らない人が近寄ってきそうだけど^^;) 小遣い稼ぎとかありえないのか?←と言うか片手間での副収入

まあFXならライブやれば集まりそうな気はするけど普段通り平常心は無理だろな^^; それにMT4表示させてるだけで意味あるのかな? 多分国内業者はツール出しての取引は許可してなさそうな。 と言うかFXのライブやる意味とかメリットは私には全くないけど^^;

追記 海外だと単純なプレイ動画のみで大きなチャンネルに成長してるところはありますね(ただし収益化されているかは実際のところ不明、あと当たり前なのかもしれないけど洋ゲー専門か?)。 やはり日本語以外に海外向けの内容説明も付けとけば何とかなるのかな? あと、過去に国内プレイ動画のみで検証してる方も見受けられました。 結果としてはOKなのかな? まあ余裕があれば私も…しかし今は検証に時間かかりそうですな。 上位に表示されることはまずなさそう^^; 検索頼りだとワールドワイドな最新ビッグタイトルを独自に攻略などか? 翻訳付けられるのだろうけど英語表記でのプレイのほうが伸びるのだろうか? (数百万、数千万よりは数億、数十億的な発想) それっぽい人は実際いますね。 居住区未設定でいいのかな? アカウントは英語圏以外の海外言語で読みにくそうなもの(かつ印象の悪い意味でないもの)をいくつか用意してみます(実際すでに調べてましたが単体の単語はほぼ埋まってますね、適当な合成の綴りから意味を調べて悪くないものでも^^;しかし適当に作った綴りでも何かしら意味があることが多いのには驚き)。

まあとりあえず作ってみないことにはですね。 たしか居住区とは別に通貨指定あったような(単位設定だったかな?違ってるかも要確認)。 プレイ動画のみなら損はないのでは(当然自己責任で、またオリジナルかつ目的など明確にとか)。 むしろ実況なしが好まれる場合もあるかもしれません(労力やプライバシーの面でも敷居は低いかも)。 またちょっと調べればテンプレ構成も確立できると思います。 例: MHRise – Gameplay Raijin & Fujin Solo Horizon Zero Dawn Walkthrough Part 1 4K60fps

最近は本体のみで完結しないの法則発動中 まだ握ってても安泰でしょ? モンハンで深夜でも目が冴えて良いカンフル剤になりそうだ。

ゴールドダスト、カネゴンは意外にもいない? 金田金蔵はいる。 執着しても表に出さないクオリティw

…いや、大事なことか 生活というか人生かけてる人もいるのだろうから。 市場が今以上に盛り上がることを期待します(^人^) 私もいつかあやかりたい^^;

 
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from C3PO

Para que luego digan que la gente no es agradecida en las redes sociales. Aquí os dejo con 2 regalitos que me han hecho en Mastodon: una pintura en acuarela de un amigo (Lucas) y un muñeco de una amiga (xana).

Les estoy muy agradecido a a ambos por estos regalos :)

c3po

c3po-2

 
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from MicroRyo

More WF Tests

This might appear on this blog. Hopefully directly. It's just a bit odd that WF only saves these as drafts. Strange.

Still not convinced to install writefreely.el in emacs.

Update: Okay that worked! At least directly to the blog without draft by using

wf publish <file> --b <blogname>
 
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from MicroRyo

Publish with WF to writefreely

Let's see if this is working. I'm writing a post in emacs with my normal template and saving the file to disk and use "WF" from the shell to publish. If this works, I'll do a little macro within emacs to publish it with a key-combo. Yay.

You can find binaries and sources at GitHub WF. This could be awesome!

However, this includes an extra step, since I'm writing my blog posts in org-mode. It needs to be converted to HTML first. So I take a look at WriteFreely.el if it is more comfortable.

Update: Okay, so it turns out that WF posts it as drafts. Another step more. That's not what I want. Basically it's more work that just open the browser and copy&paste the HTML-code from emacs publish. Groarrr! And WriteFreely.el doesn't seem to be on MELPA anymore sigh. Geez! I'll take a look what can be done…

 
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from Mónica

Estoy cansada del contenido de YouTube. Poco a poco se ha convertido en un espacio lleno de publicidad y gente que solo quiere labrarse un futuro profesional como freelancers.

No les juzgo, pero es insoportable ver como cada mísero vídeo de la plataforma está esponsorizado por Skillshare, Grammarly, Notion o más empresas. Otra cosa que no me gusta es el auge de los vídeos para aumentar la productividad. He de reconocer que he visionado muchísimo contenido sobre esta temática, especialmente para descubrir nuevas herramientas digitales. No obstante, ha llegado un punto en el que el discurso me parece insostenible.

Cómo ser más productivo, las 10 claves que te ayudarán a ser más productivo, ¿cómo dejar de procrastinar?, cómo convertirte en aquello que aspiras...

Esta pantomima me saca de quicio, últimamente. Creo que esta calaña está contribuyendo a que muchísimas personas nos sintamos mal por no producir contenido. Aunque no queramos, es como si debiéramos de sentirnos inferiores por ello. No estamos creando = no valemos.

Es hora de dejar de romantizar la maldita productividad. Tenemos derecho a descansar, a vivir la vida sin necesidad de crear. Ser espectador es un derecho, como también lo es darse descansos cuando a uno le apetece. Es normal estar cansado, hoy en día. La cultura del sufrimiento y sobreesfuerzo ya lleva años pasando factura, y es algo bastante apreciable si vemos las cifras de consumidores de ansiolíticos y antidepresivos.

¿Por qué cojones con 15 años ya estaba mirando vídeos sobre productividad? ¿Por qué cojones una cría o un crío tienen que volverse más adultos hoy en día? ¿Por qué hay chicos y chicas de 14-15-16 años creando contenido en esta plataforma hablando de sus “rutinas” que probablemente no siguen? ¿Qué queremos demostrar con todo esto?

Ni con una pandemia nos libramos de la dichosa necesidad de trabajar 24/7.

 
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from Mónica

Ha pasado un mes desde mi última publicación. Vaya.

Me recuperé del bajonazo. Ya acabé los exámenes (mañana tengo el último). Ah, no he estudiado. Odio las asignaturas sobre empresas.

He borrado mis cuentas de Mastodon. He agregado a la gente que me faltaba en mi cliente de XMPP. Estaré allí una temporada, no me apetece tener ninguna red social.

A veces me culpo por ser tan inconsistente con mis cuentas, pero... ¿qué más da? A nadie realmente le importa lo que haga o deje de hacer. Estoy en mi derecho de abrir y cerrar las cuentas las veces que haga falta. He visto que hay gente que le pasa lo mismo que a mi. Supongo que somos culos inquietos digitales.

Iré publicando cosas por aquí. Supongo que en formato “micromensajes”, porque veo que me cuesta mucho escribir posts elaborados.

He quitado todos los enlaces a webs y blogs externos, lo dejaré como un diario personal. Espero que no moleste a ninguno de los owners de los blogs que había incluido en las secciones :(

 
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from tea01417

LinuxMint 20

Chromeの新バージョン使いたかったのでアップグレードを試してみました(多分19.xは84止まり)。 外部パッケージのダウングレードや削除でエラーが出て削除してもまだエラーが残ってた(xxx.jreだったかな?)。 アップデートは失敗、いずれクリーンインストールしたいと思います。 そしてハードの方、Core2のノートはまだ余力ありそうです。 ブラウジングに関しては問題なし。 YouTube1080pは問題ないですよ、Penrynだけど。 あとDebianと言う手もまだ残ってますからね^^ SSDは必須かな。 RaspberryPi5までは使う^^; そうだ、Core2でStadiaのプレイレビュー書きたかったんだった^^;

プライバシーに関しては特別安全という気はしない。 通信に関して、設定が面倒だったりアプリが揃ってない分、Windowsより劣ってる気しかしない。 テレメトリ機能がないのは良い◎、あとアップデート管理がユーザーに委ねられてるところ。 トレードに関してはWine利用すればほぼ解決だけどSpeedMT4が利用できないのはチョット心細い(あと業者の一部のカスタムインジなどもかな?)。 .net系は上手くやれば動作するのかな? そういえば市販のSpeedツールが利用できなくなったのだが… まあ金融業界ならWin7/8.1でもあと10年くらい安泰か?^^; いや、それはないかランサムがどうとかなるか。

 
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from ThreeBadgersInATrenchcoat

Discord is a platform that has almost 100 million monthly active users[1], a platform that I used for over four years (from December of 2015 to March of 2020) to talk to friends and find groups, and a platform that almost everyone who plays games uses every single day — but just because a company is huge, doesn't mean that they aren't nefarious.

Invasiveness

  Discord has been around for a long time, slowly becoming less and less private and worse for the privacy of it's users. They collect and monetize all information that you directly provide to them and just about every action you take on the platform, this includes your username, email, messages and images that you send through the platform, all of your calls, your IP, device ID, “activities within [our] services”, your demographics, interests, behaviors, and more[2]. So remember that really sensitive message you sent or that call you had? Discord has it — unencrypted. Many users even willingly opt-in to more extreme collection, censorship, and monitoring of their direct messages via Discord's “Safe Direct Messaging” feature. All of this data is collected, sold, traded, profiled, used for legal compliance, marketing, and more. This is even more of an issue as they have said in emails that they do receive government requests for data.[3] They have also seen large investments by some of the biggest global tracking companies, not the least of which include Tencent, Warner Media, and others.[4]
  Discord in their privacy policy states that they collect “information from any accounts that you may link”, this means that if you link your any of your accounts from the myriad available platforms that Discord allows you to link (this includes YouTube, Steam, Reddit, Twitter, Spotify, Facebook, and more), Discord is scouring through your accounts and scraping data from them. This could include posts, likes, follows, followers, replies, bio content, and more.
  Jason Citron, the current CEO of Discord, also had a previous company before Discord — this project was named OpenFeint[5]. OpenFeint was a social networking application for mobile devices that allowed for leaderboards, forums, and extra achievements for many mobile games that were popular at the time. It was founded in 2009, six years prior to the creation of Discord which was released in 2015. OpenFeint was charged with a class-action lawsuit[6] of illegal violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, California's Computer Crime Law, giving developers illegal access to user data through its API, California Invasion of Privacy Act, Unfair Competition, Breach of Contract, bad faith, and more. This shows that Mr. Citron has a history of invasive applications, and it stands to reason that Discord is hardly any better.
  Discord forces many users to input their phone number or some other form of verification if they are “flagged,”[7][8] in reality this is a broad and mostly untargeted tactic to attempt to get more data out of their users. This practice is especially prevalent with users who have chosen to utilize a VPN or Tor, in which case Discord will almost always provide users with sometimes up to thirty ReCaptcha challenges (or sometimes ones that are incompletable due to Google's blacklisting of “high-traffic” or “suspicious” IPs, realistically this applies to almost all of the Tor or major VPN IPs that Google is aware of) and a request for the user's phone number, therefore deanonymizing the person and making any previous privacy precautions worthless.[9]
  On the topic of invasive identity verification, a similar process is undergone for bot developers. Discord forces all bot developers who have their bots in over 100 servers to upload a scanned copy or photo of “[an] identity document like a driver's license, ID card, or passport.”[10]
  You can't have a private conversation on Discord. All communications on the platform are unencrypted, and a ledger of all communications made on the platform is stored on Discord's servers. This is in stark contrast to many other growing chat applications, like the more privacy focused Element.io, who have implemented full end-to-end encryption for direct messages and groups[11], and allow for p2p calling. This ensures that not only are your conversations and calls kept private, but also due to the (optional) p2p calling audio quality greatly improves. It doesn't seem that Discord will ever add encryption to chats or groups due to their repeated position, citing that it would “make moderation difficult”, despite the fact that it could just be added as a simple toggle in the conversation's settings menu. This also isn't just some random person asking for a feature that nobody else wants, a user made a post on the discord forums asking them to implement end-to-end encryption and it got 550 upvotes[12], so it's clear that many users want E2EE as well.
  When I've explained Discord's privacy problems to users of the platform, I hear many of them say something along the lines of “Well I changed the privacy controls in the settings” — but this actually doesn't really do anything at all. By Discord's own words, “when you turn the flag off, the events are sent, but we tell our servers to not store these events.”[13] This means that all the same data is sent to Discord's servers, and you just have to take their word that they wont do the exact same things with it. If they're not collecting any of the data, then why send it in the first place? If they weren't storing it like they say, then sending it anyway and blocking it on the server side would just waste bandwidth and possibly increase latency in games — since that's what the platform is meant for after all, gaming.
  Discord refuses to cooperate with Do Not Track or “DNT” headers, and tracks users the same whether they send a DNT header or not. They say “Our Services currently do not respond to “Do Not Track” (DNT) signals and operate as described [...] whether or not a DNT signal is received”[14], many services have migrated to accepting DNT requests, but Discord has still chosen to not comply with them.
  You have to provide your real, legal name. Pseudonyms or other things of the like are not allowed and go strictly against the Terms of Service of the platform, your account could be closed or banned for going against this, once more, destroying anonymity.[15]
  When you use the service, you grant Discord a license on all of your content posted on the service. In Discord's Terms of Service they say “By uploading, distributing, transmitting or otherwise using Your Content with the Service, you grant to us a perpetual, nonexclusive, transferable, royalty-free, sublicensable, and worldwide license to use, host, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display Your Content in connection with operating and providing the Service.”[16]
  Discord does not fully delete users' personal data after a deletion request is received. They clearly state that the data may still be kept for “backup and business continuity purposes.” This is concerning for many reasons, not the least of which being that you can never be sure that Discord isn't keeping all of your data on their datacenters and servers, even if you submit an erasure request.[17]
  If Discord were to ever be sold, in a merger, or other financial transactional event, your data may be part of the transferred assets to the new owners.[18] This means that if Discord got bought out by Tencent let's say, all of the data that they collect (which is a lot as described at the top of this section) would be transferred in that acquisition for their new owners to do whatever they would want with the data. And as described above, you aren't safe from this even if you submit a data erasure request, as there is no guarantee that Discord would even delete all of your data and not keep multiple backups of it, that would also be transferred.
  Discord in addition contains a process logger that records all of your open programs, browser tabs, and usage habits. This spyware “feature” was confirmed by the CTO of Discord[19]. Due to the fact that Discord is closed source, it is pretty much impossible to tell how much of this is being sent back to Discord for whatever reasons, the best information we have now is their word that they don't send any of this information back. This is what enables their “Game Status” feature, which allows other users to see what game you're playing at that time, or even what program you have open depending on how you have the feature tailored, which is concerning enough in and of itself.

Hypocrisy

I absolutely do not endorse any of the content or people who are involved in creating or distributing the content that I will talk about in this next section. The only reason that I am including this is because I believe that it is contextually important to the bigger story of Discord. Thank you for understanding.

  Discord has time and time again taken a strict stance on eliminating servers, banning users associated with, and taking down loli and shota content[20] — and rightfully so, my opinion, and the opinion of many others, is that content of that nature has absolutely no place on the platform and should be removed and dealt with the second that it is discovered. The hypocrisy comes into play when you take into account the moderation team's response to cub content. (If you aren't sure what “loli”, “shota”, or “cub” mean, search for their definitions at your own discretion — you may see content or find information that you didn't want to see or know.) Discord's trust and safety team have said in no uncertain terms that they “do not consider “cub” content to be a violation of our Terms or Guidelines”[21] and that they have no problem allowing content of this nature on the platform[22] (which is assumed to be a result of the moderation team supposedly being comprised of primarily furries.) This is just in direct contradiction. Either you allow all of it, or you allow none of it. Banning users that posted loli content, servers that contained it, etc, but then explicitly allowing the same content just because they're animals? Content of this nature, human or animal, has no place on any social platform, much less one that allows children age 13 years old and up to make an account and use the service[23] — not even to mention all of the people who are under that age that regularly use the service[24], though that's hard to control on the part of Discord considering the sheer scale of the platform and the fact that they have no age verification system in place — it's ironic, they have surveillance in all of the places where it doesn't help but not the one where it would.
  Discord states that they don't check users' direct messages unless they have ample reasoning. This reasoning can generally come in a few forms, mass reporting being commonly cited as the most effective, as it can be a fast and mostly accurate way of possibly identifying a problematic person(s). But Discord berates users who mass report and generally take little to no action on a user or server that is mass reported, opposed to one that is naturally found by the moderation team that houses the same or similar content. One Discord moderator stating in a report of a user “Please do not participate in mass reporting”, before closing the thread and abstaining from any further action.
  Discord is the go-to place for many illegal activities including stolen account and password selling[25], child grooming, and more. While this is a common and inevitable consequence of substantial growth of a pseudonymous platform like Discord, it still shouldn't undermine the required urgency of a solution and action. The problem lies in the fact that while many people who participate in or facilitate activities of that nature still go free on the platform, many people who aren't knowingly breaking any guidelines get banned and are then subsequently ignored by Discord when asking for any clarification or reason as to why[26]. The Discord Trust and Safety/moderation team is consistently more focused on banning people off of their own personal bias and not any real substantial violation of Discord's ToS, than they are banning pedophiles persistently enough to not get investigated by the FBI.[27]

Complacency

  Discord, being a large company, you'd think would try to add features that the community had been asking for for a long period of time, right? Wrong.[28][29][30] Instead of adding encryption, custom themes, custom plugins, or anything else that the community has been asking for for years, in one of their most recent updates they added the ability to link a GitHub account and revamped their “HypeSquad Quiz” (along with some other mostly meaningless “features”.) Since their release in 2015, they haven't really had many original or unique features that weren't present in other large platforms at the time. They haven't progressed forwards with new, exciting features since maybe early 2017 with T.A.Y.N.E (Teleport Anywhere You Need Ever), which allowed users to navigate Discord on the desktop almost exclusively through their keyboard[31]. This added an almost Vim-like navigation scheme, which was really unheard of for chat applications at the time — and while there are a few really awesome standout features like this, they're few and far between. Most other changes since the program's release have been relegated to being almost exclusively performance changes, aesthetic tweaks, or bug fixes. They've become stagnant — not adding any groundbreaking features that many would expect from such a juggernaut of a technology company, no encryption, community theming, plugins, badges in chat, raw message copying, friend popup notifications, direct image to clipboard copying, inline image zooming, and so much more that has been asked for from the community time and time again since almost the release of the program. And because it hasn't been added, many have resorted to breaking ToS[32] with client modifications such as BetterDiscord[33], which allows for all of these things to be done.
  One user on Twitter after “reporting a server by an “infamous” pedophile” which, without going into detail, has what content you would expect from a pedophile's server in it, got a canned and fairly disturbing response from the Discord Trust and Safety team. Not only does the moderation team take no action of any kind against the server or user in question, they simply tell the user to “leave the server if you do not like the content!”[34] This sets a dangerous precedent of complacency of the moderation team, as not only is there an alarming skew of priorities, but it's a pattern that seems to have been going on since most of the modern moderation team has been in place.
  In mid-2019, Discord rolled out a beta of their new (now indefinitely closed) games store to users who were on the beta (Canary) release channel. With tensions high from recent unjust bans of many average users[35] and large figures in the gaming and online community[36], people were worried that their games (and by extension their money) would be lost forever if they were to unluckily find themselves on the receiving end of one of these inequitable bans. One Twitter user stating “If you get banned from Discord at their political convenience, do you lose access to your library?   Sounds like a terrible idea...” Many other users on Twitter and other social platforms (including users on Discord itself) echoed many of the same concerns — and with all of these questions, Discord had an answer. The Discord Trust and Safety team bluntly stated that they are focused on “rule-breaking behavior instead of targeting an individual”. This is Discord's attempted solution at ensuring people don't lose their games while still being able to effectively ban users who break the rules, and a terrible solution it is. What it implies is that it could allow people who previously exhibited rule-breaking or even potentially law-breaking behavior back onto the platform just because they say they won't do it again. It is more or less, by definition, an honors system. Multiple users even reporting that they've seen pedophiles and other genuine criminals let back onto the platform by this reasoning.

Censorship

  By using Discord, you waive your right to sue them, instead needing to go through an arbitrator. An arbitrator is a lawyer hired by the company and acts as a sort of negotiator. Since the arbitrator is highly biased towards the company for obvious reasons, it makes it extremely rare for the plaintiff to win. Discord also revokes your right to enter a class action lawsuit against them[37][38] (I wonder where they got that idea from.) Now, Discord repeatedly tried to inform people that they “[had] the right to opt out [...] by sending an email to arbitration-opt-out[at]discord.com”[39]. Not only could you only do this if you sent the email within 30 days (which was later extended to 90 days after immense backlash) of the initial change[40], but what was conveniently left out was that this would only opt you out of the arbitration clause, and would still not reverse your inability to join a class action lawsuit against them, despite the intentionally misleading and vaguely phrased responses of multiple moderators alluding to such.
  Many social media platforms for years have had blanket removals for many servers under the reasoning of “misinformation.” Over the years this has applied to Twitter, Facebook, and most other large social platforms — and it seems that this behavior has finally rubbed off on the Discord moderation team. Ice Age Farmer was a Discord community which described themselves as focused on “gardening, preps, seed saving, canning, alternative construction & greenhouses”, who on October 15 had their fairly small invite-only server disabled on the grounds of “spread of misinformation.”[41] For a platform who describes itself as “for anyone who could use a place to talk with their friends and communities”, their censorship seems at best contradictory, and at worst intentionally deceptive and harmful.
There are reports of users being banned from Discord for saying anything anti-furry, and even a report of such a comment, true or not, can get someone banned. A former bot api developer stating “You can report anyone on discord and say something along the lines of “he said fuck furries” give no proof and they'll be banned.”[42]

 
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from Mónica

Sigo con la ansiedad disparada. Hasta responder un correo se me hace una tarea ardua. No sé, no tengo ganas de hacer absolutamente nada. Tengo la bandeja de entrada llena y pocas ganas de estudiar.

Suele ocurrir cada final de semestre, pero supongo que la situación generada por el covid no ayuda. Estoy un poco cansada de la universidad. Es una mierda, porque me gusta el grado pero apenas conozco a mis compañeros. Siento que no aprendo nada si no voy a clase. Para mí, la rutina de ir y volver de la universidad era mi “vía de escape”. Podía estar sola, conmigo misma (y si me venía de gusto, perderme por la capital).

Estoy tratando de comer sano, y quiero dejar el fuet. No me proporciona ningún placer y eso me genera un sentimiento de culpabilidad. Siempre recurro a él cuando estoy colapsada y tengo que comer algo para “calmar” la ansiedad.

Estoy tratando de poner “my shit together” para este 2021. Supongo que mañana me dedicaré un rato a reordenar cosas.

He pensado en borrar este blog. No sé si currarme una página estilo retro en neocities y poner allí todos los enlaces a recursos (eso sí, sin copyright). Creo que escribiré para mi misma en un diario y ya está, porque siento que cuando escribo aquí me estoy autosaboteando y deformando mi estilo de escritura para complacer al lector.

Soy consciente de ello, pero no puedo evitarlo. Es una fuerza demasiado implícita.

Tengo muchos frentes abiertos y creo que voy a ir cerrándolos poco a poco.

 
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from Mónica

Llevo unos días de bajonazo y sin ganas de hacer nada. Tengo mucha faena pendiente por hacer de la universidad y, aunque lleve unas notas “buenas”, estoy bastante asqueada. No es que no quiera ponerme a ello porque me disguste el grado, no: me encanta lo que estudio, pero desde casa me es imposible concentrarme y digerir el temario. Soy una persona de naturaleza ansiosa y todo esto está afectando a mi salud mental (aunque paradójicamente ha mejorado si tengo en cuenta cómo era mi estado pre-pandémico). Es una jodienda, porque estoy progresando pero tengo este “muro” inevitable que no me deja avanzar. Lo tengo asumido y soy la primera en ponerse mascarilla si es necesario, pero no deja de ser una putada.

Toda esta situación es una mierda. Pronto llevaré un curso así y parece que queda otro medio. Sumado al “retorno” de setiembre que, si bien no será igual, seguirá habiendo algunas restricciones. Vamos, que la pandemia se me llevará por delante 2 cursos de un grado universitario de 4 años. Habré estado 5, porque empecé el grado de Filosofía al dejar bachillerato y lo dejé. Si me hubiera pillado con la pandemia, hubiera dejado la universidad. Vaya pesadilla, no lo quiero ni imaginar.

Todo esto sin contar que apenas conozco a mis compañeros. Literalmente, 0 vida universitaria. Si añadimos que no puedo permitirme un piso en la metrópolis y vivo en el transporte público, podemos concluir que está siendo una mierda de etapa. No he ido a ninguna fiesta, ni conozco a casi nadie. Tengo más relación con los profesores que con mis compañeros. Por lo menos puedo disfrutar de cierta autonomía para asistir a seminarios y los profes son majos, me llevo bastante bien con ellos.

Vaya, esta situación ha expuesto lo que es la universidad en sí: un mero trámite. Obviamente, ya sabía que la “college scene” que muestran muchas películas y libros es falsa. Suelen mostrar una imagen de Universidad bastante elitista y cuyos alumnos son burgueses con ciertos privilegios: piso o habitación propia, macbooks, dinero para gastar...

Ahora mismo solo me conformaría con poder ir a la universidad, por tener una rutina y un propósito para levantarme de la cama. Realmente me cuesta mucho acordarme de mis metas estando encerrada en casa. Hace días que no piso la biblioteca, y hacer todo por videoconferencia me está matando.

No os quiero deprimir ni haceros pensar que estoy en la mismísima, tampoco estoy en el hoyo. He pasado por etapas muchísimo peores, pero esto no deja de ser irritante... especialmente por saber que ahora mismo podría estar mejor gracias a los antidepresivos y a algunas actividades que comenzaba a realizar con constancia (yoga, club de lectura...).

 
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This guide is to help you configure Ungoogled Chromium to be as hardened as possible for privacy and security.
Chromium is an open source browser project that is developed and maintained by the Chromium project, who is funded primarily by Google. Even though Chromium is open source, this doesn't mean that it's free from Google and their tracking — this is where Ungoogled Chromium comes in. Ungoogled Chromium takes Chromium and removes all Google dependencies and tracking while retaining the extremely strong security model of Chromium.
Only download Ungoogled Chromium from it's official repository or one of it's officially supplied binaries, all of which can be found here.

Making a new profile

First, we'll create a new profile for this hardening. It can be called anything and have any icon, whatever icon or name you choose for the profile has no effect on your privacy, it is solely for aesthetic purposes.

Creating the new profile

Click the default user icon, which should be located between your search bar the the control pane.
Under “Other people” click “Add”
Give this profile any name and icon
Click “Add”

Removing the old profile

Click the icon of your new profile in the top right of Ungoogled Chromium.
Click the settings gear (this should be located to the right of 'Other people')
Hover over your original profile, this will likely be called something like 'Default' or 'Person 1'.
Click the three vertical dots.
Click 'Remove this person'.
Close the menu.

Hardening normal settings

Getting to the settings menu

Ensure that you're in the new profile that you just created.

Click the three vertical dots in the top right of Ungoogled Chromium.

Click 'Settings'

You're now in the settings menu.

Autofill

Passwords

'Offer to save passwords' ~> Off
'Auto Sign-in' ~> Off

Payment methods

'Save and fill payment methods' ~> Off
'Allow sites to check if you have payment methods saved' ~> Off

Addresses and more

Save and fill addresses ~> Off

Privacy and security

Clear browsing data

There is no way to have Ungoogled Chromium either never store browsing data or delete it on exit without using Incognito Mode, this means that you will need to do this manually. Remember to repeat this process frequently.

Click 'Advanced'
Set the 'Time range' field to 'All time'
Tick all of the boxes
Click 'Clear data'

Cookies and other site data

Select 'Block third-party cookies'
'Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chromium' ~> On
'Send a “Do Not Track” request with your browsing traffic' ~> On
'Preload pages for faster browsing and searching' ~> Off

Site Settings

'Location' ~> Blocked
'Camera' ~> Blocked
'Microphone' ~> Blocked
'Notifications' ~> Blocked
'Background sync' ~> Block closed sites from sending and receiving data
'Motion sensors' ~> Block sites from using motion sensors
'Automatic downloads' ~> Do not allow any site to download multiple files automatically
'Unsandboxed plugin access' ~> Do not allow any site to use a plugin to access your computer
'Handlers' ~> Do not allow any site to handle protocols
'MIDI devices' ~> Do not allow any sites to use system exclusive messages to access MIDI devices
'USB devices' ~> Do not allow any sites to access USB devices
'Serial ports' ~> Do not allow any sites to access serial ports
'File editing' ~> Do not allow any sites to edit files or folders on your device
'HID devices' ~> Do not allow any sites to access HID devices
'Clipboard' ~> Blocked
'Payment Handlers' ~> Do not allow any site to install payment handlers
'Augmented reality' ~> Do not allow sites to create a 3D map of your surroundings or track camera position
'Virtual reality' ~> Do not allow sites to use your virtual reality devices and data
'User presence' ~> Block sites from knowing when you're present
'Flash' ~> Block sites from running Flash
'Protected content' ~> Blocked

Search engine

Click the twirl-down menu in the search engine section, it should say 'No Search'. Change this to the search engine of your choosing, preferably a privacy-respecting one such as DuckDuckGo.

On startup

Select 'Open the New Tab page'

Chrome flags

Chrome has a page that is essentially just a list of additional settings that can't be found in the normal settings page, which can be found by typing 'chrome://flags' into your address bar and pressing enter.
Search for the following settings and set them to the value listed after them.

'Handling of extension MIME type requests' ~> Always prompt for install

Necessary for installing extensions later in the guide.

'Smooth Scrolling' ~> Enabled

Removes the jolting, choppy scrolling and replaces it with a much smoother scrolling animation.

'Parallel downloading' ~> Enabled

This allows multiple connections to be made to download a file in multiple different smaller chunks. This greatly increases download speeds of almost any file that you download.

Extensions

While adding extensions to your browser can greatly increase your privacy and protections from websites, the more you add also makes your browser fingerprint more unique. This is why you need to evaluate each extension and find the right combination for your use. Below are some of the best plugins to increase your privacy.

uBlock Origin

NoScript

HTTPS Everywhere

Decentraleyes

uMatrix

ClearURLs

Cookie AutoDelete

Terms of Service; Didn't Read

Once you've found your preferred combination of extensions, we have to install them. Installing extensions to Ungoogled Chromium isn't quite as easy as just installing them to normal Chromium or Chromium-based browsers like Brave. Since Ungoogled Chromium is stripped of all Google tracking and dependencies, the Chrome Web Store doesn't allow us to install extensions through a convenient button, because of this we have to use one of two workarounds.

Method 1

The first method is slightly easier albeit more risky, we'll use an external site called CRXExtractor to install extensions. All you have to do it go to the website, click on “Start for free”, paste in the URL of the extension from the Chrome Web Store, Click 'Download', Click 'Get .CRX', then select 'Add extension' when your browser prompts you.

Method 2

Method two uses Google's official URL to extract the .crx file from the extension on the Chrome Web Store, allowing you to install the extension. First, you have to open the extension on the Chrome Web Store and copy it's ID (the ID is the long string of letters normally found at the end of the url after the last '/'), put this somewhere where you'll be able to get it later. Next, click the three vertical dots in the top right of Ungoogled Chromium, then click 'About Chromium'. This should present you with, among other things, your version number — this number is also important so make sure to copy it and paste it somewhere you'll be able to retrieve later. Now, the link is 'https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx?response=redirect&acceptformat=crx2,crx3&prodversion=[VERSION]&x=id%3D[EXTENSION_ID]%26installsource%3Dondemand%26uc', you have to replace [VERSION] with your version number to the second '.' (so something like 87.0, not 87.0.4147.88), and [EXTENSION_ID] with the extension ID from earlier. With this new URL, you'll paste it into your search bar and press enter on your keyboard. You should now get a prompt to install the extension, just click 'Add extension' and it should be added to Ungoogled Chromium.

And that's it!

You've now fully configured Ungoogled Chromium for privacy and security, good job!
This article is still being revised, so it's important to check back every once in a while to make sure nothing new was added.

 
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from ThreeBadgersInATrenchcoat

This guide is to help you configure Firefox to be as hardened as possible for privacy and security.

If your focus is more on high security at the cost of some privacy, or are an at risk individual, it is recommended to use Ungoogled Chromium or tweaked normal Chromium. Firefox falls behind Chromium severely in many security aspects such as site isolation, win32k, GPU isolation, weaker seccomp filter, minimal ioctl filtering, no sandbox at all past the OS app sandbox, and much more. All of the above listed things are mitigated or fixed altogether in Chromium, and are left almost entirely ignored or unresolved in Firefox.
Check madaidan's guide to read more about the gap between Firefox and Chromium, found here.

User.js Templates

Choose one of the user.js templates below, they each have a different purpose. These do some initial hardening of the browser and give a better starting place, so pick the one which better fits what you're looking for.

https://github.com/arkenfox/user.js – focused on hardening firefox for privacy, security, and anti-fingerprinting;

https://github.com/pyllyukko/user.js – geared towards vulnerability mitigation, minimizing persistence, and usability.

Importing user.js

Creating a new profile

Run firefox -no-remote -ProfileManager
Create a new profile
Click 'Next'
Input a name for your profile
Click 'Finish'
Exit

Locating your new profile

Open the profile you just created, your profiles should be located at;

Windows; %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\XXXXXXXX.yourprofilename

Linux; ~/.mozilla/firefox/XXXXXXXX.yourprofilename

OS X; ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/XXXXXXXX.yourprofilename

Adding the user.js to your configuration

To import the ArkenFox user.js, run the following command:

cd /path/to/your/profile && rm -rf * && wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/arkenfox/user.js/master/user.js

To import the Pyllyukko user.js, run the following command:

cd /path/to/your/profile && rm -rf * && wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/pyllyukko/user.js/master/user.js

If you're asked something similar to “Are you sure you want to delete the only file in /directory/of/profile?”, just accept and continue (this can usually be done by pressing 'Y' on your keyboard).

The user.js is now imported.

Hardening normal settings

Getting to the settings menu

Open the Firefox profile that you've just created

Click the three horizontal lines in the top right of Firefox

Click 'Preferences'

You're now in the settings menu.

General

'Play DRM-controlled content' ~> Off

'Recommend extensions as you browse' ~> Off (This has very little privacy impact, but can be annoying if left on)

'Recommend features as you browse' ~> Off (This has very little privacy impact, but can be annoying if left on)

Enabling DNS over HTTPS

Go to the 'General' settings tab
Scroll to the bottom of the page
Click Network
Scroll down
Turn on 'Enable ENS over HTTPS'
Select 'Custom' from the drop down menu
Input a trusted DNS provider's DoH address such as NextDNS set up with no logs.

Home

'Homepage and new windows' ~> Blank Page

'New tabs' ~> Blank Page

'Web Search' ~> Off

'Top Sites' ~> Off

'Highlights' ~> Off
├── Visited Pages ~> Off
├── Bookmarks ~> Off
├── Most Recent Download ~> Off
└── Pages Saved to Pocket ~> Off

'Snippets' ~> Off

'Search Bar' ~> Add search bar in toolbar (This will allow you to add other search engines without installing extra addons)

'Default Search Engine' ~> DuckDuckGo (or any other privacy respecting search engine of your choice.)

'Provide search suggestions' ~> Off

Remove all entries from 'One-Click Search Engines' that aren't your search engine(s).

Privacy & Security

Enhanced Tracking Protection ~> Custom
├── Cookies ~> 'All third-party cookies (may cause websites to break)'
├── Tracking content ~> 'In all windows'
├── Cryptominers ~> On
└── Fingerprinters ~> On

'Send websites a Do Not Track signal [...]' ~> Always

'Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed' ~> On

'Ask to save logins and passwords for websites' ~> Off

'Autofill logins and passwords' ~> Off

'Suggest and generate strong passwords' ~> Off

'Show alerts about passwords for breached websites' ~> Off

'Use a Primary Password' ~> Off

'Use custom settings for history' ~> 'Always use private browsing mode'

Address bar
├── Browsing History ~> Off
├── Bookmarks ~> Off
├── Open tabs ~> Off
└── Top sites ~> Off

Permissions
├── Location ~> 'Block new requests asking to access your location'
├── Camera ~> 'Block new requests asking to access your camera'
├── Microphone ~> 'Block new requests asking to access your microphone'
├── Notifications ~> 'Block new requests asking to allow notifications'
└── Virtual Reality ~> 'Block new requests asking to access your virtual reality devices'

'Allow Firefox to send technical and interaction data to Mozilla' ~> Off

'Allow Firefox to make personalized extension recommendations' ~> Off

'Allow Firefox to install and run studies' ~> Off

'Allow Firefox to send backloged crash reports on your behalf' ~> Off

'Block dangerous and deceptive content' ~> Off

'Block dangerous downloads' ~> Off

'Warn you about unwanted and uncommon software' ~> Off

Sync

Ensure Firefox Sync is disabled.
If you need cross-device browser sync, then use xBrowserSync. It will sync all bookmarks across devices fully end-to-end encryption so nobody but you can read the data.

The more plugins you add, the more unique your browser fingerprint gets. This is why you need to evaluate each plugin and find the right combonation for your use. These recommendations have been split up into two catagories, 'core' and 'additions'. 'Core' lists plugins that greatly increase your everyday privacy on websites if used correctly, and 'additions' describe plugins that don't necessarily enhance privacy but can add additional useful privacy-related functionality to the browser.

Core;
uBlock Origin
HTTPS Everywhere
Decentraleyes
ClearURLs

Additions;
xBrowserSync
Terms of Service; Didn't Read

WebRTC

This will break most in-browser VOIP apps like Discord, Jitsi, Hangouts, etc. If you can deal with the lessened functionality then it's best to disable this because it can leak your real IP even if you're using a VPN to the websites you're visiting.

How to disable it

Type 'about:config' into the address bar

Press enter

Click 'I'll be careful, I promise!'

Search for the following settings and set them to the value listed after them.

media.peerconnection.enabled = false
media.peerconnection.turn.disable = true
media.peerconnection.usedocumenticeservers = false
media.peerconnection.video.enabled = false
media.peerconnection.identity.timeout = 1

WebRTC is now fully disabled.

about:config

Firefox has a sort of hidden in-depth settings menu that can be found by typing 'about:config' in your address bar and pressing enter. Here you can harden the browser for privacy and security to a level not possible by just using the normal settings menu.

Search for the following settings and set them to the value listed after them.

privacy.firstparty.isolate = true
privacy.resistFingerprinting = true
privacy.trackingprotection.fingerprinting.enabled = true
privacy.trackingprotection.cryptomining.enabled = true
privacy.trackingprotection.enabled = true
browser.sendpings = false
browser.urlbar.speculativeConnect.enabled = false
dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled = false
media.eme.enabled = false
media.gmp-widevinecdm.enabled = false
media.navigator.enabled = false
network.cookie.cookieBehavior = 1
network.http.referer.XOriginPolicy = 2
network.http.referer.XOriginTrimmingPolicy = 2
webgl.disabled = true
browser.sessionstore.privacy
level = 2
beacon.enabled = false
browser.safebrowsing.downloads.remote.enabled = false
network.dns.disablePrefetch = true
network.dns.disablePrefetchFromHTTPS = true
network.predictor.enabled = false
network.predictor.enable-prefetch = false
network.prefetch-next = false
network.IDNshowpunycode = true

There are almost 3000 more about:config tweaks that can be done to increase privacy, but that would take forever for someone to do, so these are the about:config tweaks that when all put together I believe create the strongest balance between time and protection.

Cleaning up anti-privacy files

While doing all of these steps immensely increases the privacy of the browser, there are still some anti-privacy files left behind in Firefox. In this step we will delete these.

Navigate to the Firefox features directory at /path/to/firefox/browser/features (i.e. /usr/lib/firefox/browser/features/)
Delete the following files if present:

firefox@getpocket.com.xpi
followonsearch@mozilla.com.xpi
activity-stream@mozilla.org.xpi
screenshots@mozilla.org.xpi
onboarding@mozilla.org.xpi
formautofill@mozilla.org.xpi
webcompat@mozilla.org.xpi
webcompat-reporter@mozilla.org.xpi

And that's it!

You've now fully configured Firefox for privacy and security, good job!
This article is still being revised, so it's important to check back every once in a while to make sure nothing new was added.

 
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from Mónica

He llegado a esta conclusión. No creo en la magia, ni en fuerzas extrañas. Somos nosotros mismos quienes realizamos nuestros propios cambios internos, pero no basta con querer aplicarlos. Ni leer ni decidir son suficientes.

A lo largo de los años me he dado cuenta de que, personalmente, las épocas en las que he experimentado más cambios positivos son aquellas en las que simplemente me los he tomado con plena naturalidad. Esto es, dejando que las ideas nuevas que me interesa y me liberan de ciertas cadenas “calen” en mi cerebro. Vivimos en un mundo inmediato y pretendemos que nuestra transformación también lo sea. No, no, y no.

Un ejemplo tonto: tras muchos años en las redes sociales normativas y una fuerte adicción, decidí abandonarlas por “privacidad” (no tanto por los datos que recopila GAFAM, ni por rastreadores, más bien por la gente que me conoce). Volví al poco tiempo.

Me volví a marchar, por segunda vez, por querer vivir un estilo de vida más consciente y minimalista. También por agobio. Volví a finales de este año (4 de noviembre 2020) y cerré la cuenta antes de fin de año.

Esta última vez, fue distinta. No fue un “voy a borrar mis redes porque X”. No me levanté inspirada y dije “se acabó”. No fue ningún “clic”, ni nada por el estilo como suelen explicar los gurús motivacionales.

Sinceramente, se me hizo un acto demasiado natural, como si actuara por mi una inercia interna no dominada por mi consciente. Ni siquiera me lo pensé demasiado. Simplemente lo hice. Pero no lo hice porque quisiera, si no porque mi cerebro realmente había procesado toda la información leída y mis juicios personales al respecto.

Debemos ser gentiles y darnos tiempo para transformar nuestras vidas.

 
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from Paula's blog

geschrieben von Paula am 2021-01-08

The English version can be found here.

Inhalt

Artikel 1: Mastodon & Fediverse für Anfänger*innen

Artikel 2: Fediverse for the Advanced [English only for now]

Was ist Mastodon?

Mastodon ist eine microblogging Platform. Microblogging bedeuted, dass du einen Blog mit kurzen (micro) Posts hast. Üblicherweise stehen pro Post 500 Zeichen zu Verfügung. Anders als bekannte Social Media Plattformen ist Mastodon:

  • Freie Software
  • nicht an deinen persönlichen Daten interessiert
  • dezentral
  • teil des Fediverse

Freie Software ist Software, bei der der Quellcode einsehbar ist und in Übereinstimmung mit den 4 Freiheiten verwendet werden kann. Für dich heißt das, dass du vertrauen kannst, dass keine Bösen Teile in der Software vorhanden sind, denn sonst hätte diese längst jemensch gefunden und es gäbe einen großen Aufschrei.

Dezentral (oder föderal) bedeuted, dass es nicht einen großen Server gibt, wo alles gespeichert ist und der gehackt werden oder ausfallen kann. Stattdessen gibt es viele Server, die nie alle gleichzeitig ausfallen und wenn einer gehackt wird, so erhält der Hacker nicht viele Daten.

Was ist das Fediverse?

Stell dir vor Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & Co wären alle Teil eines gigantischen Netzwerks. Das ist, was das Fediverse ist, nur statt Twitter und Co sindweniger bekannte, freie und dezentrale Alternativen teil des Fediverse. So ist z.B. Mastodon ähnlich wie Twitter, Friendica wie Facebook und Pixelfed wie Instagram und es gibt noch viel mehr. Wenn du z.B. einen Mastodon Account hast, kannst du Friendica und Pixelfed Accounts folgen und merkst vielleicht gar nicht, dass das keine Mastodon Accounts sind.

Wie bekomme ich einen Account

Welches Netzwerk?

Als erstes musst du entscheiden, welchen Teil des Fediverse du beitreten möchtest. Für Artikel 1 gehe ich davon aus, dass dies Mastodon ist. Wenn du mit einem anderen Netzwerk beginnst, wird trotzdem vieles, was ich beschreibe, ähnlich sein. Eine Liste der Netzwerke findest du in Artikel 2, sobald dieser fertig ist.

Welche Instanz?

Ich werde Instanzen später noch genauer erklären. Für jetzt reicht es zu wissen, dass eine Instanz ein Teil von Mastodon ist, so wie Mastodon ein Teil vom Fediverse ist. Instanzen sind also kleine Netzwerke. Wenn du viele verschiedene Interessen hast, dann ist mastodon.online ein guter Tipp. Diese Instanz wird von den Machern von Mastodon betrieben. Wenn du spezifische Interessen hast, besuche joinmastodon.org um mehrere Instanzen nach Thema geordnet zu finden. Meine eigene Instanz climatejustice.social ist dort z.B. unter “Aktivism” kategorisiert.

Was, wenn die Instanz nicht offen ist?

Prinzipiell gibt es 3 Registrations Modi für Instanzen. “Jeder kann beitreten”, “Zulassung nötig” und “Niemand kann beitreten”. In den ersten beiden Fällen kannst du dich einfach registrieren. Der Unterschied ist, dass du beim ersten Modus gleich eine Bestätigungsemail bekommst, während du beim zweiten Modus auf die Zulassung durch eine Moderationsperson warten musst. Meiner Erfahrung nach dauert das meist kürzer als einen Tag. Selbst im dritten Fall ist es möglich, dass du dich registrieren kannst. Normalerweise wird dann ein Text angezeigt, der beschreibt warum die Instanz geschlossen ist und/oder wie und unter welchen Umständen du dich registrieren kannst. Ein Beispiel dafür ist climatejustice.global, wo sich Activist*innen Gruppen über Mail registrieren können. Nur wenn dieser Text sagt, dass Registrationen geschlossen sind, musst du wirklich eine andere Instanz suchen.

Was mache ich mit meinem neuen Account?

Intro Post schreiben

Wenn du neu bist, ist es immer gut einen Intro Post zu schreiben. Benutze den Hashtag #NeuHier (#Vorstellung wird auch gerne verwendet) und erzähl uns etwas über dich. Was sind deine Hobbys, Interessen, politischen Ansichten, aktivistischen Tätigkeiten und – sehr wichtig – Pronomen. Erzähl uns natürlich nur das, wozu du bereit bist. Verwende weitere Hashtags damit dein Post und du leichter zu finden sind. Ein guter Intro Post wird dir einige Boosts und gleichgesinnte Follower bringen.

Fülle deine (Home)-Zeitleiste(n) mit interessantem Inhalt

Anfangs wird deine Home-Zeitleiste recht leer sein, oder gefüllt mit Posts von Accounts denen du automatisch folgst, weil du dich bei einer bestimmten Instanz angemeldet hast. Das wird oft Admin-Zeugs sein, was dich vielleicht wenig interessiert. Wenn du willst, kannst du diese Accounts entfolgen und bei 0 anfangen. Als nächstes ist es aber an der Zeit Leuten zu folgen, die für dich interessante Inhalte posten. Es gibt viele Möglichkeiten diese zu finden. Zum Beispiel kannst du die Vorschläge unter den Hashtags #FollowFriday #FollowRecommendation und #FolgeEmpfehlung ansehen. Es gibt auch Listen von Accounts nach Thema geordnet, wie z.B. Trunk. Für Klimagerechtigkeit im speziellen gibt es auch eine Liste von mir hier. Dann gibt es auch noch @FediFollows mit Vorschlägen nach Kategorie geordnet in diesem Thread.

Wenn du erst mal ein paar Leuten folgst, schau auf deine Home-Zeitleiste. Dort wirst du geboostete Posts von Accounts sehen, denen du (noch) nicht folgst. Wenn dir gefällt, was du siehst, dann folge diesen um deine Zeitleiste noch mehr zu befüllen.

Wenn du das fortgeschrittene Web Interface verwendest, kannst du auch Hashtag-Zeitleisten kreieren. Suche dafür nach einem Hashtag und clicke darauf. Eine neue Spalte wird aufgehen, die Posts unter diesem Hashtag zeigt. Im rechten oberen Eck, kannst du diese Spalte anheften. Sobald du das getan hast, kannst du nochmal rechts oben klicken und zusätzliche Hashtags hinzufügen.

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Image source: The Hacker News

TL;DR

  1. Don't agree to the policy immediately. Mass disagreement may force facebook to rollback its new policy.

  2. Start using Signal in parallel and encourage your family and friends to use it.


As 8th February, 2021 approaches, WhatsApp Messenger is going to enforce its new privacy policy. Users are already getting prompts to accept the new privacy policy which highlights the key updates to the policy. If the user does not agree to the revised terms, the WhatsApp account associated with the user shall be rendered inaccessible.

This change will allow Facebook – the parent company of WhatsApp – to collect even more data about its consumers. This is also one more step towards the Facebook's “privacy-focused vision” to integrate all of its 3 messengers – Instagram, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp.

Should you agree to this policy? Of course, you wouldalthough I suggest to not agree immediately because if enough people don't agree, facebook may rollback the policy – because your work and social life depends upon it, albeit,this also marks a good occasion to have a look at various other services and comparing them in terms of the privacy they offer. I have already done a detailed comparison here.

Shout-out to the Instagram account @computer_science_engineers, who did an excellent job to enlists data collection stated in the privacy policies of various mainstream messenger applications.

Data collected by various instant messaging applications:

  1. Signal: None. It only requires your mobile number to register
  2. Telegram: Name, Phone Number, Contacts, User ID
  3. iMessage: Email, Phone Number, Search history, Device ID
  4. WhatsApp: Device ID, User ID, Advertising Data, Purchase History, Coarse Location, Phone Number, Email, Contacts, Product Interaction, Crash, Data, Performance Data, Other Diagnostics Data, Payment Info, Customer Support, Product Interaction, Other User, Content.
  5. Facebook Messenger: Third-Party Advertising, Purchase History, Financial Info, Precise Location, Coarse Location, Physical Address, Email, Name, Phone Number, Other User Contact Info, Contacts, Photos or Videos, Gameplay Content, Other User Content, Search History, Browsing History, User ID, Device ID, Product Interaction, Advertising Data, Other Usage Data, Crash Data, Performance Data, Other Diagnostics Data, Other Data Types, Developer's, Advertising or Marketing, Health, Fitness, Payment Info, Sensitive Info, Product Personalisation, Credit Info, Other Financial Info, Emails or Text Messages.

Shocked? I'm not.

It is no secret that Facebook collects a 'lot' of data about us. So why do we keep using its products? The answer is community. Communication platforms need a community to actually use it and Facebook being first in this realm has made sure no one rises to the top. WhatsApp, Instagram both independent companies were bought over by Facebook to curb competition. Facebook promised to keep the platforms different initially but the integration of them was bound to happen ever since Facebook started reminding people that Instagram and WhatsApp are its products.

What should I do?

Keep using WhatsApp, if you absolutely have to but at the same time start suggesting Signal and other privacy focused platforms to your close friends and family members. You can move the private conversations with your loved ones on a platform that is not tracking each and everything about you.

Looking for Signal?

Signal is available for all major platforms. Head on to their website to get started.


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