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Santa and “GDPR jokes”
> He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice, Santa Claus is in breach of the GDPR. Best introduction to GDPR I have seen so far. And I've seen a bunch.

Apple is set to make a monumental change to the App Store on the iPhone. In response to looming regulations in the European Union, Apple has software engineers and services employees working on a project to “allow alternative app stores” on the iPhone and iPad. This change could launch as soon as iOS 17 next year.

I have no idea how real it is, but props to CGI artist for making this vid

Social media platforms should run small, and slow, and cool to the touch -
"No reasonable human needs more than 10,000 other humans to read their words within twenty minutes of writing them."

Still There - Ruins and Templates of Geocities
As of writing, it looks like all the Geocities links redirect to Yahoo search. This article seems to have been first published around 2012--a good decade ago. The sense of loss in this piece is made a lot worse by the fact that in most cases, you literally cannot access the pages they're talking about to see them for yourself anymore without downloading the 1TB Geocities dump and extracting it yourself.

Elton John “Dear Johned” Elon
> All my life I’ve tried to use music to bring people together. Yet it saddens me to see how misinformation is now being used to divide our world. > I’ve decided to no longer use Twitter, given their recent change in policy which will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked.

Why people self host

Introducing MNT Pocket Reform—MNT Research
state of the prototype:

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Solutions for matrix spam bots
Many of the current iteration of spam bots have cryptocurrency in their mxid. If you see someone with a cryptocurrency mxid join, immediately ban them. They also seem to join 100s or 1000s or even 10 000s of rooms before they spam a message. If you are in like 3 medium sized rooms with completely unrelated topics, if you see @robbert joined all 3 of the rooms within an hour or so, pretty good chance it's a spam bot. Earlier iterations had profile picture of real people, prob taken from instagram. Mostly crypto spam, but i've seen one selling graphene phones. If they aren't banned, they will sometimes later activate again with a new ad. **Should be possible to do with a bot too, if anyone comes across one that i dont have to self host hmu.** If you don't want to ban, you can mute them and tell them to DM you their favorite color to prove they are made of flesh.

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