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@pluralistic What do you think of these five US House Big Tech antitrust bills?

"Platform Anti-Monopoly Act"

"Ending Platform Monopolies Act"

"Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching Act of 2021. A.K.A. ACCESS Act of 2021."

"Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2021"

"Platform Competition and Opportunity Act"

bigtechnology.substack.com/p/c

Back on the laser cutter again after an extended pandemic absence. This new laser cutter is an enormous improvement on the last one!

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Eternalism Is Harmful" Eternalism -- belief in fixed meanings -- makes promises it can't keep. It makes us do stupid, crazy, evil things. And we still love it and keep going back for more. ... fluidity.libsyn.com/eternalism

@matt @June Hi, I'm using Krita for peppercarrot.com/ and Inkscape. Both are multi-platform and Free/Libre and Open-Source (they are run by non-profit org, based on donation and code is open to volunteer).

I also share my Linux install receipe here: davidrevoy.com/article783/kubu

Good luck −I was a Photoshop teacher 10years ago− and switching to another tool often mean doing many compromises. I hope you'll find features attractive enough on alternatives to ease adaptation and make it fun.

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Eternalism As The Only Salvation From Nihilism" This episode contains the final page of "The Appeal Of Eternalism". Eternalism's final promise is to keep nihilism at bay. There is a better alternative to both! ... fluidity.libsyn.com/eternalism

boost from birdsite, Android tip 

boosting thread twitter.com/di_codes/status/13

1/ Thinking today about how important it is to be able to record video instantly, how many steps it takes on most phones, and how precious those seconds could be.

I found an easy shortcut on Android that I hadn't seen elsewhere and thought I'd share.

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SCOTUS got it (mostly) right here. They vindicated Aaron Swartz and all the other victims who were bullied, silenced and terrorized by the CFAA. They took a huge step towards undoing one of Ronald Reagan's many idiocies.

Van Buren should be punished for corruption - under anti-corruption law, not under a definition of hacking so broad that it captures normal activities we all engage in several times, every day.

eof/

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A surprise treasure arrived - made by my Mum!

I think she was eager to make the game's first fan-art - I reckon she got it pretty spot on Ok hand

It'll be by my desk as I work on the game from now on.

This is almost as funny as the optical character recognition which thought the "rm" in "arms" was "nu".

I'll leave it to you to fill in the "rm" -> "nu" replacement in these passages from Jane Austen novels:

""When she spotted me, she flung her **ARMS* high in the air and kept them up until she reached me. 'Matisse. Oh boy!' she said. She grabbed my *ARMS** and positioned my body in the direction of the east gallery and we started walking."

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"The user may look into the ball, concentrate on any place or object, and cause the iwizard of the place or object to appear."

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Writers. Editors. Only you can prevent a dawizard. In 1994, an editor performed a find-and-replace on a 16-page section of the D&D Supplement Encyclopedia Magica, to replace all instances of "mage" with "wizard".

"The tower can absorb 200 points of dawizard before collapsing. Dawizard sustained is cumulative, and the fortress cannot be repaired (although a wish restores 10 points of dawizard sustained)."

I hope y'all enjoy June being Pride.

As an author, I'm waiting for July as Wrath, and August as Sloth.

The thing that people don’t understand about utopian fiction is that the conflict is external

Meaningful utopian stories may not contain conflict in the traditional literary sense, because the conflict lies between the reader and the dystopia of reality

The starting gun on Big Tech trustbusting was fired in 2017, when Lina Khan, then a law student (now an FTC trustbuster!) published "Amazon's Antitrust Paradox," a law-review article showing how Amazon formed a monopoly without legal trouble.

yalelawjournal.org/note/amazon

The key was a Reagan-era shift in antitrust, based on the theories of the Nixonite criminal Robert Bork. Bork held that the only time we should fight monopolies is when they inflicted "consumer welfare" harms (higher prices).

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A new episode of the Fluidity : "The Wheel Of Fortune" This episode contains the fourth part of "The Appeal Of Eternalism". Eternalism promises answers about good and bad- the meanings we care about most- but cannot deliver. ... fluidity.libsyn.com/the-wheel-

Love this! Love the slow down fun of it. Love the mechanics for how the duration of storytelling affects the primary game.
Very much how I've been thinking about the #MOSAICstrict systems I've made. I'm jealous of it.
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RT @capacle
So... I made a #soloRPG on a mug.

You play it as you sip your coffee or tea.

It's called "Short Rest". You can play it standalone or as an add-on to your campaign, when your characters stop for a... well, a…
twitter.com/capacle/status/139

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