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rollingyamada 3 days
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DATING馃挋
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vitrall 2 days
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Surprise kiss!!! 馃馃挆
(Also I'm spreading my DyedHair!Wallace agenda bc he's only 39 and it's very unlikely that his entire hair is grey already)
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was at the church Christmas party last night and one lady said "ive been diagnosed with presby... presby..."
and the next lady supplied, "Presbyterian?"
it was presbyopia but for the rest of the night people kept making jokes about it
thank you for this, I will now be responding to my friends鈥 theological statements with 鈥渄iagnosed with presby鈥
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unplaces 2 days
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US-45, Mobile, Alabama.
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torntruth 2 days
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Kristen starter call. There鈥檚 ME, BG3, and SW verses. Specify which one. I just wanna write my little ol oc.
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jetlaggingbehind 20 days
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thinking about wallace wells. thinking about going through hook ups like tissue paper, never believing anybody will stick around besides scott, who's here only because he has nowhere else to go, and you let him stay anyway even though he doesnt pay the rent. one of the only consistent people in your life, someone you might've actually genuinely liked straight up dying and leaving you with a sudden void of an empty apartment and a cold spot in a futon. thinking about immediately getting wasted and bringing a guy home, someone whose name you won't remember but it's okay because youre only in it for the sex鈥 you dont believe in sparks, after all. believing that scott's conception of his one true girl was a joke because you just don't think you'll ever love anyone like that. kissing someone on a movie set because it's something to do, because he's dressed in the costume of somebody you cared for, because it's all manufactured, false realities and layers of separation deep enough for you to brush off his pleas for connection. thinking about going to paris after everything, the city of love, as tacky as that is, saying you're only there to spend money. but despite the insistence on irony you meet a guy鈥 a fellow canadian, actually, twin foreigners in an unfamiliar place. someone who actually wants to stick around, who follows you through the city to see the sights and seems to genuinely like you. it can't be genuine, though鈥 can't possibly be a reason to stay beyond a few hookups. so you stop at the river and you kiss him to get it over with...
but instead you see sparks.
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clausmotherthree 23 days
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MOBILLACE NATION WE WOOOOON
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grmka 18 days
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hubbies
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ssaw2004 19 days
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While the Todd and Wallace plot was silly and all. And I love how they made Todd bisexual. But More people should appreciate mobillace, the canon, based on a real married couple, relationship. Maybe it鈥檚 just me but I love how Wallace didn鈥檛 feel sparks with any guy he had been with until Mobile. The fact that Wallace probably thought the kiss with Mobile wouldn鈥檛 have lead to anything but his normal hookups. It鈥檚 such a perfect way to wrap his character up in a little bow. This absolutely slut of a man, who didn鈥檛 believe in sparks finding love in some random guy he thought was just his type. <3
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kettleghost 17 days
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mobillace nation riiise鈥.rise鈥︹.
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toasterlunatic 1 year
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Tumblr (mobile): hey we have an update for u :)
The update:
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rollingyamada 21 days
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awww
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vakutagawa 15 days
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I like Todd x Wallace and mobile x Wallace so why not make it into one 馃毝
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arabriddler 22 days
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Sparks are real?!
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mostlysignssomeportents 10 months
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When Facebook came for your battery, feudal security failed
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When George Hayward was working as a Facebook data-scientist, his bosses ordered him to run a 鈥渘egative test,鈥 updating Facebook Messenger to deliberately drain users鈥 batteries, in order to determine how power-hungry various parts of the apps were. Hayward refused, and Facebook fired him, and he sued:
https://nypost.com/2023/01/28/facebook-fires-worker-who-refused-to-do-negative-testing-awsuit/
If you鈥檇 like an essay-formatted version of this post to read or share, here鈥檚 a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:
https://pluralistic.net/2023/02/05/battery-vampire/#drained
Hayward balked because he knew that among the 1.3 billion people who use Messenger, some would be placed in harm鈥檚 way if Facebook deliberately drained their batteries鈥娾斺妏hysically stranded, unable to communicate with loved ones experiencing emergencies, or locked out of their identification, payment method, and all the other functions filled by mobile phones.
As Hayward told Kathianne Boniello at the New York Post, 鈥淎ny data scientist worth his or her salt will know, 鈥楧on鈥檛 hurt people鈥︹ I refused to do this test. It turns out if you tell your boss, 鈥楴o, that鈥檚 illegal,鈥 it doesn鈥檛 go over very well.鈥
Negative testing is standard practice at Facebook, and Hayward was given a document called 鈥淗ow to run thoughtful negative tests鈥 regarding which he said, 鈥淚 have never seen a more horrible document in my career.鈥
We don鈥檛 know much else, because Hayward鈥檚 employment contract included a non-negotiable binding arbitration waiver, which means that he surrendered his right to seek legal redress from his former employer. Instead, his claim will be heard by an arbitrator鈥娾斺妕hat is, a fake corporate judge who is paid by Facebook to decide if Facebook was wrong. Even if he finds in Hayward鈥檚 favor鈥娾斺妔omething that arbitrators do far less frequently than real judges do鈥娾斺妕he judgment, and all the information that led up to it, will be confidential, meaning we won鈥檛 get to find out more:
https://pluralistic.net/2022/06/12/hot-coffee/#mcgeico
One significant element of this story is that the malicious code was inserted into Facebook鈥檚 app. Apps, we鈥檙e told, are more secure than real software. Under the 鈥渃urated computing鈥 model, you forfeit your right to decide what programs run on your devices, and the manufacturer keeps you safe. But in practice, apps are just software, only worse:
https://pluralistic.net/2022/06/23/peek-a-boo/#attack-helicopter-parenting
Apps are part what Bruce Schneier calls 鈥渇eudal security.鈥 In this model, we defend ourselves against the bandits who roam the internet by moving into a warlord鈥檚 fortress. So long as we do what the warlord tells us to do, his hired mercenaries will keep us safe from the bandits:
https://locusmag.com/2021/01/cory-doctorow-neofeudalism-and-the-digital-manor/
But in practice, the mercenaries aren鈥檛 all that good at their jobs. They let all kinds of badware into the fortress, like the 鈥減ig butchering鈥 apps that snuck into the two major mobile app stores:
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2023/02/pig-butchering-scam-apps-sneak-into-apples-app-store-and-google-play/
It鈥檚 not merely that the app stores鈥 masters make mistakes鈥娾斺奿t鈥檚 that when they screw up, we have no recourse. You can鈥檛 switch to an app store that pays closer attention, or that lets you install low-level software that monitors and overrides the apps you download.
Indeed, Apple鈥檚 Developer Agreement bans apps that violate other services鈥 terms of service, and they鈥檝e blocked apps like OG App that block Facebook鈥檚 surveillance and other enshittification measures, siding with Facebook against Apple device owners who assert the right to control how they interact with the company:
https://pluralistic.net/2022/12/10/e2e/#the-censors-pen
When a company insists that you must be rendered helpless as a condition of protecting you, it sets itself up for ghastly failures. Apple鈥檚 decision to prevent every one of its Chinese users from overriding its decisions led inevitably and foreseeably to the Chinese government ordering Apple to spy on those users:
https://pluralistic.net/2022/11/11/foreseeable-consequences/#airdropped
Apple isn鈥檛 shy about thwarting Facebook鈥檚 business plans, but Apple uses that power selectively鈥娾斺妕hey blocked Facebook from spying on Iphone users (yay!) and Apple covertly spied on its customers in exactly the same way as Facebook, for exactly the same purpose, and lied about it:
https://pluralistic.net/2022/11/14/luxury-surveillance/#liar-liar
The ultimately, irresolvable problem of Feudal Security is that the warlord鈥檚 mercenaries will protect you against anyone鈥娾斺奺xcept the warlord who pays them. When Apple or Google or Facebook decides to attack its users, the company鈥檚 security experts will bend their efforts to preventing those users from defending themselves, turning the fortress into a prison:
https://pluralistic.net/2022/10/20/benevolent-dictators/#felony-contempt-of-business-model
Feudal security leaves us at the mercy of giant corporations鈥娾斺奻allible and just as vulnerable to temptation as any of us. Both binding arbitration and feudal security assume that the benevolent dictator will always be benevolent, and never make a mistake. Time and again, these assumptions are proven to be nonsense.
Image: Anthony Quintano (modified) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mark_Zuckerberg_F8_2018_Keynote_%2841118890174%29.jpg
CC BY 2.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en
[Image ID: A painting depicting the Roman sacking of Jerusalem. The Roman leader's head has been replaced with Mark Zuckerberg's head. The wall has Apple's 'Think Different' wordmark and an Ios 'low battery' icon.]
Next week (Feb 8-17), I'll be in Australia, touring my book *Chokepoint Capitalism* with my co-author, Rebecca Giblin. We'll be in Brisbane on Feb 8, and then we're doing a remote event for NZ on Feb 9. Next is Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. I hope to see you!
https://chokepointcapitalism.com/
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