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Summary of the bill from Congress.gov -

This bill prohibits certain large online platforms from engaging in specified acts, including giving preference to their own products on the platform, unfairly limiting the availability on the platform of competing products from another business, or discriminating in the application or enforcement of the platform’s terms of service among similarly situated users.

Further, a platform may not materially restrict or impede the capacity of a competing business user to access or interoperate with the same platform, operating system, or hardware or software features. The bill also restricts the platform’s use of nonpublic data obtained from or generated on the platform and prohibits the platform from restricting access to platform data generated by the activity of a competing business user. The bill also provides additional restrictions related to installing or uninstalling software, search or ranking functionality, and retaliation for contact with law enforcement regarding actual or potential violations of law.

The bill establishes affirmative defenses for the prohibited conduct.

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice must designate whether an entity is a platform covered by the bill, and both must carry out enforcement activities.

The bill also provides for civil penalties, injunctions, and the forfeit of profits for repeat offenders.


Hearing a song I liked and missing the opportunity to listen to it again later is not a serious issue, just another piece of straw on the camels back.

My point is that a lot of little inconveniences add up to a significant life-style change, especially when the end-user is supposed to choose that life-style change.


Just a few weeks ago I used a dumbphone for 2 days in the US.

During that time

  • I was called for work while out and the caller expected me to review their email and respond while on the phone with them. This would have been easy with a smartphone, but instead I had to go home, review their email, then call them back the next day. They were annoyed by the inconvenience and delay.
  • I was called to schedule a doctors appointment while out, I needed to call the office back when I got home because I could not check my calendar without a smartphone.
  • I was working on a project and wanted to take a photos for memories / share when explaining why the project was taking so long. I needed to leave the project site, go home, grab my camera, return to the site, take the photos, upload them to my computer, then email them.
  • I wanted to log in to an account while away home, but I was unable to access my password manager or email without my smart phone.
  • My family went out to eat and I needed to borrow one of their smartphones because I could not scan the QR code for the menu and the restaurant did not have paper menus available.
  • I needed to deposit a check, so I would have driven nearly 20 miles round trip if I had not used remote deposit on my smartphone instead.
  • I wanted to listen to an audiobook from the library, but I need to use the overdrive / libby app in order to do this.
  • I heard a song on the radio and I could not use Shazam to identify it.
  • I needed to display a ticket for an event, so I had a friend save my ticket on their smartphone and they used their phone for both of us.
  • I needed to read a smart home monitor, but the only interface available was a smartphone app.
  • Discord kept crashing on my desktop, so I used my smartphone instead.

I gave up using a dumbphone after only 2 days because smartphones are integrated so deeply into modern society that it felt prohibitively difficult to function without one where I live in the United States. Everywhere a person goes it is assumed they have a smartphone on them, so anyone without a smartphone needs to find workarounds for simple tasks and is forced to navigate dozens of inconveniences every day.

I am spoiled and addicted to the convenience that smartphones provide, but my experience persuaded me that systemic changes, instead of individual choices, are necessary to ultimately solve these problems. Evidently, it can not be expected that a significant portion of the public will choose to abstain from the convenience smartphones offer even when they are educated about the harms caused by smartphones. Therefore, the only solution I can imagine is regulation to mitigate those harms, and humane technology design that solves the problems of profit-maximizing technology design.


Good luck, smartphones are integrated so deeply into modern society that it can feel impossible to get by without one.

A better solution is government regulation of the advertising industry, and free software alternatives that are designed using humane technology principles.


The reason for the opioid epidemic is not because the medical system has clamped down on prescriptions.

Pharmaceutical companies lied to doctors and patients about how addictive opioids are. Then, a series of studies concluded that many people are living with untreated chronic pain; so prescribing opioids more frequently was advised by medical associations and public health authorities.

It was only a matter of time until the truth about opioids’ addictiveness became obvious and undeniable. Only THEN did the “whole” medical system start clamping down on opioids.

The Sackler Family (owners of Perdue Pharma) directly caused the deaths of millions of innocent people by misleading doctors, patients, and health authorities. The Sackler Family is spending millions of dollars to launder their reputation and prevent the public from associating them with the opioid epidemic and the millions of lives they ruined for profit.


Look into Nextcloud calendar, you can use the default calendar application on your phone / desktop while offline and it will automatically sync with your Nextcloud when connected to the internet. Hetzner Storage Share is an inexpensive Nextcloud host with calendar enabled by default.


I believe the greatest factor is community. In my experience wealthier people, and wealthier areas, tend to have less community and weaker interpersonal bonds because they do not depend on one another to the same extent that poorer people do.

When your neighbor needs to borrow a tool, you need to sleep at a friend’s place, or you give a friend a ride to work you’re building relationships. The web of relationships between all the neighbors in a community forms a culture.

When people become wealthier they don’t need to borrow tools because they can buy their own, they don’t need to crash at a friend’s place when they can stay in a hotel, and they don’t need a ride to work if they have their own transportation.

In my experience some of the isolating effects of wealth accumulation can be mitigated with infrastructure that increases the inter-dependence, trust, and fraternity between neighbors. A few examples are walkable cities, cooperative organizations, social clubs, public parks, etc…


SSHFS is by far the easiest and most secure-by-default way I’ve found to mount a remote storage share. I have donated a little bit to this project before; I really hope a stable maintainer can take over because this is a critically useful piece of software!


Companies have brands, people have personalities.

I have read too many books evangelizing hustle culture, and I have listened to too many MBAs preaching “selling yourself” by “promoting your personal brand”. It’s bullshit, I’m a human being - I don’t want to sell myself, or spend countless hours crafting a narcissistic professional persona.

All I want is meaningful work, a modest livelihood, and a stable community. None of which requires fame, and it doesn’t require tracking my every keystroke. Exploitative tech companies are so desperate to chase infinite growth that they will sacrifice and erode everything that makes life worth living in pursuit of profit.

Is it really any wonder that people just want to use the internet without being data-mined, judged, and manipulated?


Unfortunately, this is old news and not as exciting as it sounds. Doing a search on Youtube yields videos from almost 10 years ago with ordinary people filming time lapses of mealworms / superworms digesting styrofoam.

One problem is that it takes a large number of the worms to digest a small amount of plastic, they take a long time to do it, and they do not fully digest or absorb the plastic on a single pass through their digestive system. The worms must eat their own poop multiple times before the microplastics are sufficiently broken down enough to be released into a natural environment.

A diet of styrofoam is also (probably) unhealthy for the worms, and it is unclear if there is a safe and effecient way to dispose of the dead worms.

The researchers are interested in isolating and synthesizing the enzyme that allows the worms to break down styrofoam, I think this is a great start and definitely deserves grant money, but even in a hypothetical scenario where commercial styrofoam composting is viable today it would not be enough to solve the problem of styrofoam pollution. Reducing (and ultimately eliminating) the use of disposable plastics is the only viable way to address pollution.


I’m not sure if this is exactly the sort of solution you need, but check out Loomio. It is open source and self-hostable.


AMD’s APU, and Intel’s UHD graphics are marketing terms for integrated graphics processors. It just means that the CPU has a built-in GPU.

When purchasing components, or choosing a prebuilt system, you can simply select a CPU that has “integrated graphics”.

Even a modest graphics card will drastically out perform any integrated graphics chip, but if your sons are not playing hardcore resource intensive games then you can save a lot of money not buying a GPU. You can also always purchase a GPU later for a birthday / next Christmas to enable them to play more intensive games.


You’ll have to provide a little more information for anyone to be able to help. Is it FireFox itself that freezes, or the entire system? Have you tried temporarily disabling all of your FireFox addons? If FireFox is crashing, then posting the crash logs could help figure out the problem, too.


Try searching your local craigslist / classifieds market for preowned PCs. It’s usually not too difficult to find a good deal on a second hand PC as long as you’re ok with hardware that is a few years out of date.

It is not a Windows PC out of the box, but the Steam Deck is one of the best value prebuilt options available, and since you won’t need it until December the long waitlist shouldn’t be an issue.

If your sons are not playing hardcore games, and are fine turning the graphics settings down, then you can save a lot of money by not buying a graphics card. Intel’s integrated graphics, and AMD’s APUs have gotten powerful enough that I have not used a dedicated GPU since ~2017. You won’t be able to run a 4k display or VR on one, but most games at 1080p with the graphics settings turned down are perfectly playable.


Rclone is the best program I have used for any cloud storage needs, you should be able to mount your google drive using rclone. It is a CLI program, but it is very easy and intuitive to use. As an added bonus you can skip cryptomator and use rclone’s built in encryption.


A great book on the topic is Brotopia by Emily Chang.


Suggestions for digitizing documents?
What hardware and software do you use for digitizing your documents? I'm looking for solutions to digitize hundreds of paper documents, ideally the end result will be searchable with OCR and I won't be locked into any proprietary software / services. Any workflow tips? I'm not opposed to using a scanning app on my phone, but so far the ones I have tried are fairly slow, and require manually identifying the corners on nearly every page. EDIT: I ultimately chose Nextcloud and my phone to scan documents. Nextcloud includes an excellent document-scanning feature in the app.
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This is exactly the type of info I was hoping to find, thank you!

I found only one Low-Income Designated CDFI in my area. I think there’s a real void here. I need to find a volunteer opportunity or another way to connect with financial leaders in my area to learn more about my local credit unions and maybe help direct more funds towards serving the community.

It’s kind of disappointing that there aren’t better options in my area, but it is also reassuring to know I’m not just cynical! Thank you!


Which bank or credit union do you use and why did you choose them?
I'm looking to switch credit unions, but I'm finding the process dispiriting. There is no shortage of competing financial institutions in my part of the United States, but no institutions open to the public seem to be doing anything exciting, progressive, or seriously systemically beneficial to their local communities. I'm curious where members of Lemmy choose to park their money, and why you chose that financial institution. There is [a top-down movement to reintroduce public postal banking](https://www.marketplace.org/2021/10/15/usps-pilots-a-public-banking-program/) in the US, and I'm very excited about this, but I'm curious which banks and credit unions you've chosen, and additionally how your chosen institutions benefit your community.
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Check out https://frame.work/ it’s a pretty high-end and completely modular laptop.


I am not aware of any crypto consensus algorithm that is not regressive. This is an argument against all cryptocurrencies and blockchains, not just Proof of Stake.

What has proven far more equitable than any decentralized consensus algorithm is a fiat currency issued and controlled by an institution accountable to a democratic constituency.


Proof of stake is fundamentally regressive. Literally, whomever has the most tokens also has the most governance weight. It is basically “1 dollar, 1 vote” rather than “1 person, 1 vote”.


How did you become class conscious?
I was thinking this morning of when I first became class conscious. For several weeks I volunteered to serve meals to people experiencing homelessness. Afterwards, I volunteered at a charity dinner soliciting donations from wealthy patrons where the level of opulence and disconnect was staggering to me. The dinner was hosted at a private estate where they owned more than a dozen cars and 5 houses for a family of 7. This was fewer than 5 miles outside of a city with overflowing shelters and people freezing to death. Here was all the wealth needed to provide homes to every person presently surviving in a shelter, and it was squandered in the hands of people entirely detached and unaware of the scope of the problem. In their minds, through petty charity they could live with a clean conscious believing they'd done their part. The egregiousness of the disparity, the obliviousness of our guests, and their astonishing reluctance to donate left me furious for days. My own hypocrisy left me feeling crushed and crumpled inside for much longer.
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Anyone know any good books about cooperatives & other collaborative business models?
There are libraries full of books written about hierarchical business methods, practices, and models. I'm curious to learn more about the practical application of alternative business models. I'm looking for history books that showcase the good, the bad, and the ugly of collaborative business models. When, where, and how did some succeed? When, where, and how did some fail? I'm looking for analysis that compare and contrast hierarchical and non-hierarchical businesses directly via metrics like failure rate, employee turnover, community impact, annualized growth, etc. and indirectly by investigating challenges and trade-offs unique to different organizational structures. Does anyone know any good books about cooperatives?
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Resonate is a really cool co-op and they could really use some volunteers & users. I've been looking for a more ethical music streaming service since I discovered [Spotify and other streaming platforms are terrible for small artists](https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/03/18/spotify-artist-earnings-figures/). Only the top 3% of artists make $1000/yr and only the top 1% make more than $5000/yr. You'd have to be in the top 0.2% to actually earn a living of $50,000/yr on Spotify. Resonate is the only platform I've found that's doing something radically different. They have a stream to own model in which listeners pay artists directly about 1/4 of one cent for their first stream then the price increases exponentially with each stream until the 9th stream at which point the listener has paid ~$1.50usd. At that point the user can download the song for offline listening and never has to pay to stream that song again. Perhaps the coolest part is they are a co-op, 45% of governance weight is reserved for artist shares, 35% for listener shares, and only 20% for staff. Resonate is a small project that could use all the help it can get. If anyone knows of any other cool music platforms, I'd love to know about them, too!
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The World Community Grid is a BOINC project that enables anyone with a computer to contribute to cancer research, find treatments for COVID, improve weather forecasts for African agriculture, and many other humanitarian efforts. All research done through WCG is published in the public domain free of charge. On 13Sep2021 World Community Grid announced that ownership of the project is being transfered to Krembil Research Institute. The project is in talks with new sources for funding. IBM was previously the sole source of funding and the [#1 contributor](https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/stat/viewMemberInfo.do?userName=IBM) of computing resources to the World Community Grid. There is a lot of uncertainty within the community regarding this move, because it is likely to limit the scope of research conducted through WCG.
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How much does your ISP charge for internet?
I recently got an email notifying me that my ISP has implemented data caps on all plans, and since I routinely exceed my new data cap of 1024GB/mo they will be charging me $10/50GB overage starting next month. I think this is outrageous, so I'm shopping around for a new ISP, but there are only 2 or 3 that offer service to my house, and at least one of them is twice the price of my current ISP. I'm curious how everyone here is treated by their ISPs? I'm paying $55/mo for 100Mbps down (actually get ~45mbps max), and I'm capped at 1024GB/mo. The next best ISP without a data cap is a maximum of 20Mbps down, for $60/mo. $ = USD
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Favorite Personal Finance Management Software?
My credit union recently shut down their in-house personal finance management site because it was too much work to maintain and they don't see it as competitive with freely available sites like mint.com. Now, I'm looking for something to switch to and I'm curious what software the community here uses to manage their personal finances.
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Alternative Front-Ends for Facebook?
Many businesses, non-profits, and local government offices where I live use Facebook as their primary, or exclusive, online presence. I don't want to make a Facebook account, but I would like to be able to see some of the content that is posted there; are there any alternative front-ends that won't abuse me with trackers? So far I've only been able to find dead-links that are years old. e.g. For Reddit there is teddit and libreddit, For youtube there is invidious, twitter has nitter, etc.
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