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Disney+ has started cracking down on password sharing in the US (www.engadget.com)

Disney+ started getting strict about password sharing in Canada last year, and now it’s expanding the restriction to the US. According to The Verge, the streaming service has been sending out emails to its subscribers in the country, notifying them about a change in its terms of service. Its service agreement now states that...

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Everybody said they’d cancel Netflix over it

What's probably more likely is that the "everybody" that you heard from was an incredibly unrepresentative sample of people from a bubble of nerdy tech enthusiasts.

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They - and literally anyone else - can already do that. Mastodon data is totally public.

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I think the entire point was actually that no single party can unilaterally make that decision. People who want to interact with Meta can, and those who don't can simply not.

If you don't wanna deal with them, be on a server that doesn't federate with them.

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I know corporate America doesn't really deserve any meaningful amount of good faith, but for whatever truth is worth, "sustainable" in a business context has essentially always meant financials. A platform like Twitch is generally going to have really high operational costs between infrastructure, network traffic, engineers, and revenue sharing with streamers, and given that Amazon doesn't operate Twitch for charity any more than you do your job for free, they need to make sure that they actually have sufficient revenue to be able to make the finances sustainable. I won't pretend to know how profitable it is, if it even is yet, but cutting employees is obviously a pretty easy lever to pull to reduce costs if your operations can get away with it.

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I mean, that's the entire point, yes. Some financial transactions, at some level of scale, should not be private.

For instance, if you abolish KYC, you've just fully legalized all insider trading. Perhaps you can see that there are some conflicts of interest there. On the crypto side, KYC allows the IRS to go after traders for capital gains tax. Without it, crypto would be an easy way for the ultra-wealthy to just completely bypass taxes, since you couldn't prove that it belonged to them.

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Have you gone on Instagram ever?

It's normies and wine moms.

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Yes, of course it has Neo-Nazis, because it has hundreds of millions of people and essentially every niche community has representation there. The doesn't mean it's remotely accurate to say that Instagram is "only Nazis and pedos".

The most followed user is Kim Kardashian, if I remember right, and she's targeting the most normie women possible. Nazis and pedos aren't exactly good for advertising.

This isn't to say that Instagram doesn't have moderation issues, but that isn't contradictory to the fact that Instagram is not solely composed of those kinds of users.

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The point is that it's portraying not blocking as an inherently negative thing, which isn't universally agreed upon at all. Plenty of people would say that they don't need any attention at all. It's not presenting objective in a neutral way, but rather labeling a group as bad.

Of course, it's probably fair to assume that the author has no intention of being neutral, but it's still valid grounds to criticize it as a data visualization.

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Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, will become public domain in literally 13 days.

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I quite liked it, personally.

I imagine saying that is going to be treated as an admission of heresy here though.

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I mean, that's obviously a sarcastic exaggerated joke.

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I don't believe there's ever been an instance of E2EE Messenger texts being given to law enforcement, whereas there are plenty of instances where Facebook has provided law enforcement with non-encrypted messages after being served a warrant.

Believe what you want, but ignoring the legal liability from blatantly lying like that, there's precisely zero evidence that Messenger's encryption is compromised.

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Has WhatsApp's encryption ever been shown to not be trustworthy?

Facebook has had to provide law enforcement with FB Messenger texts before after being served a warrant. Are you saying this has also happened with WhatsApp, even though that should be impossible? That's a pretty big claim, so I'd love to see your evidence.

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So, no evidence. Gotcha.

For WhatsApp, given how much noise the UK law enforcement has been making about trying to ban encryption, I'm inclined to believe it actually is working. I'm sure Facebook does some metadata analysis and that does feed back into their advertising profiles, but that's a different thing from being able to turn over actual message content that's supposedly been encrypted over to law enforcement.

But hey, if you do find actual evidence, I'm all ears.

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Most people don't so openly state that they don't care about facts or evidence and form their beliefs primarily from vibes, so thanks for at least being upfront about it.

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Sure, but at that point, it's a legitimate question of what goal you're trying to satisfy with E2EE. This doesn't prevent metadata analysis being used for marketing purposes - and if that's something you're strongly against, that's perfectly fair - but it does make it completely impossible for message content to be provided to law enforcement, even in the face of a warrant. That is hugely powerful, because we've already seen cases of FB Messenger texts being used to go after women who get abortions, just for one example. In countries with truly oppressive governments, that benefit can't be overstated.

Sure, Facebook will try to sell you some shit, but they're not going to send the police to arrest you. Having E2EE is a strict improvement over the status quo, and if you do care deeply about privacy on the more commercial side, there's always Signal or other privacy-first services.

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In case you were unaware, you come off as a literal child. Cheers.

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Nothing technically would prevent that, but eventually that evidence would end up in public court and the ruse would be up.

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Spotify's issue isn't unique. Fundamentally, given how much money the labels demand and how relatively low streaming subscription fees are, there's simply not a ton of money around. Spotify has been unprofitable for most of the past few years. The fact of the matter is that people expect to be able to listen to essentially all music for a relatively cheap price, and labels expect to get most of that money. The specifics of the company don't matter much. If Spotify dies, people will migrate to another platform, and the finances won't be meaningfully different there. Maybe someone like Apple could afford to eat the losses or is actually big enough to tell the labels to pound sand, but otherwise, this is just kinda what the situation is.

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I agree that's probably their main issue right now, and they're hardly unique there. You've seen layoffs and belt tightening everywhere as the free money faucets have dried up.

That said, I think the core business model isn't exactly challenging. Similarly to Netflix ten years ago, they're primarily serving content that they don't own, but unlike Netflix, they're probably not going to be able to pivot into content creation unless they want to actually become a proper label, and even then, they'd need big enough stars that other distribution platforms can't afford to not cooperate with them. Otherwise, they're always going to be at the mercy of the labels, though there is some balance, since the labels also need the streaming platforms to at least survive.

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You have to keep in mind that they operate all over the world. Each country has its own labels and messy negotiations to do. Doing literally anything on a global scale takes a lot of people, no matter what it is, just to navigate the differing business environments.

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Money from flies spends just as well as money from butterflies.

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Because dealers have lobbied to have the law mandate them.

I know "deregulation" is a bit of a dirty word, but some regulations are genuinely bad. In this case, it's literal textbook rent seeking, in the economics sense.

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Ultimately, they have no obligation to provide you something of value for free, and given that you do apparently use YouTube, they are objectively providing you something of value. They're completely within their rights to not do that.

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I don’t really care if the make poor decisions and end up with an unviable business model. I’ll do other things with my time.

Alternatively, they'll take steps towards a more viable business model, and you'll also find other things to do with your time.

I’m willing to put in time and effort to make sure I see as few as possible.

You can zap all ads forever with a few minutes and a credit card, if you're willing.

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