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My theoretical answer is this: in an ideal world, there would be no copyright at all. This is an artificial contrivance that was once dreamed up to serve physical-copy economy, and it was rendered obsolete by the digital age. Shit would be so much easier when we got rid of this shit and everyone could share everything by default without any profit motive. (Caveat: This will not work unless literally every jurisdiction on the planet gets rid of copyright laws all at once, otherwise this is way too exploitable due to power imbalance. So I don't think this is a practical proposition. cough unless we all decide Anarchism is a good idea after all cough)

My practical answer is this: Welllllll we're kinda damned if we do and we're damned if we don't. My personal feeling is that AI creations aren't really copyrightable, and even suggesting they are copyrightable is kind of opening a huge can of worms regarding what exactly counts as "creativity" in the first place. The best we can do under current copyright regime is to regulate how the AI datasets are curated, because goodness knows the current datasets weren't exactly ethically obtained.

Google to weaken ad blockers on Chrome in a push for security (cybernews.com)

Starting June 2024, adblockers such as uBlock Origin and many other extensions on Chrome will no longer work as intended. Google Chrome will begin disabling extensions based on an older extension platform, called Manifest V2, as it moves to the more limited V3 version.

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I was about to comment on this, but my Android phone spontaneously rebooted.

Anyway. Before I was so rudely interrupted, I was about to say: Firefox. It is a thing. An awesome thing.

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If Chrome is known for one thing, it's absurd User-Agent strings. Why not make it even more absurd???

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/119.0.0.0 Safari/537.36 (Ahahaha; Fuck you Google; This is actually) Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv:109.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/119.0

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Microsoft got repeatedly hit over this kind of shenanigans in MSIE during and after the anti-trust lawsuit.

Sadly, that was 20 years ago. I'm not having much faith in American justice system doing anything about this nowadays.

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There was some commercial for the Commodore 64 which basically lambasted the IBM PC for being twice as expensive while having the the same 64K memory.

I was, like, "yeah, but nobody ever bought the 64K model of IBM PC. That would have been just ridiculously limited, right? Right? Everyone got memory expansions, surely?"

Well, 64K was the stock configuration, so I'm sure those memory expansions sold like hotcakes. There was even the option for freaking 16K memory. (Now, I'm sure next to nobody bought that.) Even option to getting no floppy drives, because you could always put your glorious BASIC programs on a cassette tape. Like a caveman. (This also sounds like a rare option.)

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Olivetti, from Italy, was pretty famous in Europe as a typewriter manufacturer. So it wasn't much of a surprise my father's first PC (and the first PC compatible I could use) was Olivetti PCS 386SX, circa 1992.

Turns out Olivetti is surprisingly important in computer history too. Olivetti made Programma 101, which was the first programmable desk computer/calculator, way back in 1965. If NASA bought a bunch of these, I guess it was serious shit.

Dutch government officially launches Mastodon server (fediversereport.com)

The Dutch government has officially launched their Mastodon server, at social.overheid.nl. The server came online over the weekend, and today the Alexandra van Huffelen, State Secretary of Digitalisation, announced that the server has officially been taken into use. The server is hosted on the domain overheid.nl, the official...

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Funny thing is that I'm not sure if governments should run official Mastodon servers where all political parties blend into one. I'm from Finland, and we currently have a mild problem called "dipshit party having actual political reach". Including several members of parliament who have tweeted Not So Savoury Things which would be a banworthy offence in pre-Musk Twitter (if anyone at the staff comprehended Finnish language, that is). So maybe the task of running Mastodon servers for candidates and actual serving members of political machinery should fall to the political parties. If an entite dipshit party gets defederated, maybe that's a signal they should consider.

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