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Today's threads! (a thread).

Inside: Lax antitrust vs ventilator stockpiles, Koch network vs lockdown, PE vs pandemics, Digital rights are human rights, ACLU vs CFAA, Munching Squares and Munching Tunes, and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2020/03/30/med

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Today's Twitter threads! (a Twitter thread).

Inside: Announcing Story Club, Alex Jones's one-two punch, Andrew Cuomo is not your woke bae, Cozy Catastrophes, California's missing medical stockpile, a better way to visualize exponential growth, don't worry about groceries, and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2020/03/29/gri

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Today's threads! (a thread).

Inside: Charter techs get $25 gift cards instead of hazard pay, the Pandemic Playbook, Boardgame Remix Kit, McMansions of 1972, free Cheapass Games print-and-plays, Walmart's opioid impunity, United gets $25B stimulus and announces layoffs, FLICC vs denialism, This Waifu Does Not Exist, fever cameras are garbage, employers scramble to buy remote-worker spyware, Canada Reads Q&A on Apr 23, and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2020/03/28/unr

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Today's threads! (a thread).

Inside: Mar-a-Lago Virus, plutes cash in on stimulus, postal voting vs USPS collapse, "civility" and the Confederate playbook, Bojo has covid, reasonable covid food-safety advice, SF cocktail delivery, flu pandemic photos, free hi-rez covid stock art, Warren campaign frees its software, and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2020/03/27/jus

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POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER is my first picture book (Jul 14): it's a bedtime story for monster kids about monster kids who refuse bedtime!

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Yesterday's threads: Announcing Story Club, Alex Jones's one-two punch, Andrew Cuomo is not your woke bae, Cozy Catastrophes, California's missing medical stockpile, a better way to visualize exponential growth, don't worry about groceries, and more!

twitter.com/doctorow/status/12

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Private equity firms scooping up pandemic bargains: It's not the wound that gets ya, it's the opportunistic parasitic infections.

mamot.fr/@pluralistic/10391239

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Lax antitrust killed ventilator stockpiles : The USG procured <$3k ventilators from a startup, so an incumbent bought them and shuttered them.

mamot.fr/@pluralistic/10390889

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Today's threads! (a thread).

Inside: Lax antitrust vs ventilator stockpiles, Koch network vs lockdown, PE vs pandemics, Digital rights are human rights, ACLU vs CFAA, Munching Squares and Munching Tunes, and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2020/03/30/med

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Old PDP7 systems used Type 340 XY displays whose P7 phosphors had a slow decay process that MIT AI lab hackers used to create "Munching Squares" displays.

youtu.be/V4oRHv-Svwc

These were pretty cool! But even cooler was the weird "Munching Tunes" that you could listen to if you placed a small AM receiver near the display and picked up the prodigious RFI it gave off.

Munching Squares has been an option in JWZ's Xscreensaver since 1997!

youtube.com/watch?v=aXNIYpdh8U

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At EFF, we have a longrunning lawsuit, on behalf of Bunnie Huang and Matthew Green, to overturn this law. It's slow going, but we took a huge step forward last spring.

eff.org/deeplinks/2019/06/firs

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There are still some really ghastly Contempt of Business Model laws hanging around out there, like Section 1201 of the DMCA, which makes it a felony to bypass a copyright "access control" even if you don't infringe copyright.

It's a rule that's used to felonize everything from refilling printer cartridges to accessing your own medical implant data, and (especially) getting your devices repaired by independent technicians.

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But that civil liability is also being eroded: LinkedIn recently had their asses handed to them in a CFAA suit against a competitor, setting a precedent that dramatically narrows civil liability for ToS violations.

eff.org/deeplinks/2019/09/vict

This is a really important moment for online freedom. It says that companies can't conjure up new jailable offenses merely by asserting that you have agreed that you are a criminal if you displease their shareholders.

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The result has been a deep chilling effect on researchers, from security researchers who tell us whether we can trust online products, to investigative journalists who test algorithms for bias, including bias that violates federal antidiscrimination statutes.

And this is where the ACLU has prevailed! In Sandvig v Barr, a federal judge in DC ruled that there is no criminal CFAA liability for terms-of-service violations, though he left the door open for civil liability.

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In the years since, there have been multiple attempts to reform CFAA, but these have been repeatedly killed by Big Tech companies, notably Oracle, whose CSO has a history of threatening customers who audit its products before trusting them.

arstechnica.com/information-te

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