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"As we learn to bear the intimacy of scrutiny and to flourish within it, as we learn to use the products of that scrutiny for power within our living, those fears which rule our lives and form our silences begin to lose their control over us."
- Audre Lorde (Sister Outsider)

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Fuck your free speech and if you don't like it you can defend to your death my right to say it

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On interacting with Shrigs 

I don't really think about my own boundries much, but I'll politely tell you if you've stepped over any (unless you're a bit of a dickhead then I'll probs do an angry)
πŸ™… no using ablest language
πŸ™… no making non-lewd conversations lewd
πŸ’… you can thirst slide into my DMs but if I don't reciprocate get over it and don't make it weird
πŸ’… unsolicited advice on my behavior is a-ok
πŸ’… CW things as I would if you're in my replies, in fairness to my followers

Update on where I am / mental health - 

Also, while I'm here and don't have anywhere useful to vent this energy: Absolutely all the way fuck the police and misogynists and domestic abusers and all forms of racism but right now especially institutional racism right into the middle of the sun and keep them there, I'm fucking seething

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Update on where I am / mental health - 

I might be gone for a bit longer, turns out sharing a crisis hurts like fuck. I'll be back when I can face social media again and there's still a long way to go with this thing I've left for. I might be back here soon, I might not be, but either way don't worry, we're safe now at least, so here's your update. Take care of each other x

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"I'm Lena. I retired from modelling a long time ago. It's time I retire from tech too."

losinglena.com/

Avast and Norton are merging companies in the future too, last I heard, so that's extra ominous as fuck. Anyway, the long and short of it is that I really can't be fucked with how antivirus companies are/what they expect of and how they treat their users. Guess who's sick of working with and dealing with consumer IT bullshit? It's me

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But then it's like, you can't go to Avast/AVG because their products harvest your data and try and upsell the most snakeoil bullshit I've ever seen that somehow passes as "legit" software, can't go to McAffee 'cos I've seen it break a whole bunch of computers and is generally shit, Malwarebytes seem ok as far as I know but not perfect at removing stuff unless you combine it with their adwcleaner program and not exactly cheap either etc etc etc

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Like, you can get a Norton subscription for Β£10-15 a year if you buy the activation key as a one-off from a reseller, then they automatically take Β£80 off you after a year or two if left to its own devices. Shouldn't have to give them your billing details at all after purchasing a product key to register and activate the product, let-alone all this mandatory agreement to auto-renewal-at-activation bullshit

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But the even worse thing is that, to my mind, I can't even think of a particularly more ethical antivirus vendor. They're all absolute sacks of shit

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This whole Norton cryptocurrency thing isn't surprising to me, they're absolute leeches to their customerbase in other ways too, mainly their auto-enrolment to their subscription when buying their product *way* cheaper elsewhere and not letting you activate or use the product without giving them billing details (and lots of anti-user tricks to make it difficult to un-enroll and remove billing details afterwards)... (cont)

I've been putting together an Oh My Goth playlist for the past few years, by just adding stuff in that fits the vibe but never actually playing the playlist just to see what happens. Three years later I'm listening back to it, and every 10 or so songs is by Esben and the Witch, which is *entirely* on brand
🎡 Esben and the Witch - No Dog 🎡
youtube.com/watch?v=WckSWlEf2n

If you make a piece of software, and people are required to use that piece of software in order to, say, pay for their housing or groceries or pay back a loan, you are on the hook to make sure that software works for _every single person_ who needs to use it.

All of them.

Every screen reader user. Every person with muscle issues who can't use a mouse. Everyone who doesn't speak English. Everyone with three first names, or no last name. Everyone who is Irish or Jewish and has a ' in their name. Everyone with slow internet.

EVERY person.

"Oh we don't have the resources to do that!" Great. Then you don't have the resources to make and sell that kind of software. Pack up and go home.

Forgot to say the other day, I'm the proud cat dad of three now. This is Little Boo x

β€œBe more queer, be more goth/Tell the terfs to fuck right off”

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Flowers to the men reading this toot today, I see you being chill in this space πŸ’

Quick heads up that I'm likely to go quiet for a few days (I'll still pop in), helping a friend through a major crisis ❀ (no need to fav or reply or whatever to this toot btw)

Thank God it's Friday
🎡 Planet Perfecto - Bullet in the Gun 🎡
CW: Flashing images
youtube.com/watch?v=BJ6qp3U9yS

Take the piss out of cowbells all you like but when the first cowbell is hit in Darude's Sandstorm you know shit is about to get down (guess who's listening to a trance mix on the local radio right now)

LEDs in a server cabinet (all along the sides and top around inside of the door frame)? Y/N

Finished reading Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media by Sarah T. Roberts at last. Was good x
behindthescreen-book.com/

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