@roshii often with congested systems a slight decrease in use can have a massive effect. See e.g. the impact of a very trivial toll on Stockholm traffic congestion. These are non-linear system.

Also my own experience with just manually setting the temperature a bit lower cut my gas use dramatically. Partly because my house never cools below 16 degrees, so going from e.g. 20 to 18 is a huge difference. Turning it off 3 hours earlier before you to bed also matters.

@roshii I don't mind smart, but it has to be provably offline and/or running open source software. Not one of those Google surveillance gadgets.

@Chrtz @pixelfed Github sponsors may indeed be one of the least bad (fiat) options out there. I use it as well. Afaik they don't take a cut and you don't have to use PayPal.

@pixelfed if you set up a @BTCPayServer I can send a few sats your way. Not sure how up to date this guide is, but I can boost any questions you have: blog.btcpayserver.org/how-to-a

@ruud @catswhocode banks that don't require a confirmed email, amazing. Happened to me as well with some UK based fintech. Some scammer managed to use my email, though they didn't use my name. The company was arrogant enough to recommend that I reset my email password. I pressed on to ask if they actually verified the email, which they refused to answer.

@Bosbesje @ruud @catswhocode ik zou zoiets niet negeren. Vroeg of laat komt je naam op vervelende lijsten te staan als de halve wereld jouw naam (en paspoort?) gebruikt voor bankzaken.

@waxwing there's also an interesting jurisdiction trade-off for these casinos (ahum, sophisticated trading platforms). US based means fewer options and more onerous KYC, but as long as they're liquid you can probably* get your money back with some lawyers. Barbados and China on the other hand: good luck!

* but see PayPal: it's not easy

@sandbeach123 the nice thing about Mastodon is that you can just move yourself AND your followers to a new instance if the current instance misbehaves.

@phessler did you ever figure out what happened? I'm seeing this too.

cc Claire@social.sitedethib.com

I was thinking that the act of falsely reporting tweets in order to get an account taken down, is probably something in the legal category of vandalism, destruction of property or even hacking (manipulating a computer system in order to make it do things that cause harm).

Perhaps that's enough ground to subpoena Twitter for contact details of whoever did this.

Though that all sounds like too much work. Also, suing for damages under Dutch law is futile, and touching the US legal system is meh.

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2. Someone got butt hurt by something I said, went through all my recent tweets and just reported everything they thought would stand a chance.

However, to get to this tweet would have taken a LOT of scrolling.

Perhaps they used search terms to find it more quickly.

The list of people I've not been super nice to is rather long though, which makes it tricky to hone in on any particular suspect.

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I have roughly two theories of what happened:

1. Russian intelligence / troll army is looking to take down anything negative of Putin (or that harms the Tsar's opsec).

If that's the case, it's an impressive move. Rather than just having a bot army report all my tweets, they found something the algorithm and many clueless moderators* would actually think is harassment.

* = I suspect the appeal process is mostly automated too, the first appeal was denied in about a minute

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One of the more sneaky things the bird site does, is to lock you of your account, but keep that a secret to the outside world.

People can still see my profile, reply to my tweets and even send me DM's. But I can't open them, can't reply to them and need to use alternative channels to even inform them what's going on.

"all" I need to do is remove the tweet though, then they'll stop the extortion. Very nice high pressure technique.

Bird site link to the thread: twitter.com/provoost/status/15

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My bird site account was locked in the middle of the night, seemingly out of the blue, for something I said deep inside a thread two weeks ago.

The thread consists of me analysing video stills of Putin, particularly the lightning, which strongly suggests he is not in his normal office.

I attached the entire thing, including the "offending" tweet. I find it totally implausible that Twitter itself feels the victim of "targeted harassment". Yet they denied the (first) appeal. So what's going on?

Here's a new chapter PDF that you can buy with Lightning. It covers the mysterious Attack of the Fake Nodes in the summer of 2021. The mainstream media never talked about this! 🙂

And they're digging in. Are they trying to clean up negative press due to their stock crashing?

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And now, several weeks later, they decide to lock my account over this one:

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The link was still there though, not blocked, but less easy to find.

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