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I don't think companies should police people's social media, and at the same time I feel like I can get a sense of a company's culture by looking at people's (usually completely not constructive) social media posts. So I think the solution is to actually work on culture instead of just trying to sanitize the perception of it.

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Content warning: Celebrity Death

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How likely is it that you will still be on Mastodon a year from now?

#BOOST OK

  • ✅ Certainly (80%, 18739 votes)
  • ⭕ Not sure (19%, 4482 votes)
  • ❌ No way (0%, 131 votes)
23352 voters. Poll end: 18 hours ago

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"Certainly" for me, but as I'm on #Friendica rather than #Mastodon I can't respond to the poll. (It's a Friendica bug which I hope they get to fix soon).
@eibhear
This is the first evidence of cross platform interaction I have seen.
I'd wager there's a lot of it more than you suspect.
Given I’ve been on the fediverse for six years now, highly likely. Unless there is a successful Big Tech embrace, extend, extinguish play in that time. Which seems unlikely in the short term but far more so as time goes on.

This is why we need the Small Web.

https://ar.al/2020/08/07/what-is-the-small-web/

#fediverse #SmallWeb

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Yesterday I continued rewatching Season 3 of Star Trek The Next Generation by watching 'The Offspring'. This episode was aired in 1990 and was ahead of its time in some of the current issues it explores. I found the episode covered issues relevant to today including gender identity, autism, parenting and artificial intelligence. This is a 12 part thread and please Boost. [1/12]

#StarTrek #ActuallyAutistic #Trans
Data with Lal

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Mastodon founder and CEO Eugen Rochko tells Engadget: “Third party applications are incredibly valuable for a platform because that's where the power users go … it benefits everybody because the power users are the people who create the content that everybody reads.”

THANK YOU 👏👏👏

https://www.engadget.com/twitter-client-developers-fleeing-twitter-mastodon-130031551.html
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In this quest for independence from centralized social media, I'm wondering...does anyone still use RSS?

For any of you who do, what is the experience of using RSS in 2023? Are there any RSS apps that are pleasant to use? Sites (other than big content publishers) that publish a feed?

(Please share for visibility if you have followers who might have experience to share.)
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Feedly.
And technically, every podcast.
@faduda is feedly still good? The only reason I stopped using it was because I was using Twitter more. Would definitely go back if it were still working well.
@rateexportpilot @faduda I downloaded it today and gave it a whirl and found the UI to be...pretty unintuitive. It advertises a dark mode on Android, but it doesn't respect the system dark mode preference, and I couldn't actually find anywhere to toggle it in the UI.
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Probably I've grown used to it and stopped seeing the bugs. It filled the gap when GReader was killed off, and I've never had any reason to change.
That said, most of the accounts I was following have declined to little or no activity.
@rateexportpilot It still works. There's some debate if it works well.

 

Narendra Modi is a coward, and the BBC are enablers of a coward.

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I've had the idea for a weird kind of Twitter client for years. With Mastodon being all open, I've decided to do the experiment:

What if your Timeline looked like iMessage. A normal timeline confuses me to no end because everything is out of context.

My experiment, Ebou, is a Mastodon client that looks like iMessage. Conversations are grouped by friends and sorted by recent postings.

It is super basic right now, but this already feels much more natural to me 😀
Love it!

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How did the hacker get away from the police?

She ransomware.

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I maintain that everyone in IT needs to know this •one• Yiddish word and use it often.

Farpotshket: Broken, because someone tried to fix it.

#PSA #WordOfTheDay #X

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A thought for today…

The coincidence of #DataProtectionDay and #HolocaustMemorialDay being on the same date is the Universe’s way of reminding us that it’s never about the data. It must always be about the people that data relates to or affects.

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@xankarn

And that objectifying humans into data points rarely works out well.

#compassion
#humanism
#tolerance

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Request for the Dutch Reach to be used when opening car doors, to save lives on the road - it'd need some publicity, though - most drivers haven't heard of this https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/2023/01/26/the-dutch-reach-an-open-and-shut-case/
The Dutch reach - an open-and-shut case

A simple way to help cyclists

Thu Jan 26 2023 - 00:01


Sir, - Drivers need to use what it called the Dutch reach when opening their doors.

This is the act of opening the door where, rather than using your hand closest to the door, you use your far hand, which results in the driver turning their head and seeing what is coming before opening the door. Cyclists who will be spared injury will appreciate this simple action. - Yours, etc,

JOHN BERGIN, 
Oxton
UK

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This is so cool!

anyone, anywhere in the world can get a free library card from the LTI Korean Library and eye or ear read all the ebooks and audiobooks of Korean book translated into English or other languages!

https://library.ltikorea.or.kr/

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Whatever your views about helmet wearing while cycling, it is not a legal requirement in Ireland. The injuries this woman suffered were down to two factors, the inattention of the driver, and the poor infrastructure for cycling in the city. It is simply wrong that she herself would be penalised for these failings.

#CyclingInDublin

https://www.irishtimes.com/crime-law/courts/2023/01/24/cyclists-injury-award-cut-by-20-due-to-not-wearing-safety-helmet/

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And the language here is terrible:

"Ms Lopes, a restaurant server, told the Circuit Civil Court she had lost control of her bicycle when a heavy sand truck had veered slightly to its left approaching traffic lights and brushed against her right shoulder."

I don't know if these are Ms Lopes' words or the authors interpretation of them, but should read:

"Ms Lopes was knocked off her bike when the driver of a heavy sand truck struck her from the side as he approached traffic lights"
In a court report, there's little room for the author's interpretation. They're most likely the words of a barrister, possibly a judge.

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One of the things I'm really enjoying about Mastodon is that I can just "favourite" things that I like, without having to first pause and consider what effect this click will have on what content an algorithm serves me in the future.

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Today is 2023-01-23, the sun sets at 16:50:11 and the grand auld stretch tonight was 44 mins and 28 secs. #NewYearGrowingStretch

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-1.756086608694783 + -0.0149237931870204i at zoom 1.2449113609e+11.
A render of the Mandelbrot Set at -1.756086608694783 + -0.0149237931870204i at zoom 1.2449113609e+11

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If you're on #Forgejo or #Gitea, time to upgrade.

#Forgejo v1.18.2-1 was just released! This is a security release.

We strongly recommend that all installations are upgraded to the latest version as soon as possible.

Check out the release notes and download it at https://forgejo.org/releases/. If you experience any issues with this release, please report to https://codeberg.org/forgejo/forgejo/issues.


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Massachusetts HS can’t turn off lights <https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/01/us-school-runs-lights-24-7-365-the-smart-lights-have-been-broken-since-2021/>. Basically, they installed a ‘smart’ lighting system relying on proprietary software that the vendor no longer supports. The system failed and the lights are stuck permanently on.

And this, friends, is the problem with unfree software.

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Inchydoney Sunset. This morning's #painting for you is a west #Cork one. It's a part of #Ireland I particularly like cycling in and sitting in kitchens drinking tea. I've cycled along this body of water a fair few times, and painted and drank tea there. #Art
Prints: https://www.redbubble.com/i/art-print/Inchydoney-Sunset-Cork-Ireland-by-eolai/31542691.1G4ZT
#MastoDaoine #MastoArt #Artist
Landscape format in acrylics. A very soft yellow painting. Between a golden yellow sky and a golden yellow body of water stands a brown headland sloping down to the left, with dark blue bushes along the bottom by the water's edge with a small white outbuilding inserted among them at the right edge - it has a blue roof sloping forward and a red door. There are a few lighter blue trees along the top edge of the headland, and a white two story house and outbuilding, both with blue-grey roofs, nestle into it left of centre near the bottom. Beyond the headland on the left is a long gentle hill with a patchwork of ochre-coloured fields separated by pale blue hedgerows.  Signed bottom right: Liam Daly

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@theappletree Tea enhances every landscape :) Thank you very much.
🍵🎨🖌️🖼️ So always have a nice cup of tea with you!

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Today in the Irish Rehab: a folly and a minister.
Irish Times newspaper with headlines about the Millennium Spire 20 year anniversary and Maria Bailey talking about "Swing-gate"

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I call it the Beverly Cooper-Flynn precedence. (Though I'm sure it predates her).

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RELEASE: A copy of the United States' No Fly List from 2019 https://ddosecrets.com/wiki/No_Fly_List

Due to presence of PII, the data is only being made available to journalists and researchers. https://ddosecrets.com/wiki/Contact#Request_Access

Help keep DDoSecrets operating in 2023 with a $15 donation: https://DDoSecrets.Charity

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People need a way to look themselves up.

I also thing picking and choosing what counts as private and what doesn't is ourety arbitrary. You haven't denied any secrets; You granted the government a few million of them today.
@r000t

1. We're handling the data the way the source requested.
2. The information was secret before, it's less so now.
3. Even with hashing, look ups can be abused and DOBs don't sufficiently identify people - wrongly identified people could be easily targeted. For examples you need look no further than people wrongly flagged by the list because they shared a name and DOB. See https://www.aclu.org/other/problems-no-fly-list-show-problems-capps-ii-airline-profiling-system We're always open to better and more specific suggestions than "dox marginalized people the government targeted"
4. We prefer to make the information completely public whenever we can. It's much less work for us.

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"Have you cleared your browser history?"

No, because that's never the answer.

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Another story of the power of the State being used to punish someone for using words against those who are permitted by that State to use violence.

These cases are invariably taken against guys to are so drunk that they pose no threat to anyone except themselves, and the best that the State can come up to do with them is to give them criminal records.

Shame.
It's a power they should not have.

The reporting around these stories drives me mad as well. Nearly 100% of the time there's a defence of mental illness, with supporting documentation presented at trial. The papers, though, always report these stories in a way that suggests it's funny, and we should be laughing along with them at the defendant.
I am definitely not on the cops side

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0.3667209715983897 + -0.14375423767012788i at zoom 2.8307387196e+10.
A render of the Mandelbrot Set at 0.3667209715983897 + -0.14375423767012788i at zoom 2.8307387196e+10

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Once upon a time I taught prep school. I didn't GO to prep school, so this was an experience.

A thing prep school students are taught is how to speak and write fluently, in a certain register. Some of them are brilliant and back up that genre with real ideas. But on the whole, the student body wasn't any more or less smart than the people I went to public school with in West Virginia; just better educated.

And so many of them write glibly, without caring, about nothing, but in a way that sounds like power.

Anyway, ChatGPT

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Yes, I'm going on today about the attempt in ND to ban what they consider to be "sexually explicit" materials. Libraries do not carry porn. Period. Unless they're a pornography archive, in which case children are not allowed inside. What they are deeming porn is anything about LGBTQ people. The existence of LGBTQ people is not inherently sexually explicit. What they really want, is for LGBTQ people to NOT EXIST. Removing books is just the start of erasing LGBTQ people from the public sphere.

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I've had a number of people suggest we ship Tweetbot with the ability to enter in your own API keys. Sure, technically I don't think anything would prevent us from doing it. But it'd likely start a cat and mouse game which ends with them killing certain APIs, complaining to Apple or legal crap.

No thanks. I have a lot of memories of Twitter, more good than bad. That all ended mid November. 🫡

The thing that calls itself Twitter now, does not bring me joy.

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STOP USING “REFUTES” AS A SYNONYM FOR “DENIES.” I just saw a headline claiming George Santos “refutes” new allegations against him. Needless to say, he hasn’t refuted anything. He’s denied allegations, and is almost certainly lying. Sloppy usage misleads readers.

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Would "Hello Elephant. What brings you here?" work?

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Very much a librarian joke. Or else it's just me to who finds citation humor hilarious.
"Too many authors to cite? 
No Problem et al"

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Aaaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhh!!! Paywall.

Not being specific because the author follows be and I have loads of respect for them, and I don't want them to think my problem is with them, but ....

aaaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhh!!! Paywall.
Thanks. Much appreciated. Doesn't render properly. Will look at why when I head to a desktop computer. Perhaps it's a 13ft paywall.
try turning on reader view on a browser, try private mode

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The internet needs to do it’s thing with this absurdity and come up with infinite memes of people in small boats

RT @tomgara@twitter.com

The new UK Online Safety law requires digital platforms to protect children from content promoting self harm and eating disorders, as well as any content that depicts migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats in a positive light https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/jan/17/donelan-confirms-stiffer-online-safety-measures-after-backbench-pressure

🐦🔗: https://twitter.com/tomgara/status/1615736133786157060

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Word to the wise: If, after typing the funny reply out, you read it and it doesn't sound as funny as you thought it was going to be, just don't send it.

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If you auto-close issues with a stalebot, I will not contribute to your project. Stalebots are incredibly disrespectful towards contributors (and yes, that includes people filing issues - they are contributors too).

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Please judge my forthcoming book by its cover, because I absolutely love it! Out this fall.

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Wait I need this actually
Post by millenianthemums on Tumblr that reads: “i want a shirt that has a QR code on it for some kind of horrible malware so that if anyone ever tries to film me in public their phone will automatically scan the code and be reduced to a functionless brick”

Reblog + reply by iwasrightaboutthesun that reads: “Modern day Medusa”

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Dear Every App That "Warns" Me Notifications Are Disabled:

I know. I'm the one that did it.

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