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We really need to come up with a less geeky word than "instance" to describe ... well ... instances. Also another word to describe accounts. On the Wikipedia page for the fediverse someone has tried out "identities", but it feels a bit clunky. I don't think it will take.

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So #Apple just announced their plan to kill general purpose computing.

They're switching to their own ARM-based SoCs and while I have no love for Intel or x86 in general, Apple's solution is designed to ensure you won't be able to run anything but #Apple signed images on the hardware you supposedly own.

Native #Linux? Forget it. But don't worry, you'll still be able to run it in a VM for those pesky containers you're using at work.

#Linux is going to be a permanent second stringer there.

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Keep sharing the process, not just the end result. Reading your thoughts and following you overcome problems is more enjoyable than you may realize.

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If you live inside a fortification where someone else writes the rules, decides who can enter, can force anyone to leave, decides what you’re allowed to have, and can take things away if they decide it’s contraband, are you living in a castle or a prison? puri.sm/posts/your-phone-is-yo

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Hey @Reddit, which of the million sites do you expect me to allow before what is supposedly your own video hosting works?

I've been thinking about decentralized chat/messaging systems and the trade-offs between the p2p style vs "federated" style of / .

It would be interesting to have a hybrid topology, where it's an *option* to join a server but not required. The server could hold messages, speed up push notifications and rejoining the network, and host large group chat rooms like Matrix/IRC, but identity would be independent like on Jami.

Is there anything remotely like that already?

"We Should Have Treated COVID as a Natural Disaster, Not a Public Health Emergency"

Interesting interim retrospective from an ER doctor on the cultural and medical framing of the pandemic.

slate.com/technology/2020/09/e

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@thegibson
it's interesting how we say we are 'buying a domain', when we really are just signing a lease for it.
#Domain name registrars really managed well to get us to adopt that kind of #DoubleSpeak. :)

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If Google does not want to listen to my explanations, I will not change the app for them.
The way they are acting is unfair and don't give any trust concerning next publications.
I prefer to spend my time to help people to switch on #FDroid for getting the app.

#Fedilab

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Holy crap, google is apparently taking down all/most fediverse apps from google play on the grounds that that some servers in the fediverse engage in hate speech. At least three apps I know of anyway and I'd imagine the others will follow soon under the exact same reasoning.} Seems to be the case with Husky, Fedilab, and "subway" tooter.

this is a scary precedent if google play is going to ban any apps that can in any way be used to access content with hate speech. So what about a forum client, do they take that down just because there is a forum somewhere on the internet posting hate speech?

This is particularly worrisome because for most people Google Play is the only way they understand to install apps at all.

Picture attached of one of the notices received by fedilab.

toot.fedilab.app/@fedilab/1047

mastodon.social/@Gargron/10476

@fedilab @tateisu #fediverse #mastoadmin #freespeech #censorship

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I see a lot of open source software projects that do not do a good job of describing themselves.

It's okay. There's nothing shameful about that.

Most programmers aren't writers.

Just like most writers aren't programmers.

I can't code to save my life, but I can write some killer copy and content.

Know of any open source projects that need copy written?

I want to contribute.

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I was 20 in 1968. Wikipedia: "It is often considered to be one of the most turbulent and traumatic years of the 20th century in the United States."

I'm here to tell you lot of shit went down (as we said back then) that year. Ancient history now but if you're interested: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_in_

IMO that record has fallen and we still have 4 months left in 2020.

PS: Let's face it. We had much better music. music.apple.com/us/playlist/ro

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I realise this is very motherboard specific, but has anyone had any luck with modifying bios settings from a running OS before? As a blind individual who needs a screen reader, not being able to access the bios is very annoying, requiring sighted assistance.

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@toastal Sure. Do note that I am not actually complaining about the difficulty of building web applications. There are plenty of frameworks that makes it somewhat bearable.

What I am complaining about is the complexity of the support structure needed to make that possible. It's not web developers who has a problem with this, but the people who are working on new operating systems and UI frameworks (I am in that category). It's practically impossible to get web applications running on these new systems because of the mostly unnecessary complexity in the middleware.

Web applications are cross-platform only between certain platforms (Firefox and Chrome). That's not much different compared to what we used to have where cross platform meant that it ran on both Windows 95 and NT.

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I was much more powerful when I had the advantage of youth, that my actions and my time were free of context. Unburdened by meta-analysis, I simply did what was before me. Surprisingly often it was the right thing. Meta is necessary; vital, even. But so is setting it aside to just .. act.

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Mutt is 25 years old, shout out to my favourite e-mail client mutt.org/

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If you have $4 and like cyberpunk, help me put some food in my kids' mouths!
"This is secretly the greatest and also funniest cyberpunk point and click adventure game on Steam. Very low-fi art style but the gags are just too good to pass up, and a lot closer to a "real" cyberpunk dystopian future than most favorites of the genre."
Itch: silverspook.itch.io/neofeud
Steam: store.steampowered.com/app/673

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Colin McDonnell's description of "sponsor pools" is a good summary of what makes funding the ongoing maintenance of small free code utilities different from funding online services, or free culture works:
vriad.com/essays/a-new-funding

#ColinMcDonnell #SponsorPools #FreeCode

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