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"I am surprised," the alien said, "that you ventured out into the hostile vacuum of space before you had fully explored your own planet."
"What do you mean?"
"The ocean depths!"
"We had a look at who live there. They're scary."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

@GDPR_HallOfShame Visiting Europe a few weeks ago, I observed how the GDPR compliance was implemented on various sites.

I can only recall a single site doing it right: Allowing me to accept or not. Clicking on deny closed the popup and let me keep using the site.

A lot of sites allowed me to configure with whom to share my personal information, but most of the time everything was preselected.

They break the rules in their GDBR-specific popup. Not doing anything would have been better.

I was thinking that the existence of Macklemore implies the existence of a Macklemost, but another possibility is an infinite sequence of entities whose levels of Mackling asymptotically approach but never reach a theoretical upper limit

My writeup on supporting advanced Bluetooth codecs and thus improving wireless audio quality significantly on #Linux:

@sesivany Just playing around and selected input from my headphones and it dropped the audio down to HSP/HFP. Ouch. It's possibly even worse than a walkie-talkie.

(This is a shortcoming of Bluetooth audio. There's no hi-res (or even medium-res) audio output with input at the same time, sadly. Thankfully, it's easy enough to switch back to A2DP with LDAC... even in GNOME settings.)

@sesivany I restarted Pulseaudio (after restarting Bluetooth earlier) and got a few minutes to test it out on my Fedora 29 laptop:

1. LDAC from laptop to FiiO Btr3.

2. LDAC from laptop to Sony XM3 Headphones.

3. AptX HD from phone (OnePlus 6T) to laptop. Not sure why it's AptX HD instead of LDAC, but it's fantastic enough too. 😉

This is nice.

@sesivany That all said, I haven't gotten the RPMs to work on F29 here. But I haven't rebooted (yet); I've only restarted bluetooth on the laptop.

@sesivany I wonder why isn't part of pulseaudio-modules yet.

Meanwhile, there seem to be packages @ — and LDAC in Fedora is pending legal review, apparently.

(And packages for more distros @ FWIW)

@codesections Peek. It records GIF, WebM, or MP4 and works on X and Wayland too.

There are native packages for various distros and even a Flatpak of it on Flathub:

"I think I might actually be feeling a little bett-" *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough*

"…Okay. Perhaps not."

“Critics of the big tech companies are often told, ‘If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.’ I did this experiment to find out if that is possible, and I found out that it’s not—with the exception of Apple. These companies are unavoidable because they control internet infrastructure, online commerce, and information flows. Many of them specialize in tracking you around the web, whether you use their products or not”

USER AGENT: Hey website, please don't track me

WEBSITE: Aha, you are one of the 0.5% of users who request not to be tracked. This is an excellent way to track you

WebKit release notes for Safari Technology Preview 75:

"Removed support for the expired Do Not Track standard to prevent potential use as a fingerprinting variable." Endlessly ironic that the thing that was supposed to prevent tracking has become just another vector for tracking 🤦‍♂️

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TIL there exists an "iPad Pro" with up to a terabyte of storage. Apparently Apple doesn't want people to have any reason to have a laptop unless they're a developer, thus completing their segregation the computing population into "users", whose entire computing experience is controlled by one company, and "developers" who are enslaved to that company, at least if they want to reach those users.

No thanks.

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