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There's a fresh and very promising open source alternative to Instagram that's called @pixelfed. It's not only decentralized but it's also federated via ActivityPub. :)

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RT @primalpoly@twitter.com: Shenzhen, China
Top: 1990
Bottom: 2014
HT @HKSandham@twitter.com
πŸ¦πŸ”—: twitter.com/primalpoly/status/

RT @highvoltage@twitter.com: Hey free software people, if you're on please reply your address so that I can follow you.
πŸ¦πŸ”—: twitter.com/highvoltage/status

RT @DrPhiloponus@twitter.com: Welcome to my world.
πŸ¦πŸ”—: twitter.com/DrPhiloponus/statu

RT @ticiaverveer@twitter.com: A wonderful reconstruction of Scythian horse trappings. This type of ornamental covering has been discovered in 5th century BC royal burial mounds in the Altai Mountains. The Scythians invented the earliest form of a saddle. This invention spread across their sedentary neighbours
πŸ¦πŸ”—: twitter.com/ticiaverveer/statu

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My issue with CWs is that you are deciding for yourself what others should consider "sensitive" content. The trouble with that fir me is there are some people who are sensitive about really niche things. I understand putting a CW on NSFW media; because that could get you in trouble at work. But putting CWs on anything else is a bit over-the-top for me. I just saw someone asking for CWs on holiday posts because it makes that person sad... Seems a bit much for me! πŸ˜…

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Webdesign (including fonts) got so bad that there's actually a "reader mode" in browsers now that makes sites look like they did 20 years ago
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Remember the BBC Sound Archive from a while back?

here's how to download them all.

GETLIST=`curl -s bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/assets | awk -F '"' '{ print $2 }' |
awk -F '.' '{ print $1 }' | grep -v location`
for i in $GETLIST; do
wget bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/assets

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In the comments: "TV channels already contain inaudible-sound identifiers. Nielsen has people put listeners in their homes, and uses the identifiers to track which channels are getting played." ofcourse they do πŸ˜‘

Alexa and Siri Can Hear Hidden Commands - news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

RT @SamWhited@twitter.com: People ask me why I don't like San Francisco, and I now have a new way to explain: I just decided to listen to a software podcast and the people in it are talking about how climate change doesn't matter because all the engineers will just work around it and SF will be okay.
πŸ¦πŸ”—: twitter.com/SamWhited/status/9

RT @SamWhited@twitter.com: Reading an answer on TeX Stack Exchange about a thing I don't understand… turns out I wrote the answer. I guess I understood this better sometime in the past? Or maybe my identity was stolen by someone who is competent. Unsure.
πŸ¦πŸ”—: twitter.com/SamWhited/status/9

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holy shit.


"The ssh-decorator package from Python pip had an obvious backdoor"

sends host + username + password to an external website

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I'm always afraid I'm going to end a professional call absentmindedly with "Love you, bye"

RT @iNPUTmice@twitter.com: A few of us XMPP people are at this week end.
If you are attending as well and interested in all things Jabber meet us in our group at xmpp:gpn18@conference.conversations.im?join or scan the QR code with Conversations.
πŸ¦πŸ”—: twitter.com/iNPUTmice/status/9

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Open Source voice assistant #Mycroft (yes an actual open source alternative of Amazon Alexa and Google Home) has not only almost hit 800% of its Indiegogo funding in Feb, but has recently switched to #Mozilla's #DeepSpeech project.

Deep Speech is just one of over a hundred projects taking part in #MozSprint May 10-11. They're especially seeking voices of NON ENGLISH speakers.

More new contributors added to these open projects = more real world innovative alternatives.


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Can I emphasize one more time how cool Blokada is?
You don't know it but your phone is *full* of trackers. It's not better than the web. I thought that we don't have any tools to deal with it - after all, it's not a browser. But turns out there are!
Blokada works as a VPN but locally. It has a blacklist (which you can change) and it just blocks all connections to trackers or ads. It works wonderfully.

Of course Google wouldn't let it in the Play Store.