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This is simultaneously pleasing, funny and cheesy.

A capella version of Iron Maiden's "Fear of the dark"


“But we need a backup planet in case this one is ruined!”

There is virtually nothing we — or the Universe — could do to Earth that would make it less habitable than Mars. Global warming, nuclear winter, extinction-level asteroid... still easier to live in caves here than there.


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During #36C3 #prosody devs created a module that would allow your #XMPP server to expose some #nodeinfo2 statistics to This contributes to a better understanding of the size of #XMPP based federated services. After a week there are already 49 nodes with a little less than 470k registered users (0.1 MAU ratio).

The module:

The stats so far:


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Sonos states on their website that "sustainability is non-negotiable," and that they design products to minimize impact, but I work at an e-waste recycler and have demonstrable proof this is false.

Sonos's "recycle mode" intentionally bricks good devices so they can't be reused.


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Thanks to @Thib support for #XMPP URIs got merged into mastodon a few days ago. This should make linking to external discussion channels and moving a conversation to a E2E encrypted chat a bit easier on the fediverse:

I see more genuine smiles in 5 weeks in South Africa than I see in an entire year in Germany.

I'm not saying this to bash Germans, but to express appreciation to South Africans, who despite hardship are some of the most friendly and welcoming people on earth (perhaps a close second to Brazillians).


Firefox market share vs Mozilla Foundation chair salary (2.5 million/year in 2018)

🐦🔗: Update on my struggle to get my emails delivered to Gmail.

Based on a tip from @ij, I've configured Postfix to use IPv4 when sending to Gmail.

Since then I've successfully sent two emails to Gmail addresses.

Fingers crossed that this fixes it for good.

Design FAIL

The bathroom door of the hotel we're staying in doesn't have a lock or a latchbolt.

So of course my 1 year old will come waltzing in while I'm taking a shit.

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I'm basically ready to give up and move to a paid email provider so that they can deal with getting emails delivered to

Thanks Google, thanks for working to kill XMPP, RSS and Email.

Thank you, you self-serving, hypocritical, creepy data-guzzling, pretentious fucks.

I've set up authentication via DKIM, SPF and DMARC and Google itself says their checks for them pass.

I've verified that my IP isn't on any blacklists and I've set up my emails on Google postmaster tools.

I've contacted twice to report the problem, no feedback whatsoever

I'm so angry and disappointed with Google.

They make it impossible to self-host your own email.

I've been self-hosting email for myself and family since 2013 and since 3 weeks Google is bouncing 95% of my emails.

I've done all I can think of to fix this, no dice. :(

Another exciting addition to Converse.js 6.0.0 is support for message retraction (i.e. removal) by the author (XEP-0424) or by a groupchat admin (XEP-0425).

These are brand new XEPs that I helped author and I'm not aware of other clients which already support them. Hopefully they will do so soon.

I've just released Converse.js version 6.0.0.

Release notes:

The biggest change is support for storing data (e.g. messages) in IndexedDB which has no size restrictions. It's not yet the default store, but will be eventually.

Another big change is support for XEP-0156 Alternative Connections. Now on you can connect directly to your server without requiring a BOSH middleman.

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people were talking about the millennium bug recently, well it turns out a lot of the fixes just delayed the problem to 2020

"Programmers wanting to avoid the Y2K bug had two broad options: entirely rewrite their code, or adopt a quick fix called “windowing”, which would treat all dates from 00 to 20, as from the 2000s, rather than the 1900s. An estimated 80 per cent of computers fixed in 1999 used the quicker, cheaper option."

"Those systems that used the quick fix have now reached the end of that window, and have rolled back to 1920. Utility company bills have reportedly been produced with the erroneous date 1920, while tens of thousands of parking meters in New York City have declined credit card transactions because of the date glitch."

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