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“Never try to silence views with which you disagree. Answer objectionable speech with more speech. Win the argument without resorting to force. And grow a tougher hide.”

from economist.com/news/leaders/216

Good to read this today.

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There is a feature request asking Mastodon to strip out custom emojis from display names. What's the problem with them? Mostly it's about spoofing Twitter's verified badge, which is not a problem for experienced users but continuously trips up new people. However, that occurs even with ✅. The other problem is it's annoying how emojis are read out on screen readers. So maybe we should just strip out all emojis from display names?

Poll: strawpoll.me/16904809

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Être libriste c'est vraiment être végétarien de l'informatique.

J'ai l'impression de faire chier tout le monde alors que je veux juste que MOI, personnellement, je n'ai pas à utiliser des outils moisis
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I'm a futurist specializing in education and technology.

I've been using all kinds of social software for decades, and really want to get Mastodon working this time.
#Introductions

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I'm using the writing prompts from www.writelight.guru for my daily journal, and they are really good! Today: "When I achieve my most important goals, how do I plan to celebrate?" 🤔

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Ce que récolte Google : revue de détail

Le temps n’est plus où il était nécessaire d’alerter sur la prédation opérée par Google et ses nombreux services sur nos données personnelles. Il est fréquent aujourd’hui d’entendre dire sur un ton fataliste : « de toutes façons, ils espionnent tout » Si beaucoup encore proclament à l’occasion « je n’ai rien à cacher »…[...]

framablog.org/2018/11/14/ce-qu

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J'aime bien les gens qui sont encore en mode "le Bitcoin ça ne repose sur rien donc de tangible ça n'a aucune valeur, pas comme les monnaies fiat" alors que la BCE et la Fed sont obligées de faire marcher la planche à billets à fond depuis la crise de 2007-2008.

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« Hey, comment tu tests que ton appli web est bien fonctionnelle ? »
« ping example.org/foo/bar »
« 🤔 😨 »

cat /etc/hosts
192.0.2.123 example.org/foo/bar

LE. GENS. EST. SYS. ADMIN. BORDAYL.

🤦

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It could have been a good implementation of RFC 1149 (IP over pigeons) but the legal system disagreed. Cheating in pigeon races:

nytimes.com/2018/08/29/world/a

Ping @Shaft who seems to be in China and ping @pb because there is a train.

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In parts of Eastern Europe, they still live in the old way. The men wear sixpences, the women wear headscarves, and they farm with manual tools. For urbanites from the countries in question, this is probably an embarrassment. For outsiders, it's a form of time travel.

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did you know that the second @ in a fedi mention is pronounced "who art in"

at double oh dani who art in vulpine club

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* GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program.
* GNU stands for GNU’s Not UNIX.
* UNIX stands for Uniplexed Information and Computing Service.

Thus, GIMP stands for GNU’s Not Uniplexed Information and Computing Service Image Manipulation Program.

mastodon.social/@wakest/100847

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This article is popular right now on HN:

https://pxlnv.com/blog/bullshit-web/

It's something that many of us have been saying for many years. But I've been largely insulated from it: I have blocked all scripts and ads (for privacy and security reasons, but also because most sites serve proprietary JavaScript code) for years. If it weren't for my research (https://mikegerwitz.com/talks), I wouldn't have realized just how bad it has become.

I've also run all my browsing through #Tor for years. And what this article reminds me of (but does not mention; this is unrelated) is how Tor used to be so painfully slow---worse than dialup. It has improved drastically over the years, but by design, it's always going to be slower than directly connecting to a webserver.

But despite that, websites often finish loading for me much faster than those who use the "normal" web over a normal connection, because it's not loading so much shit. That also allows me to stick to <256MiB of data per month on my mobile plan, despite browsing sites linked to on HN and despite the extra packets from Tor itself. (Btw, text.npr.org is great, for those who didn't know of it.)

The very things that got me downvoted into oblivion on HN years ago are now the popular, obvious things. Why do things have to get so _bad_ before most people begin to care?
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