if you thought browser user-agent strings were confusing, wait till you hear about search-engine user-agent strings for crawlers powered by crawler libraries that emulate browsers that are forked from other browsers on mobile operating systems that emulate other mobile operating systems:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 11;HarmonyOS; TAS-AL00; HMSCore 6.0.0.306; GMSCore 21.21.16) AppleWebKit/605.1.15Z (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Chrome/97.0.4692.71 HuaweiBrowser/11.1.3.300 Quark/5.1.2.182 Mobile Safari/604.1 EdgA/97.0.1072.55 HeyTapBrowser/40.8.30.2 SearchCraft/3.9.1 ALiSearchApp/2.4 AliApp(TB/9.5.6) Sogou inst spider

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

But:

- In order to reduce, there need to be proper infrastructure to compensate for the thing being reduced;
- In order to reuse, things need to be durable and easily maintainable, modularly upgradable and repairable;
- If you go to the recycle step ignoring the first two, you've already lost.

As we see, just "changing consumer habits" doesn't work.

Thanks for coming to my TED talk.

roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Any sufficiently advanced technology is insufficiently documented

Mastodon 2.6 will introduce a new privacy setting, better suited for your most important toots.

signing up to a forum and under my avi on each post:
Gender: gb-nr:RT Network Rail

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there is some part of me that wants to make a site that has mandatory questions with totally meaningless options, what's your gender? here's a dropdown list of UK train operators, fuck you

oh my god web development

i love you but i hate you but i love you

In 2013, someone requested a guided/graphical installer for #NixOS for the first time. There have been at least 6 attempts so far that all failed. Now, 9 years later, we have finally merged an implementation based on the #Calamares framework. It will be part of the stable release at the end of this month and is already available in unstable.

github.com/NixOS/nixos/issues/
github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/issue
github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/issue
github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/pull/

hydra.nixos.org/job/nixos/trun
hydra.nixos.org/job/nixos/trun

If you can teach a shark on how to solder you can teach anyone!

if you were wondering what happens when oulipo.social (doesn't allow the letter E) meets dolphin.town (only allows the letter E): dolphin.town/users/e/updates/2

occasional reminder that if you still want to follow your friends without having an account.

"nitter" is a program that parses twitter remotely, and it can turn user profiles into RSS feeds.

nitter.net/

"Be careful this Halloween, hackers are distributing candy with embedded Linux systems inside!"

From the birdsite: under communism every queer person will have enough desk space that they don't have to move equipment around all the time

Tip for people seeing friends join counter.social -- it is not a good fediverse neighbor! Myself and a bunch of other admins blocked it a couple years ago because the people who were running it were unfriendly to the point of abusive!

They admit to some of this in their own FAQ: counter.social/faq.html

Get your friends on good servers. 💚

(Like here, for example! I'll send an invite code to anyone, and any Shop member can make invites)

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