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Greetings denizens! I ran my own instance for a while until it ate itself :) In that time I saw that some of the most interesting denizens of the Fediverse originated from this community! I love chatting about just about anything but especially , retro-computing, games, and science fiction, or Freemasonry. I build clouds by day and chase bright shiny things by night :) I look forward to engaging with you all!

@feoh Yup! It was stupid past me all along :) Just got the password reset email :)

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@feoh Hi there! :) I see that nick at oldbytes is taken, and I'm trying to figure out if you're someone else, or stupid past me who can't seem to figure out my login information :P

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@marijn The one I like most is "we value your privacy". It kinda sounds honest 😅

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“we respect your privacy” roughly translates as “we wanna track you but they are making us ask for permission”

@alilly Wow I don't ever think I've seen someone with such a carefully thought out or cogently expressed policy for interaction with their socials. Well done! :)

What I love about open source in one PR: I reported to the Miniflux project that a single line of code in their website header was making it hard for visually disabled folks to use their project. They fixed it. Immediately.

My in laws are here for a week. They're lovely people but they're 80 and SO HARD OF HEARING SO THEY ARE LIKE THE HUMAN AVATARS OF LOUDNESS.

Pardon me while I hide in the corner and/or run off to the beer garden :)

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I'm definitely not surprised at all by Deno's move to support npm packages With the rise of new JavaScript runtimes using rust / zig / {insert-language-here}, they have to stay competitive.

And in the "Things I have ZERO talent for but love to play with" category, Dreamworks open sourced their Moonray renderer! So cool! :)

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@cwebber That's basically because system language is a property that's effectively a standalone boolean, effectively saying whether it's the relevant tool for the job.

Would anyone sane write a kernel in python or perl? I don't think so, but it can still be useful when writing other parts of the system or even in helping build such kernel (see linux's kernel).
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If you're screening your follow requests, it's probably not a good idea to reject or block someone just because their profile picture is empty.

There are many blind people on the Fediverse who don't use profile pictures. For example, the writer Robert Kingett at @blindscribe doesn't use one.

The most reliable way to screen accounts on here is just to read what they have posted, as this better reflects what kind of account they are.

#Fediverse #FollowRequest #FollowRequests

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theres too much software clashing on my system rn i have awesomewm, dde, gnome, xfce (submissive (and breedable i suppose)), and plasma all insalled at the same time and theyre all trying to run at the same time when really i just want to fix my broken gui looks and then go back to awesome....

It has been a hellacious week at work y'all. Ever realize you brought a nerf gun to a knife fight? :)

On the up side, that which does not kill me makes me stronger, so I am committed to staying frosty and not getting caught flat footed again!

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"So what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager?"

*kicks gigabytes of video game remixes and SID chiptunes out of view*
"Haha I'd say I listened to '90s alternative', like a normal teenager from that era"

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@feoh I have plenty more thoughts on this but I guess the summary is that I don't believe such malcontents are best handled by completely walling them off. That's a terrible way to deal with cancer, too.

As far as what this looks like in practice, I'm not sure for all cases - while I exist happily on a low-block instance, I have taken full advantage of the domain blocking feature of Mastodon to remove the worst of the troll instances (which have plenty of nazi shit) from my bubble.

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@feoh it's useful to think about, there are instances that are low-moderation and/or more tolerant of views that some find unacceptable, and then there are instances that are just full of trolls who start shit everywhere. I find there's a fair overlap between troll instances and unironic nazi lovers, although it's not a perfect circle.

I suppose one approach would be to de-list troll instances from the chooser altogether, which inevitably involves the subjective opinion of the chooser operator.

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@feoh yeah, I've been wanting to build this for like 5 years actually (holy fuck I've been #onhere that long) but life has had other plans .. and yet nobody has built what I'm thinking of, it's still a niche.

as far as the problem children, they're already here, on balance I think it's likey more useful to list those instances as "PvP" for example so people can avoid them ... you know?

my thought is that admins could submit a pull request or similar to self-describe their moderation philosophy

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