TIL https://takeout.google.com is a URL you can use to create archival backups of the content you've piled into Google services over time.
Who knows how long it will last, or how they will hobble it in the future to make escape more difficult.
Even if you can't sever your ties with Google right away, get those periodic archives for when you can!
Just deleted my "Google Plus Profile."
From the moment I began using it years ago, Google Plus consistently trampled my naive hopes for its potential and went out of their way to be as hostile as possible. So I didn't post there much.
A minor, trivial win, but long overdue.
I'm trying to learn a bit more haskell by using it for Advent of Code. Would any experienced haskellers please offer critiques of my first bit of code?
Printed @adereth's LightCycle keyboard chassis on fast 0.35mm layer mode (top left only, other .stl files seem corrupted?)
Taking notes for reducing the amount of support material in my own designs (wow there was a lot, I hope I can recycle it)
Hideous. This is not what the end of November should look like y'all. I'm supposed to be chipping ice off my car right now
Anyone here know enough about Gopher to explain to me how it worked, and/or why we shouldn't return to it and/or how I can access any remaining gopher pages today, if there are any?
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"Intel designed a secret security flaw into every computer on the planet but that's their business decision so it's not for us to judge"
"I use the most permissive license, so amoral profit-driven paperclip maximizers can do whatever they want with ~no obligations~"
"Gosh I wish the paperclip maximizer had the common courtesy to tell me about its plans to turn the universe into paperclips."
"No, that's my only complaint, do carry on."
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> Intel uses MINIX to keep secrets from its users and enable total third-party control over their computers
Creator of MINIX: "this reaffirms my view that the BSD license provides the maximum amount of freedom to users." 🤢 http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/intel/
When you enable "users" to rescind freedom, it benefits powerful companies at real individual people's expense.
This is why I advocate "AGPL3 everything" and why I despair that nobody has written a fully AGPL3 OS kernel yet.
Intel's management engine - in most CPUs since 2008 - can be p0wned over USB
I put out my first blog post at my new gig today: I published and wrote up some free software tools I built to make PDF copies of articles for folks who worked at Gothamist and DNAinfo before the sites were abruptly closed last week. I've made 44,107 PDFs with them so far. https://freedom.press/news/saving-gothamist-archives-journalisms-billionaire-problem/
"Pleroma is an OStatus-compatible social networking server written in Elixir, compatible with GNU Social and Mastodon. It is high-performance and can run on small devices like a Raspberry Pi."
It's also AGPL3 licensed! 😎👍
(But many toots I've seen promoting it are also antagonistic toward Mastodon. That doesn't seem nice. Surely burning birdsite to the ground, never to rise again can be a fun, collaborative and pluralistic effort?)
It gets on my nerves that people use WhatsApp or Signal or Threema or Telegram or whatever hip new thing they came up with for instant messaging because "it is too hard/weird to create an XMPP account".
XMPP is a protocol for federated instant messaging in case you never heard of it.
If we are already getting people to use Mastodon instead of birdsite, how about we made it really easy for instance owners to also run an XMPP server using the same credentials as Mastodon for user authentication?
haha i just accidentally turned my android phone completely off trying to answer an incoming call. somehow held the power button down long enough accidentally AND THEN confirmed the shut down dialog accidentally.
this might be good for a joke about how few voice calls I get or how talking on the phone makes me nervous but this never ever ever happened with a dumb phone, just saying
bonus: checked voicemail. it was a robot telemarketer
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if I could control what information of mine gets traded around,
if marketers and other companies actually had to ask my permission to use it,
if I could revoke that permission,
then I might be somewhat okay with business models built on the sharing of limited demographic information.
but in the entire history of the industry never once has anybody even considered the idea of permission or privacy. they _can_ profile and surveil, so they _do_.
so fuck 'em
Four #trans people were elected to office in yesterday's elections across the U.S.! Congratulations Danica Roem, Lisa Middleton, Andrea Jenkins, and Tyler Titus!
Some folks on birdsite are tagging our project account in tweets like "hey jack twitter should copy this thing mastodon does". The idea that this is merely about features is short-sighted. Twitter will never, ever, ever be your friend. They are the shareholders' friend, not yours. No feature will let you see what their engineers are working on, what's under the hood. No feature will fix their headquarters in the US following and enforcing US laws and customs worldwide.
@starbreaker we as an industry have left software requirements ("requires pentium 3 or higher") behind to say "it just needs a browser!", without thinking of how bloated complex and insecure browsers are
I dare say that the web is classist at this point. It favours the richer class, the people who can afford fibre and Ryzen. It doesn't care about those still on satellite or ADSL (<25M). It doesn't care about those who have to buy computers from goodwill, typically 5-8 years old.