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So apparently what I thought was a dumpster being moved around at an ungodly hour was actually a car crashing into the building next to mine.

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welcome to my BED talk *falls asleep under the covrs*

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~caff has updated their #SOTD: Sam Feldt x The Federal Empire - Shot By My Own Gun (Official Music Video) < youtube.com/watch?v=XyX2GcNeiM >

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retoot to support this hardworking single mom

So the new Rockstar zero sugar cotton candy flavor is nowhere near as bad as I was anticipating. In fact, I kind of like it.

Welcome to the premier instance for world domination, @foobarbaz! I hope you enjoy your stay. Feel free to ping/DM me with any comments or questions.

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generative music, twitch link (but not mine) Show more

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I released a new version of my Firefox extension that will forcefully redirect you away from privacy erosive services to better alternatives. It started as a joke, but I end up actually using it.

When I want to look up a place, I instinctively and mechanically start typing "maps.googl...". This extension will instead take me to OpenStreetMaps. It will also functionally translate Google Search links to DuckDuckGo and Google Translate links to Deepl.

addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

#FuckOffGoogle

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Some exciting additions coming in today's #WriteFreely v0.6 release, including support for SQLite, and an optional public timeline for your instance, à la @readwriteas.

You could have someone who is a bona fide time traveler come back and tell me every detail about this headline, and I still would think they were pranking me.

"‘Make better choices’: Endangered Hawaiian monk seals keep getting eels stuck up their noses and scientists want them to stop"

boston.com/news/animals/2018/1

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Got automatic backups set up for TOTW's Postgres database :D Automatically uploads offsite. I do need to test restoring from them, but at least they're backing up!

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Australia just made Man-In-The-Middle attacks required by law. They call it "the ghost" and every #encryption connection has to be open to the government.

Good luck with that.

#eff

eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/new-

I know there's not much I can do, other than vent or move to Pleroma, but it just feels... Bad.

Other ActivityPub services like Pleroma already support much higher character limits, and have them configurable. The reasoning given for denying that was because of Mastodon's UI... But Mastodon isn't ActivityPub. Mastodon isn't the Fediverse. It's a big part, but a Mastodon monoculture should absolutely not be the default. The UI already will _have_ to handle longer posts.

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

I considered trying to add an FTP upload option for paperclip, so media files could be uploaded to a separate server that doesn't support s3 protocols, but it was quickly shut down as too narrow. Now, that I can understand, but it seems to be applied even to tweaks and config that are commonly wanted and used by instances, such as a configurable character limit.

I have to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of how Gargron handles development of Masto. Many changes are denied without opportunity for discussion, instead suggesting instance owners hack the functionality in themselves. It's usually pretty easy to do so, but I believe configuration over hacking should be the goal.

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Take Over The World

90% Cool people, 10% world domination. Be excellent to each other, with a hint of taking over the world.

Rules:

  • No harassment, slurs, and generally, just be nice!
  • Be excellent to each other!


This is a laid back instance administered by one person, @caffeinewriter.