the death of msn messenger (2013) was the beginning of the end of the world as we know it

i will not be accepting any questions

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Good read: No, your cryptocurrency cannot work.

Existing blockchain implementations create an incentive structure that very closely resembles a pyramid scheme and benefits the most privileged members the most. If an alternative to this is ever created (I’d like to see an alternative very much), it will likely be published in the form of an academic pdf that doesn’t want your money.

the middle mouse button is the most insignificantly significant piece of the mouse, and it dying is just the worst, because the rest of the mouse still works and you can do just about everything without it (so why throw it away), but it's so damn convenient to just middle click a link to open a new tab that it's really annoying when you can't do it

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i feel like the idea of some kind of ""ideological purity (no fash vibes at all btw yeah mhm)"" just makes things worse a lot of the times

like, all these suckless guys being like "foss!! unix philosophy!! everything else is impure and must be destroyed!!!"

but like

most of that kind of software is basically unusable unless you're some ablebodied white guy with a fuckton of free time

so uhh
who cares about the """ideological purity""" just do whatever works best

so if i understood everything correctly, eugen removed (or maybe not implemented in the first place) the local and federated timelines from the "official" mastodon app, turning instances from "mostly separate communities with links between them" into "let someone else host my infrastructure lol"

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i was away for a while what the HELL happened here

i think i accidentally "reinvented" quote databases (like for discord, in my bot

on second thought, why should i even bother with that when places like codeberg exist and are not github

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decided on the cgit/gitolite/git-daemon stack for it instead. it's not like anyone contributes to my code _anyway_ lmao

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Well this makes for unpleasant reading.

QT marcan42: Disgusting. @workedntheory from Muse Group (MuseScore, Audacity) *continues* to personally threaten a Chinese expat to get him to take down his GitHub repos. "We're being nice by not destroying your life *yet*". 🤮

Boycott Muse Group.

thinking of possibly bringing back up.

no idea why i removed it in the first place.

might even open it up to some friends, not sure yet

just put the wtfpl on a piece of code i wrote because i really don't care what you do with it but i like the legal ambiguity wtfpl has so i used it instead of, like, 0 clause bsd or whatever legalese people who don't care what you do use

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I don't know who needs to hear this: if you sell or advocate NFTs, I won't just ignore your brand, never buy anything else you might be selling, but I'll also be recommend the same to all my friends

must resist the urge to put analytics on my site because i am just too curious

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Today I learned: arcade games that look like games of skill (e.g. plush-toy claws, "stop the light", etc.), are actually games of chance.

A kid may play perfectly, but if it's not their turn to win, the game will *pretend* they mistimed their action.

Besides the topical Sega's Key Master, there's discussion of other games, with video evidence of them being rigged.

This should be pursued as a criminal case, offering illegal gambling to children.

#TIL #gambling #games #arcade

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@fribbledom not a project, but related:

"The point of SOFA club is to start as many things as possible as you have the ability, interest, and capacity to, with no regard or goal whatsoever for finishing those projects."

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@rob @liaizon @hecanjog @humanetech @cj Good for you 👍 Spread the word, please, boost and toot: someone will find the time I'm sure.

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Any and all answers are greatly appreciated. No judgement whatsoever. Asking this for research on a WIP article:

Do you #selfhost :flan_hacker: ? If so:

- What do you host yourself?
- Do you use an existing toolchain (Ansible/Puppet scripts, Yunohost, etc)?
- Do you run it bare metal, virtualized or containerized? Which one?

Boosts appreciated :flan_balloon:

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If there were more awareness in fedi and tech circles they'd use a tag like #UbuntuLinux and leave the #Ubuntu tag for African solidarity and discussions of the actual African philosophy Canonical took the name from... but you're not ready for that conversation.


discord is asking me to verify my phone number even though i already gave it to them before

i guess i am not using it anymore. if anyone knows of cool chats outside discord to hang around in, do let me know!

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