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Gahhh I just hit "send" on the final book chapter and it's SCARY. I've submitted this thing about a billion times before, why does the last time feel so consequential?

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The influence of Stewart Brand and the Back-to-the-Land movement still strong in 1970. I guess everyone was expecting civilization, and especially cities, to implode overnight, which wasn't that unreasonable a thing to expect.

Growing up as a child of the 70s, I guess I'm still haunted by this; it's just been my default expectation all my life that there'll one day be The Big Crash where centralised tech just stops working.

This is why the Cloud scares me.

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For about the zillionth (and last time) I'm reviewing my chapter on the and I still get a kick out of seeing raucus, silly Mastodon users presented with serious citations.

"...within a minute, the admin had circled back with a joke (puffball, 2020)"

Robbie Andrew, Senior scientist at the Norwegian CICERO Center for International Climate Research (on 🐦):

"Norway monthly EV sales data and figures now have their own webpage, rather than me tweeting into the void every month..."

Many more beautiful data at:

hinges work. The board pieces are slightly unaligned and separated. I may be able to address the latter...

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making a computer program: easy

making a good computer program: absurdly difficult

Here's a sentence that totally makes sense:

"Microsoft Edge runs on the same technology as Chrome, with the added trust of Microsoft."

But it's open source, so that automatically means many eyes are continuously evaluating the security of the code, right? Right? Right?

Oh, wait. Uh oh.


#infosec #opensource

Looking for an Android developer to work together with our UX designers on Mastodon's official Android app. Contract work, only remote. E-mail

" was onto something. coordinate the wants and needs of millions and billions of people buying who may never even talk now through the days of online purchasing... There is something incredible about that communication mechanism.

Two small problems: Markets only serve those who can pay; the rest they ignore. They also only value what's priced; the rest they exploit, and there goes the living world."

The Senate must pass historic climate, jobs, & justice legislation in the Act.

Today's date, 2021-12-02, is the last time for a long time that the date can be a palindrome.

You can use transparent backgrounds in avatars on Mastodon. This can look really cool, as it allows a variety of shapes by making the square background disappear.

1. Create your avatar using a transparent background with equal width and height

2. Save it as a PNG file under 2 megabytes in size

3. Go to Mastodon, click "Edit profile" and upload it, then click "Save Changes"

4. If the file is rejected for being over 2MB, try resizing it to 400x400 pixels before uploading (it will get rescaled to this anyway, so there's no need to upload a higher resolution)

#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips #Fediverse #Avatars

The book was co-written by Noam Chomsky, too.

All the above names have some meaning to me, but I never would have expected a bandcamp release to start the chain.


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