Interesting thread on how the modern COVID pandemic compares with historic Cholera pandemics. On Twitter.

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Welcome to all the Twitter refugees! 👋

Mastodon and the Fediverse does NOT use NFTs or blockchain or cryptocurrencies. No one is on here trying to get rich, no one is promoting anything.

The Fediverse (which Mastodon is part of) is a federated computer network spread across thousands of independently owned and operated servers. The millions of people on the Fedi can interact with each other regardless of which server they signed up on, because the servers talk to each other through federation.

Federation is a proven and stable way to make a network, it's how telephones and email work for example. It's how social networks should be.

We aren't trying to break anything or compete with anyone. There are no shareholders or venture capitalists. Instead, we work together, donating time or money, and collaborate to make a better social network for its own sake.

Here are some hints and tips for new users:

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From Twitter -
“ Just to be clear, when the Home Office says "put children's safety first" what they mean is "backdoor everyone's end-to-end encrypted communications." This is a cynical and vile attack on everyone's privacy masquerading as concern for children.”

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If you have a blog powered by WordPress, you can connect it to the Fediverse so that people on Mastodon etc can follow your blog, comment on posts and share them.

You will need to install a free open source plugin called ActivityPub For WordPress:

Note that WordPress the platform is different from the hosting site. does not allow installation of this kind of plugin (unless you pay an expensive fee).

But you don't need to use to use WordPress! Because WordPress is free open source software, much every hosting provider in the world offers a WordPress site for a few dollars a month, and this kind of indpendently hosted WordPress is what the plugin will work on.

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@jackbaty This makes me think of fundamental attribution error.
Was just googling to see if there are any research proven methods for avoiding it but the advice was just “stop and think” which usually isn’t enough to curb cognitive biases.

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Conservative politicians seem to be thinking about children a lot. Not sure how that's healthy.

Revealed: UK Gov’t Plans Publicity Blitz to Undermine Privacy of Your Chats

The Home Office has hired a high-end ad agency to mobilize public opinion against encrypted communications — with plans that include some shockingly manipulative tactics

Setting up my development environment feels like a potentially endless task.

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@hexmode Good article!
It seems like so many human problems stem from our general inability to think rationally.

From twitter -
"on my first day at apple, the new employee orientation presenter asked folks to describe their job to their mom 🙄. i suggest replacing mom with dentist: a gender neutral term for someone we see as capable whose knowledge is simply outside the tech domain."

Isn't CSS border-radius wonderful? So easy to make things round.

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I tried to search for "fediverse" on LinkedIn and, surprise surprise, I didn't find many promising results.

Are there any companies, startups, or enterprises working to further the somehow? I'm sort of looking for a new employer and would like working for someone who aligns with my personal goals.

Thoughts or leads?

Today - found fzf, which is a handy fuzzy finder that can be integrated with Vim. Faster than ctrl-p and way easier to set up than command-t.

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I have started cleaning up my vim plugins, and my dev env in general, a little bit every day.

@Argus are these quotes from doughnut economics? Really interesting, makes me want to read it.

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What if the government decided to take over your Open Source project? blogs an example of a project like Safe Network threatening those in power, and what a government might do to neutralise it. Discussing it here:

@brion In my experience the protection/maintainability of type safety is worth the trouble, but acknowledge it is still a non-trivial cost if you’re introducing it for the first time.

“… people choose to work for companies for many reasons, reasons that an outside observer may not be aware of (nor is it any of their damned business anyway). Piling on anyone, particularly a non-young-CIS-straight-white-male person, about their choice of employer is… not helpful. Not everyone has the same scope of choices that you do, and even when they do, they may make different choices than you would.”

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