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Just saw this posted to the transgenderuk subreddit

My preferred pronoun is ') DROP TABLE 'gender';

How long before we are declared criminals for using Linux and software that inhibits tracking?

"I would like to test X."
"It's generally not very high value to test X."
"But I want to test X."
"Then I recommend that you stop wanting that."

I like the metaphor

"Imagine if Leonardo da Vinci was expected to paint the Mona Lisa in an open office space while his coworkers and manager would stop him mid stroke every 15 minutes to ask a question. Would he have ever painted it?

No, I don’t think so - 1/2

Just used web inspector on Medium and the default font size is *21px*! Y’all, back in the 90s the discussion was whether web pages should be 9 or 10 pt Verdana.

Be thoughtful doesn’t just mean “be kind”. It also means “think”.

Tomorrow at 4pm EST (21:00 UTC) will enter a maintenance window to update to Mastodon 2.6.5. This is a small update and we don't anticipate more than a few minutes of downtime during server reboots. Reach out to @ashfurrow with questions.

Turns out AT&T's 5G is fake, probably means others will do that too.

Got to love that the mobile carriers are so deceitful.

Things I wish Linux had (incomplete):
* SIGINFO (from BSD)
* Firmlinks (from HURD)
* Doors (from Solaris)

@gudenau (with apologies to Queen) Flash ah ah
Savior of the Universe
Flash ah ah
He'll save every one of us
(Seemingly there is no reason for these extraordinary intergalactical upsets)
(What's happening Flash?)
(Only Doctor Hans Zarkhov, formerly at NASA, has provided any explanation)
Flash ah ah
He's a miracle
(This morning's unprecedented solar eclipse is no cause for alarm)
Flash ah ah
King of the impossible
He's for every one of us
Stand for every one of us

All about floppy formats, from the lowest levels. Do you know your FM and MFM? Can compare Apple's #GCR with #Commodore's? Understand the difference between flux density and data bit density? Remain calm while discussing zoned recording and sector gaps? Can you write a track at a time? Can you flip a floppy? These are all important life skills these days, so click through and read André Fachat's treatise, especially the diagrams.

via cbm-hackers list

Good morning and Happy New Year! We're happy to bring on our third mod to help us handle the increasing moderation workload: please welcome @bclindner to the team 🎉 I know you'll all make them feel welcome.

Big commands only looks complex when you look at the whole command at once; Break it down; Its not a picture.


Small update, Jami (formerly Ring) has a new website address:

and a new fediverse account:


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