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Fun fact: I do the entire thing in one recording.

Advantage: No time lost to starting/stopping the recording between "takes"

Disadvantage: I have one giant audio file with me re-saying some sections and/or correcting flubs more than once, so I have to edit on the same day to know which bits I actually want to keep!

This morning I finally got around to recording the audio for Bob's Tech Site podcast episode 3.

I still need to edit it and write up the podcast notes before it'll be released. But hopefully... today!

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@h @alcinnz Here's fun fact: you can find the RSS of any Masto user by adding ".atom" to the end of their profile, so for example, your profile's RSS feed would be, social.coop/@h.atom.

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@switchingsocial @ChrisWere I think the sticking point would probably be the "matching" algorithm.

Online dating companies are very coy about the weird alchemy they perform in the background.

And I agree. If I was seriously pursuing this throwaway idea I think geographic areas are the best starting points. The awkward part would be how to attract interest.

Tonight's semi-drunken million dollarpounds idea: federated online dating.

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#1998 "GDPR" Show more

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people on Twitter: GDPR is bad for users
people on the fediverse: we should have this auto-unsubscribe event more often

I'm meant to be going to an outdoor folk festival with the extended family today, but the weather outside is looking decidedly miserable right now.

Grey skies, drizzly clinging rain and all the warm pubs you can retreat to packed to the rafters. Sounds like fun!

@iona as you can probably tell, I'm still ruing the day I spent a four figure sum on this thing.

The reason I didn't buy the Dell XPS 13 instead at the time was because of their weird decision to put the webcam underneath the screen. Given I've literally never used my webcam (I tape it) and the fact that machine would've been better suited to my needs that was definitely a poor decision.

@iona in their defence, they are very good laptop speakers. But you're right, even entry level Bluetooth speakers and sound bars sound better! 😂

@iona @mikebabb I am planning to go with a Thinkpad next time around.

My current laptop is a HP Spectre 13 ultrabook that cost an arm and a leg in 2016. It wasn't really designed for what I'm using it to do, but in the interests of zero waste I'm using it until it breaks.

It does look unique though, and redeeming qualities include its high DPI screen, back-lit keyboard and Bang & Olufson speakers. But I don't think it was worth paying 2-3 times the price for.

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@bobstechsite Completely agree. Last year I had to replace a suddenly-dead ultrabook at short notice and was so impressed with the budget ThinkPad I picked up on eBay that I blogged about it: mikebabb.com/computing-on-a-bu

@Aaron I'd suggest reading the document yourself to be sure as I'm not a lawyer.

But my understanding is that GDPR relates to how *organisations* use data, and even then it assumes they have a certain number of staff before some of its obligations kick in.

They're still good guidelines to follow though.

Fun quirk of Android 7: notifications telling me that app updates I applied manually an hour ago means my apps were updated.

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Do you agree or disagree with Matt's reasons?

"10 Reasons Why Desktop Linux Isn't Mainstream - For The Record - Freedom Penguin"

freedompenguin.com/articles/op

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Alexa recorded a couple's private conversation and sent it to a random contact.

Amazon said it's "an extremely rare occurrence."

Get this thing out of your home, folks.
theguardian.com/technology/201

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GitLab open sourced push mirroring and added it core. This is a great win for #decentralization!!! You can now run your own canonical GitLab instance & easily mirror to GitHub for findability.

Read more here: about.gitlab.com/2018/05/22/gi

Another reason why GitLab is #1

#federation #fediverse #decentralize

@rysiek I enjoyed the comments.

"Now let’s say a band of idealists come together and decide to code up a social network. Without targeted advertising, how do you see them scale/survive?" 😂

"This is going to ruin start-ups and individuals hosting forums!" (GDPR has exemptions for these situations)