reCAPTCHA is one of many "free" systems that are seemingly helpful and innocent, but are actually part of the #Google data-collection ecosphere.

If you are a #website / app #developer, consider using tools & APIs that do not collect user & system information.

If you must use a particular system that integrates with reCAPTCHA or similar, please provide them feedback that you would like alternatives to Google services.

Users, choose to solicit sites that value your #privacy and user data.

I'm looking to host a server for a short-lived event (~3 days), and have a requirement that I (the server admin) be able to read any message that's sent. This means that E2EE must not be used.

I've found,, and which seem to imply that it's difficult to completely disable E2EE in Synapse/Element at the moment.

Does anyone know of a way that I can do this that's less hacky than the patches posted in #4367?

I managed to build a fully bootstrapped package with the #maven build system I'm creating for #guix now! I'm still missing a component for the installation, and the package is only a parent pom that requires only the enforcer plugin. I'll focus on the install plugin now, so I can actually install the package. Next will be an actual package, probably.

open source rant 

When people suggest an open source alternative I'd really like people to also show how it can be used in a similar way. There needs to be more information about workflow, not just features.

Every application's "dark mode" looks like an angsty teenager's Geocities page from 1998 to me.

@Gargron As "Masto" pertains to 'breast', and "don" pertains to 'teeth', I feel you missed out on comedy gold by not labelling #mastodon platform's #statuses #titbits rather than 'toots.'

When I had found Stoop, the newsletter app, I instantly became a big fan. But I have realized the issues kept piling up as I could hardly get a chance to scroll through them on the small mobile screen. So much potential, but it needs a desktop reader to be useful.

Are you interested in how to bring secure, private, peer-to-peer distributable content to the fediverse that can survive nodes going down? I've finished writing the documentation for the #Spritely Golem demo which explains how to do just that:

It also includes a running, workable demo which you can try yourself. Please do and let me know your thoughts!

Feeling pretty good this morning as my contribution to got merged into master overnight which I think is the most meaningful thing I've ever added to a tool I use a lot. Nice to be able to solve one of my own issues upstream instead of internally. #sysadmin

@cwebber @emacsen Hey, in the Libre Lounge episode about video games I feel like I remember you mentioning a game that was looking for help with its soundtrack, but I can't remember which game it was. I have a friend who's interested in making video game soundtracks, so I'd like to point him towards it. Can you help me out? (I'll also accept an answer of "you imagined it", but I'll be a bit sad.)

me writing programming tools: we need to make it easier to code! liberate the code! make it accessible to all!

me debugging someone else's code: you should need to train for 10 years before you can even touch a text editor, and we need a central guild body that randomly audits members, and if your code quality is bad enough you are immediately executed

My life has taken a very dark turn recently. I have to localize a regular expression

@technomancy Are you still using EXWM? AwesomeWM is being a pain for me (ie. I'm tired of carrying a patch for [1] in my local Guix repo, and there hasn't been a release in ages), so I'm thinking of trying out EXWM and/or StumpWM.

My biggest fear with EXWM is that I'll try to open a huge file, lock up Emacs, and break everything. Does that happen to you?


@cwebber Hey, I just saw this post you made back in 2010: . Are you still using Emacs and XMPP for notifications? Did you end up building anything more on top of that?

#Mastodon nitpick I'm too lazy to report to the Proper Authorities™:
I like the "Show thread" link on thread replies, but to me, "Show thread" sounds like clicking it should *show* the thread right there. Instead, I think the text should be "View thread", which implies that it's a link to go somewhere else, which is what it does.

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