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Is it weird that for a while now I've wanted to build a new social network that is basically what Facebook was in the early days?

In a nutshell, just talk to your friends. And that's it. Especially old friends you've fallen out of touch with in recent times.

Oh, and it should be as privacy-preserving as possible. Encrypted, decentralized, yadda yadda.

I've thought about it a bit more recently, and it's all technically possible, except for the networking part.

We do things not because they are easy, but because we thought they were going to be easy.

Re-boosting your own posts for 'the morning crew' or 'the night crew' is an acceptable and encouraged practice here. We are largely a community of supportive people who enjoy being given the opportunity to help each other and boost content we may have previously missed.

You should never feel ashamed of promoting yourself, especially as an artist, when it's so difficult to reach people. If anyone doesn't want to see your boosts, they can just scroll past.

#WormsOfAffirmation 🐛

my strongest opinion on programming languages is that postfix .await is the single greatest innovation in the past 70+ years of programming language theory and history and you can't convince me otherwise.

Absolute gem in the Hacker News comments this morning:

“This, ultimately, is the American Dream: to get rich by doing nothing other than getting lucky and being able to say how smart you are. Not by creating any kind of value.” - jmyeet

Okay, I'm curious, when did you guys first hear about/join Linux? Please boost for a wider data pool. :boost_love:

Wow, I actually managed to crash node.js.

I don't see that very often.

Canonical: You like snaps now

Snaps: I don't respect your system settings, themes or anything!

Me: Oh no

Snaps: My file chooser doesn't remember your sidebar folders in Nautilus like everything else, also, get used to navigating from / every single time, because I don't remember anything else either

Me: That's not what I—

Snaps: Also now you have to remember to update your software in yet another place

Me: Please stop

Snaps: Btw I take up way more resources too

Canonical: You're welcome

The creative side of my brain is like ZOMG ITS SATURDAY LETS MAKE AND CODE ALL KINDS OF THINGS but the rest of my brain is like, ummmmmm can we all just take a nap?

god being alive costs so much money. i am literally just sitting here

Woe unto whomever needs to call a US credit bureau on the phone.

That way lies madness.

Much of complexity in software is a result of people trying to solve a hypothetical problem they think they'll have. My experience is that it's always best to write the simplest code that adequately solves the problem you actually have.

Why did you end up coming to Mastodon? Pls boost so we can get some good data 🙌

Welcome to Mastodon. We got weird emotes, like this one:


Now would be the prime time for any Mastodon admins with servers capable of accepting new users and scaling up to submit them to

More info: Shoot me an e-mail at

Holy crap! Recent Java runtimes have a completely broken ECDSA signature checking and no one noticed for years!

Makes you wonder about the old adage, “don’t roll your own crypto”, but even the “experts” didn’t get this one right.

I guess this is why everyone uses Bouncy Castle for cryptography implementations.

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