Okay y'all, moving to devinprater@dragonscave.space.

#DOFH excuse #40:

Your web browser is too new - have you tried IE6?

I really hate it when a user calls and starts shouting right away.

I get it that you might be experiencing a frustrating problem. But shouting at me will not get it resolved, and will not make me want to help you, either.

Not to mention that I can't troubleshoot anything if all you're doing is screeching and not telling anything about your issue.

🎉 Welcome to newcomers! 🎉

A few personal tips:

👌 the Fediverse is NOT twitt*r! enjoy a more relaxed, courteous, benevolent way of interacting! you are part of it!

🤚 introduce yourself! also fill bio and post a couple "toots" before following people to have more chance they'll follow back..

👍 favourite and follow generously! This is how to create link around. No algorithm-god is spying on you, telling you who to follow, what to read! \o/

⚠️ many people care about CW... learn about that

💗

Just seen on reddit, ios 14.4 in the beta now has an option to change a bluetooth devices reported type. So, if you have a speaker identifying itself to the system as a headset and getting hit with the volume limit, you will be able to get around it.

If you help rob a McDonalds, you're a Hamburglar Helper

Reddit: $1 Million Payout for Vacationing Canadian Hospital Boss but No Paid Sick Days for Staff Facing COVID "Profoundly Unfair and Disrespectful" #reddit #internet #news
reddit.com/r/worldnews/comment

So, from what I've learned about myself over the past few days, I learn better when I have a project to work on. So, if anyone has a good, beginner-friendly site with Python projects, that'd be great! I mean, Codecademy is great and all, but when I work on something, I want the file in my editor, Emacs, ready to go, not a snippet online.

I hope @signalapp reads this topic on the unofficial forum anyway, and despite it being in the „iOS feature request“ category, treats it as something that *must* be dealt with to make their product accessible to *everyone*. CC also @moxie #a11y community.signalusers.org/t/ac

Does anyone here know of a good text-to-speech engine? I'm trying to render Swedish. I've played with espeech, Google's TTS and Amazon Polly. It turns out that GTTS with WaveNet voices is magically good, Polly is good enough, while espeech sounds like my Amiga did back in the late 80s/early 90s...

Is there any FOSS alternative out there that actually works?

If people are having feelings about the shift of users to the fediverse and away from capitalist social media, I might recommend this book:
Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media by Sarah T. Roberts (Yale UP, 2019)

yalebooks.yale.edu/book/978030

its helpful in understanding why moderation at Twitter, FB, or another social media site is so terrible, and to understand why content moderation is fundamental to the problems of the internet.

"Six months after the Hoito opened, Canada declared Finnish (along with Ukrainian and Russian) an “enemy language” — partly in response to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Even possessing Finnish literature could result in fines or imprisonment."
Whoa! TIL!!
tvo.org/article/the-story-of-t

hey you know those "only this many left in stock!! people are buying them fast, look!!!! hurry!!!!!!" things

The sphinx sat still, elegant, poised. But when a pair of mice ran up to it, the cat part of it had to pounce.
"Wait, wait," they screamed, "we have a riddle for you!"
"Oh?"
"What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?"
"Too simple," said the sphinx, and ate them.

Stay classy, ya gits.

GitHub reportedly fired a Jewish employee who warned co-workers to stay safe from Nazis - The Verge
theverge.com/2021/1/12/2222748

I got the (first) COVID vaccine today. It went pretty well, except I had to pee the whole time. So when I got home, this fat boy ran to the poddy! And I pretty much made it in time, too. :)

Accessibility rant 

Also, which distribution of Linux comes with Mate as the default, central desktop? Not just a spin or a community edition, but a completely supported desktop? I have yet to find one. And no, spinoffs of other distros don't count. Also, how many distributions even check to make sure accessibility works all the way through their installers? In at least Fedora 32 Mate spin, Orca wouldn't even launch in the installer (in a VM). Debian 10, Orca wouldn't start after installation.

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