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The story of how I learned about federated social networks is a bit funny. A few years ago I was thinking about how what prevented me from leaving Facebook was that everyone else used it, and thought "social networks should have APIs that allowed them to talk with each other". I started imagining how such a system could work, until eventually I thought "I wonder if anyone ever thought about this" and went online to search for it. Well, it turned out people had *really* thought about it. xD

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10 years ago I started using ad blockers because I thought ads were annoying. Now I think that's the _least_ important reason to use them.

I think we should call them "browser firewalls." That more accurately describes their purpose.

A kid's novel where the hero goes to a school that is like Hogwarts but for computer stuff, and the houses they join are actual Linux distros. Smug Archs, stoic Debians, cheerful Mints, serious Fedoras.

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Arthur, Once and Future King, rose from his dreamless sleep on the Hidden Isle, to answer Britain's time of need.
"Are you lost," he asked the people, "in need of a strong charismatic leader to show the way?"
"Truly, you are not. You never were."
And he went back to sleep.

Read Death, the new Civ mode, has a great flavor: Alpha Centauri, but you *lost* the space race.
It just seems to be too unlike Civ for my tastes.

What could be creepier than a pigeon dating sim (or its various copycats with different animals)? This is what:

A game I'd like to play: basically Age of Empires, but every few seconds supply cart units (uncontrollable but killable) spawn at your buildings and start moving towards your army. Each unit type spends supplies at different rates, and if it runs out it suffers a huge debuff.

Things that _actually_ threaten free speech today:
Police repression of protesters
Prosecution of activists
Prosecution of journalists
Mass surveillance

Things that don't threaten free speech:
People complaining in the internet

I want to make a boardgame about the Trojan War just so I can say that "the most beautiful individual is the starting player".

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I just used the word "folklore" when making a joke, but I couldn't help feeling weird. EVERY time I hear this word I think of Gilberto Gil, one of Brazil's greatest singer-songwriters. Thread follows.

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Using Lists on Mastodon (1/2) 

How to deal with outdated software with security vulnerabilities?
Proprietary software maker: what if we make a virus that downloads and installs some software in the user's computer, against the user's wishes? We could use that to install security updates!

Am I the only person that confuses Red Hat (makers of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora Linux) with Evil Hat (makers of Fate Core RPG and Fate Extra RPG)?

World of Warcraft could have been an interesting cold war-themed MMO but it chose to have generic fantasy quests instead.

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Cyberpunk2077, removal of binary gender 

I had an epiphany and finally understood why AAA games always use photorealistic art styles instead of making their own unique styles that are better suited for the game: photorealism is probably the the least polarizing art style; few people have a kneejerk reaction of "I hate this".

This is probably something really obvious to a lot of people (especially artists and marketers and game developers), but I legit never understood it.

Taking an Epic temporary exclusive deal is great for risky indie games, but the best outcome would be if they did that and then everyone waited to buy on another platform. This way they get the money from guaranteed minimum sales Epic offers and still get all the real sales later. Just saying.

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