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> There is another possible problem that had not even occurred to me. The candidate failed the trivial question because they tried to write the answer in Java.

one of the biggest things i internalized from gnusocial is that i don't have to passively accept whatever changes in lifestyle that big corporations decide to push on me. i don't have to passively accept ANY technology changes. i get to decide what technology i use and how i interact with the world through it. that was a big insight for me, and watching the mastodon timeline i'm seeing 100 thousand people slowly coming to the same realization. it's pretty powerful to watch and it reminds me to have empathy when they say shitty things about mastodon vs. gnusocial or the pre-existing community here. they are still recovering from their twitter stockholm syndrome. it's been a while since i've seen first hand how much social media is fucking up the brains of the world.

As an instance admin there is no good reason not to be transparent about your blocklist. Any security through obscurity you gain is a spectre, as it's trivial to throw up a new instance on Heroku or something to get around it when a malicious party determines they're blocked. Your users deserve to know who they can and can't talk to from your box.

three logicians walk into a bar

the bartender says, "do all three of you want a beer?"

the first says, "I don't know"

the second says, "I don't know"

the third says "yes"

@Efi yep, that's exactly why i moved

just another reminder: I've moved over to for the forseeable future.

The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect:

"Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues.
[ . . . ]
and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.

That is the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect."

Posting on Birbsite after being spoiled with 500 characters feels like trying to stuff a bowling ball into a condom.


if anyone hasn't senn @sarahjeong's article on Motherboard abt mastodon yet, go check it out. it's pretty great at explaining what mastodon and federation are to laypeople.

hypothesis: if too many early users sign up on instead of other instances, federation will end up becoming a second-class feature. (imagine what email today would look like if gmail had existed in the 90s.)

other instances need to be able to compete with for growth, or should be implemented.

yay, the timelines still lagging
if I weren't so busy with research and exam preparation, I'd be working on mastodon perf, but alas.

hey infosec ppl new to, please try to remember that the queer furry weirdos were actually here before you.

Please don't post channer slang or slurs or pepes on the PTL. This is a shared home.

oooh awesome i got back from making pirohy and the streaming queues are back to normal

oh, looks like the sidekiq stream workers are slowly catching up

it's hilarious how all these new people are joining and rehashing the *exact same discussions and arguments* mastodon was collectively having ~4 months ago

@KitRedgrave yep, gargron's said it was due to sidekiq queues filling up and taking forever to empty due to slow workers

@Gargron ugh, optimizing hot path code sucks. good luck,

@Gargron oh dear. is it an issue with the sidekiq worker code?

it's nice seeing many users join and then split off to different instances