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A nationwide federation of Masto instances at major universities would significantly improve civil public discourse, especially during election season. Local instances that model real world communities would be extremely robust against bad actors, without the need for opaque ML filtering.

It's quite funny spending time in this academic environment at a royal university with serious researchers, then going on Mastodon and boosting "yoshi sink butt pic"

I use Ubuntu and a Google-free LineageOS phone, Firefox, Ublock Origin, Pi-Hole... I was gonna set up DNS-over-HTTPS, but now I find out that T-Mobile is selling my location data anyway. At some point it feels like privacy is just impossible

how can moss be so verdant and lush? how is it so delightful? it forms a bed on rocks and forest floors for tiny woodland animals to rest on. why is moss so great

@redfrog @TheGibson I just wish that the headline said "if, like a reasonable person, you feel that violates your trust" as opposed to "if that freaks you out". We need to normalise people who want privacy, and de-normalise (by using words like "freak") companies that violate privacy as a business model.

Give me a robustly tracked VR keyboard or give me death

in 2010 i almost got a job at roblox but during the interview i accidentally revealed that i don't actually know what roblox is, at which point the interviewer headbutted me directly in the stomach, causing me to make an "oof" sound which they then sampled and put into the game

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So what are things that are already done for v2.7?

Profile directory for finding people based on interests, new admin UI for accounts, moderation warnings system so you know when and why your account was disabled/limited/suspended by a mod, and a new sign up API that app devs can use to let people sign up without leaving their app.

241 commits since 2.6

Pixelfed federates now! 🎉

Merry Christmas fediverse.

I really think ephemeral content like Pixelfed Stories will be huge for the fediverse.

It will be possible to send a Story to a single user like a DM.

A mobile developer could make a federated snapchat app with these APIs 😉

In November 2016, the Mastodon public timeline (then called "whole known network", equivalent to the federated timeline) showed all public toots (there were no privacy settings), including boosts and replies to threads. It was a wild time. Nowadays boosts and replies (except self-replies) are not shown on public timelines to make them not move so fast.

'As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants'

"Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed."

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