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France confirms that Matrix (and Riot) is the basis for their upcoming secure communication app for official government use, and will be 100% FOSS! Exciting times :D

Upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04. I wonder if Gnome is usable on a HiDPI screen this time.

So, Ford is to stop selling normal cars in US. I still can't get over the fact that stupid SUVs became so popular despite being worse at pretty much everything that matters (to me). I mean, I know why. I just can't believe it.

the island of Kotisaari in Finland by Finnish photographer Jani Ylinampa

Here's a random thought I got while waiting for my breakfast. One difference I noticed between Russia and US is that gays in US don't hide they're gays. So in Russia they seem like an exceedingly rare "aberration", while in States they look just like one of many kinds of people you see around (tall people, blond people, loud people, etc.)

I finally did it! I ran the marathon distance around Lake Sammamish. 26.2 miles, 4 hours 13 minutes, two gel packs. Also, my shoes are completely in tatters. Not because of the marathon, I did 958 miles in them overall :-)

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Boost this if you think sex work should be decriminalized and talked about positively in the mainstream.

Download all your music!

> Apple Is Shutting Down iTunes Music Downloads on March 31st, 2019, Sources Say

On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in .



There's been some discussion about adding an option to hide public follower/following pages. I wanna gauge if that's worth spending time on:

@nolan also, thanks for notifying my browser about changes, so now it shows a persistent red dot in a pinned tab even when the notification is gone.

@nolan thanks for Pinafore! Default Mastodon's columns are too narrow for me to read comfortably. Especially when people actually use up to those 500 characters.

if a website says "please turn off adblock" i just leave the website

I guess maybe not everyone will agree with this, but I believe there are limits to what a person can be learn.

So, when techies ask people to learn arbitrary tech mumbo-jumbo, they have implicitly decided that this tech thing is more important than whatever else they'll lose/skip/forget to make room for it.

Making tech easy for people is respecting the fact that they may have other priorities in life.

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