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General request: if you post pictures, please please include alt text describing the image so that everyone, regardless of visual ability, can enjoy your toot.

Please consider asking others to do this. Optionally, reconsider boosting toots if they don't have alt text.

We all have an opportunity to help shape the culture of this place and I'd love, love, love if it were "oh, everyone posts alt text with their images because that's just what you do."

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Did you know that you don't need to use link shorteners (, etc.) on Mastodon? All links, no matter how long, only count for 23 characters against your 500 limit!

(And since link shorteners are bad for user experience and break the web, there's almost no good reason to use 'em! 😄)

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Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

@jond Yep. Ever wonder why a CSU/DSU takes upwards of 10 minutes to sync with the telephone company?

In 1954, T1s used to be a giant RS-232 frame (literally a 1 bit for the frame bit followed by 192 bytes). Simple. But when OAM requirements had to be rolled in, they ended up using that frame bit to ferry data. Problem: if that "frame bit" is no longer a constant 1, and can take on any value, how do you synchronize with it?

Answer: ...

'cause I had a DM asking about this: it will print "yep" for only a single integer value of SOMETHING: one.

The 'true' gets converted to a 1 and only 1==1. C's default and integer promotion rules will bite you if you're not aware. :P

(Odds are, the original programmer wanted "if (flag)" instead of an explicit comparison. A good reminder to never do == or != if you're just checking for truth or falsity!)

Fun fact: We took inspiration for Tutanota's new, Google-free push notification when @Gargron 's @Mastodon used SSE for push (they now use another push system). 👍 👏 It's exciting to build open source alternatives to liberate people from using data mining services. Head over to @fdroidorg to read details on our new push implementation 👉

i'll try this here instead of bird site: if you have any tips for possible stories for me to look into at kotaku, feel free to drop me a line at gita.jackson at kotaku dot com. thanks!

Fun problem similar to something I found in old old code today. This works in either or -- you'd just have to include stdbool.h in C.

unsigned int flag = SOMETHING;
int main() {
if (flag == true)
return 0;

For what values of SOMETHING does the program print yep? Bonus points for "why?"

Oh no, I've only been granted an IP6 address. How ever will I be able to connect to work Slack?

I am made unreasonably happy by finding a default label in a / switch statement that both
1. does nothing (e.g., "break;")
2. has a good comment explaining why

It immediately allays the worry that they forgot to (or didn't think through how to) handle the other cases.


on cis folks voicing support for trans folx (1/2) Show more

hurricane prep you won't hear elsewhere Show more

Okay so, I have thought a lot about how to address my feelings on the new tomb raider. This is my general view which I hope is enlightening:

57 years later, authorities are still unable to identify the man who put the Bomp in the Bomp, Bah-Bomp, Bah-Bomp.

kiwifarms, short take Show more

there ain't no party like a sprintf party
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So, okay. This needs to be said and understood:

KiwiFarms, Encyclopedia Dramatica, and 4chan are NOT reliable sources.

They're not.

Their entire reason for being is to manufacture reasons to ostracize people. They are, by any definition, hate machines.

You know the saying "trust but verify"? I am telling you: you can't trust these sources.

If you're going to attack and harass someone, find a better source than KiwiFarms, Encyclopedia Dramatica, and 4chan. Please.

It appears necessary to AGAIN note #Mozilla only used #Cloudflare in this alpha test. Mozilla are ACTIVELY looking at other organisations to roll this new #DNS over HTTPS #DoH standard.

Does this sound like Cloudflare is the intended only option folks?

Criminalizing homelessness struck down Show more

The idea that Google’s interest in replacing the URL might stem from a desire to consolidate AMP honsetly has me quite worried. See and

And lo, we have caught up with the crowns and boops.

Thank you for joining me for this thread and please, never leave a snoot unbooped. Just look at this poor creature, not a boop in sight, it's a tragedy.

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