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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.)

idk maybe the idea of anti-corporate software is somehow alien to zoomers and younger still but being deliberately prickly, unsearchable, unmonetizable and unintelligible is how we raise a safe society imo

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Greek history, etymology, long 

Peisistratos of Athens seized power from the aristocrats who ruled that city and became the tyrant of Athens - a title that then meant only someone who was in power without having been elected - and immediately set about reducing the aristocrats' power and seizing their assets and distributing them to the poor. He also established public works and arts programs, as well as setting up the first Panathenaic Games and producing the first definitive version of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Aside from the aristocrats, he was generally well-liked, and retained power until he died.

His sons, Hippias and Hipparchos, took power when Peisistratos died, and generally kept their father's policies. However, Hipparchos was a libertine, and after he propositioned a young man and was rejected, and thereafter insulted his sister publicly, the young man, Harmodios, and his lover Aristogeiton attacked Hipparchos and Hippias; only Hippias survived. (Harmodios and Aristogeiton were celebrated afterwards in Athens as "the Tyrant-Slayers".)

It turned out that Hipparchos had been a moderating influence on Hippias, who became paranoid and oppressive, imposing draconian laws and stiff taxes. He was finally run out of Athens by the Spartans, and his legacy is that "tyrant" came to mean not simply someone who was in power without having been elected, but a cruel and despotic ruler - a meaning that persists to this day.

oh hey, this server still has code in it to support HTTP/0.9 o.O

Today is a great opportunity for community.

Let people be upset, angry and sad. Let people feel.

It doesn’t have to be pretty for it to be valuable.

Because we’re doing it together.

The importance of rigorous engineering: tearing down ten alpha units and discovering stress cracks in the same place on three of them. :o

When a model meets reality, reality wins. (In this case, in the form of manufacturing wrinkles.)

I am reminded of the ancient story from GE Mobile Radio of folks "helpfully" throwing mold flash back into the melt ... now contaminated with mold release. :o

#OpenStreetMap has one tile rendering server for all of USA, and that server can no longer keep up with peak US traffic.

If you, or your company,are interested in hosting a rendering node in the US (or elsewhere), please contact us.

Friendly reminder that "triggered" is not a funny haha word you should be throwing around like a meme

All six birthday pawpaw seedlings planted and hopefully deer- and rabbit-proofed long enough until they can defend themselves! Fingers crossed for a high survival rate.

(I'm told their leaves and bark taste awful to deer but I've also seen deer here take a bite out of hydrangeas and boxwoods, spit it out, and go back for another bite... repeat. Brilliant. Better to steer them towards the untold acres of other tasty things for a few years.)

So I just want to emphasize: Every time you help someone in need, you put a dollar, or a pair of shoes, or a meal or a day or a mile, between them and the edge of the poverty pit.

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You know that first time you installed an ad blocker and got to experience the whole "the internet, except we have clean running water and penicillin now" feeling? It's like that at the operating system level. It's really, really remarkable.

(Linux people: I get it. I know. If you didn't get your first distro on _one floppy disk_ I've been doing this longer than you. I'm on Windows because most of our users are.)

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resource request, prisons, prisoner reentry, New York City 

this is not an urgent request, but I am curious if any NYC/northeast folks on here would know of any good/radical/trustworthy services, networks of support, or resources for folks getting out of prison in the NYC area?

I don't have any connections there and don't want to recommend anything without that knowledge. I know about NYC ABC but as far as I can tell, they do more direct support for folks inside rather than reentry.

Boosts are okay! Thank you so much in advance.

One more Storming of Thunder Ridge in the books. The showpiece of the ride is the monsterous 12.8 mi (20.6 km) hors catégorie climb up Apple Orchard Mountain on the Parkway but, to be honest, the countless other beautiful rollers and pasture-side roads are just as much a reason to ride it.

Big thanks to my steadfast riding companions Lauren and Deana for seeing me over the top safely in the heat and to the numerous great event volunteers. (It's a fundraiser for the local Y.)

Tavis Ormandy’s post of porting Lotus 1-2-3 is an amazing approach to turning portability on its head ♥️

How to get the current time in seconds-since-the-epoch with awk:

awk 'BEGIN {srand(); print srand()}'

These v big lads came out to say hello! Breece thinks they might be a draft pair based on appearance and behavior. They had a lovely prancing trot, too.

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Today's game of "county-maintained road or accidentally-turned-down-driveway." It's often difficult to tell in Floyd County!

We just shipped a bunch of new privacy protections and anti-tracking stuff, and... the lead PM on it was nearly in tears talking about the political climate in the US and how important this work is to him, and for his daughter. I'm proud to work where I do.

Today discovered Unicode has a symbol, the "Epiglottal plosive" or IPA glyph 173, which in sans serif fonts turns out to look exactly like the "female" symbol modified into a question mark.


...Is this a Gender
I think it might be a Gender

This is might be the second most frustrating part of working at Mozilla, because after an enormous amount of Bird Site Excitement, the diagnosis was found to be "User-installed addons from third-parties".

People install a big stack of addons that work at cross purposes, and when their browser falls over doing exactly what they've said it should do, they go to the birdsite to tell everyone the problem is Firefox.

some ppl still need to understand post gg: pls don’t discuss anyones personal information, especially if ill informed, on a public page. it’s not only illegal, it’s just dangerous especially for some people

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