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If you can't answer "what does the user do" in clear terms using verbs for what the user's actions will be then you are doomed to make a shitty user experience.

"use software" isn't what the user will do, it's a shortcut that elides what they user experience will be.

"create account", "find rooms", "use links as shortcuts", "invite other users"; those are user actions.

The more actions, the more interactive a software will be. And interactivity is why we're all here.

(Crawford's first law)

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Bill Barr has been a totalitarian maniac for his entire career.

We need stronger legal safeguards against abuse at all levels of government, another thing Republicans stand in the way of.

Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Post reporters’ phone records,
The action grew out of a leak investigation surrounding reporting on Russia’s role in the 2016 election:

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List of #Fediverse accounts of projects that fight to protect #forests.

The hambacher forst ("#Hambi"), near #Hambach, Germany is a symbol of the anti-coal movement, as a #forest that was saved from destruction by the coal company #RWE.

Near #Keyenberg, Germany there is another little forest that is supposed to be destroyed by RWE to expand the near coal mine. The village Keyenberg is supposed to be destroyed too.

In Grünheide, Germany there is a forest that is endangered by #Tesla's #GigaFactory.

The Dannröder Forst or "#Danni" is a forest that was unfortunately already partially cleared for a motorway, but the construction of the motorway can still be prevented.

In Vienna, Austria there is a recreational area called #Lobau that is part of a protected area. To build a motorway a tunnel is supposed to be built under the forest, endangering the ecosystem and biodiversity of the Lobau.

#HambiBleibt #DanniBleibt #LobauBleibt #AlleDörferBleiben #WaldStattAsphalt #SolarPunk #ForestProtection #EveryTreeCounts

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Privacy is not secrecy, and secrecy is not always bad.
We all have secrets, and things we want to keep private, at least for a while.
Privacy allows us to reveal those secrets to those we trust.
Privacy allows us to reveal our secrets when and how we feel comfortable.
A lack of privacy is to be vulnerable.
To take away privacy (surveillance) is to disempower and make people vulnerable.
Privacy is too valuable to throw away without a second thought.

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1. Don't be a downer in replies for no good reason.

2. No unsolicited advice.

3. If someone says something nice to you, boost a post of theirs that you like.

4. If someone is rude/unhelpful/a downer in your replies, block-unblock them to get them off your follower list (or just block them if they don't follow you).

5. Use hashtags sometimes, and when you do, click on them and boost the good stuff to federate it about.

#meta #tootorial

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I just discovered the @bookwyrm project, which aims to provide an #ActivityPub platform for reviewing books and share it with friends.

A demo instance can be found there:

#Fediverse #Book #Reading #Inventaire #OpenLibrary #Library #FOSS #Libre #OpenSource

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Now I'd like to give people the option to financially support #WriteFreely without having to pay for a subscription. So today I'm launching an Open Collective page for anyone who would like to support the project.

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Last Thursday we demonstrated #ActivityPub to European & national administrations with a live install & demonstration of #peertube and #mastodon by @how for the European Data Protection Supervisor (which aims to join the fediverse soon!). In case you missed it, here is the recording -> From the first install commands to sharing videos, moderating & comments in a little more than half an hour :amazing: 🤩

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I'm playing around with GNU Recutils and writing thin wrappers for data management in

If (like me) you've never heard of recutils- be sure to check it out. It's a plaintext database.

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someone really replied "if you're not comfortable using a terminal, are you sure you want a Linux phone?"

I shouldn't have to be using the terminal on my phone in transit with EDGE connectivity to install a graphical text editing app so I can take a note of something.

That's stupid.

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Big right-to-repair win: FTC blasts tech giants for making it so difficult to mend devices

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The European Commission has funded an open source project to create a Gateway between the ActivityPub and XMPP PubSub Protocols, and E2EE on PubSub

From goffi: "it's my pleasure to announce that an ActivityPub XMPP gateway doubled with Pubsub end-to-end encryption project has been selected for a grant by NLNet/NGI0 Discovery Fund (with financial support from European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme)".
The XMPP ActivityPub gateway will join two major open and decentralised protocols. In practice it will be a XMPP server component (usable with any server), and implement the ActivityPub server to server protocol (or "Federation Protocol"). On XMPP side, it will be mostly a Pubsub service (with some extra, like private messages converted to XMPP message stanza).
XMPP blogging (XEP-0277: Microblogging over XMPP) will be used, and thus any client supporting it will have access to ActivityPub publications (Libervia and Movim for instance).

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der.hans boosted You can now register for free for MenderCon , where I'll be speaking on the idea of starting an open source "repair shop" for legacy software.

: Thursday, May 13th, virtual

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Cheese (my webcam recording program) records as WebM. PyCon wanted another format. Thanks to ffmpeg & (thanks @ablwr !) I did the conversion on the command line with no errors, worked first time

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Translate Science is a new initiative to promote translation of scientific articles, books, papers etc. You can follow at:

➡️ @TranslateScience

The project's website is at

The project's account is on Fediscience, a Mastodon instance for scientists:

#TranslateScience #Science #Translation #Academic #Writing #Books #NGOs #Scientific #Sciences #Translators #Translations #Scientists #OpenScience #Academics #Academia

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Well, it took a while but my petition to keep strong encryption without backdoors legal in th EU is now open for supporters!

Please feel free to support it and or boost/promte it

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