Wait… when did WeWork buy Meetup.com? I guess we’d better start planning for that community resource being shuttered in a couple of months…

Do not use Microsoft Excel for important research

Microsoft Excel is malware

Thunderbird, Enigmail and OpenPGP - blog.mozilla.org/thunderbird/2 " future Thunderbird 78 release, planned for summer 2020, we will add built-in functionality for email encryption and digital signatures using the OpenPGP standard." great news

Asked the Uni Starbucks franchise that I'd like an Iced Tea without lemonade. This was very shocking to them. Mainly because I don't think everything needs to have a ridiculous amount of extra sugar for no reason

Climate strike 

I'm off work sick and am so bored at home that I'm now triaging bugs on some random github repos as people are making them 😆 😢

People that take the Glasgow-Edinburgh train have developed this anarcho-communist ticket sharing economy and I love it. It's because return tickets cost literally only 10 pence more than a single, so people just buy returns and leave the other ticket at the station they arrive at.

It's fucking beautiful and more folk need tae know about it

I’ve been hearing this whole “the kids will save us” line since I was a child myself. In the 1980s.

What that line means is “I can’t be bothered to lift a finger, so I’ll make someone else take the responsibility”.

I'm 39 years old. If the people who had said that about my generation as children had decided to actually do something about either climate change or white supremacy, imagine where we’d be by now.

As a subconscious clicker of empty sides of web pages to confirm window focus, I really f**king dislike the new reddit UI...

I gave part of a talk at today with my colleagues on the methods we've been using to track deforestation for the Forest2020 project =)
media.ccc.de/v/bucharest-114-d

"Unfortunately, #Slack calls aren't available in this browser. We recommend downloading the Slack desktop app, or you can switch to Chrome."

Take a hike, Slack, #Firefox isn't some obscure web browser you couldn't possibly support.

A few weeks ago I posted here that the #decentralized blogging platform @PlumeDev had some of its right-to-left (RTL) rendering issues fixed by @ahangarha. I myself had also fixed many little CSS issues related to #RTL for @Mastodon in the past.

Well, expect such kinds of things to happen less often in the future, since #GitHub has mass-blocked many accounts of Iranians* at various levels; This applies not only to Iranian residents, but also sometimes to Iranians living abroad.

* And not only for #Iran, but also for #Cuba, #Syria, #NorthKorea, and #Crimea.

#Mastodon #Mastodev #Plume
#SanctionsAgainstIran #Microsoft

aljazeera.com/ajimpact/locked-

Friends, I'm about to try to convince my coworkers that we all need to take #translation of our software seriously and that this will require that we all approach the problem conscientiously.

What's good reading material I can recommend? I remember reading about it on Masto.

Boeing 737 Max ordered by Ryanair undergoes name change - theguardian.com/business/2019/ "737 Max replaced by 737-8200 on the nose." spread the word: if it says 737-8200 on a Ryanair plane, it's the same model as the ones that crashed.

the defaults in building software in this space should focus on user safety.

when people say that having a design stance in favour of user safety compromises "free speech" -- tell them to shut the hell up, because free speech is about open publishing, which is not compromised by this design at all.

you don't get a free audience for your bullshit, and software which forces people to endure crap they don't want to endure just to give people a free audience is user-hostile.

It is wholly disingenuous to conflate the push to de-platform groups that mean to perpetuate hate and violence to a generalist push to control the flow of information. That point is complete and utter bullshit.

People such as myself that advocate de-platforming bigot do not give a single solitary fuck about controlling information. I want to *reduce harm*. That's it.

Anyone that gets on a high horse about how that idea is SLIPPERY SLOPE is purposefully trying to derail the point of it.

Someone didn’t like that the Mast app for iOS blocks Gab. The dev’s response is 🔥🔥🔥.

Dear News Reporters,

The reason Mastodon doesn't have any Nazis on it is that people actually do the work to keep it that way.

There's no magic solution to Nazis. You're going to need to put in some work.

Gab isn't a new thing in the Fediverse. It's just getting more attention because you're giving it more.

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