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RT The number of tracking cookies on EU news sites has gone down by 22% according to a report by the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford, who looked at cookie usage across EU news sites in two phases, in April 2018 and July 2018, pre and post GDPR.


It'd be great if you could switch instances but take all your toots, follows and followers with you. I'd more inclined to move to another instance to lessen the server load on this main one if I didn't have to start over.

Hey . When you post pictures, please please please with puppies on top fill in that description box for the visually impaired. You will be helping us out tremendously. We want to enjoy your pictures as much as others do. You don't have to write a novel, but just fill in some details.

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Trying out @nolan's Pinafore Mastodon app. I like PWAs, so this is an encouraging start.

Conan! What is best in life?

Enchiladas? I think it might be enchiladas.

I'll say this: one of the advantages of having loads of clients installed is that you can see who's fastest at notifications. Although the downside is indeed that my phone turns into Thunderbird 2 whenever someone replies, as expected

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Trying out Tusky and Mastalab as well as Tootdon, so I assume that whenever I get a message my phone will erupt like a supernova. Still, that's a stress test, as if having to pass the stringent Langridge one-strike-and-you're-out UI gauntlet wasn't enough

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After a really enlightening chat today about things I need to do, I am quite content.

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I'm seeing a lot of new followers here in the last day or two; more so than normal. I assume this is because of Twitter's latest move to kill off third-party clients, which is again causing people to think, hm, this is yet another annoying thing, what was that other place that someone mentioned? maybe I'll give that a try. Anyway, welcome, new people. Tell me a thing about yourselves, if you'd like to!

How much storage does one get from various @pixelfed instances? Or is it my job to run my own instance and provide it with whatever storage I like?'s about page says "Features" and then doesn't list any :-)

Hey Internet Friends. I have a question - a bit of research. What "system" from the past had the best / coolest / most interesting boot sequence. Specifically what you got on screen. I mostly grew up on 8-bit micros and DOS PCs. Are there any other systems which evoke "feelings" when they boot?

"The most striking thing about Android Go is just how much of it runs on Web technology rather than the Android platform. […] The best example is Google Maps Go, which is built entirely with Web technology. On our ZTE phone, the full Android version of Google Maps would take up 80MB, while Google Maps Go is 250 times smaller: 309KB."

I have to admit, it's a bit bittersweet to see Google take the FirefoxOS playbook years later and actually succeed with it.

Bah. I have been updated by @popey and @JoeRessington. The Chromecast has to be on a wifi network, or it just sulks and won't let you cast to it. That's really annoying to have to set up at a meetup. So it doesn't do what I want after all. :( Looks like @craigmaloney was right and Google have indeed done something to break it.

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Google Slides now allows presenting to a Chromecast, and saves presentations offline, and shows on the phone screen a presenter console with speaker notesm and a Chromecast can happily be powered by the slim external battery that I always have in my pocket anyway. Excellent. This is what I wanted to build Splinter for, and now I don't have to. Never need to take a laptop to a talk again, hooray.

Delightful evening at 1000 Trades in Birmingham. And including much interesting tech discussion about functional programming, PWAs, slack time in work and management acceptance, and snaps.

A little bit of a call for help, or maybe just a suggestion, for a quick thing that an open source graphic artists could do easily that would make graphviz nice for everyone

Collecting useful user data without compromising our privacy: how carefully controlled lying could be the way forward.

Attempting to use DBus via the Gio/GLib bindings from Python 3 is close to impossible because it's so undocumented :( Frustrated.

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