Now I wouldn't recommend anyone using an instance other than the largest for fear that they may get arbitrarily cut off from others.
That's not healthy.
Trying to move instances has made me realize how communication is controlled by fediverse instance admins, not users, to the users's detriment.
This is frustrating as picking an instance that some admins start to disagree with means that communication is cut off between users without them having a say.
Currently octodon.social and mastodon.technology block my main instance.
Email had its problems, but it is rare for admins there to decide who you can & can't email wholesale.
Rethinking holiday gifts seems to be a growing trend:
Enlightening look at the power of location data that almost everyone's phone is giving up constantly. Claims of anonymity debunked in chilling way:
I'm with the economists. Wishlists seem like a reasonable compromise.
I grew up on Pop Shoppe, but http://www.thepopshoppe.com/faq/ is disappointing:
"5. Can you still return The Pop Shoppe Bottles?
Times have changed and refillable has become recyclable, meaning you’ll recycle our bottles just as you do any other bottles and cans. You do recycle, don’t you? Good!"
Except... not good. Most recycling programs will just trash the glass since it's cheaper to make fresh glass than use the energy to break down old glass.
Refillable is not recyclable. First one is way better
These are hardware kill switches.
Not a webcam cover. Not software disabled Wi-Fi. Kill switch.
Laptops should have these.
Ethical web principles
If you find yourself sitting in cars now and then, this might be interesting to you and help you prevent accidents.
So if you open a cars door from the inside, you open the door with the hand that's not next to the door. This means that you turn around you body which automatically turns your vision in the direction where other cars or bikes might come from.
I was taught this early on I believe, anyways this is the way I have always done it.
We've got a blog post that explains our views & reaction to #GItHub's new #Sponsors program & related initiatives. We're concerned that it (so far) ignores key governance issues for #FOSS projects related to funding. https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2019/may/23/github-sponsors/ #Sustainability #FOSSSustainability
Transactional email providers with low delivery failures are not cheap.
New pixelfed.social monthly costs:
$80 - email provider
$40 - dedicated server (media)
$40 - vps (app/db/redis)
$30 - cloudflare (pro + 2 managed tls certs)
$20 - backups, Spaces, CDN
$20 - state.pixelfed.net server
This is starting to get expensive 😅
Who has more data about you than you realize?
A vulnerability in WhatsApp allowed attackers to inject commercial spyware, developed by NSO Group, on to phones.
The spyware could be transmitted through a call, even if the call was unanswered.
It is unclear how many phones were targeted.
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