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Does anyone know whether is blocking ? I tried to follow-back a friend from the former (I am on the latter) and it is failing on a 503.

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Many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so. Unacceptable.

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"With the rise of self-driving vehicles, eventually there will be a country song about a truck leaving a guy, too."

I popped back onto social media after a long break, needing to touch base with some folks after my phone broke. 

I learned that:
* Twitter is way too full of rage-fairy-ism. I wasn't imagining it.
* Ostatus is better, but not perfect, in this regard.
* I have too many communications channels. I forgot where to find some people, and some of mine were so disused that people started ignoring them.
* My phone is annoyingly central to my getting things done. Not entirely a SPOF, but close.

@KindlyFire Have you a favorite Nextcloud client for Android? The official is bugging out on properly modern SSL :(

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Oh come on, i a tech-savvy group of people talking about cybersecurity, can we *PLEASE* stop using the words "hack", "hacked", and "hacker" to mean "compromise", "broken-into", "cybercriminal"?

It conflates government-paid professional malicious actors with a kid in a basement somewhere building a digital clock. Doesn't seem fair to the kid.

Pretty please?


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"It's hard to be religious when certain people
are never incinerated by bolts of lightning."
[Calvin, "Calvin and Hobes" strip by Bill Waterson]

Today I'm doing an experiment. I'm pointing out to people when they are engaged in behavior so crass and childish that I am unfollowing them. I have many people in my feed whose opinions I disagree with: this is an interesting learning exercise.

I'm done with toxic, childish people, of any ideology, who resort to name-calling, dominance games, or who denounce and insult people who probably love them and aren't here to defend themselves. I'm done with nominally-adult people having tantrums.

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The problem with intolerance of intolerance is that it tends to expand into intolerance of tolerance.
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reminder that empathy only leads to compassion for members of your tribe; it leads to schadenfreude for members of other tribes

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@HedgeMage Tell your kid he's fucking great. The not-having-to-replant thing really speaks to the lazy bum in me and i'd hate to see bees go extinct…

PSA from my awesome teenager, to anyone getting ready for fall planting in the US or Europe right now: early-blooming bulb flowers help multiply and split off new hives. Read more at

Today's evil plot: convince my teenager that planting flowers for me is good for his business, and thus something he should do.

Given that he's keeping bees on our property, this should not be a hard sell, right?

Dear Universe: thank you for the kind of colleagues with whom I can clear up a two-month crypto debacle in a ten minute phone call.

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Talos™ II is now available for pre-order! See full details of this next-generation POWER9 system at

I received a fountain pen in today's mail with no note. I didn't order it. The return address is what appears to be a random drop-shipping company in Hong Kong.

The mystery is driving me crazy. 🕵

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There is a special hell for people who make websites with autoplaying video or audio.

Whining (or whinging, for my UK friends) 

WHY do American stationery supplies suck so much?

Working draft of previously-mentioned page (thanks to @craigmaloney there are a couple more in my to-read list that may be added later)...

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