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since I have hopped to a more niche instance. I'm a middle aged Unix guy who started using Linux on their 386 and booted it off of 5.25 disks when I screwed up lilo. I like music and music creation, science fiction (hard is better), and am working on completely clearing off of corporate social media.

Seeing Google AMP artifacts in URLs about the danger of a Chrome mono-culture, feels both incestuous and a bit telling about the state of that battle for the open web.

fedi scraping paper 

I only now realized that the ANSI color codes for red (1), green (2), and blue (4) are arranged on powers of two and that the rest correspond to addition of the primaries: 3=yellow, 5=magenta, 6=cyan, 7=white.

best thing i've ever heard about labels: "as any cat will tell you, putting yourself in a box is completely different from someone else putting you in a box"

i did once actually make a post that was licensed under the GPL3, and there's the mansplaining shitpost was CC-BY-NC-SA :face_think_thonking:

i wonder if that ended up in the dataset

My toots expiration rules: 

My basement drain is backing up. Maybe The U of Milan can send someone over to scrape it.

The sale of the .ORG domain registry to a private equity firm would impact the nonprofits you care about. Join the 20,000 people demanding it be stopped.

I need to stop trusting the keyboard on this phone. My apologies for making you translate its particular autocorrect dialect.

I feel obligated to express frustration when I look up how to do something on the command line, and get YouTube videos.

No thank you, I do not need to listen to awkward rambling and pleas for subscription over a grainy screen share recording.

I get why this is done, btw, so please save yourself the trouble of explaining it to me if you felt inclined.

In concerned that I'm an old man if I'm craving cranberry juice.

I feel as though I should have started watching The Expanse long ago. My biggest Kerbal-addicted nerd gasp? The spaceship physics are well done.

@genericperson hmm, i actually kinda love this idea XD

but ditch the pi and hook up my old amiga 500 to run the bbs. that should do the trick!

I have the itch to make a BBS again. There was something weirdly exciting about making an island of information and a community that rode just enough under the radar to remain unsullied by popular sensibilities.

For the love of the gods, if you’re sending out a mass email on behalf of a professional org, USE BCC.

I noticed that slackware issued an advisory to update Firefox. Then it hit me (and I mean no harm here, truly): why is anyone still using slackware?

I get why you might have - it was my second distro after SLS. But...a few things have happened since then.

In 1998, a programmer who had been working on Y2K fixes started to get anxious because he couldn't believe how pervasive the problem was. He switched from company to company trying to get away from it, but everywhere he went he became regarded as the Y2K expert and immediately became the team lead for that company's Y2K contingencies. He finally had a nervous breakdown, quit his job, and decided he wanted to be knocked unconscious when the Y2K actually came about.

A month before Y2K he was put into an artificial coma and cooled down to a near cryogenic easily sustained long term life support.

Unfortunately the life support notification system had a Y2K bug, and no one revived him for 8000 years.

Finally he was found and revived. He woke up, and saw himself surrounded by lots of glass, light, stainless steel, and tall beautiful people in white robes. He asked if he was in Heaven.

They replied, "No, this is Chicago. Actually but it's a lot like Heaven to someone like you."

"Someone like me?"

"You are from the 20th century. Many of the problems that existed in your lifetime have been solved for thousands of years. There is no hunger and no disease. There is no scarcity, or strife between races and creeds."

"What year is it now?"

"Yeah, about that - it's the year 9,998. You see, the year 10,000 is coming up, and we understand you know something called COBOL?"
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