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@georgedial welcome!

I download Slackware over a dial-up connection back in 1998 to a dozen floppies. I had no X, because my video card wasn't supported, but it was fun. 😆

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I swear, if a UI has a 1 px non-clickable line between two elements, that's where I click 90% of the time.

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#thanks for the hint! just disabled it by setting #mousewheel.with_control.action to 0 in #about:config :verified:
(0 means "Do nothing", 1 means "Scroll contents", 2 means "Go back or forward in the history", 3 means "Zoom in or out the contents")

This should do the trick for me, as I somehow only experience this problem in #firefox..!? :firefox:




I know that in Firefox you can disable ctrl+scroll=zoom, I did that because it drives me insane and I use ctrl a lot to open new tabs.

@rtwx I used a similar service in the past called Final (, but they closed this year. I've been looking for something similar since they closed, and today I learned about Privacy.

I think this is particular useful for trial services that require a credit card, and that are hard to cancel. Also, when buying from non-mainstream websites.

Hi, friends in the US.

I recently signed up for Privacy, a service for creating unlimited credit card numbers. Each number is locked to a vendor, and can have its own limit.

This is useful for cancelling services that are hard to cancel (just delete the number) and to avoid having your credit card info stolen.

The service is free. You create new numbers in the app, and payments are done from your bank account.

If you're interested in trying, I have a referral code:

@codesections when I worked at Facebook as a data engineer, several times I heard software engineers say "DEs are not real engineers". That'll show them! 😝

"I don't know how the programming language for scientists in 2025 will look like, but I know it will be called FORTRAN."

@pezzoDiPeco I'm working on, a project to create a fair, p2p, collaborative backup system.

Basically, I'll store your data if you'll store mine. Nodes negotiate contracts on a p2p network, and they check on each other from time to time to verify that the data is actually being replicated.

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Mastodon, can we play a game?

You describe an animal badly, and I draw exactly what you described.

(Do not tell me what the animal is. I will not try to guess. Please tell me AFTER I finish the drawing.)

Attached is a blue whale as my 6yo son described it. Want more? Reply with a description of your own!

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@SeventhMagpie I know... it's the same thing in my company, people use Slack, Email, Google Docs, Jira, Confluence, Github. Every time I try to find documentation on something I need to check so many different channels.

@SeventhMagpie and if you can trust it or not... in my experience most people at FB try to be responsible with data (I literally taught thousands of new hires how to use the data responsibly) but TBH I wouldn't trust any company.

In the case of WP, the data is not personal, and Slack and other companies probably know much more about employees than WP will ever be able to.

@SeventhMagpie happy to help!

My WP profile has only 3 things: my roles, my manager, and my language.

My company uses WP groups for us to share progress internally, but it's mostly used by PMs to other PMs in my experience. I never post there, and I think most engineers use Slack for communication instead.

I think WP is a very different model than FB. There's no ads, sine the company pays for it, so there's no (less?) incentive for mining your data. Also, there's not enough data to serve ads.

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I don't understand why people are surprised by this. AIs are written by people with bias, tested by people with bias, and trained on data sets that contain biases. Why are we shocked that the AIs end up biased? Seems a foregone conclusion to me until we can figure out a better way for them to work.

@SeventhMagpie I used to work at FB. Workplace is a separate instance of FB for companies. Your profile there is not connected to your personal profile (if any), and not searchable anywhere — only the company has access. The agreement is there probably because the data is stored on FB servers.

Personally, I don't like WP. I refused to use it when I was at FB (for unrelated reasons), and I barely use it now. But the data people put there is only professional; no one shares their life on WP.

I love doing system design interviews as the interviewer. I basically ask "build YouTube" (or a similar system), and then I just sit back and learn a lot.

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