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I want to be able to tell my friends why is better than the birdsite, so I wrote a thing: "Mastodon Is Better than Twitter: Elevator Pitch"

I want this to be as persuasive as possible to outsiders, so I'd appreciate as much feedback as possible from Mastodon users

Hi all, I'm trying to figure out which distro of Linux would be best for a computer dedicated to on AND as an .

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Tech debt is a very real thing. We tend to think of it as purely bad, but debt isn't bad when you're borrowing to buy a house. Same with borrowing a little tech debt in the name of shipping quickly. The key is to understand how much you're borrowing.

Dear , should sudo on a hosted require password?

I have several vm's at different hosting providers, so I cannot be absolutely sure the shell have not been compromised and equipped with a keylogger. As it is impossible for me to remember a password for each machine, I login using ssh keys. In this case I think it is better to have no password required for sudo.

What do you think?

I was messing with my dwm config earlier today and was confused for a bit about why the changes weren't working—until I remembered that I'd forgotten to recompile.

I don't know if that proves that you were right about recompiling being an annoyance, or proves that I was right that it's pretty minor (the only reason I forgot is that it's so fast). Maybe both, actually

I wrote a post about how @codesections, @bugaevc, and I refactored and drastically sped up my Rust solution to #AdventofCode Day 5 -- from ~140 seconds to just 1.1!

lets you toggle between having `Enter` send the current message versus having it insert a new line (with `Ctr-Enter` to send the message).

I just realized that this setting does *not* carry over to different slacks on the same account/app. What sort of lunatic would want the same button to do two different actions depending on who they're talking to?

If you really want to help Firefox succeed, file a bug on when you find a broken website. Don't just switch back to Chrome; let Mozilla know there's a problem so they can try to fix it.

When browsers lose market share, they fall into the "compatibility death spiral." Sites don't bother to test, they break, and users flee to the browser that "just works." Mozilla is fighting this battle every day, and it just got harder.

The war isn't over. The battleground just moved to the issue queue.

The body is a protest group now.

When the history of the web is written, let the record show that I was against this decision and it's part of the reason I left Microsoft. I didn't join the Edge team to help cement Google's dominance of the web.

DWM loving friends, have you ever tried spectrwm (previously named scrotwm)? It is very much like DWM with a few minor differences and is configured via simple config file instead of editing the source and recompiling.


I've been following @schlink's in rust live-stream (which is awesome!) and I don't get what's going on with the day05 code (likely because I don't know rust!).

It was running oddly slow, so I tweaked it and achieved a ~108× speed improvement. But I don't know what I did!

I thought I only managed the loop manually instead of with rust's syntactic sugar. Can someone who knows rust explain why the after version is so much faster?

honestly though, mastodon instances are run and moderated by real people who care about the network, to the point of often paying their own money out-of-pocket to run their instances.

the *one* time i've had to report a post, my instance admin messaged me directly to let me know the action taken about it.

don't be shy to report. it works here. the rules aren't there just to keep things advertiser-friendly.

welcome to mastodon. don't be a dick. hug your local mods/admins.

Probably gonna stay on this instance for a long while, looks pretty good.

I'm happy that @Gargron is always quick to recommend @pinafore to folks who prefer single-column layouts. I see Pinafore less as a competitor and more as a statement about how it's *possible* to build alternative Mastodon UIs (thanks to Eugen's good API design). #Halcyon and #Brutaldon are also great examples of this.

The Mastodon frontend doesn't have to be all things to all people. We have a wide choice of mobile apps; it should be the same for the web.

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@codesections runs a very outdated version of Halcyon.Unluckily it seems like many people still don't know that it has been under active development again for more than a half year.You can find instances running more recent versions at

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