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as the heatwave hits both america and europe, this is a handy infographic to pass around

people who are elderly, young, or chronically ill are more susceptible to this!

many head meds (SSRIs, etc) make this more likely as well!

heatstroke can also come with confusion and other mental symptoms. if you see someone who is warm to the touch, not sweating, and acting oddly in this heat (especially if in categories of ppl at risk) - please help get them medical attention! heatstroke can kill!

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OK. Some people keep rating the app one star because I don't block an instance.

Unfortunately, their lack of comprehension concerning the Fediverse (manipulated by some propaganda) make they think that the app is not safe to use.

You have every tools with the app to avoid interacting with people you don't want to see.

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Here is the first of my new series featuring roads and forests in overly bright colors.
I think I have learned some things from my abstract painting phases! #abstractArt #mastoArt #traditionalArt

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@rnickson IMO any company that shuts down their DRM servers should be legally required to distribute the keys and/or a tool to remove their own DRM

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One thing is clear here with the fedilab, tusky etc. gab blocking drama. The app devs are in a no win situation. Half of users were outraged that the app devs arbitrarily blocked a domain they didn't like. Now, the other half is outraged that they are enabling fascists if they change their minds.

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What heretical software features can you imagine that would never fly at a growth oriented company but could totally work on free open source social media?

For example, algorithmic timelines are one way to deal with information overload. But what if instead your software offered suggestions for people to unfollow (this person posts a lot and you hardly ever interact with them)? Not necessarily a good idea but it's an idea we could implement that would NEVER happen on Twitter, Facebook, etc

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RT @battersbot@twitter.com

Ever wonder why you get so sleepy during conference talks? Turns out lots of conference venues aren't well-ventilated, causing CO2 to rise to levels that cause drowsiness (>1000ppm). Data from @keflavich@twitter.com shows this steady rise over the first 50min of a conference session.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/battersbot/status/

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Not sure how I talked Philadelphia's Morris Animal Rescue into letting me name some of their kittens with a neural net. They did reject some names.

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You should be happy about Gab joining the fediverse, even if you're going to instance-block them the minute they're up. The entire point of this is that anyone should be allowed to talk about whatever they want online, but that you don't have to listen or allow their posts on your instance at all.

You couldn't ask for a more perfect demo of voluntary federation and its moderation model.

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"Everyone cuts corners, in every project. Immature engineers discover them in hindsight, disgusted. Mature engineers spell them out at the onset of a project, accept them and recognize them as part of good engineering."


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Chrome users: your free trial is over. You're required to buy an enterprise license if you want to use an ad blocker.

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PSA Google Eats You - Important 

I was tasked to recover an email account for a friend, access to which was lost when their prior computer ate itself. They are in possession of prior (though not current) passwords, of security questions, and of access to the recovery email account.

After entering the verification code from the recovery email account, we received this message:

Thanks for confirming that you can access the contact email you provided.

Unfortunately Google couldn't verify that _____@gmail.com belongs to you. Learn more about how to recover your account.

Google's recommendation on the linked page is to give up and make a new account. No means of appeal are provided.

Unfortunately this means the loss of many years of information, connections, personal letters, and photographs.

What makes this a PSA: We _have_ the recovery email address, it _verified_ and access was _denied_.

If you are using Google as an identity centralizer, _this could happen to you_. Google has broken the compact of what a recovery email address is, and should be trusted to hold _nothing_ of value.

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JavaScript in browsers can access localhost HTTP network, even on HTTPS pages. Can run port scans, for example. twitter.com/davywtf/status/113

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Hey fediverse has anyone out there got any experience with fires and/or burning? My kitchen is currently engulfed in flames and from everything I've read that's generally a pretty bad thing. I really need some help or advice about this. I've been trying to inhale all the smoke myself to stop it ruining my furniture but there's just too much and it's actually pretty hot.
Boosts would be appreciated, this might be a long shot but I'm sure someone else out there has had this problem too.

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Here's what a school lunch program should look like

1. Give the kids lunch
2. That's it!
3. Literally why would you prevent a child from eating because they don't have money

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One very bad thing about scientific papers being behind paywalls is that (competing) pseudoscience isn’t behind paywalls, so it’s easier to find misinformation online than to find facts.


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