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I just received Unix Stickers!

Guess which one I'll put on my laptop :tux:

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"While Twitter had earlier told TechCrunch that it would be “winding down” Smyte’s business with existing clients, what that apparently meant was that it was going to announce the acquisition, then effectively shut off the lights over at Smyte and leave everyone in the lurch."

techcrunch.com/2018/06/21/twit

Also piano and guitar.

And I took 6 months of drum lessons but know I'm really shit at playing drums.

Hmm, I really do need to dig my guitar out again.

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Can we please stop saying "free-to-use" and instead say, for example, "paid-with-data"? #ShitHNSays

I can play the saxophone.


(At least, I probably still can 🤔)

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[Thinking out loud]

Under GDPR there is a "Right to Erasure" (right to be forgotten).

The erasure process would be straightforward on your home instance but in the #fediverse some of your data will exist on other servers.

Does federation create any RtE obligation?

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Just realized I didn't write my #introduction yet! Does it count as #newaccount? 😜

Gen-Xer born in #Mexico; since kid I was a #computer #nerd and liked #anime and #scifi, so it was logical I'd eventually discover the #cyberpunk genre (#ghostintheshell, #akira, #neuromancer, #bubblegumcrisis, #parasitedolls, #lain...)

Aside from that I've done #opensource and #freesoftware; have gnu/#Linux on my PC and recently I discovered #decentralization.

Currently #amwriting a scifi novel about #AI and #androids.

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My book club is reading The Island of Doctor Moreau this month and it’s going to take a lot of willpower not to talk about Crash Bandicoot all evening

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Why haven't they made a web hosting service called Hoobastack?

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as a reminder, be aware that websites now install javascript you have no awareness of into your browser and run it in the background, also without your awareness.

in firefox, if you go to about:debugging and click "workers" you can see all the javascripts running in the background on your firefox for the benefit of others
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Thank you, vegans:

By removing meat and eggs from your diet you have reduced competiton and decreased my costs.

Please drink less whiskey next!

#vegan #gratitude

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@officialcjunior @angristan @bobstechsite @Gargron
Folks,
no axe to grind, just a description of finding my way around the #fediverse from a complete newbie and ultimately why I chose #Mastodon .
fitheach.co.uk/life/the-fedive

Man I wish I could actually run it like this... so pretty... 😮

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remember when the internet was fun and full of possibilities? yknow how now it's a miserable hell? reminder that what happened is that capitalism colonized it and now it's just as shitty as everything else capitalism's got its hooks in

like. seo, algorithms, targeted advertising: these are all DESIGNED to keep you from finding some weirdo's X-Files fan page or geocities star trek web ring. I would 1000x rather find those than tweets from the u.s. president, yet here we are #thankscapitalism

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i think my biggest problem is i think I'm way smarter than i actually am

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(programing) Language design question:

In natural languages, it is common to say something like: "If the student is in 8th or 9th grade, then they eat at 12:30."

I would think that this could be expressed in pseudocode as:

`if (grade == 8 or 9) {
lunchTime = "12:30";
}`

However, I've never seen a language that lets you say that. Instead, you are forced to be more verbose:

`if (grade == 8 or grade == 9) {
lunchTime = "12:30";
}`

Is there a reason the first can't be allowed?

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