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I don't know if I'm reading too much into this or what, but I noticed a pattern:

- Contacting support from my home IP means that I get a good customer service rep, even when the company is known for having bad customer service.
- Contacting support from my phone or on university wifi is a mixed bag.

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As of yesterday #Microsoft's #DRM server is gone. If you have any ebooks through their store . . . bid them adieu ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Users will be given refunds but the books themselves will no longer be readable. If you made notes on the titles, you'll get $25 credit as a, "we're sorry you'll no longer have access to the notes you took on all those books. Here's $25 and we'll call it even!"

#DefectiveByDesign is a campaign run by the #FSF to combat Digital Restrictions Management and they work to prevent this exact kind of thing from happening.

I decided to explore the federated timeline and found a lot of articles that are outright false (the events in the article just did not happen/aren’t grounded in reality at all). 🤔

The fediverse in its current form cannot be for the average person.

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In other news, the safari per-tab private browsing feature is kinda cool. LinkedIn in one tab doesn't know about the other tab 👌

(They actually probably do anyway because of other fingerprinting but...)

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So I signed up for LinkedIn because I felt obligated to, and O_O are there some dark patterns here.

Most notably: A slider which looks like its off by default, but to actually turn it off you need to turn it on and then off.

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Underrated iOS features: profiles

It took me all of 45 seconds to provision 3 devices with university wifi. Signing into my email was similarly easy (three button presses).

My first phishing email that didn't go to spam! How do I even report these with iCloud mail? There doesn't seem to be a button for that.

FreeBSD runs Firefox okay so it should be fine.

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The “Learn About Linux” tear-away posters in the engineering department bulletins at UC Berkeley are the only ones with nothing torn away. Oof.

I wonder if I could use BSD for schoolwork if I went here... because Berkeley.

I keep going full circle with web frameworks. I liked Rails and Laravel because I can develop things really fast, but they're also super complex (and Laravel is better for large companies where money isn't really an issue, all the really magical stuff in the ecosystem is subscription-based).

Then again I also liked the various Go, Rust, and Python web frameworks for being simple and pretty fast (especially Go).


Why are the JVM based frameworks benchmarking faster than Go and even C++ frameworks? (on techempower)

I'd rather not look directly at the Java but if these frameworks are actually better I'd consider writing Kotlin.

MySQL deleted all my packages last week. Not too big of an issue since I'm installing them as I need them, but it's mildly annoying.

The project was an invite-only survival Minecraft server (like the old days). I was getting too many requests to whitelist people so I let people do it themselves.

It also has a Kotlin component that runs as a plugin to the actual gameserver and verifies logins against the API.

I decided to use Rails for my web project instead of Go or Elixir and I’m super happy with that decision.

It’s setup in a way such that normal programming intuition can’t carry me (Rails seemingly automagically picks the right function to call based on what I name it...) so it’s frustrating at first but this is definitely the easiest way to make web applications.

I wouldn't even mind if it was $19.99 or something ridiculous like that. Why doesn't this exist :(

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The year is 2019. There are still *zero* iOS notes apps that are end to end encrypted and let you draw things (i.e. aren't text only).

Did fosstodon get more popular recently? The local timeline is f a s t.

I think this is a good use of monopoly power, but having a monopoly manage everything doesn't sound like it will end well...

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