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Being followed by a faceless and silent avatar is creepy.
Here’s my suggestion for newbies: set a picture and write at least one, preferably four posts that tell us something about yourself, about what to expect.
If you follow me, I will look at your profile and maybe I’ll follow back. But I’m not following a faceless and silent avatar.
Now... how to get this message out to newbies... πŸ€”

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Some pictures taken with the bigger camera. Remember to mute the thread if you have seen enough. Apparently we will get new flowers in March. πŸ˜„

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The Latvian Radio Choir singing Rachmaninov's All-night Vigil, Op. 37 "Vespers". The best music for crying and programming, both at the same time. Here I am, tears streaming down my face, thinking about some data import into an Oracle database. And I keep thinking: this is the time we live in. Crying, chagrined, as the world slowly turns into a swamp.

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"I’m feeling small because all these giants are standing on my shoulders!" – me, when thinking about copyright

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A reminder of why I think deleting old posts on social media is important: "I don’t think they have much value going back months and years. I never read through years of tweeting history! This only benefits your enemies, never your friends." alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2017-04-

I tried to buy the first season of The Expanse on Amazon but they wouldn’t let me because I’m in Switzerland and they are in Germany. I think I might have to try something else…
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Well, after having written that unhappy rant I figured it out. The important β€œhandle” is the one in the middle between the two windows, not the one at the top which allows you to rearrange the two windows. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

I like my iPad but sometimes I manage to open a split Safari window (seen on the screenshot on the right, with Firefox still running on the left) and I can’t see a way to close the window. What tentacle-fingered programmer decided this was a good idea what earthworm intelligence designed the user acceptance test this feature must have passed. Because this was tested, right? And it passed, right? And I’m not sitting here – professional programmer and all – helpless before the machine, right?

Know also that in this day and age it is not enough to ironically claim to be the thing. We all know about these replies. It’s also not enough to be shitposting. That’s as boring as spam itself. It has to be wrapped in enthusiasm, concern, fake counter arguments, politics, identity. I expect nothing less from the new AIs trained on all of it. All that is great, and all that is garbage online.

How can we flush out an AI amongst our followers? I’m thinking: if they were trained on the web then maybe their handlers made mistakes and didn’t carefully differentiate between texts written by humane humans and spammers. If I mention Viagra and Cialis, an AI trained on the web might think it a reasonable prompt and tell me something about these products. What do you think?
(I’ve been listening to the 99PI .)

@troubleMoney Are we frogmouth posting? Because I am totally up for frogmouth posting.

They look permanently put upon and aghast at your shit and I love them so.

@troubleMoney Just because they have not received love, these are potoos. When they want to, they are masters of disguise. When they don't want to, well...

Whenever I see people picture post pictures online of animals I don't know, my first instinct is to go check their Wikipedia page in hopes of seeing "least concern" on their conservation status.

Today you were spared, grin-billed toucan. Today you were.

There is some relevancy as to whether Twitter’s system will federate over ActivityPub, but this is only as interesting a question as whether Mastodon or Pleroma etc. federate over ActivityPub, OStatus, Disapora, XMPP, OpenSocial, Zot etc.

Most of the interesting and unanswered questions relate to community, moderation and governance of free and open societies… none of which Twitter has any relevant experience in, and all of which Twitter has repeatedly proven to be completely incompetent about.

Jack Dorsey followed Mastodon on Twitter a month ago so it's not like he doesn't know Mastodon exists, take from that what you will

While working on my Forth this week, I rewrote the assembler in assembly, letting me fit it into my kernel so that I no longer need to inline raw machine code in the standard library.

The rewrite is a lot more efficient, reducing the memory footprint from 661 memory locations to 109.

Being able to use the assembler at any time is allowing me to hand optimize parts of my standard library of words, reducing the memory footprint and improving performance.

#retro #forth @forth

Climate change 

Guess. Guess which country is at the bottom of this list of the Climate Change Performance Index. #CCPI

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Jack says: "Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard. 🧡"
nitter.net/jack/status/1204766

When linking to Twitter I like to replace "twitter.com" with "nitter.net". Somebody on here showed me how to do it and it works even with all the adblockers I have installed.

Regular PSA on IT/Eng/Ops burnout (long) 

This is pretty spiffy: (allegedly) make your Docker images 30x smaller without manually doing the work. github.com/docker-slim/docker-

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