For posterity and pinning purposes:
Intro to Mastodon, especially good from safety and CW-cognizant perspective, written by kitty.town instance admin: http://www.ginnymcqueen.com/how-to-mastodon/
More technical take on Mastodon, especially good bits about federation and moderation: https://kevq.uk/how-does-mastodon-work/
Other resource suggestions welcome!
(re) #introduction time
I'm a longtime-but-not-native South Philadelphian (the distinction is important) who works in the intersection of psychology, NLP, mental health advocacy, and data engineering.
Outside of that: mostly TV plus a mix of food, video games, movies, and music 🎷. And shitposting. Always shitposting.
Holding out hope for Mastodon to be the best parts of ca 2009 birdsite + IRC + kindness + mutual interests.
mind-bogglingly shortsighted zoom security flaw
I know I shouldn't be surprised that for-profit enterprise-level software would prioritize 2% fewer angry calls from red-faced C-suite types to opening a massive security hole.
I'm sure they have reasonable engineers working for them. This is probably one of those goddamn things that devs pushed back on that PMs caved to higher-ups and allowed.
zoom shit; code block (bash)
#this seems to work to block the localhost server from starting each time. The only "downside" is that you get prompted to open zoom each time. utterly infuriating.
# To prevent the vulnerable server from running on your machine
# (this does not impact Zoom functionality), run these two lines in your Terminal.
pkill "ZoomOpener"; rm -rf ~/.zoomus; touch ~/.zoomus && chmod 000 ~/.zoomus;
pkill "RingCentralOpener"; rm -rf ~/.ringcentralopener; touch ~/.ringcentralopener && chmod 000 ~/.ringcentralopener;
# (You may need to run these lines for each user on your machine.)
mind-bogglingly shortsighted zoom security flaw
> Zoom defends the “workaround” as a “legitimate solution to a poor user experience, enabling our users to have seamless, one-click-to-join meetings, which is our key product differentiator.”
I'm agog that Zoom is defending their use of a hidden localhost web server to get around A SINGLE CLICK.
jawns.club #meta, gab
Domain-blocked a few Gab servers. Please send reports on any you notice in the federated timeline. Hopefully a technical solution will appear but in the meantime, any help you can provide in this game of whack-a-mole would be appreciated.
Honest "Free Speech"
Nobody is saying "I am offended and demand you stop saying this", please stop making shit up. What people might say is, "That's a fucked up thing to say and I don't want to be around people who say that".
Free speech advocates, in every single instance when I've encountered them, have wanted not only freedom from repercussions, but more importantly, freedom from being made to feel sad because they said something that upset someone.
They want us to remind them that they are, in fact, very nice, good boys, just like they've been told all along.
They're not racist because they don't *feel* racist. They're not homophobic because they don't feel it.
FOSSbros; Mention of slurs; Subtoot
FOSSbro 1: I get really irked when snowflakes tell me I can't call them faggots or the n-word
Normal people: You know, you could *not* be an ass, right?
FOSSbro 1: *Condescending Stephen Fry quote*
More FOSSbros: I hate pronouns! We need to thin the herd like in WW2!
FOSSbro 1: Aren't I brave for posting this unpopular opinion; I certainly haven't just surrounded myself with people who will pat me on the back for enabling hate; nope nope I'm brave and good
Interesting to see tech blogs starting to notice. Every Fediverse instance admin and every app user needs to be be sure to be ready.
"Gab is forking Mastodon and joining the fediverse" https://wedistribute.org/2019/05/gab-is-forking-mastodon-and-joining-the-fediverse/
someone ruined it already. now i just look like a liar
one of the things I do when I'm home by myself is do a shouted impression of Fred Schneider talk-singing the lyrics of songs it's hard to imagine the B-52s actually ever covering.
Just e.g. hollering to the cats and no one:
you never CLOSE
any MORE when I KISS
there's no TEN
like beFORE in your FING
Oh my goodness I've just learned a thing about The Matrix that causes it to make a lot more sense: In the original script the humans were used as neural network compute clusters by the Machines and as a crucial component of The Matrix itself.
Which is why humans who were aware of the simulation could control aspects of The Matrix - their minds were part of its foundation.
Unfortunately the test audiences had trouble understanding this concept so the studio changed the human role to "batteries".
Data, MH, NLP, general nerdery. Secure/proof/other online identities @ https://crutch.keybase.pub
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