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Me: "This code is badly written and the choice of technology is atrocious."

Them: "Your standards are too high, no one can adhere to them!"

Me: "I can literally do remote code execution from the fraggin' password input box… FOR THE ROOT USER!"

Them: "Good you have fixed this. Everything is fine now :thisisfine:"

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In preparation for POTENTIALLY deleting my #Keybase account at some point in the future, I've created an Identities page.

Keybase aside, it's probably good practice for me to maintain something like this on my own site.

kevq.uk/identities/

#IndieWeb

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@ben I wonder if “loudly and continuously broadcasting the most inane thing possible” is a legitimate anti-surveillance technique

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me: [logs back into guild wars 2 and starts tutorializing what I'm doing into the microphone even though I'm not on voice chat or recording]

government spy: fuuuuuuuck

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Not to forget the good news today: the SpaceX Crewed Dragon docked with the International Space Station moments ago

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quarantine, covid19 

So far in 2020 I’ve read 30 books. #quarantine #covid19

(monkinetic txt-86feee5)

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Keeping part of the population overworked, and another part underworked allows capitalists to maximize the exploitation of the working class. This the the reason the work week never gets shorter despite all the advances in automation and efficiency.

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I look a bit more normal but the pain is a lot worse. This was kinda funny a couple of days ago but I'm struggling to find humour in it now.

Now I see activities happening locally, I actually feel motivated to take my camera out 🙂

New unused HTC One headphones!

I’m going to see how these badboys go, seeing as @thewife and I are going through boxes of old stuff clearing it out - and my iPhone headphones died. Which actually guts me as the sound was pretty decent.

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Why many people don't and won't use open source federated sites 

@rick_777 @Brainship

like a 1980s era nightclub (complete with tacky neon aesthetics) but when you go to the gender inclusive loo (bathroom) one of the WCs is in fact a teleporter so you open the door again and you are now in a different club (and in half of them the rest of the loos are occupied with furries 😆 )

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Why many people don't and won't use open source federated sites 

People will continue to use big centralized sites like Discord until the alternatives drop the literal paragraphs of technobabble to explain what they are.

Most users do not know tech well. If they see pages of words they don't understand it's clear the software 'isn't for people like me'
so they go back to centralized sites.

If people don't understand what any of those acronyms and words mean it won't matter that the site is easier or better to use.

There's nothing wrong with technical explanations.
But they can be deeply alienating as a first impression and explanation to someone with no tech or coding skills who's after 'a site I can talk to my friends on'.

Folks know the sites they use are bad. But the alternative isn't accessible to the vast majority of people.

Non tech users need to be included and respected as potential users if open source is to appeal to all the communities it could benefit.

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TIL SOWM exists
It's a stacking (floating) window manager that's about 24K compiled

github.com/dylanaraps/sowm

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This concept suggests a level of trust that could be useful in Matrix. Eg if you meet someone in a public room and start a Direct Chat with them, there is no out-of-band channel you can use to verify them. But you might want to allow decryption of messages only by devices cross-signed by the one you started the chat with. Maybe Riot could use a hybrid of the TOFU and Blind Trust Before Verification approaches to ensure that?

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"Conversations is trying ... a concept called Blind Trust Before Verification. In that mode ... Conversations blindly trusts any device a contact might have and it will also trust new devices that are being created in the future ... Users are given the option to verify contacts - or to be exact, their devices - by scanning a 2D barcode either of their phone, their social media presence or website. [After verification] Conversations will no longer blindly trust new devices ..."

#Conversations

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