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Hej mastodon

I'm writing an article about social media in 2017. I guess some of you have left birbsite for good. If some of you would care to give me short (and quoteable) statement "why" and "why mastodon is better", you'd make a journalist very happy.

Of course anon/pseudoymity is no problem. German prefered, but english is fine, re-toots are appriecated.

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the idea that talking in person is better than talking on the phone, and talking on the phone is better than communicating on text-based media, is some weapons grade ableist horseshit

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The general consensus seems to be:

1) 20th Century Fox owns the "Alien" franchise.
2) "Alien" xenomorphs are born from a Queen.
3) Disney is buying 20th Century Fox.
Therefore
4) Xenomorphs are Disney princesses.

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Periodic reminder that if you believe hard enough, you *can* fave over email.

wondermark.com/c1120/

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"Belphegor's prime is 1,000,000,000,000,066,600,000,000,000,001: a palindromic prime number with 666 in the middle and 13 0s on either side. It is named after Belphegor, one of the seven princes of hell."

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Brain: So what are we hunting and/or gathering today, buddy?

Me: I told you, we live in a complex modern society and we don't hunt or gather. Instead we just worry about paying all our bills and also the complex web of ideology and global politics that threatens to destroy us basically always.

Brain: Hmm, I don't think I was built for that.

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Friendly reminder to all Americans that Open Enrollment for health insurance ends December 15th so if you need insurance be sure to go to healthcare.gov right now!! If you can't afford a premium you can get subsidized plans without premiums

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I wonder if there's a way to disable content warnings so I always see content. (The system is set up to follow people, not streams, so if I follow someone I want to see it all.)

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one last mastodon tip!

don’t shitpost by faking CWs

take them seriously or others won’t

thanks in advance 😘

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""We used a JavaScript engine bug within Microsoft Edge to achieve the code execution inside the Edge sandbox, and we used a Windows 10 kernel bug to escape from it and fully compromise the guest machine," Qihoo 360 Executive Director Zheng Zheng wrote in an e-mail. "Then we exploited a hardware simulation bug within VMware to escape from the guest operating system to the host one. All started from and only by a controlled a website.""

oh my god

arstechnica.com/information-te

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do whatever you need to do to cope

take a day or more of silence, distract yourself with mundane things, look at pictures of cute animals, tell jokes, watch science videos, shitpost (but be respectful about it), play video games

but don't think you're undeserving of comfort right now.

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User discovery on Mastodon is still a problem.

It's made worse by the "following" link on user cards, which, when the user is on a different instance, only shows users on your own instance. This may make sense technically, but it is bad for users.

Not only is this not intuitive behaviour (there is no indication the list is not complete), it also makes it harder for Mastodon users to find each other, ultimately hurting teh platform.

Let's figure out how to fix this problem.

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i think it might be fun to have our usernames optionally display a little favicon specific to our mastodon instance, like a piece of flair to show which planet we're from in the fediverse

oh what if they could collect like passport stamps so you can see how many instances a given toot was rt'd through before it reached your timeline

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The new Firefox beta is only faster than the old version if you don't factor in time spent going outside to retrieve your laptop after you threw it out the window because all your key bindings don't work any more and now holding down ctrl-p opens twenty seven print dialog boxes instead of going to the previous line.

Not sure if terrible or genius job by Google here

Does Mastodon federation not include follower or like counts? I always see 0/1