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Strikes, protests and marches planned for the next three days in Iran as part of the there. How privileged, safe, comfortable I have it here while many people wake up in Iran today and think "is today the day I die?" before they head out to demand basic freedoms.

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The Turing Test poisoned the minds of generations of AI enthusiasts, because its criteria is producing text that persuades observers it was written by a human.

The result? Generative AI text products designed to "appear real" rather than produce accurate or ethical outputs.

It *should* be obvious why it's problematic to create a piece of software that excels at persuasion without concern for accuracy, honesty or ethics. But apparently it's not.

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Been coding for ~15 years, here are my top 5 programming tips

-Get a good chair
-Get up and walk more often
-Drink more water
-Don’t sit hunched, raise your monitor/laptop monitor height
-Know when to stop for the day

*your code is gonna be much better

#programming #gamedev

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The Iran regime is using the “abolishment” of morality police as an attempt to quell protests. It’s a token change, and not enough.

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Last night I browsed through all my old Flickr posts. Then it struck me how hard it is to do that on Instagram. There the past vaguely fades away, disappears. There’s no design affordance for retrospection. Insta only cares about right now, and serving enough, “now”, to keep you producing engagement.

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While I may have been affected by the layoffs @Netlify, I still believe in their motto of “Build a better web”. I am currently looking for my next opportunity to do just that! Here’s what I bring to the table 👇

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So here's the thing. You can only violate people's legal rights and your own word so far before they lawyer up and come after you.

I really do hope Musk changes his mind and does the right thing - the employees deserve that. But it'll be fun as hell if he doesn't.

TypeScript is a cool idea... But in practice building anything more complex than Dog and Animal interfaces, or whatever the toy examples are in the official TS docs, is a nightmare! It's nice when someone else writes the TS and one can just consume the typeahead/etc, but maintaining a library that other devs use to build complex apps, and ensuring all those developer bells and whistles work, is a horrible experience. Do not recommend.

I had a dream last night that Elon Musk fired me 😞

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"Why does this project exist?" should be a mandatory section in every README.

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The best #Linux tip I’ve ever gotten was when someone said that the flags in “tar -xzvf” stand for “xtract ze vucking files” because *to this day* that’s how I remember it.

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I know a good number of Masto admins and moderators follow me here, as we get Fastly’s Fast Forward program up & running (designed to support open source & the good internet), what would you ideally like to see as support for the fediverse from Fastly? CDN services, the edge compute platform, security protection, etc.?

I am not a "server " kind of person at all.. would much prefer to "run" a serverless-based setup if possible, but, here are some metrics I've collected, for the past 24 hours, for the instance I'm running. I am the most active user but have a few other mostly-inactive friends on it too. Not too bad so far.

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Hello #Hachydermians I am back on the primary instance #Hachyderm!

Here is my latest research on federation, security, hashtags, followers, notifications, and data with #Mastodon.

This explains why I migrated to recently, and also captures my findings! I think there is maybe even a low-risk CVE in here for us to start talking about.

I am in love with federation of systems. This is the first paradigm shift I have had with distributed systems in years.

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Nice thing about Mastodon: It's one of the extremely rare web pages I visit where my ad blocker doesn't need to do anything.

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In the leaked audio recording from FarsNews the IRGC commander speaking seems to have oddly specific details about world cup sold tickets and name and nationalities of ticket owners (of interest).
Is that from a potential compromise of ticket sales systems or is it Qatar cooperating?

Qatar seems to be in full cooperation with IRGC, which is bizzare but not unexpected. They have literally offered to take a ban wish-list from Iran, and evidence exists to prove that they have acted up on it too. So it is not unlikely that they might have shared such details with Iran too. But this seems a bit oversharing too. What stands out is around 00:00:15 where he says:
“… of those 5300 tickets, as (our) guys investigated, over 500 are known…”.
Which means Iran (IRGC) has full details of ticket owners. Israel must be thrilled here too, knowing that Iran somehow has got list of their 15000 citizens going to Qatar for world cup.

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Serverless Mastadon servers?

Currently trying to squeeze Mastodon into an AWS Lambda function. I am using the Lamby extension for this (

Lamby uses the Lambda Docker integration, which allows running Docker containers in Lambda.

While I don't know how this will work out, I'm (re)learning a lot of Docker stuff since my knowledge has become a bit rusty here. For example: Docker multi-stage builds:

WIP code:

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A group of friends mostly from the west coast of Canada