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You have been hired as an intern to help maintain the universe simulation. You accidentally spilled coffee on one of the servers.
#writingprompts #writing

So, USB C is getting DRM.
So, one usb implementation might ignore a connection with another implementation, even whilst they otherwise perfectly implement the standard.
How is that a standard anymore?!
How is that "universal"?!

@zath now has an icon! That is what he uses on other websites as well. Hopefully he will post more often here though....

The Last Day of 2018 on diaspora* by me:

diasp.org/posts/cba0f530ef9201

Since this is Qoto, I will post it here as well:

This is the last day of the year 2018. It is time for many to propose resolutions for them to do in 2019. I personally will start a 90 day reading plan. I am not sure if it is much of a resolution, but I am going to install an encrypted (Or maybe /Linux-libre) operating system on my main machine before I travel. I also will not be on diaspora* nor Mastodon for the next month.

I also have been thinking of what has happened in 2018. It has been an impressive year, and looking back I see some amazing things God has done in my life in particular. I cannot wait for what God has for me in this next year. Since I will be moving to Europe for a while (which is all I will say publicly).

Like many others, I will stay up until midnight and enjoy the festivities and the countdown. Like everyone else, I feel that this last New Year’s just passed, and am amazed at how soon 2019 has come.

This last year I have started two different projects which I plan to continue working on. Namely, (a Bible app system), and (a check-in system like KidCheck for daycares, Sunday Schools, etc.). If you have seen my previous post, you will know that I plan to do a lot of work on LibreCheck in the next few months (if you want to help out, please talk to me!).

What are you planning to do this next year?

I have been completely removed from Facebook for a full year. It has been the best year in recent memory. OBSERVATIONS:

1) I'm still "connected" to current events. I'm just not bombarded with a thousand "rage-bait" rants about it.

2) I'm still connected with everyone that matters. We've shared the responsibility of staying in touch. Sometimes it's on me to reach out, sometimes it's on them. The people who haven't kept up with me, were just a relationship of ceremony and convenience.

3) I'm substantially less depressed. Surprising no one, I guess. It didn't cure depression, but it alleviated that which it brought: A lot.

4) I'm still super social online. I have community here and a few other places. We do things together, and don't just try to whip ourselves into a fury.

5) I've gained a meaningful perspective: *MY* perspective. Getting away from the manipulative pieces of those social media sites has given me enough clarity to be, well... "me."

YMMV

Decentralize today.

Decentralize tomorrow.

Decentralize forever.

I am learning about , and have got it set up on my PC. It is interesting.

Upgrading to 4.20 on Antergos. I hear there is a speed hit...

How apps on Android share data with Facebook...

At least 61 % of apps automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment people open the app, whether they have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not.

privacyinternational.org/repor

#FuckFacebook #FuckAndroid #SurveillanceCapitalism

#mastodon makes the internet fun again, we need more places like this online. Places to have adventures and explore.

You want to know what happens when you don't have free speech? Ask Australians. This post, which talks about suppression and gives no details over the conviction in a high profile case, was taken down. The original is a 404:

archive.li/XIfHL#selection-367

The EFF opposed the Right to be Forgotten legislation for this reason, because it is more often used for censorship by the powerful to cover up their crimes.

has a clean and simple design, while being very powerful. It also is very eye-appealing.

As a scientist researching the possibility that our universe is a simulation, you and your team decide to throw hundreds of thousands of fireworks into the Grand Canyon. Upon setting them off, the frame rate slightly stutters.
#writingprompts #writing

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.


Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login: https://halcyon.qoto.org.
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here: https://video.qoto.org.
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: https://halcyon.qoto.org/ No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username]@qoto.org so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is @freemo@qoto.org.

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
  • @freemo@qoto.org
  • @absolutus@qoto.org
  • @arteteco@qoto.org
  • @Surasanji@qoto.org
  • @hashtaggrammar@qoto.org
Note: The account @QOTO@qoto.org listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***