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"Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal."

E.O. Wilson.

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For Niklaus Wirth, 1934-2024.

Apple's classic Pascal poster, remade as a nice clean vector image. Print at any size with the PDF link.

danamania.com/print/Apple%20Pa

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Can we just stop using Discord and go back to using forum sites?

I realize it's (comparatively) super easy to set up, but y'all realize it's just going to bite us all in the ass as soon as someone at Discord decides they need to turn up the profit ratio?

It's a ticking time bomb. The whole thing is going to follow the enshittification process, and anything of value on there is going to be lost/sold/destroyed. Y'all are just feeding the monster.

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@KathyReid @pluralistic here’s an open source federated privacy-friendly alternative: gath.io/

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I’m playing this first-person open-world game called ‘Life’, and it’s so hard it’s almost unplayable. The character classes are really unbalanced, and you don’t even get to choose one: it’s just assigned when you start playing. They introduced some assists to make things easier (if you can find them buried in the menus), but the elite players complained and they’re being patched out again. Accessibility features for those with disabilities are severely lacking. And it only has permadeath mode.

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Nice to have your efforts appreciated. I can't always deliver, but the blind tech community is one of the easiest groups to help. The patience, kindness, and detail they put into their support interactions are consistently the best.

tweesecake.social/@JonathanMos

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As I’ve been covering on my #LivingBlindfully #Podcast, a serious defect has crept into iOS 17 affecting some third-party apps where writing is the primary purpose. If you load a document you have written in the past, you can double-tap the edit field as much as you like, but focus will not be given to the edit field so a VoiceOver user can edit the document.
If you have good dexterity, you can quit VoiceOver, tap the Edit field and re-enable VoiceOver. But it shouldn’t be that hard to get things done.
This bug is quite recent, and for whatever reason only affects iPhone, not iPad.
Recently, several blind people made Greg Pierce, the developer of Drafts, aware of this issue. It’s important to stress that as an independent developer, Greg did not create this issue. His code hasn’t changed. Something is wrong with iOS. Nevertheless, Greg spent considerable time trying to see if he could work around Apple’s buggy code for the benefit of the blind users he cares about. He finally found a way, and an updated build is now in the App Store.
This story deserves to be told. One of the wealthiest companies in the world with abundant resources broke something fundamental, again. Our frustration continues to mount about how difficult it is to get Apple to engage. Yet one guy running a one-man company has shown the empathy and compassion to invest time helping us out. I have no doubt we’re a tiny fraction of his user base.
Greg represents all that is awesome about the Indi app development seen. Greg, you’re a legend, I for one am incredibly grateful for the time you spent on this.
And @drafts is a superb app. Thank you.

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@asmodai @pluralistic It's completely repugnant. With the D&D's 50th Anniversary next year, this is just the dumbest, greediest course of action.

For half of CEO Chris Cocks' salary they could have bought so much good will ahead of the anniversary: Bringing in folks who worked on previous versions for documentary/interview videos, expanding the D&D team, updating and republishing old adventures. They could have celebrated the tools we use for collaborative storytelling.

Instead they've managed to juice a single quarter's numbers and poisoned the well for years to come.

Not to mention firing 1,100 people during the holidays. You have to be a real moral failure to think that's okay.

Can’t believe OmniFocus 4 is finally out! I’ve been using the beta for what it feels like forever and I’m glad the good people at the Omni Group managed to get it out before Christmas. They deserve a nice holidays break!

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This mind-bending timelapse with the Milky Way stabilized shows the Earth is spinning through space.

Video credit: Eric Brummel
Eric's Website: ericbrummel.com/
Watch the full HD version on Youtube: youtube.com/watch?v=w8OK7M2_hU

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@pluralistic I miss Trillian so much. It didn't matter what service a friend was on, I could talk to them.

And the chat boxes were tabbed! At the time that was a wild new innovation.

Testing posting directly to Mastodon from MarsEdit. The new v5.1 added support to handle a Mastodon blog (or account) directly from MarsEdit and it can be a nice way to quickly publish from my Mac without logging into Mastodon and going down the rabbit hole of scrolling through my timeline.

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