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w3c, (edited ) to random
@w3c@w3c.social avatar

W3C has posted that we are no longer active on X/Twitter and have directed all our followers here to Mastodon.

We are encouraging all W3C-related accounts to do the same.

Encourage your friends to follow us here!

csarven,
@csarven@w3c.social avatar

@w3c Good call!

In case this wasn't already considered or in the plans: may I suggest to run a script that creates a snapshot of all w3c account's messages at the Internet Archive / Wayback Machine? I suspect that some is already archived but worth processing it all.

Preserving w3c account's history at a trusted third-party service like the IA would probably be handy in the future.

At this point there is even less of an assurance that messages will persist but worth checking this out now.

w3cdevs, (edited )
@w3cdevs@w3c.social avatar

@w3c 👏 👏

📣 Same call: please encourage your friends to follow W3C Developers on @w3cdevs!

kissane, to Futurology
@kissane@mas.to avatar

This week, I went over to Bluesky and asked people who'd left Mastodon why they left, and lots of people told me. I grabbed the replies and crunched them and wrote up a summary. I think it's really interesting and often kind of wrenching.

https://erinkissane.com/mastodon-is-easy-and-fun-except-when-it-isnt

#meta

kissane,
@kissane@mas.to avatar

Rather than trying to head off the unusual unpleasantness about clout-chasers and the ritually/technologically impure, I will just say this:

I wrote this up for fedi people who are actively curious and interested in other people, and I'm not going to worry too much about how it lands for those who aren't.

kissane,
@kissane@mas.to avatar

The tl;dr (because TL! it's TL) is that, for this group:

  • people feels stressed and anxious when they get yelled at for breaking rules and norms they didn't know about

  • it's hard to find people and conversations, and specifically hard to follow people across instances

  • people want better organic and algorithmic ways to connect with each other

  • instance-picking stresses people out, and a lot of the sign-up and settling-in processes are confusing and/or too much work for unknown returns

badlogic, to random
@badlogic@mastodon.gamedev.place avatar

Today was ... interesting. If you followed me for the past months over on the shitbird site, you might have seen a bunch of angry German words, lots of graphs, and the occassional news paper, radio, or TV snippet with yours truely. Let me explain.

In Austria, inflation is way above the EU average. There's no end in sight. This is especially true for basic needs like energy and food.

Our government stated in May that they'd build a food price database together with the big grocery chains. But..

badlogic,
@badlogic@mastodon.gamedev.place avatar

I don't have a sound cloud, but I have another little project.

https://cards-for-ukraine.at/

We have a charity where we ask for donations which we convert into €50 grocery vouchers for Ukrainian families that fled to Austria. Our state fails them as well.

We are zero overhead, every cent goes towards the vouchers. We pay the rest (envelops, stamps, printer cartridges, etc.)

We are 100% transparent, all contracts/orders/bills/payments here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1PxOL8A44bIRU1Hdoq87_2iXSLNmnMXQr?usp=drive_link

Bunch of friends doing stuff.

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badlogic,
@badlogic@mastodon.gamedev.place avatar

Oh, and if you want to do this for your own country, you can re-use what we build so far!

https://github.com/badlogic/heissepreise

Happy to help if you need guidance! Adding a store is usually less than 200 LOC if they have a search API in their web store.

https://github.com/badlogic/heissepreise/blob/main/stores/billa.js

malwaretech, (edited ) to random
@malwaretech@infosec.exchange avatar

For anyone unaware, Google Chrome is currently rolling out an update that track your interests based on browsing history, then share them with 3rd party websites. The notification page makes it sound like they added a new privacy feature, but in actuality they automatically enrolled you into their tracking system and you have to go and manually opt out.

malwaretech,
@malwaretech@infosec.exchange avatar

For people who for some reason still want to use Chrome:
Settings > Privacy >Ad privacy, then just toggle everything off.

jwz,
@jwz@mastodon.social avatar

@malwaretech Starting to think that maybe using a web browser owned by the world's largest advertising company might be a bad idea.

catsalad, (edited ) to chrome
@catsalad@infosec.exchange avatar

Google announced that starting in June 2024, ad blockers such as uBlock Origin will be disabled in Chrome 127 and later with the rollout of Manifest V3 ().

The new manifest will prevent using custom filters and stops on demand updates of blocklist. Only authorized updates to browser extension will be allowed in the future, which mean an automatic win for Google in their battle to stop YouTube .

is deceitful and threatening to your privacy, and now is a good time to switch to (@mozilla) and/or (@torproject) if you haven't done so already!

EFF (@eff) on Google’s Manifest V3:

⚠️⁠https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/12/chrome-users-beware-manifest-v3-deceitful-and-threatening
⚠️⁠https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/12/googles-manifest-v3-still-hurts-privacy-security-innovation

Chrome Manifest V3 Transition Timeline (2023-11-16)

🚩⁠https://developer.chrome.com/blog/resuming-the-transition-to-mv3/

EDIT for clarification: MV3 in Chrome will still allow some ad blocking extensions, but will severely limit their blocking ability and even restricts pre-set filters to 50 MAX.

ljrk,
@ljrk@todon.eu avatar

@catsalad @mozilla @torproject @eff The second paragraph is of particular importance since that also explains why AdGuard is supporting it (see Google's announcement) and the "wider ad blocking community" (i.e., all the bullshit that's not the one true blocker aka uBO) is okay with it. They sell ad blockers and lists as a product. They're okay with not blocking everything (like YT), especially if noone else can do it anymore because the competition (uBO) is sidelined.

This push is not against ad blockers actually, it's against effective ad blockers, particularly uBO.

catsalad,
@catsalad@infosec.exchange avatar
yabellini, to random
@yabellini@fosstodon.org avatar

Did you realize that we live in a reality where SciHub is illegal, and OpenAI is not?

aud,

@yabellini I don't know whether it's appropriate to say but I just keep thinking "they killed Aaron Swartz for allegedly trying to give people access to science they've funded and they've given 5 billion to Sam Altman for stealing from everyone"

I'm not surprised but for some reason I just can't stop thinking it. I hate it. I hate it so much. They crushed him even though apparently there was a strong indication that what he was doing wasn't even illegal.

alter_kaker,
@alter_kaker@hachyderm.io avatar

@CarRamrod @yabellini @aud the reason for the contrast is that Swartz was enriching the commons, whereas Altman is enriching shareholders. It's called the profit motive. No amount of regulation can change the basic incentive structure of capitalism.

They even acquitted German corporate executives at Nuremberg who were working slaves to death worse than the SS at Auschwitz, because it was their "fiduciary duty to company shareholders" to do so, and therefore it was ruled they had no choice...

pierstoval, (edited ) to random French
@pierstoval@mastodon.social avatar

Project manager: "What's technical debt? Explain it to me like I'm 6 years old"

Devs:

(source: "Richard Scarry's Storybook Dictionary" : https://archive.org/details/1scarryRichardStorybookDictionary/page/n56/mode/1up )

Jaffa,
@Jaffa@social.linux.pizza avatar

@pierstoval Gives me a new visual for when our CEO says "fix the roof while the sun is shining".

wolf,
@wolf@helvede.net avatar

@pierstoval Project managers be like: "Awesome! We can put the important servers under the hole so they get free air cooling."

sandofsky, to random
@sandofsky@mastodon.social avatar

Because these billboards are just monitors rotated 90 degrees, they’re invisible to polarized sunglasses. It’s like a real-life ad blocker!

The billboard blocked by sunglasses.

revk,
@revk@toot.me.uk avatar

@sandofsky “but that is stealing from advertisers” :-) :-)

gruik,
@gruik@piaille.fr avatar
jerry, to random
@jerry@infosec.exchange avatar

I just read another news article about why mastodon didn’t make it and is dying. It’s very sad to hear and probably explains why I have to keep adding more server capacity to handle all the people quitting mastodon.

dwaites,
@dwaites@infosec.exchange avatar

@jerry it turns out the killer feature of the Fediverse is not caring about interest rates.

jerry,
@jerry@infosec.exchange avatar

Quitting is computationally expensive.

silvermoon82, (edited ) to random

Excuse me?
Google now moderates your synched bookmarks? The hell?

To clarify: this is a Google Save Collection, which is one of the mechanisms Google syncs bookmarks via. They're not the default in Chrome (but accessible), but they are the only bookmark facility in the Google Search app, using the standard bookmark icon.

tamtararam,
@tamtararam@chaos.social avatar

@silvermoon82 reminder that years ago there were reports as google deleted work related items of sex workers without warning. some of them were even paying google customers.

PierreC,
@PierreC@eldritch.cafe avatar

@silvermoon82 Well, that's unbearable. Fortunately, this is easily bypassed: you can either just copy-paste your bookmarks in a text file on your hard drive instead of using the bookmarks functionality; or, if you still want to use bookmarks, regularly export and save bookmarks, so that you can still have the addresses if some of them get moderated.

Also, in case you don't already know about the many reasons why Chrome generally speaking is a danger, I recommend reading this comic:
https://contrachrome.com/

Have a good day and/or evening and/or night!

Mastodon, to random
@Mastodon@mastodon.social avatar

There’s been a lot of speculation around what Threads will be and what it means for Mastodon. We’ve put together some of the most common questions and our responses based on what was launched today:

https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2023/07/what-to-know-about-threads/

feditips, (edited )
@feditips@mstdn.social avatar

@ThePlant @Mastodon

How could there NOT be strings attached? Meta isn't a charity, it's a brutal corporation.

When you become dependent on someone for money, you will want to avoid upsetting them. That could be terrible for a Fediverse project if the donor is Meta.

kicou,
@kicou@kicou.info avatar

@Mastodon it is not analogous to GoogleTalk and FB Messenger embracing XMPP then ditching it when they get enough traction.

It is more akin to Microsoft and Google offering email services and gaining such a dominant marketshare that they have rendered deliverability of email from small independent providers extremely difficult, to the point that even seasoned IT professionals are giving up and using Microsoft or Google platforms because managing your own server has become too difficult.

Yes, we all use the same SMTP protocol, but some SMTP servers are more equal than others, no matter how careful you are in picking a clean IP, setting up SPF records, DKIM signing and DMARC policies.

A handful of big players are taking control of the e-maik federation.

l sure hope ActivityPub does not suffer a similar fate.

With Meta "embracing" (first E in the proverbial EEE strategy) the Fediverse, the most obvious targets are microblogging (Pleroma, Mastodon, Calc/Misskey) and image sharing (PixelFed).

The concern of concentration already existed with larger instances like mastodon.social, but Meta entering the chat is a whole nother level.

Mastodon, to random
@Mastodon@mastodon.social avatar

You asked for it, and it’s coming. Quote posts, search, and groups are on their way. In the meantime, check out the new onboarding experience launching today. https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2023/05/a-new-onboarding-experience-on-mastodon/

chema,
@chema@sanfranciscan.org avatar

Glad to hear quote posts are coming. Not because I wanted them, but because I am tired of reading the debate.

tek,
@tek@freeradical.zone avatar

The "official" @Mastodon app now sends new users to overloaded megaservers by default.

Don't use the official app, and don't recommend it to new users. It's turning into a dedicated mastodon.social app, and isn't good general Mastodon experience, by design.

q3k, to random
@q3k@hackerspace.pl avatar

I can finally reveal some research I've been involved with over the past year or so.

We (@redford, @mrtick and I) have reverse engineered the PLC code of NEWAG Impuls EMUs. These trains were locking up for arbitrary reasons after being serviced at third-party workshops. The manufacturer argued that this was because of malpractice by these workshops, and that they should be serviced by them instead of third parti
es.

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q3k,
@q3k@hackerspace.pl avatar

We found that the PLC code actually contained logic that would lock up the train with bogus error codes after some date, or if the train wasn't running for a given time. One version of the controller actually contained GPS coordinates to contain the behaviour to third party workshops.

It was also possible to unlock the trains by pressing a key combination in the cabin controls. None of this was documented.

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Coordinates of a third-party workshop extracted from PLC, overlaid on a map.

failedLyndonLaRouchite,

@Ifrauding @q3k @redford @mrtick @zaufanatrzeciastrona

thank you
one thing you should learn as you leave your youthful days behind is that the world runs only cause of the incredible amount of work by volunteers, work on everything big and small, from your local library to big stuff like this

sysop408, to random
@sysop408@sfba.social avatar

This is hilarious. It appears that Twitter is DDOSing itself.

The Twitter home feed's been down for most of this morning. Even though nothing loads, the Twitter website never stops trying and trying.

In the first video, notice the error message that I'm being rate limited. Then notice the jiggling scrollbar on the right.

The second video shows why it's jiggling. Twitter is firing off about 10 requests a second to itself to try and fetch content that never arrives because Elon's latest genius innovation is to block people from being able to read Twitter without logging in.

This likely created some hellish conditions that the engineers never envisioned and so we get this comedy of errors resulting in the most epic of self-owns, the self-DDOS.

Unbelievable. It's amateur hour.

A mostly still movie of a Twitter feed showing a rate limited error message and a jiggling scrollbar indicating repeated attempts to load a resource.
Firefox network console showing 10 requests to twitter.com zooming by per second.

sysop408,
@sysop408@sfba.social avatar

Lest anyone doubt that Twitter was idiotic enough to release code that would cause a race condition and result in its own users executing a DDOS attack on it, here's the network console readout from Firefox showing all the network requests blasting away.

Of course I immediately closed out my connection because I'm a good person. Oh, but it's the weekend and Evil Sheldon is in control so I kept the party going for a while since Twitter insisted on it.

video/mp4

sysop408,
@sysop408@sfba.social avatar

@scafaria ok, here's an even funnier version of the Twitter self-DDOS.

This is a video of my video of Twitter self-DDOSing itself played from a Tweet while the bug is still active and the page itself continues to flood Twitter with requests.

Now notice the trending topics in the sidebar: #TwitterDown, WTF Twitter, Rate Limit Exceeded, Damn Twitter

This might be the most perfect screen video ever recorded. 😆

#selfDDOS

video of my video of Twitter network calls showing a self-DDOS by Twitter using my browser inside a tweet that's itself flooding Twitter with network requests.

wikipedia, (edited ) to random
@wikipedia@wikis.world avatar

Here's how the "Ship of Theseus" page looked in July 2003 when it was first created! Since then, the article has been edited 1792 times. 0% of its original phrases remain.

phil_smith,
@phil_smith@mastodonapp.uk avatar

@wikipedia

In the U.K. this is know as Trigger’s Broom.

simonzerafa,
@simonzerafa@infosec.exchange avatar

@andrewt @wikipedia

No but Thomas Hobbs would understand my query 🙂

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