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@thomasfuchs hey! two things -

first, thanks for everytimezone, I use it very frequently and it's easily the most low-friction way I know to bounce times around.

secondly, a quick bug report; it's still listing London as BST (UTC+0100) - we left BST on the 28th October.

I am a mature adult who exclusively enjoys mature adult humour

how is a creature capable of making this face even allowed

using my supreme powers of deductive reasoning i have determined that the cats have been hacking the planet while i’ve been out

Whoa, why has half of Twitter joined Mastodon all of a sudden?

Dave W boosted

Mastodon is so much better than Twitter because it’s decentralised and you can join any of the countless instances.

*All of Twitter joins*

today in "are the cryptocoiners okay", Peepeth: a distributed, blockchain-backed Twitter clone with no delete button by design.

you read that right. you can't delete anything you post, ever.

yeah, that'll work out just fine.

@rummik Thanks for the report. The spammer (and multiple other spam accounts) have been suspended.

"I'll just dist-upgrade to bionic", thought I. Two days later, Mastodon is back up and running with no data loss. Apologies to anyone impacted.

When a smol, I took pen and paper on car journeys, held the pen to the paper, braced as close to neutral as possible against gravity, and let the inertia of the journey draw lines. I wanted to see whether a journey had a repeatable 'signature'. Today, that's how INS systems work.

News outlets trying to fight fake news with short videos and a call to "share this to fight fake news" are getting on my tits. What you want to be doing is saying "consider whether you trust us, evaluate our sources, and make a good sharing decision", but them metrics tho, right?

Facebook revenge porn “upload your nudes” thing - I understand what they’re trying to do & the intention is good. However the premise of giving Facebook, of all companies, private content is daunting. Needs to be perceptually hashed client-side, and only the hashes, or if content is really needed, machine-usable but human-unfriendly content (eg blurred thumbnails) sent and stored.

Matryoshka dolls in a shop on the Moscow Metro. Putin, Stalin, Lenin, Stalin again, and… wait. (source:

also what the shit mastodon, no native 'boost with comment'?

I will not allow obscene language like this on my innocent timeline

unpopular opinion of the day: I kind of like coffeescript. well, more than javascript, anyway, which is to say that I like stabbing myself in the foot more than I like stabbing myself in the eye.

Today in 'well that's a nice feature', in Ruby:

1000000 ≡ 1_000_000

So I think we can assume accuracy good enough to produce a totally accurate copy. The issue for me is more metaphysical - aren't you copying a consciousness then disposing of the old one, rather than moving the same one from place to place? Is there any meaningful difference?

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One of the more interesting bits of Star Trek navelgazing is the question of whether transporter use is murder (see Theseus' paradox). I don’t have a compelling answer, even after spending time reading the fictional technical manuals (because I am a giant intractable nerd) and thinking about it in the shower for years. Transporters are said to have 'quantum-accurate' resolution (as opposed to food replicators which are 'molecule-accurate') which seems to imply quark-accuracy at a minimum.

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