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FediFollows mastodon (AP)
#Audio picks of the day:

โžก๏ธ @tenacity - Free open source audio editing software, forked from Audacity

โžก๏ธ @vwestlife - Videos about retro electronics, especially audio equipment and classic audio formats

โžก๏ธ @bojan - Records ambient environmental sounds we may not always notice

โžก๏ธ @funkwhale - Fediverse platform for sharing audio files

โžก๏ธ @museumofportablesound - Museum exhibiting non-musical sounds

โžก๏ธ @internetarchive - Massive non-profit online archive of audio, video, text and other media
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Chris Trottier mastodon (AP)
Charles Henderson of IBM makes a good point.

Security should be baked into social media by default.

With Twitter and Meta now charging extra for security, this is becoming an exercise of, "We wouldn't want something terrible to happen to your account, would we?"

Twitter Blue and Meta Verified are protection rackets.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/02/21/paid-security-features-twitter-meta-spark-cybersecurity-concerns/
โ€œThe thing that strikes me is that security should be baked into everything we do, not a paid-for service,โ€ Charles Henderson, global head of IBMโ€™s X-Force threat management division, told me. โ€œIt should be on by default.โ€
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Every account on here has a unique Fediverse account address, it's written on profile pages underneath the username.

If you want someone to follow you on here, give them your account address.

To follow someone else's address, paste it into the search box and click search. This will make their profile appear.

Click here for more info and examples:

โžก๏ธ https://fedi.tips/whats-my-accounts-address-how-do-i-follow-other-peoples-addresses-how-can-people-follow-my-address

You can also follow non-Mastodon Fediverse addresses, for example you can paste PeerTube and Pixelfed addresses too.
Screenshot of a Mastodon profile with the Fediverse account address highlighted.
Trude mastodon (AP)
what does my account address say about me? I just picked one that sounded fun and went with. Is there more I should be considering?
@Trude @Fedi.Tips Your account address can say as much or as little about you as you want it to say. For complete control, you could run your own server on the domain of your choice. Otherwise, just pick what sounds good to you, as you have done. The difference here in the #fediverse is that you have two parts to your account address rather than only one part. So really, choosing your full account address is just like choosing an email address for yourself. The important thing is that you like it.

Well, I must say that I'm happy with all of this. COVID vaccines were and still are a scam and have injured many people. Meanwhile, murder and mutilation should in fact be illegal.

It's an entire party built on the idea that if they don't like something then it should be illegal. All while branding themselves the "party of freedom." They're fascists. The entire Republican Party is a fascist party.

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Katy Chalmers mastodon (AP)
Why is cardboard flavor such a ubiquitous experience that I can say something tastes like it and almost everyone will know what I mean? When have we all been eating cardboard?
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Mastodon Migration mastodon (AP)
Something real and different seems to be going on in new user metrics.

In the past we've had sharp surges whenever something ridiculous happens over on Twitter. Brief spikes above 2000 new users per hour, even some topping 5000, but this last week is different.

The rate had fallen below 500, but for the last week has been climbing in a sustained fashion, and is now rolling along around 1000.

Plenty of new Twitter crazy to point to, but this feels more like a solid trend.

#twittermigration
The Exodus picks up steam. New user count chart showing stead increase in new users with the average now around 1000 new users per hour. 142,555 in the last week.
Monique mastodon (AP)
wow, that is sure interesting. I also find myself using Twitter less and less.
Most of the accounts I follow on Twitter are things like brand I use and want to keep up with as well as things like local transit services and my city's information and alerts. Sadly I don't see these migrating anywhere, although it is trivial to set up single-user federating servers or join something that already exists and post there. I want off both Twitter and Facebook, but despite all their flaws, most of my friends, family, products I use and local offices don't seem to want to leave with me, even though they actually could register on my own server if they really want to do so.

Fedi.Tips mastodon (AP)
A lot of blind people don't use profile pictures. If you see a profile without a picture, that doesn't mean it's a spammer.

If you want to check whether an account is genuine, the best method is to read their profile text and pinned posts.
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Hope mastodon (AP)
It's true, I'm not using one. Although I might eventually. I do have one.

Are Apple devices really privacy-respecting? The truth is that user privacy is *impossible* without free software. Read more at https://u.fsf.org/3fy #freesoftware #privacy
To be honest, it's practically impossible to make a truly "open" mobile phone.

With patents and legislation basically ruling out construction of a cellular baseband (even if it were technically feasible), we're stuck with what comes off the shelf and bolting-on whatever we can.

None of the widely available commercial "self-contained" options respect privacy, and as for niche options: if you're not in the EU or US, you don't exist!

Is your school forcing you to use Zoom, Skype, or other proprietary videoconferencing software to learn or teach? Freedom is important to education. Read about freedom-respecting choices at https://u.fsf.org/311

Dave Mark mastodon (AP)
Carnegie Mellon University rolls out free, Python-based, online computer science curriculum:

"24/7 online support, autograding, and tracking of student progress "

"built by students, for students"

Did I mention it's free?

https://academy.cs.cmu.edu

#CMU #CS

No room for differing points of view, no room for diverse opinions. Say something I don't like and you're dead to me, blocked, unfollowed, unfriended, cancelled. This is what I love about what passes for social media. We all get to live in our own personal echo chambers.
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This just goes to show that even in the #Fediverse, one man or a few can gain too much control. Many especially new #Fedizens who are immigrants from walled gardens are being marketed this idea that #Mastodon is the #Fediverse, and so they join a Mastodon server they find on joinmastodon.org. But the problem with this is that joinmastodon.org is itself somewhat of a walled garden, albeit with doors and gates into various sections. A few people control who gets listed there and who doesn't, they have terms and conditions that state that your server can be delisted if you don't moderate heavily enough and something their admins disagree with gets by your moderation, and then there's this that I share below. These combined aggravations come together to drive people right back into the walled gardens once more. For example, one major reason why people said they were leaving Twitter recently was because of their new pay structure where anyone can pay for a blue checkmark (verified account). Just one month later, there was a flood of new blue checkmarks, many of whom had been on Mastodon. I attribute this to the combined aggravations of using joinmastodon.org and server shutdowns, fear of being delisted, and various other little things that add up to a less than stellar experience for new Fedizens as well as server operators.

The Mastodon.au server (6.5k users) is shutting down in three months. The admin wanted to reclassify the server to a general server, even though it was originally intended for Australians.

After the Mastodon organisation did not respond to an email about this for a week, the admin decided to shut down the entire server.

Tomorrow's newsletter will talk about what this says about fragility and resilience of the network, as well as the power of joinmastodon.org

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Tech News Worldwide mastodon (AP)
Fedora Planning Ahead For The Next 5 Years

https://www.phoronix.com/news/Fedora-5-Year-Plan-2023

Trenton Matthews mastodon (AP)
Open source solution replicates ChatGPT training process! Ready to go with only 1.6GB GPU memory and gives you 7.73 times faster training! https://www.hpc-ai.tech/blog/colossal-ai-chatgpt

As Twitter continues to threaten stopping the functioning of the API that allows me to cross post with my federated account, and because I don't believe in one man controlling a whole social media platform, I am leaving Twitter for the #Fediverse. Follow me @Kyle ๐ŸŽ™ ๐ŸŽถ

PSA for all new and perspective #Fedizens: #Mastodon is not the #Fediverse, and the Fediverse is not Mastodon. Mastodon is only a subset of the Fediverse, and there are other similar web applications, many of which are easier to install if you want to host your own from home or a #VPS, and many even implement the #ActivityPub protocol that actually handles the federation more fully than Mastodon. Many of these are even compatible with Mastodon API's, so the well-known Mastodon applications work with them as well. There are also media-based applications like #PeerTube and #PixelFed that you can interact with through the Fediverse, which will happily replace your #Youtube and #Instagram accounts with federating services.
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Did you know the Free Software Directory at https://directory.fsf.org has over 16,000 free software packages. Join us for meetings every Friday for information and to help us do this crucial work: https://u.fsf.org/3ft

The Swedish government advises against using Zoom in a recent report.

Sensitive information is at risk, and more secure solutions are available, like Nextcloud Talk.

Read about this development in our blog.

#privacy

https://nextcloud.com/blog/swedish-government-advises-against-zoom/
Dr. Panos Asproulis unkn (via ActivityPub)
I never liked Zoom, particularly the client application on Linux.

Don't let proprietary software marketing dollars give you a false sense of security -- your devices are vulnerable. Understand the risks, and promote free software. Start the conversation in your community today! #FreeSoftware https://www.fsf.org

David Sugar mastodon (AP)
"every eye move you make, every link you take..." Yes, this is the theme song of proprietary tech today.

Are Apple devices really privacy-respecting? The truth is that user privacy is *impossible* without free software. Read more at https://u.fsf.org/3fy #freesoftware #privacy
Hyolobrika mastodon (AP)
Not true, I have heard. It's possible to do black-box testing of proprietary software. https://seirdy.one/posts/2022/02/02/floss-security/

Fedi.Tips mastodon (AP)
If you own an independently hosted WordPress blog, you can turn it into a Fediverse blog that people can follow from Mastodon:

โžก๏ธ https://fedi.tips/wordpress-turning-your-blog-into-a-fediverse-server

Also, this method means the blog will effectively be its own Fediverse server. You won't need to rely on anyone else's server.

As the blog's owner, you will be the one deciding how long your content stays published, and there will be no character limits either.

(Note that this won't work on wordpress.com accounts, you need an indie hoster.)
I must admit I had to abandon WordPress on my server probably right before its #ActivityPub support got good. No choice really, as something got corrupted so that importing my database into WordPress after a system update caused critical errors. Fortunately I had a near complete backup somewhere, so I got everything reimported into new software. Still, it would be nice if this new software could federate. Fortunately for me, Friendica does this pretty well, and all with no character limits, so it could actually work as a blog, although it can follow #Mastodon and other #Fediverse accounts as well. It can even follow and interact with forums, which I have already found useful.

T-Mobile is advertising something they call "price lock." But this is how cell companies have pretty much always done things. You sign up for a rate plan and the price stays the same as long as you don't change it. Worse though is what Verizon does now, locking in your price for only three years.

I swear I lost what little brand loyalty I had when it unfortunately became too hard on the wallet to keep our service with Figgers Wireless.
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Even better, if you don't happen to like Mastodon, how difficult it may be to set up, Rails ... just sayin, the interface, the heavy-handed approach many admins take to moderation because they fear being delisted from the main public list, any reason at all, there are many other federated server applications and thousands more servers they run on, including Friendica, Pleroma, GoToSocial, Honk, many many more that I have either forgotten to mention or are still up and coming, and there will be even more as the #ActivityPub protocol matures. The good thing is that they all see each other and they all talk to each other, and in most cases, we the people who run this true social network of social media sites, not one man or a board, control what we see of the decentralized network. This is true social networking, as it really is a network of many sites running different but compatible software, not a comparatively small walled garden platform controlled by one or a few.

People on Twitter are using the shutting down of the mastodon.lol instance, to mean that Mastodon โ€œis not a viable modelโ€. Hard disagree.

A strength of Mastodon is that if one instance is shutting, you can easily move to another. Itโ€™s quite literally a strength of decentralised systems in action.

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The article cites "financial experts," but this is one person, likely a shill for a too-big-to-fail bank or credit card issuer. Actually, you want your purchases to come directly from your checking account immediately, as this allows you to know always how much money you have. And if you see an unauthorized transaction on your bank account, you will see it immediately, whereas on a credit card, it can take longer before you even see that a purchase you didn't authorize was made. Yes, excessive preauthorizations are a thing, but credit cards will usually allow the purchase despite the excessive hold, but will charge a fee when the preauthorization puts you over your credit limit. Debit cards simply decline if you can't cover the transaction; no fee is charged. Also, never forget that the credit card issuers want their 30% or higher interest rate, so they will do all they can to get it. Debit cards on the other hand are tied directly to your account, so it's all based on money you have, not money that the bank is allowing you to borrow. My advice if you are that worried about excessive holds, identity theft, etc, is to get an alternative debit card, i.e. with CashApp, PayPal/Venmo, or even a secondary bank account e.g. with Chime or similar and load money onto that card or account. This is also money you have, rather than money you borrow, and you will never get hit with fees for going over your credit limit due to excessive holds or preauthorizations, as your debit card is always declined when you don't have enough money; it is never charged despite holds and extra over-limit fees tacked on.

Never Use Your Debit Card for These 6 Purchases, According to Financial Experts https://bestlifeonline.com/never-use-debit-card-purchases-news/

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Microsoft can keep it all. I don't want to learn anything from them, even if they tell me it's free. IoT, AI, all that stuff, all runs on Linux anyway, so there are much better qualified people I can learn from. Thanks, but no thanks.

Microsoft is offering FREE courses in following areas:

- AI
- IOT
- Data Science
- Machine Learning

A project-based pedagogy that allows you to learn while building! ๐Ÿš€

Read More ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡
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"You have exceeded the number of allowed requests without creating an account. Sign-up for free to use all of our tools."

Create an account? FOr what? So you can track me or sell whatever data I put in? If I can use your tools 5 to 10 times without an account to track me, then I should be able to use them as much as I want. #bubbye
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And this is what too many people, even open source developers support. Time for self-hosted #Gitea or #Forgejo, or even self-hosted #GitLab at this point. It really doesn't cost a ton to run a git server, a Matrix server and a #Fediverse server all at once. Throw in mail to round out the perfect setup and you really get your money's worth.

GitHub lays off 10% of workforce, plans to go fully remote to cut costs - The Microsoft-owned software development and version control service provider said the la... - https://www.computerworld.com/article/3687809/github-lays-off-10-of-workforce-plans-to-go-fully-remote-to-cut-costs.html#tk.rss_all #itjobs

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I just used Debirdify to find people following me who are on federated social networks. If you are on the list, I just followed you. Feel free to follow me back (kyle@talkabout.cf).
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"Amendment XIII
Section 1.

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

Someone tell me where the murder of the most vulnerable, voiceless and choiceless of us is in that? Certainly we need the punishment clause repealed in order to end slavery within the criminal "justice" system, but nothing here could even be misconstrued as giving Americans the right to take out a hit on a human life simply because it is as yet unborn.

BREAKING: A federal judge suggests that there might be a constitutional right to abortion baked into the 13th Amendment despite the Republican-controlled Supreme Court repealing Roe v. Wade. RT IF YOU THINK THAT THE JUDGE IS RIGHT!
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Dear @Amazon, to keep your prices low, how about instead of making me spend tons more money for grocery items to get free Prime delivery, instead stop giving away extended free trials and all that jazz. Just so you're aware, your competitor in the grocery department has no order minimum these days, while yours has increased almost beyond belief.
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This is because the Chinese balloon and the Chinese virus were actually joint ventures. I am fully aware that development of the "Chinese" virus took place in medical labs across the US, including UNC's medical lab right in my back yard.

The same Government that says it doesnโ€™t want to poke a hole in the Experimental Chinese Spy Balloon because it might injure people,
Is the same Government that had no problems poking holes in peopleโ€™s arm with an experimental gene therapy for a Chinese Virus.
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IOG - "Black History Told By The Prophets - Part 1 - COLOR" 2023 youtu.be/4hL2mW6SMSc via @YouTube

Overreacting? Actually, overreacting would have been shooting the balloon down over Canada long before it got here. We grossly underreacted, letting the balloon collect all the information it possibly could before finally popping it over the Atlantic Ocean.

China has expressed its "strong dissatisfaction and protest" against Washington's decision to shoot down its balloon, accusing it of "overreacting" and "seriously violating international practice." abc11.com/china-reactionโ€ฆ
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Only if it can run Linux. Still, Apple's crap is so overpriced that it's not worth buying to find out if I could put a better OS on it.

The #M2 Pro makes the updated #Mac mini the best compact computer ever made. And it's a fantastic value too. digitaltrends.com/computing/applโ€ฆ
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Um, neither! Both are overpriced pieces of junk, Samsung actually makes Apple products, I couldn't even find my way around an Apple device when I thought my work life depended on it and Samsung's own devices try to reinvent too many wheels to be useful. When looking at Android devices, I must first be sure that the device can run LineageOS with MicroG. Otherwise, it's KaiOS for me. Don't judge. I love my sub-$100 flip phone that actually works!

#Samsung has unveiled the top of the line Galaxy S23 Ultra. How does it stack up against #Apple's flagship iPhone 14 Pro Max? digitaltrends.com/mobile/samsungโ€ฆ
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But of course they do. They work for the government. Their very salaries are paid by tax dollars. In any case, universal health care is better than paying politicians to do our thinking for us, and Christ-centered socialism has no equal. "All who believed were together, and had all things in common. They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need." (Acts 2:44-45 WEB). This is mentioned at least two other times in the Bible. This is in fact socialism, and it is indeed something we must continually work to achieve.

Just a reminder that Members of Congress who think that Medicare for All is โ€œsocialismโ€ enjoy all of their benefits on the taxpayers' dime.
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I still feel that using a password manager defeats the entire purpose of strong passwords, as it wouldn't be hard to crack a master password, and that obviously gives the attacker access to not only your passwords, but also links them to every website you use. Believe it or not, it's actually better to reuse the same password, as you can remember it, and if one site is compromised, only that site is compromised, and an attacker would have to guess what other websites and services you use with the password, whereas a password manager stores everything under one password, and if it gets compromised, everything you have and everything it belongs with becomes known. Still, if I did want a password manager, there are far better open source options available than either of these, and they are all local, or at my option, I can pay for a server, use one I already pay for to do other things or get a free tier server through a provider like Oracle Cloud or Google Cloud, or better yet, just copy my vault to my computer and then onto the other device that can store my passwords and other sensitive info using a machine I control, not some business out to make a buck off my passwords and other credentials. Think about this: how do these companies get your money? Using your personal financial information of course, which you do not need to give to open source password managers that you run on your own hardware.

In light of #LastPass breaches, it's hard to recommend it as a #passwordmanager. But is 1Password a worthy alternative? digitaltrends.com/computing/lastโ€ฆ
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tl;dw, it was fun watching one man with entirely too much power try to take on another man with entirely too much power on the second man's turf ... had I watched it at all. I especially love the part where I run my own social web application that can talk to thousands of other social web applications, forming a true social network of many people of all walks of life around the world. Hurray for Activitypub and the Fediverse!

It was great to see @cbouzy addressing the misinformation being spread about #Spoutible in todayโ€™s Twitter Space.

It really was an open and honest conversation that took the narrative from the detractors.

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Despicable is an understatement! It's quite clear to me now that this "abortion" thing is nothing short of human sacrifice. It must stop, and Fauci must be held accountable for his part in this as well.

Anthony Fauci is Funding 80% of All Research Using Body Parts From Aborted Babies lifenews.com/2022/02/04/antโ€ฆ
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