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So, now if you reply to my posts, the discussion will be easier to follow, since the post I'm replying to is shown above my reply. Isn't it awesome?

Note that reply contexts are archived. If you change your reply, there's no way for me to know that you changed it and update the reply context automatically!

heh, I have posts denormalized in my database (so, always referenced by URL) — after receiving an update webmention for a post, the updated version shows up in all reply contexts.

(at the cost of some complex and not-very-fast PL/pgSQL procedures :D)

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I'm going dark on social media for the rest of 2018.

For a host of reasons, I've decided to go dark on social media for the remainder of 2018. If my experiment is successful beyond that time, I'll just keep it going.

Originally, I'd intended to do this just for the month of December, but as I sat around the Thanksgiving dinner table yesteryday, surrounded by family and friends, I asked myself: "why not now?"

So, now is the time.

There are two reasons:

The first is that, ordinarily, if a company was found to be furthering an anti-semitic smear in order to protect itself from accusations …

This indieweb thing here also has similar concepts (replies etc.), why doesn't it count as social media? :)

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Gab and the decentralized web

As a proponent of the decentralized web, I've been thinking a lot about the aftermath of the domestic terrorism that was committed in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life synagogue over the weekend, and how it specifically relates to the right-wing social network Gab.

In America, we're unfortunately used to mass shootings from right-wing extremists, who have committed more domestic acts of terror than any other group. We're also overfamiliar with ethnonationalists and racist isolationists, who feel particularly emboldened by the current President. Lest we forget, when fascists marched in the streets yelling "the Jews will …

It's hard to imagine a centralized way of banning websites online.

Seems like the fediverse/Mastodon world is moving towards shared instance block lists, i.e. pick some people you trust and import their block list. For now it doesn't seem to be a proper automated feature, just random github repos like the (awesomely named) BLOCKchain.

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I'm 30 minutes into using Ubuntu 18.10, having upgraded from 10.04, and I am pretty smitten so far. Seemingly gone are the days of hours and hours of repairing all kinds of driver issues and configuration settings after upgrade! :knocks wood:

10.04?? You were actually using an 8 year old version? o_0

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Many folks share screenshots of their phone home screens. These are often intriguing to look at, but what I'm really interested in knowing is what you set as your browser homepage? Here's mine!

It's been about:blank for a few years now :) used to use some service (start… .io?) back in the day

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XRay, the library that I use to parse URLs to show comments, now supports parsing direct Microformats JSON, ActivityStreams 2.0, as well as finding a rel=alternate link and parsing data from that instead!

This means I now get great results when parsing Mastodon or other ActivityPub links, and this is also the first step in what I hope will result in fixing the Microformats situation for WordPress, since a WordPress plugin will be able to generate Microformats JSON and advertise that in a rel=alternate link.

Next up is updating Aperture to take advantage of these …

Encouraging mf2json in an alternate? woah, what happened to the anti-sidefile fight, the html-as-one-true-source idea?

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Hi, I'm Eli and my hobbies include:

  • Grocery shopping late at night
  • Taking the dog out for walks late at night
  • Ironing clothes late at night
  • Running...

In other words: I like listening to podcasts. Listening to podcasts is really my only hobby. I do other things as an excuse to listen to podcasts.

heh. I like podcasts in theory, but I spend too much time just doing things on my PC, so it's not a good situation for actually listening to them…

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Technoconservatism

The technology industry is meant to be inventing the future. That requires keeping an open mind: it's not a given that something new will work - or won't. Everything is an experiment, and sometimes the technologies and ideas that change the world are half a nudge away from something that didn't work at all. That means that neuroplasticity, a sense of play, and optimism are all key skills.

Unfortunately, it's really easy to let them slip, both on the business and the technology side. And the more we let go of this, the more we fall …

Since the ICO "sector" is full of scammers, I wouldn't recommend anyone to use ICOs for any real products. You'd be instantly associating yourself with scammers!