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MASTODON: so if you hit the little touch target that says “apply” your caption will be saved.
ME: cool. so what happens if I touch literally five pixels below that target
MASTODON: oh here’s the great thing: everything you wrote disappears and the window closes with no confirmation

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very bad idea 

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TIL: Es gibt einen wunderbaren C++-Hack, um auch an private Methoden heranzukommen.

#define private public
#include <something>
#undef private

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it's highly creepy when people refer to outsourcing stuff to underpaid and invisible overseas workers as "automation."

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Computer Science towards sustainable permacomputing
"Unrealistic" "People wont want that" "Too many assumptions about the future"

Computer Science which assumes everyone lives in VR in the future
"Visionary" "Futuristic"

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how do people maintain patchsets (themes, etc) on top of masto nowadays?

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Sufficiently poor magic is indistinguishable from technology

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The differences in accountability culture between industries are ridiculous, like I pay $500 for a scope and get a signed calibration certificate and the email of the person who did it but for $1200 for a laptop all you get is "call our help desk."

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Can someone recommend me an explanation of the Fediverse, preferably in German and made for non-technical instagram users? So I guess the focus would idealy be on Pixelfed.

#followerpower #pixelfed #instagram #fediverse

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Inkscape For Students The Series (In Progress)

Sharing is very appreciated.

Intro, what is Inkscape and everything:
v.gd/inkscape1

Preface of the series:
v.gd/inkscape2

Preparations, like downloading and installing Inkscape:
v.gd/inkscape3

Open and save drawings:
v.gd/inkscape4

Fonts, getting them to use with Inkscape:
v.gd/inkscape5

Text, the basics you should master:
v.gd/inkscape6

#Inkscape #Computer #FreeSoftware #OpenSource

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Are there any QWK-style mastodon/fediverse apps where you connect to the server only to download your home feed for offline reading and prepare a reply packet to upload your own toots when you connect the next time?

Use case would be to not miss anything you're following and to not need to be constantly scrolling the feed.

And this is obviously different than RSS, no need to mention that.

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'I edited DNS' and other horror story intro chapters.

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Onlineformulare, die nur die Optionen männlich und weiblich aufführen, sind seit der Einführung der sogenannten Dritten Option nicht mehr rechtens. Daher hat der BVT*mit anwaltlicher Unterstützung eine Briefvorlage erstellt. Mit dieser Vorlage können sich Personen beschweren, wenn zum Beispiel in Onlineformularen Geschlecht angegeben werden soll und nur zwei Geschlechter zur Auswahl stehen.
bundesverband-trans.de/beschwe

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(This will be the first of a series of microfictions using “It was DNS” as the punchline. Bermuda Triangle? It was DNS. Missing mass in the Universe? It was DNS. Who shot JFK? It was DNS. Printer offline? Not DNS, you have to remember to close the cover fully.)

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Unpopular opinion:

I *love* Fido keys. I love everything about this as 2FA. I love plugging them in/hovering them.

I love that they're revocable.

I love that they're physical.

I love that I don't need an app or device like OTPs.

Heck, in some cases I'd even be totally fine with Fido 1FA

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My challenge to web developers is this: I should be able to type as fast into your text input as I can into a plain-old <input> or <textarea> with no JavaScript handlers on them. If I can't, then the event handlers should be debounced, and/or they should do less JavaScript work.

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It saddens me a bit though that browsers have to go to heroic efforts to improve things like input responsiveness. Usually there are things the web developer can do to help, but they rarely bother.

For instance: debounce your input handlers! The typing indicator on Pinafore shows how close you are to the 500 character limit, but it doesn't check for every character you type. It checks lazily with requestIdleCallback, which keeps responsiveness smooth even if you type fast on a slow machine.

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"Bringing you a snappier Firefox" by Bas Schouten blog.mozilla.org/performance/2

Interesting low-level details about input handling and rendering. I always found these parts of the browser engine to be the most mysterious to me.

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