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nyquildotorg

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Mobile-addicted. Web-dependent. Digital Plumber. Nerd. He/him. No-coiner.

Citizen of various fediverses over the years, this one since my first Mastodon account in January 2017. Alt-text enthusiast, lover of having his mind changed.

If you engage to disagree with something I've posted, it probably increases the likelihood of a follow. (But chances are pretty good, anyway.)

Boosts and quote-boosts welcome.

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I found an old Google alert email from 2009 that references my identi.ca account, so I know it was at the latest 2009 that I was using it.

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I don't know what Qwant's business model is anymore. They've moved all the stuff I dislike about the service behind a free login. So by simply not having an account, I avoid the automatic answers and AI summaries and stuff and just get a list of actual search results.

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Been forced to make another fire for the 13 year olds who made me do their made-up dance for Blame It On The Boogie then all fell about laughing at me. The absolute bastards.

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@TheBreadmonkey I've been learning a lot about shame lately while trying to understand what's wrong with my brain and learned something somewhat startling: shame requires a secrecy component, and telling someone about what you're ashamed about can actually derail the shame.

If you're feeling any shame Id be happy to watch a video recording of the dance to alleviate it for you...

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It has been zero days since I mixed up problematic Supreme Court Justices and their wives.

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Rage Against the Machine had upside-down flags on display when I saw them live in the 90s. I guess they were just really early in trying to co-opt Stop the Steal's schtick 30 years before it existed.

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The "wanting to avoid Kessler Syndrome" to "wanting to cause Kessler Syndrome" pipeline is very real. I wonder if maybe I'm an accelerationist...

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nyquildotorg, to random
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I am "saw an old fat guy approaching and then realized that's just my reflection" years old

nyquildotorg, to random
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I get why people find bullet journaling satisfying, but I'm a terrible shot and it uses way too many bullets to write anything meaningful

nyquildotorg, to random
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I guess I can unsubscribe from Popular Science's RSS feed now that they're pushing articles like "Save 25% off select footwear at Nike dot com"

nyquildotorg, to random
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Just because it happens on-device doesn't mean you're not being surveilled. "Privacy" is not the problem.

nyquildotorg, to random
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Oh, I see your mistake... The Dow Jones index is measured in dollars. For panties you'd need to use the Tom Jones index.

nyquildotorg, to random
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This morning I read an account of quite possibly the best sasquatch story I've ever heard, including a little girl and a sasquatch mirroring each other's actions, clapping and stomping while the parents looked on in horror too afraid to do anything.

nyquildotorg,
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Here's, now you can read the story about the little girl and the sasquatch, too.

nyquildotorg,
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"Mark and Jenny were unsure what to do next because they didn't want to disturb the creature's existence, so instead of calling wildlife authorities posted their story anonymously online in a crypto zoology forum."

It's sweet that they don't want this sasquatch to be hunted and killed.

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I don't know who needs to hear this, but DuckDuckGo makes their money by selling the eyeballs of its users to the highest bidder. What you search for affects the ads you see, because they sell "show this ad to anyone searching for that."

It's still surveillance capital when your actions dictate how much money the search engine makes, even when the advertisers don't know who you are.

nyquildotorg,
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Additionally, DuckDuckGo isn't going to give you better search results than Google or Bing; they come right out and say that they're focused on being an "answer engine" rather than a search engine, the same way Google and Bing have shifted to focusing on answers rather than search results.

So "just use DuckDuckGo" actually solves none of what's wrong with search engines, and suggesting people do that is probably counter-productive at best.

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@Cefr so they apparently do still use Bing for "non-answer" results, which is all I ever want anyway.

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Important reminder: do NOT under any circumstances tell Scotty. Scotty Doesnโ€™t Know.

nyquildotorg,
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@CmdrTaco I have a friend named Scott who hated that song because the exact thing it's about happened to him

nyquildotorg, to random
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Two Santa Cruz students uncover security bug that could let millions do their laundry for free

"In another case, the students added an ostensible balance of several million dollars into one of their laundry accounts, which reflected in their CSC Go mobile app as though it were an entirely normal amount of money for a student to spend on laundry."

This is hilarious. Another good example of client-side security with none on the back end.

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my brain isn't currently working in "research mode" so I'm just going to ask if anyone else has already researched this.

Is there an API I can use to programmatically access Android's "Live Captions" text? I want to automate "taking notes" while listening to YouTube videos. My idea is a bluetooth button I can hit to record the current timestamp and live captions of a couple sentences before and after into an outline.

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"Our initial [ActivityPub] work has largely revolved around a combination of laying technical foundations, reading the ActivityPub spec, trying to implement the smallest possible thing, and spending a disproportionate amount of time asking deep, profound engineering questions such as "why in the literal fuck isn't this working?"

Sounds like Ghost will fit right in on the fediverse, lol.

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I still think Elon Musk murdered someone and pulled off the most incredible body disposal of all time, putting it in the "Starman" suit in the Roadster that he blasted into space.

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now that we know that cooking beef to rare* won't kill the avian flu which infected the cow, I'd like to stress that Outback Steakhouse continues to maintain their own definition of what rare, medium-rare, medium and well-done mean, despite clear guidance from the FDA.

It's probably time to start ordering on the more done side, or skipping Outback altogether๐Ÿคท

*: "rare" beef means it has been cooked to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, "medium-rare" means cooked to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

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My advice: enjoy the new "web" search option on Google while you can. No way that's sticking around.

nyquildotorg,
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@tekhedd I think you might need to generate images of them, since this only worked via some cursed trickery Google used to skirt around CSP/CORS issues in their ad system. Injecting iframes into arbitrary sites should fail more often these days than succeed.

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