In retrospect, it might have been a mistake to give Facebook all of my personal information in exchange for seeing what my high school friends eat for dinner.

The internet has ushered in an era of unprecedented invasive surveillance. Commercial operators large and small spy on us in every way and sell and give away and leak our data to criminals, cops, spies, advertisers and stalkers.

This isn't because you're not paying for "the product," which makes *you* the product. Companies that *can* abuse you *do*.


Let's give a big welcome to @MagicG , @Mishatuesday , and @Configures !

Let's give a big welcome to @WolfBearWomvat @pkemner @Improvaloo @dougjon10 and @Colleen_RJ_Nora ! needs a cute penguin as a favicon instead of the default Mastodon icon. Because penguins. 🐧

And maybe it should be linked to in the "Find us on social media" section of the site?

Why many people don't and won't use open source federated sites 

People will continue to use big centralized sites like Discord until the alternatives drop the literal paragraphs of technobabble to explain what they are.

Most users do not know tech well. If they see pages of words they don't understand it's clear the software 'isn't for people like me'
so they go back to centralized sites.

If people don't understand what any of those acronyms and words mean it won't matter that the site is easier or better to use.

There's nothing wrong with technical explanations.
But they can be deeply alienating as a first impression and explanation to someone with no tech or coding skills who's after 'a site I can talk to my friends on'.

Folks know the sites they use are bad. But the alternative isn't accessible to the vast majority of people.

Non tech users need to be included and respected as potential users if open source is to appeal to all the communities it could benefit.

Have some penguins everyone.

You know I'm going a bit stir crazy when I start to art. Good excuse to play with LibreOffice Draw though.

Played a team game of pipes, then the new electronics edition of operation while drinking a cup of wonderful and playing with power tools. Followed by a round of network security trivia. Thank you @matt for a great start to the day.

pictured: members taking a quick snooze between reet fits

@Bagel3000 Event info and zoom link for this weekend's concom meeting?

@matt So should I wait for another pastebin url so I can tailor the resume or just send it in as is? Also where am I sending it?

The right to legally own and carry firearms is important. Do not rely on government to protect you, they can't. Almost all gun crimes are committed with illegally obtained/carried firearms.

Let the flame wars begin. Which is the superior cli text editor?

Burning Man charity that helps those who have or are dealing with cancer make it to the burn.

@matt why am I redirected to the custom css after signing in...?

Found our state flower in bloom in a tree in a darkened back alley of shady Royal Oak last night.

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A way to access the Fediverse, for attendees of Penguicon, an annual convention of science fiction, open source software, and all geeky interests, in Southfield, Michigan, USA. Convention info: