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I can't move to the Fediverse properly until I reproduce my famous pinned post from the birdsite, so here it is:

P.S.A. To all vintage computer and video game collectors:

Go through your collections and GET THE DAMN BATTERIES OUT!

Now! Don't wait! Seriously, put down the phone, go to your collection and take out all the batteries. Right now! Even if they look "okay" they are NOT SAFE after this much time.

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there's also been a photo going around of a person with bangs drinking out of a green glass bottle. the person in the photo has since tweeted that the photo is of them, and not of the shooter (who was killed)

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don't want to spread her image even further in connection with this but if you see a photo of a woman in a red long-sleeved coca cola shirt and black miniskirt, that's the falsely identified reddit poster in the screenshots.

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rightwingers including @DrPaulGosar@twitter.com have been spreading misinformation that the shooter in texas was a trans woman, using random photos they pulled from reddit. the person in the photos is currently posting on reddit in apparent horror that her photos were used in this way.

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RSS fans!

You can follow any Mastodon account via RSS by just adding ".rss" to the end of the account's public profile URL.

To find a user's public profile URL, click on their profile image within Mastodon.

For example, if you click on FediTips' profile image you get this page in a new tab:

mstdn.social/@feditips

So, to follow FediTips through RSS, use this address:

mstdn.social/@feditips.rss

This will only show that account's public posts. Other posts will not be visible on the RSS feed.

#RSS #MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon

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The last public payphone in NYC was disconnected today:
abc7ny.com/pay-phone-payphone-

How weird that something that ubiquitous could disappear so quickly. They were just part of the background texture, unless you actually needed one. And now—they're just not a thing.

Who thought that voice telecom, which used to cost enough to make all those phones (not to mention the companies behind them) profitable, is now "too cheap to meter"—but electricity isn't even close.
#telecom #history #phone

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A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain

#Fediverse

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Now available! :mastodon:

My in-depth comparative review of eight Mastodon apps for iPhone

Please boost (or share on Twitter) 🙏

transponderings.blog/2022/05/2

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Question for anyone managing a #mastodon server: Are you using relays to help with federating content?

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For fucks sake, if you’re a COVID denier or anti-vaxxer get out of my timeline

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a deadly pandemic going on.

Many people can’t get vaccinations (e.g. young kids) and it can still cause potentially life-long disability even when vaccinated and if the acute disease phase is “mild” or not noticeable.

Wear a mask.

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The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) released more information on Wednesday about a data breach discovered in January that exposed sensitive information from more than 1.8 million Texans

#Texas #DataBreach
therecord.media/texas-data-bre

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