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Today I learned that many/most color laser printers layer an array of yellow microdots on top of documents ๐Ÿ”ฌ

This Machine Identification Code encodes a print date and a serial number unique to the machine. It only became public knowledge in 2004, ~20 year after deployment ๐Ÿ˜‘

The Technical University of Dresden released a tool 2 years ago to layer on _even more dots_ to render the MIC unreadable and aid whistleblowers publishing โœŠ

๐ŸŽ‰ Welcome to newcomers! ๐ŸŽ‰

A few personal tips:

๐Ÿ‘Œ the Fediverse is NOT twitt*r! enjoy a more relaxed, courteous, benevolent way of interacting! you are part of it!

๐Ÿคš introduce yourself! also fill bio and post a couple "toots" before following people to have more chance they'll follow back..

๐Ÿ‘ favourite and follow generously! This is how to create link around. No algorithm-god is spying on you, telling you who to follow, what to read! \o/

โš ๏ธ many people care about CW... learn about that


"Converting hysterical misery into ordinary unhappiness" is something I think about a lot: it's a really effective turn of phrase for a bunch of reasons. The part of it that I like about the most, I think, is how anti-utopian it is.

Socialists are nothing if not practical: we recognize that, while human problems will exist regardless of what society looks like, there are many systems in place that make these problems actively worse.

Take one that's happened to me: the unnecessary insult of having to have a conversation with your ambulance driver about which hospitals are covered by insurance when you're so ill you can barely stand. Socialists don't say "what if you were never very sick?", but instead, "what if you didn't have to think about your finances in the middle of one of the worst moments of your life?"

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โ€œHowโ€™s the US handling Coronavirus?โ€
โ€œOkay so imagine you shut off all the error logging in productionโ€
โ€œThatโ€™s it.โ€
(stolen from elsewhere)

I have finally offers to help #iD (the #OpenStreetMap main web editor) support a nice & better tagging scheme for #GenderNeutral/#unisex toilets. It's an important topic, and tagging preset support can really boost the mapping of that thing.

trying to explain to web programmers that maybe making lots of lots of money isnt a good ethical justification to create a panopticon that tracks every imaginable element of their users lives

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web programmers: on the one hand, i dont exactly feel good about building a surveillance nightmare so we can sell advertising data back and forth between ad agencies, but on the other hand i cant imagine another way of living than paying 85% of my six figure income for a studio loft in downtown san francisco, so who is to say what is the right thing to do

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1995: the internet will usher us into a golden age of information sharing and a new era of enlightenment

2020: every browser manufacturer and internet company is in an abusive relationship with their users

One issue with the LGBTQ+ rainbow icon is that it doesn't work well in monochrome environments! ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

I think I'll try to go to Gulaschprogrammiernacht in Karlsruhe this year.

Ich mรถchte zu Gulaschprogrammiernacht in Karlsruhe dieses Jahr

covid-19, corona, iepol, ireland 

Ah, Ireland has cancelled all St. Patrick's Day parades

Thanks to anyone who identifies as a woman for their contribution to the OpenStreetMap project - be it map data, code, organising mapathons, advocacy or other :)

OpenStreetMap and International Women's Day:

Ung. I am disappointed in my current set up (self hosted Quassel). Is that anything better? Is irccloud worth it? It's proprietary (right?), but I'm getting tired of bad tech that doesn't lie me to do things

The existence of a legal team implies the existence of a separate, illegal team

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