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I'm more than happy to announce that Prismo now allows any AP user to follow it's users!

You can try and follow me using Mastodon: @mxb

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My instance's provider had a major database problem for several hours today so they had to restore from backup.

Some of my recent posts may have disappeared, apologies if there are any orphaned replies out there.

Do you speak a language other than English?

Do you want to help the Fediverse grow?

Here are the official localisation links for some Fediverse projects:




Are there any other Fediverse translation pages that should be mentioned?

there's still hope for humanity:

"Facebook exodus: Nearly half of young users have deleted the app from their phone in the last year, says study"

I have deleted the recent post about DRM-free games, I didn't realise there was any controversy about the services listed.

The services listed were based on suggestions people had given to a similar thread earlier in the year, but apparently the controversy had happened after that.

Apologies for the orphaned posts, deleting the original post seemed the least worst course of action.

Added "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship" (2018), you can watch it here:

Feature-length documentary about the parasitic publishing companies that syphon off billions of dollars of public money by pointlessly charging scientists to read each other's research.

The film is brand new and released under #CreativeCommons Attribution 4.0 licence. You can find out more at

#Paywall #Research #Scholarship #Publishing #Documentary #Film

Don't let Google News decide which stories you see, control your own news with RSS:

Also, did you know you can follow any Mastodon account through RSS?

Just add ".rss" to the end of the account's address, for example:

I just opened a PR on Mastodon github - it makes stuff from Prismo shared/interacted on Mastodon more readable (by attaching a link under the post title - just like for videos from peertube).

Upvotes highly appreciated!

User Interface Designers:

It's difficult to read things which have no focus. If it's several columns all the same width, the eye doesn't know where to start or rest.

The effect is similar to when David Bowie watches several televisions in "The Man Who Fell To Earth", i.e. incomprehensible.

Please give things a focus, make one column wider and put the most important stuff in that. It's how most people cope with seeing several things at once (e.g. varying headline sizes in newspapers).

We've hosted over 300 events since going live at the start of this year! Come and join us for your next #GetTogether

Let's ! πŸ” 🍟 πŸ₯€

πŸ“ @pfefferle Matthias Pfefferle: Creator of ActivityPub plugin for WordPress

πŸ“ @jdormit Jeremy Dormitzer: Creator of Pterotype plugin for WordPress (another ActivityPub plugin)

πŸ“± @JPEG JPEG: Creator of Mast mastodon app for iOS

πŸ“Š @Matomo Matomo (formerly Piwik): A more privacy-conscious alternative to Google Analytics

🐐 @GoatsLive Goats Live: All goats, all the time

hear ye! hear ye!

The official #blender #peertube instance will be mirroring videos from it's official #youtube channel. So for all you #alternative, #freedom-loving, #opensource peeps we can now #deleteyoutube as well:)

A new Linux smartphone is coming!

With an affordable price, too. Pine64 is behind this device running KDE Plasma.

KDE Neon creator Jonathan Riddell revealed this at Open Source Summit and it will be called PinePhone.

You can expect this open source Linux smartphone to cost $100+ for 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.

#Linux #smartphone #KDE #Pine64 #PinePhone

More Halloween films from the Public Domain πŸ’€ πŸŽ₯ 🎬 Show more

As predicted by many commentators, is going to escape punishment because all the people involved simply formed a new (but legally separate) company:

By going after companies and not people, it is very difficult to enforce privacy laws.

This is a familiar pattern that commercial con artists use: run up liabilities with one company, then transfer assets to a new company. If they get caught, they simply do it again, and it's legal.

This is new to me, people have been abusing ad-blocking extensions to achieve political goals and censor some websites πŸ˜– #censorship #adblocking

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Mastodon is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.