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"Men are always alright. Right up until they pull the trigger. And then we watch the neighbors solemnly march out to the news cameras to tell us: 'He was such a nice, quiet guy.'"

-- Evelyn Marsh, Twin Peaks S02E11 (1990)

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What if you could switch off the combat in ODST and just watch the aliens roam about the city

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a related analogy I've also found useful: bigots and the like need to be banned for the same reason that you can't be a creationist in an upper level biology class. at some point the conversation is being held back because while the class is attempting to discuss molecular genetics, some clown in the back row keeps holding up the class with questions about how come there's still monkeys if we evolved from monkeys

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a very simple example of the paradox of tolerance I think about a lot of that if you simply suppress the weirdest and most brazen straight men who are making everyone uncomfortable online by reply guying unwanted sexual comments, suddenly a bunch of women and queer people will feel much safer being horny

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@lynnesbian "i would like to subscribe to your public posts and get them in my timeline" and "i am requesting access to your private posts please" should be distinct operations

follow and friend, perhaps

also, as much as it sucked which was a lot, something akin to google+'s circles would fit here? put your acquaintances into groups and decide which groups can see what, rather than just having one private option that includes all followers :blobcatthinking:

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masto web pro tip 

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lewd commie shitpost 

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yelling about Visual Basic for Applications 

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URGENT: Mentally Ill Prisoners in Raleigh Prison Being Tortured.

Call to Action

16 folks incarcerated at Central Prison in Raleigh, NC are going on a hunger strike starting Monday January 20, 2020 as an act of comradery to the 200 prisoners being tortured in Unit One (a mental health unit). They need your help to make the calls on Monday, January 20th. And if you have the time thereafter, call any other day you can until their demands are met and those sixteen hunger strikers can eat again.

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very good idea: creating a linux kernel module mastodon client, exposing the api via /dev/masto #mastodev

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also i don't wanna make unfounded claims or anything but

OCRbot uses tesseract to caption images, and a few months after it started getting popular, mastodon added a built-in feature that uses tesseract to caption images :bun:

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awesome to hear that microsoft and github are embracing open source software, i'm gonna host my own github instance with the source code they surely provide

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literally no one said "human sacrifice is good and should happen in 2020" and calling poc deranged for explaining a key aspect of their ancient culture isnt good...and is an act of bad faith

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people were talking about the millennium bug recently, well it turns out a lot of the fixes just delayed the problem to 2020

"Programmers wanting to avoid the Y2K bug had two broad options: entirely rewrite their code, or adopt a quick fix called “windowing”, which would treat all dates from 00 to 20, as from the 2000s, rather than the 1900s. An estimated 80 per cent of computers fixed in 1999 used the quicker, cheaper option."

"Those systems that used the quick fix have now reached the end of that window, and have rolled back to 1920. Utility company bills have reportedly been produced with the erroneous date 1920, while tens of thousands of parking meters in New York City have declined credit card transactions because of the date glitch."

newscientist.com/article/22292

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