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#introduction 

Hello Chitter. I've migrated here from @batbeeps@awoo.space. See there for previous postings.

Name: beeps.
Age: β‰₯ 30.
Location: πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ gay britaaaaain.

Gender: none β€” trans, agender, it/its pronouns.
Sex: none β€” asexual.
Biology: none β€” ex-human robot/synthetic otherkin.

Robot bat on the internet.

Frontend developer/civil servant at the Government Digital Service.

Also . My headmate has their own account: @olive.

Have a fresh as hell day, friends.

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politics, disclaimer 

I work in a politically-restricted role in the UK Government.

This means that I must maintain political impartiality. This includes:

β€” not expressing or publishing party political views in public spaces or forums;
β€” not having membership of any political party;
β€” not running for public office;
β€” not publicly campaigning for, endorsing or denouncing any politicians.

As such, my page is largely a politics-free zone, but not because politics isn't important!

Hairy-legged vampire bat (Diphylla ecaudata)

πŸ“Έ Gerry Carter (CC BY-SA)

if you want to get a sense of some of the impact of this change, just look at the quote tweets πŸ’”

Apparently the noun is 'licence' and the verb is 'license'. No wonder I can never remember which is which.

Cuban funnel-eared bat (Chilonatalus micropus)

πŸ“Έ Matthew A. Emrich (CC BY-SA)

birdsite 

Twitter is killing off their free API access (aka, the one used by virtually everything apart from the largest, most bigdata-y of services) with one week's notice.

Now it's not just the clients. Basically every tool that integrates with Twitter is going to stop working. πŸ™ƒ

Inland free-tailed bat (Ozimops petersi)

πŸ“Έ Michael Pennay (CC BY-NC-ND)

hate being in a situation where i mostly agree with the people who say software got very bloated, but also have to remind them that a lot of things have changed that do require today's level of complexity

like unicode being normalized, and now every OS has to know how to render all sorts of scripts of different complexity

or that desktop displays other than 96 dpi are a thing (which is part of the reason why all user interfaces now use flat icons and such)

or security (a web browser from the 90s would be unable to do HTTPS, and would not isolate 3rd-party cookies and such that weren't a problem back then, but would be a big issue now)

also, it sucks that so many "cross-platform" apps are now just web apps running in electron, but that's better than having them be native apps that only run on windows (or sometimes also macOS)

and i'd say today's HTML5/JS-based web apps are still an improvement over what we had before, which, i should remind you all, was shockwave/macromedia/adobe flash (and it was an even less pleasant experience on linux)

The `hidden="until-found"` accordion enhancement is getting some real nice feedback for something I saw, went 'that's neat' and decided to implement in my downtime. πŸ’š

Huge congratulations to the GOV.UK Design System team with their v4.5.0 release of GOV.UK Frontend.

Highlights include:
* Sourcemaps
* Accordions enhancement using the `hidden='until-found'` attribute
* plus lots more! github.com/alphagov/govuk-fron

excessive beeping 

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BOOP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

trans, pol 

A thing I'm realizing as one of those elder-trans people:

No amount of stealthing or self-minimizing will appease genocidal bigots.

None.

You can be a 110% productive, capitalism saluting, sexless being dressed like a damn puritan and they. will. still. hate. you.

Your silence will not protect you.

Your absence is letting them shift the Overton window in their favor.

This is one thing younger gen trans people have right:

Don't settle for appeasement. Live. "Shine so bright it burns their fucking eyes".

Seems like GitHub's cronjob queue time is about 10–20 minutes on weekend daytimes and 25–35 minutes on weekdays.

And now you know.

Well that's interesting. Mastodon's API seemingly rejected a @batsbatsbats update because the image was too large dimensionally.

Not in file size, in dimensions.

Not a restriction I can see mentioned in docs anywhere either :blobfoxthinking:

Why the heck does sending `null` as a value in a Mastodon API query actually make it post the word "null"???

I couldn't remember the name of the game "Dorfromantik" so I called it "Dork Mastodon" instead and I guess that's what it's called now.

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