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TERFs on birdsite: β€œThe powerful and well-funded trans lobby are imposing their agenda on everyone & threatening me!”

Actual trans people on any social network I see them on: β€œI like drawing hentai and playing Fallout! Please send donations so that I don’t have to choose between rent and chilled food this month”

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Apparently Microsoft have taken down their PC update checker with ambiguous failure messages (lol!) and have sought to clarify Windows 11 minimum requirements in more detail here:

As many media outlets anticipated, their objective for some of the extra restrictions (like TPM 2.0) was to improve device security. The reliability motive behind deprecating older CPU generations is new though.

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Pro tip: If you decide to join the IRC server, you can add a cloak that hides your domain name by following these instructions:

(It's still worthwhile to have an IRC bouncer like ZNC though, as it'll continue to cache messages while your client is disconnected)

TIL that Americans don't buy salad cream, and don't know how it's different to mayonnaise without googling πŸ€”

Apple: "You can totally trust us with CSAM. We'd never bow to government pressure to abuse that system!"

Also Apple: "Okay Russia, we'll pull that app you want removed."

Famous tech person death 

Oh no! Apparently Sir Clive Sinclair has now passed away. πŸ˜”

For those who aren't aware, he brought the world the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum, and a goofy motorised tricycle. He's one of the pioneers of consumer electronics and personal computing.

It's fair to say that this scandal is going to get some attention, and ExpressVPN are already doing damage control.

Edward Snowden threw in his tuppence worth here:

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Good lord! πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

Allegedly the former CIO of ExpressVPN illegally leaked customer data and compromised their security on behalf of a foreign intelligence agency

Thought of the day 

If you spell "absolutely nothing" backwards, it means absolutely nothing.

COVID politics 

Apparently we live in a world where Nicki Minaj and Chris Whitty (chief medical advisor to the UK government) can have a barney on Twitter. 🀨

Don't google it. You will lose a good many brain cells.

Thought of the day 

What if those whale "songs" people find so relaxing are just the noise they make when they poo? πŸ€” 🐳

Linus Torvalds has pointed out that using GitHub's web interface for commits and merges to the Linux kernel is not cool. Seems reasonable to me πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

Also if you're looking for a good drop-in replacement for WinAmp on your Linux desktop, I've found that Audacious fits the bill quite nicely.

If you install the Flatpak version on a GNOME 40 desktop though, ensure you set it to the "GTK (Legacy)" mode before reskinning it. πŸ™‚

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TIL that you can actually subscribe to and manage podcasts in VLC.

Press Ctrl+L to display the side-bar, then scroll down until you see "Podcasts".

Thought of the day 

Do any Welsh people live in New South Wales? πŸ€”

I sense this joke perhaps makes more sense in my head, which understands cockney rhyming slang... πŸ˜…

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You only get to pronounce "gif" as "jiff" if everyone else gets to insist that the acronym actually stands for "giraffe interchange format".

Trech remembers 9/11 - supplemental 

The great point I've seen from other people posting memories of 9/11 was the rollback of civil liberties.

I can just barely remember the '90s as I was a kid at the time. But there was a time when law enforcement didn't have as much information about everyone, and people didn't have to spend hours going through invasive security theatre to board a plane.

The Bush doctrine (i.e. countries that harbour terrorists are just as culpable) was also... a choice.

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Speaking of audio players, my go-to for a long time was Rhythmbox.

Nowadays though I'm all about Audacious. It's the best drop-in replacement for WinAmp I've yet found. πŸ™‚

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Blimey, Ubuntu podcast is ending after 14 years.

I remember listening to the first episode on Banshee media player. It's equally bonkers that I've been using Linux for this long.

If you're wondering how my day's going, the paper bag containing the fancy latte I bought from Starbucks split right as I got in from the car. πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

I didn't just lose a little bit of the coffee. I lost ALL of the coffee!

The food seems to have survived though. So there's that. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

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