From HN discussion - "This is why I use ad blockers and a pi-hole server" (

This is GDPR in action. Wow.

If you can't fix it, you don't own it.

- Is better than recycling
- Saves you money
- Teaches engineering
- Saves the planet

My friend's got this book project on Unbound; - it's a study of cities in videogames. If you like videogames, urban planning, and maps, it's probably your kinda thing. :D

Using test-driven development is something that causes lots of developers rolling eyes.

But looking at certain projects I worked on before and project I start to work on now, which use a test-driven approach look a lot more stable to me.

Things I noticed:
1. Less dependencies (because I hate mocking)
2. easy integration for automated dependency upgrades (due to automated integration tests)
3. Confidence while refactoring (because I easily see when things break unexpected)

The difference between knowing something and being aware of something is that the latter means your knowledge will influence your decisions.

USA geoblocking EU citizens 

This is a useful way to see how the different protocols of the #Fediverse and #Federation interact and which software uses which.

It was just too funny not to share.

Warrior: I swear I will have revenge for the death of my brother.

Elf: You have my bow.

Dwarf: And my axe.

Necromancer: And your brother.

During the last weekend I realized that we tend to put a ton of complexity into those little devices called smartphone. Of course it's awesome how universal they can be used, but there is a level to basic complexity to it and it's a crazy task to make it simple enough so everyone can understand it. And I'm talking about simple things like a home screen. For someone who never used a computer, that already a super alien concept.

Yes we live in societies where we live as neighbors with each other, in social contract, our day-to-day governed by written legal-formal laws, and as well as other semi-formal and non-formal presumably collectively agreed upon community norms. Facts remain though.

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#fz_thinkingOutLoud #Politics #Philosophy #Sociology #Morality

New study: The advertising industry is systematically breaking the law

Every time we use apps, hundreds of shadowy entities are receiving personal data about our interests, habits, and behaviour.

You may consider this toot delayed, but it's the first time in Online on Mastodon so here we go: Happy New Year :D

I just finished my biggest project of the year, tomorrow the world looks completely different. Maybe not immediately, but in the long term. To quote the originator of my nickname:

"Change is coming. Everything changes."

Proud of how the server architecture of and the code of Mastodon is keeping up with the load, but wishing for this to transform into new Mastodon servers springing up.

If you were considering starting a Mastodon server, right now would be a pretty good time. Anyone can do it from source, see docs:

There are also hosting providers (not affiliated with me) which are super easy to work with without technical knowledge, like and

Holy shit, Samsung Smart TVs straight up send "snippets" of things that you watch back home to "to provide you with customized Smart TV experiences".

Search that page for the text: "Your Smart TV transfers video snippets or TV tuner information in order to determine the programs watched."


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