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About the #fediverse scrape (

There is very little you can do about something like that happening to your toots. This is what 'public' posting means: your messages will get read by someone you don't agree with, in contexts that are different than originally intended, using means you dislike.

It is currently trivially easy to scrape the entire fediverse like the researchers did. So it will happen again.

If you are worried about your messages: first of all, don't put on-line what you don't want a random stranger to read. Your audience is always bigger than you imagine.

Second make more use of 'unlisted' and 'followers only' posting modes. The scrape made use of public timelines (http://<instance>/api/v1/timelines/public?local=true) and using these two visibility modes guards against that. This is easily circumvented by a follower bot though. Which is one of the reasons why some folks choose to manually approve their followers.

This stuff is pretty difficult to figure out and I do not at all wish to suggest it is your own fault if your data got scraped. It isn't. (Question is, did we as #mastoadmin do enough to inform new users about the meaning and utility of these settings?)

So how about the researchers?


From Syntorial I am learning how to make my computer quack, meow, and boing very precisely. It wasn't what I was looking for, but I'll take it.

This is like a self-help book, but much shorter and with emojis. Putting it out there for anyone who can benefit from it:


Today I figured out how to make Shepard tones because this will be useful for making an accordion synth:

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VCV Rack is a pretty impressive and easy to use modular synth environment but needs a better search engine for finding modules. Not open source unfortunately but it is free.

"If you're not paying for it, you're the product" => beware free stuff. "Capitalism is bad" => beware stuff you paid for.

It seems like this generalizes to being very suspicious of everything? Don't take anything from strangers.

And as someone who reads a lot about security, I think maybe we should be a little more suspicious of everything we get? Products can be badly designed and insecure, counterfeits exist, and so on. Generalized wariness isn't bad, exactly.

But in modern society we are also utterly dependent on the products of complicated supply chains. It's not very practical to try to make everything yourself - making just *one thing* yourself can be a big project! And we can't be spending all our time evaluating ordinary purchases for hidden flaws.

It should give you some sympathy for people who just say "it's a trusted brand." What else are you going to do?

Apparently AMP works without JavaScript?

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Mozilla just announced that we chose @matrix as IRC replacement for synchronous messaging. Matrix's announcement is here:

New plan. I hope I didn't screw up my order to the laser cutting service.

Spending too much time learning a CAD system, but it looks nice.

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I built a thing. It's just a 9-bass but it can play a few songs:

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#mastodon #india #history #war #AcaTooters #nerd
OKAY! So it's been a couple of days since I joined Mastodon, which means it's time for a history thread. Going by tootles' responses, I'm going to be starting with these fascinating artefacts: the hero stones of the medieval Deccan.

I don't really know what I'm doing, but here is the plan.

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I was today years old when I realized the Cyrillic alphabet is named for a Saint Cyril

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