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If I could convince Mastodon at large of only one thing, it would be this:

if you see someone complaining, DO NOT give them advice.

If someone ASKS for advice, offer it.

But 90% of the time, someone complaining is just venting. They're not telling you the whole story, and they're not receptive to being given advice, because in that mental state, your "good-natured advice" is their "HERE'S HOW YOU'RE DOING THIS WRONG".

Do not respond with advice unless it's asked for.

A Firefox plugin that puts an arrow on the page showing which direction you have to scroll to find the autoplaying video when you mouse over the "this tab is making noise" icon

in what seems to pass today as breaking security news, both the unix shell and the windows command prompt has a vulnerability where if a malicious user can persuade a user to run an arbitrary script, the code in it will be executed with said user's privileges.

Open Source voice assistant #Mycroft (yes an actual open source alternative of Amazon Alexa and Google Home) has not only almost hit 800% of its Indiegogo funding in Feb, but has recently switched to #Mozilla's #DeepSpeech project.

Deep Speech is just one of over a hundred projects taking part in #MozSprint May 10-11. They're especially seeking voices of NON ENGLISH speakers.

More new contributors added to these open projects = more real world innovative alternatives.

mzl.la/global-sprint

* Dons deerstalker cap, places pipe in mouth *

Me: I have deduced from the recording left behind by the witness that Miss Gloria's intruder can be no other than—an astronaut!

Friend: What

Me: * Presses the play button *

🎶 And so you're back, from outer space
I just came in to find you here with that sad look upon your face 🎶

Friend: Okay I'm done here

I have now exhausted three different librarians with my research question, leading me to believe that either (a) I'm onto something really interesting and unique or (b) I am completely unable to coherently formulate what I'm looking for

Masto admin stuff Show more

Fun new game: count the number of 'We are rushing to avoid #GDPR fines' emails in your inbox right now. I'm currently at 5. Who does better?

ZoteroBib is a new free service from the #Zotero team, that helps you quickly create a bibliography in any citation style

zbib.org/

A very neat and well crafted service indeed, useful at all levels for #Academia and #Publishing routine work with #Citation #CitationStyles

Academic journal griping Show more

PSA having a working contact e-mail address if you're an instance admin is pretty important.

If we have a :dont_at_me: “don’t at me” emojo I should make a “don’t explain this to me yes I know and I’m aware I’m just trying to make a joke fuck god”

Found in my old files Show more

Found in my old files Show more

Found in my old files Show more

"Inbox Zero?"

No, think more:

"Inbox /dev/null/"