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By default, Mastodon has a 500 character limit for posts.

However, you may have seen posts with more than 500 characters.

This is possible because Mastodon is just one type of server on the Fediverse. Many of the accounts you interact with on here may be using different server types with different character limits.

For example, there are modified "forked" versions of Mastodon such as Glitch (glitch-soc.github.io/docs/) and Hometown (github.com/hometown-fork/homet) which allow server admins to easily change the character limits.

There are also completely different kinds of servers such as Friendica (friendi.ca) which have much larger default limits.

Because the Fediverse uses a common technical standard for communication, different kinds of servers talk to each other seamlessly, and you won't necessarily notice which server types people use. (I'm on a server running Glitch Mastodon, which is how this post can be so long.)

#Mastodon #Fediverse #CharacterLimit #CharacterLimits

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#Microsoft is showing #ads for Microsoft 365 in #Office 2021

Pay for a product but still get tracked, see ads or get telemetry. Welcome to Microsoft.

There are also plans to put ads in MS Edge.

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Might actually move from Jekyll Pages to prose.sh, the whole concept of SSHing into a blog post seems very interesting, and even a little easier than what I'm currently doing.

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Quayside, in Toronto, was supposed to be the leading proof of concept for smart cities in the Western world.

Google's parent company planned to invest almost $1B in autonomous garbage collection, self-driving taxis, and an extensive data collection layer - from bench occupation, to pedestrian crossing monitoring, to public transport live usage data.

The problem is that Alphabet failed to address all the concerns of the locals about privacy and data governance - and in many cases it even actively dismissed or derided them. The local government even mentioned several episodes of arrogance shown by Alphabet's representatives. So, two years and a half after its start, the project has been officially terminated.

This is a good example of how citizens can push back on surveillance capitalism. Smart cities have plenty of potential to improve lives. Collecting more accurate live data leads to better understanding of the problems and therefore better governance. But the collected data is extremely valuable, and it shouldn't solely lay in the hands of a private corporation. Especially if that corporation dismisses valid concerns about user privacy and data gatekeeping as technophobia.

These technologies should be controlled by elected officials, because they are the ones accountable (through the democratic process) for their correct usage. Representatives that misuse the data, or sell private citizens' data to 3rd-parties, are likely to be voted out. You can't say the same about Alphabet. Nobody voted for them, nobody can vote them out if they misuse the data, they aren't accountable to anyone other than their shareholders, and therefore they are not eligible for handling something as precious as the data flows of our cities.

And there's also a disturbing lesson to be learned here: companies like Google would rather kill billion-dollar projects and not improve our cities, rather than losing control over the data, or even just starting a conversation about data usage and accountability. Their interest is not to make the world a better place: it's to maximize profit. Improving things sometimes comes as an aftermath of their profit-seeking strategies, but sometimes it doesn't.

news.slashdot.org/story/22/08/

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The FTC would like Americans to comment on its proposed actions on online data surveillance and security.

My first comment is: Fix your own website. It requires Javascript on before anything at all loads. And has tracking devices including from Google of course.

Et tu, FTC?

#privacy

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You don't need to use other people's servers on Mastodon or the Fediverse. Anyone can set up their own server, even non-technical people. It's much easier than you think, and much cheaper too.

I run a website helping non-technical people create their own servers at growyourown.services and you can follow its account at @homegrown

There are many Fediverse server types you can set up without tech knowledge:

growyourown.services/grow-your

There's also an in-depth tutorial about making your own Mastodon server without tech knowledge, and most of it applies to any kind of Fediverse server:

growyourown.services/making-yo

#Fediverse #Mastodon #SelfHosting

also, is there any way to disable mastodon's 500 char limit? it's getting annoying, especially when I want to toot something a tiny bit longer than the character limit, yet not worthy of a reply to the original.

Welcome to wories today, where I always wory about matters which I can't change, but maybe my wories will eventually uncover something important one day.
last time, it was wayland, is it fragmenting the linux desktop even more than before?
to be clear, linux desktop itself isn't very good, even Linus Torvalds admits it in this video
youtube.com/watch?v=Pzl1B7nB9K
now, I found an article about flatpaks not being the future of the linux desktop, I'll link to the hackernews article
news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

interesting to finally be able to browse mastodon, with odilia screenreader. True, I can't use proper, traditional browse mode navigation yet, as in, I can't jump to headings, lists, links, etc, however I'm writing this post with it, even though only tab navigation and such works. So yeah, we are going somewhere, soon enough I'll be able to use it on a daily basis, who knows

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I asked Facebook's BlenderBot chat AI what it would do regarding the trolley problem. The response was... uh, interesting?

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making my code abortable is destroying it back into old-js unreadable slop
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:: Odysee / Qlbry

You knew? This expanding YouTube alternative even has AngryVideoGameNerd!

A new desktop client Qlbry needs more developer love though.

Qlbry DOESN'T use electron.js (the official client does). Qlbry already works for basic features on Linux.

Please participate if able, test and create pull requests, spread the word.

=> github.com/AprilDolly/qlbry

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The more Apple "cracks down" on stuff, the more people will hate them and disregard them. They've just recently cracked down on sites that give out dev beta profiles. Stupid to me. Maybe it was messing up metricks, but I kinda think you'd *want* more metricks if you were a big tech giant.

gamers, it's time to format your windows pcs!
youtube.com/watch?v=fzBCR_C26Q
damn, if only steam OS or steam itself was accessible on linux, especially since it doesn't work at all with orca screenreader, it'd be so awesome I think I would be gaming lots more than I do now.

ever being absolutely furious because you can't find a way to rom your android phone to work with newest android? Yeah, that's happening here, damn the obscurity of Allview

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If you're screening your follow requests, it's probably not a good idea to reject or block someone just because their profile picture is empty.

There are many blind people on the Fediverse who don't use profile pictures. For example, the writer Robert Kingett at @blindscribe doesn't use one.

The most reliable way to screen accounts on here is just to read what they have posted, as this better reflects what kind of account they are.

#Fediverse #FollowRequest #FollowRequests

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Don't force yourself. If you want to rest, do so

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