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Persona 5 and it's story about a group of friends joining together to bring down corrupt adults in order to free others. It was a perfect metaphor for the fight against for me, and is why my avatar is their logo. Corny, but I don't care.

anyone ever told you "premature optimization is the root of all evil"?

let me tell you a story. about computers and javascript and hitler and the soviet union.

a friend of mine just dug up some numbers and did some math for my dyscalculic ass and came up with the conclusion that just by transmitting the minified version of jquery around (not even executing it!), Planet Earth is likely using up somewhere between 7-14 billion kWh of power every year.

let's put that into some perspective.

world war two was the single deadliest conflict in human history. it killed somewhere around 80 million people, which at the time was three percent of *all humans, everywhere.* it left europe in ruins, and nowhere was the damage so intense and horrific as the Soviet Union.

the Battle of Stalingrad is one of the most famous battles of the war. two million people died there alone. in the opening salvos the entire city was flattened by nazi and soviet bombs alike. eventually the Union prevailed, at a tremendous cost.

but Stalingrad was only one of the cities flattened, only one of the battles fought as Europe burned. the devastation was so comprehensive that nearly every western nation had to rely on aid from the US, one of the only powers on either side whose economy was intact, to rebuild. (it didn't help that American wartime policy was designed more to inflict as much Nazi death and destruction as possible on the Soviets, of course).

if we add up the energy of every single explosive device detonated over the course of that terrible war, from hand grenades all the way up to the two atom bombs the US detonated over japan, slaughtering civilians en masse and turning two cities to rubble in the space of a moment, we get the figure of about 3 megatons. or in kilowatt hours, 3.4 billion, spread out across all those years of war.

compared to 7-14 billion kWh just to transmitting the same tangle of bytes around again and again. every single year.

and that's just jquery. not the cost of executing it. not the mass of other garbage javascript and analytics and social media spyware, which now often adds up to megabytes per page. not the cost of rendering or running any of that.

just to zap jquery back and forth across the internet to every computer accessing a website that uses it.

a final point of comparison, now that i have your attention: bitcoin uses up 46,000 billion kilowatt hours per year. a number which is likely to keep on growing.

draw your own conclusions about web design & software optimization.

I never posted the full painting of my current avatar here. Still like it a lot. Also orange-blue complement is so much fun to paint.
#krita #art #digitalArt #fox #snow #illustration #mastoArt #animal #creativeToots #painting

@Torie If you're in the columnized web UI and left click on a hashtag, it opens in a column. That's the web UI version. When you instead open the hashtag link in a new tab, it opens a separate page, possibly on a different server. That's the public hashtag page.

me: working from home gives me the opportunity to focus on tasks free from the the distractions of a noisy office!









me: cool never mind

I'm not sure if I've ever done this in my life...

1. 🌐 Download a web browser
2. 🔍 Check every setting
3. ✔️ Change nothing, except...


First, guess which browser?


I only changed *one* thing by enabling the Better filter with this terminal command:

gsettings set org.gnome.Epiphany adblock-filters "['']"

I love what this browser ships with out of the box

Thanks to @aral for Better and thanks to the @gnome team for Epiphany

I wish that images were scaled down from remote resources on the #fediverse. Sending the whole actual image isn't friendly on clients. Being able to report a max size or max dimension for a resource / type could be cool.

@pixelfed hi. How easy is it to upgrade my own installation of pixelfed? Is it just a simple composer update? Thanks in advance. :fediverse:

New here? Remember that Twitter is optimized to make you into passive consumers, by en(r/g)aging you with content that you don't choose yourself.

Here, that doesn't happen. But it also means you're responsible to find people to follow.

It will take some work.

If you're willing to put that in, you'll find a wide variety of friendly people that will be happy to have meaningful conversions and laugh and cry together with you.

Start by searching and looking at who other people follow.

RT @LeeCamp: Capitalism keeps poor people busy by making us struggle to meet our basic needs.

When we are struggling to eat, to live, we can't find time or energy to be political, to organize, to disrupt.

my alternate theory on why horror movies are 'better' on VHS is that when it's dark your eye still has ok luma resolution but terrible chroma resolution. like VHS

Just finished installing my very own Gitea ( Now to move stuff over to it

Just finished recording an interview for the IRL Podcast

The Mozilla Foundation has a podcast called IRL. In a recent episode they talked about passwords and basically ended the episode advocating the use of proprietary password managers, specifically LastPass and OnePass.

LastPass has had number of security breaches over the years. Mozilla is a non-profit that creates Free Software, and even has a password manager built into Firefox that is FLOSS, and even self-hostable. Why are they advocating people use inferior stuff to their own?

microsoft made windows 10, split it into two versions -- a watered down one called home and a regular one called pro -- and when you buy a $2000 laptop it comes with w10 home so you have to fucking pay $100 for access to bitlocker and group policy editor like some kind of EA microtransaction bullshit except it's not a video game it's your fucking operating system and it costs ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS

microsoft had to put in extra work to create the limited home version. when you buy windows you are financing a company that spent time and effort to actively fuck you and every other user over

Is your network unusually slow? Are websites blocked?

Install OONI Probe to find out if there's censorship or other anomalies on your network. It just got a major UX revamp, so it's easier to use than ever:


Coming soon to F-Droid.

And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through

– David Bowie, Changes

Hey folks, if you’re still on birdsite, please help me boost this tweet:

Let’s get some more folks on Mastodon and the fediverse while also raising awareness about surveillance capitalism.

Thanks in advance :)


OH in cafe in Cork: “… it’s a new startup: they buy apartments on the cheap, fix them up, and then rent them out on AirBnB.”

Meanwhile, Ireland is in the midst of a housing crisis.

Fuck these people.

#VentureCapital #Startups #Disruption

Upcoming Cryptoparty London will cover #nextcloud installation. Stay in control over your data!
Concerned by your dependence to the tech giants’ cloud? My workshop at the next @CryptoPartyLDN will cover how to use @Nextclouders to take back control of your data.

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