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How normal are you?

Find out with this beautifully-executed and scary online experience:

hownormalami.eu/

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T2 security chip on Macs can be hacked to plant malware; cannot be patched

9to5mac.com/2020/10/06/t2-secu

TL;DR: all recent macOS devices are no longer safe to use if left alone, even if you have them powered down.

- The root of trust on macOS is inherently broken
- They can bruteforce your FileVault2 volume password
- They can alter your macOS installation
- They can load arbitrary kernel extensions

#security #privacy #infosec #apple #macos #macbook #imac

Apropos of nothing really... The ducks are chasm in the glass room.

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Another unexpected socialist: Lizzie Magie, who invented the board game Monopoly.

Magie was more accurately called a Georgist, which is kind of a proto-socialist movement in the US that advocated for working people to own the full value of what they produce and hold land in common, rather than have private property.

She called Monopoly "the Landlord's Game," and it demonstrated how private property robs from the poor and enriches owners.

The Parker Brothers (like the actual brothers) screwed her out of a patent by buying it from her for $500 and printing a small run of the Landlord's Game to secure the patent. Meanwhile Charles Darrow was falsely credited as the game's creator and he became a millionaire.

The anti-monopolist messages within the game were stripped out. A round of play that showed how all players could prosper if resources were shared was eliminated, and the game became winner take all.

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This is so flippin cool! PDA like device with ESP32, Sharp memory lcd and a gyro pointer for input. Also has an rss parser built in along with other pda style apps like calculator, calendar, simple game etc.

hackaday.io/project/169103-low
youtube.com/watch?v=IB07gSAHnk

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Just an fyi to any followers on Mastodon.social, now would be the time to move instances. A lot of other instances are silencing and even defederating from M.S., so you are going to find yourself blocked because of this.

There are lots of great instances out there - check out where your mutual are at for ideas. There's a whole new world just waiting for you :)

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Watching the keynote and getting excited. Really want to talk to someone real-time about my potential use-case for activitypub now.

it's like someone mashed together Delphi, macromedia flash (as it used to be) and python. Quite fun.

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Taking a little foray into and it seems like the game engine I'm using - - follows the old principles I used back in the days. I am quite happy about that, feels very comfortable.

So, with the mastodon API, you can create an "Application" without auth, and you can do this over and over again. If noone actually uses any of these applications, they'll not show up anywhere apart from the database. Is there a way of cleaning these up, or are they magically cleaned up?

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Hello! I'm the account for the #spritely project! Still getting things set up but ya know, in case you wanted to follow Spritely things...

I've made a surprising amount of progress on my asynchronous karaoke tech demo (nowhere near an alpha but getting the features tested individually). Still need to figure out if something like or just plain ol' posting to mastodon is better for it though. I like the idea of it being possible to do without any kind of client, because that's quite a defense if someone complains about it enabling copyright violations. It also means it's easier for people to get started, I think.

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I took up watercolor painting at the beginning of the pandemic. Here’s a cute little Amstrad PPC640 I painted back in May!

I have three fully operational phones here. My current daily driver, a p20pro, running it's stock OS; my shiny new "try all the os' (17 and counting)" and an aging but working OnePlus 2 as of today running sailfish OS. It's a bit geeky today!

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TIL that there is no formula for the exact perimeter of an ellipse, but that you could make an arbitrarily close approximation of a formula for the perimeter of a *given* ellipse, and that such a formula would depend on the sum of an infinite series.

TIL that this is technically how we have a formula for the perimeter of a circle, but don't notice the messiness because the circle's "axes" are of equal length and thus a single sum of an infinite series works. We call it "pi" to keep it unmessy.

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Just curious: Do you delete old calendar entries?

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