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public transit systems never will - and aren't supposed to - make money or break even

fares are a holdover of a culture of "properness" and disproportionately affect disadvantaged people

fareless systems see significant increases in use, which directly translates to less use of cars and healthier cities

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Just a reminder that I run a wiki called Pass It On about where to send things at the end of their useful (to you) life.

It's really just focused on the UK at the moment - don't know if that will change in future.

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I have liberated this video from instagram so you can experience its greatness without being spied on by Zuck.

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call for artists - MN Dept of Transportation 

@bouncinglime An important caveat: "This residency is open to artists 18 years of age or older who are residents of the state of Minnesota".

Pretty great opportunity, nonetheless!

call for artists - MN Dept of Transportation

"In partnership with MnDOT’s Sustainability and Public Health Division (SPHD), the Fellow will experiment with artistic projects, tools, and strategies to reduce transportation carbon pollution, including reducing personal vehicle miles driven."

- $40,000 for the year-long residency.
- you'll present project concepts and requests for funding in the $10,000-$15,000 range towards project implementation.

Deadline 1 December!

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Yknow what? Fuck it!

*forms a fediverse queer band that works via online collab*

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Does anyone have experience in using PGP encryption with Rainloop?
Can you please help by pointing to a relevant video and/or text tutorial?

Feel free to DM me the whole process in case, but I would prefer not to abuse of your kindness of course.

:boost_ok: :at_me:

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begpost, please boost and share, CW house arrest, unjust conviction and sentencing, i fucking hate the courts

Please please PLEASE boost and share and donate this fundraiser for my friend's partner, who is currently serving a house arrest sentence for bullshit trumped up charges. He needs all the support he can get at this time. Fuck the courts, fuck the cops :acab:

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good morning to the billions of dollars we are finally going to spend on trains

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For the record: This is the last mention of my #maille shops I will post on the Fedi. We made the lease payment, thank you. I am still retiring. My vision and hands are both going. Due to Etsy requiring payment per listing, the Going out of Business sale will end on December 31 when the last listing expires. Jan 1, I will close both shops permanently.

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On a Trip to London Town (A tease)

There was a young man once, of good family, though fallen on hard times. When he came of age, he left his home, bidding farewell to his old father, and set off for London Town, seeking his fortune there as young men are wont to do. He carried with him a yew bow and a score of cloth-yard shafts, as well as a gift of coin from his father to see him through his journey. With his good bow and his skill...

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What's a video game that you remember, but you've never met another soul who played it

For me it's Ishar III: The Seven Gates of Infinity

mh, meds, feelings abt it tbd 

I had my first psych tele-visit this afternoon, and picked up both ADHD and SSRI meds this evening 😶

... is it bad when the dr says "wow I didn't expect you to score so high on depression"?

I did really well on the "count down from 100 in sevens" tho! Proud of myself for that - I am bad at mental arithmetic under pressure usually.

Anyway just took the first ADHD one in the hope of getting some homework done today. Nervous and scared and hopeful. :meowevening:

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proposed experiment to mess with the transphobic harassment scraper 

We've been discussing how the transphobic spammers are finding targets and a current hypothesis is that they're using a scraper to find the string "trans" in people's bios. For instance it seems I got on the list for having "translator" in my bio.

So if you want to try and prove or disprove this hypothesis and possibly mess up their scraper, I suggest putting the word "trans" somewhere in your bio. Since it's easier to adapt the scraper to get get around trans being part of a word (like "translator" or "transistor"), it might be helpful to add both the words "trans" and "transgender." Example sentences:

"I support transgender rights. Trans rights = human rights."

"I may not be trans but transgender hating script kiddies are too incompetent to tell the difference."

Obviously do this ONLY if you're okay with potentially getting on the trans list. If you don't want to receive spam I suggest turning off DMs and notifs from accounts you don't follow.

If we can't stop the harassment at its source yet, we might be able to dilute or grow the list past usefulness, and hide our trans friends through sheer numbers so they can't be as easily singled out.

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hardening mastodon against scraping 

fellow masto instance admins of the fediverse:

by default, mastodon is leaky as fuck and there are a bunch of ways that data can be scraped and indexed from a mastodon instance

there are a few steps you can take to harden your instance against this; since there's an ongoing harassment campaign against trans masto users, now is a good time to review this

the following is not exhaustive, but it's a good start

1. Enable 'Secure Mode' on your instance. Without secure mode turned on, any of the activitypub endpoints of your instance can be scraped without http authentication -- this includes user profiles and users' public posts. This makes it ***absolutely trivial*** for a scripter to scrape all of the profiles of your instance denizens and look for keywords.

From the mastodon docs: 'When secure mode is enabled, all GET requests require HTTP signatures as well.'

It's insane to me that this isn't enabled by default. To enable it, see the 'AUTHORIZED_FETCH' parameter here:

This makes it more complicated to scrape, since scraping traffic now has to come from an instance that uses http signatures, and not just from some random asshole's computer.

2. Toggle some config options in preferences => administration => site settings. Here you can turn off the profile directory, disallow unauthenticated access to public pages, etc. See the screenshot below this post for the settings I use. You can make up your own mind about how strict you want to be here, but I think turning off the profile directory and the public timeline is a great idea.

3. Recommend your users disable DMs from people they don't follow. This is under preferences => notifications.

Any stuff I've missed, stuff you'd like to add, feel free to reply to this post.

Thanks for reading!

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this is part of the confusion around the term "cancel culture" - people who are concerned re: others judging them are scared they'll be ostracized no matter what, while people who just don't want consequences for their actions can play on that.

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we have to approach misbehavior with a community orientation, not from a perspective of moral purity. if you do something harmful, you need to demonstrate that you understand the harm, and how you're addressing it

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was talking yesterday abt cancel culture &c and my boyfriend pointed out that it only works because so many people have internalized a kind of social justice calvinism

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Hey folks! My EP is live! Yknow, the one I've been working on on stream? Yeah that one! I'm super super proud of the way this one turned out, its by far some of the best work I've ever done!

Tune in for some #house, #techno, and #lofi sounds! New #music straight to your earholes!

(boosts very very welcome!)

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I don't remember where I got this link (probably here!), but it's quite an impressive list of alternatives to all of Amazon's services:

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