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We might imagine that Mastodon is safe because it cannot be acquired or controlled by any one entity, but it absolutely *can* be.

In fact, with interest in it rising, Mastodon is at its *most* vulnerable time right now. Mastodon is in many respects an inadequate implementation. All any corporation has to do is launch a major ActivityPub implementation with the features and polish people want—enough to migrate people over en masse—and they will have effectively "acquired” Mastodon. (And honestly I suspect this is going to happen soon anyway.)

Google destroyed RSS and XMPP this way. Yes, they’re still out there, but only shadows of their former selves.

Matrix gives us the rare chance to head off this phenomenon before it happens.

(notifications muted)

Merry Christmas. Please change your passwords. Especially if you are coming from Twitter and maybe… just maybe… happened to use your same password.

Also to be real: you should change your passwords anyway. You should rotate all your keys once a year. Tis the season you filthy animals.

Twitter passwords have hit the back alley online markets.

Twitter data breach: +400m users.

Got a contact request on LinkedIn from a person I don't know.
Job title of that person is "Quality Automation Architect", and that now really leaves me with the question "How to automate quality?" 🤔

Is there tooling to easily download the content I bookmark?

A concern with Mastodon is that there are no global durability guarantees.

@Rina_EosinY Wenn du dich nicht regelmäßig verletzt, verlernt der Körper auch die Wundheilung. Darum sollte man sich nicht übermäßig vor Verletzungen schützen und sich ab und zu mal absichtlich irgendwo stoßen oder stechen. Wer seine Wundheilungskräfte trainiert, dessen Heilungsrate ist viel schneller!

It would be incredible to reach 100,000 followers of the Memorial here at Mastodon this year.

Don't you think?

#Auschwitz #Memorial #Mastodon #support #memory

Mastodon meta 

My least favourite sharp edge of Mastodon is the fact that when you view someone else's post you only see replies to it that are known to your server - so there's actually a good chance there will be replies that are completely invisible to you, especially if you run your own instance

I'd love it if tapping a post kicked off a request back to the original server that fetched the current reply count and provided a "view all replies" button if there were replies not yet visible to me

One of the benefits of #Mastodon being #OpenSource: The EU can help make it more secure.

"Awards of up to EUR 5000 are available for finding security vulnerabilities in LibreOffice, LEOS, Mastodon, Odoo and CryptPad, open source solutions used by public services across the European Union. There is a 20% bonus for providing a code fix for the bugs they discover."
#EU #OpenCollaboration

I'm happy to announce that the Association for Software Testing (@AST) has graciously become a sponsor of

They're covering hosting costs for the coming year with the intent to help this instance serve as a vibrant and safe place for testers and developers to talk about the theory and practice of our work, have a laugh, provide support, feel supported, and gain access to the Fediverse.

Sehr lesenswert: Afd Politiker richtig beleidigen 😁

Aus dem Blättchen der Landeshauptstadt Saarbrücken.

Oh hell yeah. @mozilla is launching a Mastodon instance in early 2023! I’m very excited for this. Mozilla is really good at what they do. Firefox has over 200M monthly active users, and with any luck they’ll build better support for the fediverse into Firefox itself. Mastodon will greatly benefit from easy to use professionally run instances that can handle massive scaling

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Software development is a social activity

A social place intended as a chill hangout place for software testers, developers, or just about anyone involved in delivering software and who is interested in both the technical as well as the social side of things. is supported by the Association for Software Testing.

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