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non-binary, intersex, uspol, + 

"U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender, a federal judge said Wednesday."

"The ruling only applies to Zzyym, but Lambda Legal senior attorney Paul Castillo called it a "groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind" challenge to limited gender options on federal identification."

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"Most websites are about delivering content. HTML is amazing for this and you DON'T NEED JAVASCRIPT."

I would like to marry this post. 👰

#progressiveenhancement #inclusivedesign

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"The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere."

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Someone asked on the #OpenStreetMap mailing list how to record "dangerous"/"unsafe" areas. It's nice that so many OSMers pointed out the classist and racist nature of "this area is dangerous". 🙂

(And subjective things don't go in #OSM anyway)
Thread starts here:

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@Stoori @gargron @switchingsocial

If the goal is to make it easy for non-technical people who are already hesitant to get into Mastodon, I think the default UI of Mastodon itself should be easy for first-timers.

If you have to tell people to log in to yet another instance for things to be "easy" you've already lost.

Federated social networks are confusing enough as it is.

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I've heard a lot of requests for reply counters so you know if there's a discussion before opening a thread, and some servers like implemented it on their own already. Is this okay:

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@aral The software called Mastodon is protected from EEE (Embrace, Extend, Extinguish) abuse by the AGPLv3 license. Any changes made to Mastodon must follow the same license and must be made public.

ActivityPub OTOH, is susceptible to the EEE strategy. First some MegaCorpX will make an ActivityPub-based social network and gather a lot of users. Then they will add more features than there are in the spec. The third step is to stop federating with other ActivityPub instances.

e.g. Slack vs. IRC

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I often find myself referring to "stretches of language"—by which I mean some segment of text/speech without reference to the structural/usage specifics—i.e., sentences, conversational turns, poetic lines, paragraphs, chapters, even n-grams (or unigrams) are all kinds of "stretches of language." is there an existing term for this that I'm not aware of?

("sequence" isn't quite right as it presupposes discreteness, which implies structure; a "stretch" in my thinking might begin and end mid-unit)

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Reason [for waiting for the serverless solution] being: every such switch takes time and effort. And these are limited.

Users who switched will be less likely to switch again within a certain (usually rather long) timeframe. If I start pushing for (say) Wire now, some people switch, and in half a year Briar becomes ready for prime time, these people will be less likely to switch, making it more complicated for everyone else (Metcalfe's law, etc).

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"There are rather secure evidences that camera surveillance is not an effective method when it comes to preventing violence or fights in open spaces" says Stina Holmberg, head of research unit at Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ) to SR,
on law change Aug 1 to make it easier for police to post surveillance cameras in public spaces to "prevent crimes" in Sweden,
which article says is scientifically unfounded.
English background meta-analysis of 80 studies:

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IndieAuth sounds interesting as a more generic way for federated applications to allow app registrations

The question is how do we adapt this after our current, extremely similar but somewhat different system has been in production use for around 2 years #mastodev

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@CobaltVelvet the services like Zapier or IFTTT that have "bridges" expect APIs/OAuth to have a hardcoded endpoint URL. So advocating for "make it support IndieAuth" might go further than "make it support Mastodon" in terms of how many applications they'd start supporting in one swoop.

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Socrates tells his followers that he's really, really going to stop looking at his timeline on Mastodon real soon now, even though he said he'd stop over two hours ago.

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So okay.

Can someone send me links to anti-harassment tech y'all know of? I have a few in mind but like in the realm of ActivityPub, a tool could work.

Please boost.

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RT This is fuckin nuts.

The US wants to examine re-examine “bad naturalization cases” to find U.S. citizens they say “should not have been naturalized, to revoke their citizenship, and then eventually deport them.”


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I always feel a little pang of sadness when a band that I like (that releases under a CC license) gets snatched up by a label. Don't get me wrong; I'm ecstatic for them getting the label support. But it generally means they stop releasing under a CC license and that makes them just another band to me.

Hoping some day that the CC license permeates into the label culture and that my show becomes redundant, but I don't see that happening soon.

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USecon workers 

According to a report from the (OECD) Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development the US:
⚠️higher level of income inequality and a larger share of low-income residents than almost any other advanced nation
⚠️no advanced notice required for individual firings
⚠️average of 1 in 5 employees lose or leave their jobs each year
⚠️lose your job in the US, it’s harder to find another
⚠️weak government programs and hamstrung union bargaining

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