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As an - hi, I’m Brindy (aka Chris). 👋

I’m a software engineer at DuckDuckGo but after 25 years of that stuff I am starting my journey into being a pro musician. As such I am a singer/song writer mostly focussing on rock/metal, but also enjoy blues and folk, music theory and production.

I also love most tabletop games and my PlayStation console. I prefer playing tabletop games in person but haven been known to play online during pandemics.

Links in bio. Fuck the Tories.

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Question for those of you who read feeds (such as RSS) from websites — and thanks in advance for boosting this to help the data be more meaningful...

For each article included in a feed, what’s your preference regarding how the feed provides it?

#RSS #JSON #feeds #poll

Where's this new Firefly TV series?

Where's this new Firefly video game?

Guess I'm just gonna have watch it again.

First time in… weeks(?) I’ve been to bed before midnight and slept a solid 8 hours. Granted I hadn’t slept the night before but that’s been the case plenty of times recently. The main difference is that I am off work now until Jan 4.
We are off to Jordan for a week tomorrow. That’s causing it’s own anxiety but that’s a different story.
Anyway, need to have a serious change of mindset before going back to work. I need to learn how to enjoy it again.

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🗞️ Privacy News:

- github.com/spanicker/ip-blindn - Google's proposal recently got updated and now resembles Apple's Relay solution

- wired.com/story/fbi-google-geo - FBI got capitol attack data from Google (apparently much more precise than what they can get from mobile providers)

- classaction.org/blog/tiktoks-i - lawsuit against TikTok for tracking in their in-app browser

- themarkup.org/the-breakdown/20 - markup explains why the choice of your mastodon server matters

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How much does it cost to have a human being clean up and edit your podcast?

I am interested in offering affordable podcast editing and mastering to nonprofits and community/personal projects.

Do people need this? Would it help?

#podcasting #foss #community #nonprofit

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Slept until 1pm, felt a bit better, physically anyway, so went into town for coffee and food. Came back and dived straight back into work. Dumb.

I just don't understand how 1 or more people can sit around spouting shite for 30mins, an hour and certainly not longer than that, then just spunk their audio into the ether without giving two shits about accessibility. And in 99% of all podcasts I've ever listened to they can be summarised in a few lines of text. Why torture folk for that?

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What do people use for reading podcasts? Like if you were hard of hearing, is there some software you would use? I fkn hate listening to podcast, but often get sent links to them

I officially ran out of steam at work today. I am away after Thursday until Jan 4, which is nice, but I don't even feel well enough to go to work for the next day or two. 😩😭

DuckDuckGo is looking for early beta testers for our new Windows browser app.

DM me or (preferably) hit up Peter directly over on the birdsite if you'd be willing to test and contribute to shaping the direction of the product.

twitter.com/pdolanjski/status/

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#introductions

I'm Amy,

I'm a Writer, Folklorist and part time Goblin who focuses on Shropshire Folklore, with a focus on ghosts and #Ghostlore.

I am also a trainee history teacher, and the Brand ambassador for Haunted Magazine.

You can expect ghosts, history and general weirdness of Shropshire 💚

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Anyone else have, they’re cancelling Crimbo, on the Christmas classics bingo card. Why are right wing 🚀s convinced someone is cancelling crimbo even though it hasn’t happened yet 😂

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Drowning in AI Generated Garbage : the silent war we are fighting

Why we are in the middle of an AI collapse and what we can do about it.

ploum.net/2022-12-05-drowning-

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#UK folks, there's a petition to keep protection of transgender people in the equality act.

It's pretty scary being trans in this country at the moment, and we could use your help to protect our rights.

Feel free to share broadly/openly with others. Steal, boost, whatever. Let's get 100k signatures, please.

petition.parliament.uk/petitio

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The Turing Test poisoned the minds of generations of AI enthusiasts, because its criteria is producing text that persuades observers it was written by a human.

The result? Generative AI text products designed to "appear real" rather than produce accurate or ethical outputs.

It *should* be obvious why it's problematic to create a piece of software that excels at persuasion without concern for accuracy, honesty or ethics. But apparently it's not.

Right am migrating my media to S3. Seems to work though it's still copying, but new resources appear to be being uploaded fine.

Found a command that removes old media and I'm in the process of migrating to an s3 bucket instead.

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