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RIP LG phones (2002-2021). Also while we're on the topic of things going RIP, Yahoo! is doing what Yahoo! Does best and wiping out huge, iconic parts of the internet, this time being Yahoo! Answers.

Have a calm, joyful Easter if you celebrate it. Have a calm, joyful Sunday if you don’t. ☺️

The day has arrived. I can finally present you all my new project.
Inspired by NewPipe, Nitter, Invidious or Bibliogram, here comes Lingva, an alternative Front-end for Google Translate.

https://github.com/TheDavidDelta/lingva-translate

It's a completely Free and Open Source project, so you can host your own instance. The directions are on the project's README.
You can also make any kind of contribution. Feel free to Pull Request.

Welp this sets a bad precedent.
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RT @torrentfreak
TuneIn Infringed Labels’ Copyrights, Court of Appeal Rules ift.tt/3cxdQX9
twitter.com/torrentfreak/statu

Everyone saying that it was better when the Ever Given was still in the canal is just jealous that she’s the only one that was able to get out of the rut she was stuck in this year 🙄

Aaaaa this has no right to get stuck in my head but that's probably what's gonna happen
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RT @Tantacrul
I have a fascination with failed Irish boy/girl band acts from the early 2000's. This one is particularly egregious.

youtube.com/watch?v=oJ6V4NVZFz
twitter.com/Tantacrul/status/1

a few weeks ago i posted the introductory recording from http://www.evan-doorbell.com/ , which is an archive of hundreds of hours of narrated recordings of the old telephone network in the US. i accidentally deleted my original post but you can just grab the recordings from evan's site

i wanted to share one of my favorite things i've heard in any of evan's tapes. for some context, he and a friend are experimenting with some new COCOTs - customer-owned coin-operated telephones - in the area. these are run by an independent company,
not the local phone company. the way they handle long-distance toll calls is they remember whatever number the customer dialed on the keypad, then the phone will (in the background) dial a local access number to the payphone operator's network. their network provides a second dial tone, into which the phone dials the actual phone number the customer wanted to reach. the operator can then see what number the customer is calling, and ask for the money for the call.

the payphone signals coins being inserted by sending some tones down the line, and the operator can signal the phone to collect or return the coins with some other tones. this system was flawed in that you could build a device to hold up to the phone's mouthpiece, then press a button and it would send the correct signal for whatever coin denomination, essentially letting you make operator-assisted calls for free. this was known as "red boxing", google it if you're interested.

anyway, evan's friend Les is at the payphone. evan is at home with two phone lines. they're learning how the phone works using a sort of man-in-the-middle attack. evan calls the payphone, les answers, les then tricks the phone into thinking he hung up, and dials a new call. evan bridges his two lines together, providing a new dial tone to the payphone, which then dials the local access number to the payphone company's network,
thinking it's on a new call, but it's actually still on the call with evan. this way they're able to see what numbers the phone is dialing, learn what tones are being used to collect and return coins, etc.

so with that context out of the way, allow me to present...
Evan Doorbell Red Boxes Using a Yamaha DX7

Saw the news that Tesla is now accepting Bitcoin payments for cars, so I looked up some figures and did some math.

According to Tesla's own figures, a Model 3 saves 30 tons of CO2 emissions over its lifetime compared to a traditional car. A Model 3 costs 0.69-1.21 BTC. Mining one BTC results in 257 tons of CO2 emissions.

For the next time someone tells you Elon Musk is saving the planet.

#Metatext 1.0.2:

- Added German localization (thanks @grimneko)
- Long press on reply / boost / favorite buttons to perform the actions from another account
- Improved accessibility actions

Now available: https://apps.apple.com/app/metatext/id1523996615?mt=8

Well isn't the news that microsoft wants to buy Discord causing some... Discord... In the tech world?

Looks like news rags are blowing up with reports that an unspecified buyer is lining up to purchase Discord.

Who it is is speculation at this point but it doesn't matter. I'll warn again what I've been warning all along: have a backup plan for your community. It's not uncommon for a buyer to show up, things be calm for about 3-6mo then suddenly a wall of changes land out of nowhere.

Nvda is retroactively removing the flash accessibility support. This mostly won't effect people, but if you really need flash access, like for some games, you'll want to hang on to whatever version last supports it.
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RT @MarcoInEnglish
This pull request makes me very happy. github.com/nvaccess/nvda/pull/
twitter.com/MarcoInEnglish/sta

Pinafore v1.23.0 

- Word/phrase filters: go to Settings -> Instances -> (instance name) to filter words from timelines
- Press "z" to close/hide all CWs in a thread
- Share photos from other apps directly to Pinafore (only on Android/ChromeOS)
- Show unread notifications in PWA app icon (only on Windows/Mac)
- Various bugfixes and perf improvements

Release notes: https://github.com/nolanlawson/pinafore/releases/tag/v1.23.0

:boost_ok: :ablobcatwave: Please boost this post if you would like the EFF to join the fediverse. :ablobcatbongo:

In a survey the EFF sent me, I suggested they create an account on the fediverse, so they can reach more supporters and support innovative free software that promotes interoperability among platforms, something they've advocated for in the past, too.

If you can boost this post, maybe I'll be able to show them that there are quite a few users who would like them here!

The EFF is the infamous nonprofit organisation that fights for privacy, government transparency, and digital freedom. Their fight is very important, and the EFF is very special to me. https://www.eff.org/about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Frontier_Foundation

You can see some of their work here https://www.eff.org/work

In the meantime, you can follow @eff, which is an unofficial mirror of their Twitter.

Also while I'm here I have to really thank everyone I making these apps for paying attention to accessibility. When I joined back in 2018 there was really only one kind of usable app so the choice you have now is staggering in a good way. Same goes to all the people describing your images. You're contributing to how great this place is just as much.

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Re last boost, this is another great fully accessible choice for ios making some nice use of custom actions. I've been trying the beta for a few days and can highly recommend. Thanks to @marcozehe and @weirdwriter@mastodon.social for pointing me toward it☺️ v

#Metatext 1.0.0 is live in the App Store!

Metatext is a free, open source Mastodon client for iOS. It remembers your home timeline position, has a searchable emoji picker, and many more great features.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/metatext/id1523996615?mt=8

You're in The Game Realm.
Flocks of flying toasters pass above and blues music echoes from afar.

Google just added headings to YouTube comments. That's cool. What's less cool is that they're H3's. You know what else is an H3? Video suggestions. You wanna skip the comments to the recommendations? I hope you like reading comments, because there are no landmarks and you can't go at it from the bottom because you'll trigger the infinite scroll.

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