Those... bastards. They finally went and did it.

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...waiting just a _little_ longer for GPU prices to come down to try to get a new GPU. I don't think we've reached the bottom yet.

May 25, 2022: I finally got a full version of VS Code working on a Chromebook with an ARM chip, using Google's built-in Linux environment (no "developer mode" ChromeOS needed). Awesome.

Upgrade installed!

Everyone on Masto.host is now running Mastodon v3.5.2.

Any issues or questions please let me know.

Thanks 🐘

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Not to mention the ugly elephant in the room -- there's the issue of former disgraced Premier Trump. Trump has a good shot of being the next President again, and all this man wants to do is get back on Twitter. He's tried to recreate Twitter twice since he was kicked off (and failed -- his personal "blog" and "Truth Social"). Owning Twitter at this point is playing the long game (something Elon Musk _is_ good at) at basically having a _huge_ influence on the potential next POTUS. 6/6

Basically, whether we like it or not, who controls Twitter controls the public discourse, and now that's Elon Musk, which is interesting, because (as anyone knows if you've seen a presentation done by Musk), "communication" is *NOT* one of Elon Musk's core competencies. 5/6

Twitter is _enormously_ valuable, and still distressingly relevant. A thing can be both of these things, _and_ still be "bad".

4/6

These people have stuck with Twitter throughout the years, during the harrassment campaign scandals, when Trump was using it as his personal soapbox, and even today, when it's bought and made into a private company by the world's richest individual. 3/6

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Twitter is about 350 million (its actual userbase is not that big) incredibly _addicted_ individuals who _crave_ attention. These people include many celebrities, business leaders, "thought leaders", _huge_ numbers of politicians, world leaders -- these people are pathologically addicted to attention. They will do anything to get it. They _need_ people to hear their voice. 2/6

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Tried to explain to someone today that Twitter can still be "bad" at the same time it can be enormously relevant. 1/6

One of the unexpected joys of the fediverse over other places is the addition of weird domains appended on to everyone's usernames.

It makes the web feel like more than just four websites again.

It's both a signal of a smaller more intimate internet and also a larger and far more diverse internet at the same time!

Seen recently on discord after the Musk acquisition of Twitter:

"I may even leave Twitter because of this. I don't know how Twitter is worth that much money."

Friend -- if you're still on Twitter after everything's that's happened during the past few years, A) you're not going anywhere and B) you're _exactly_ the reason Twitter is worth $40billion

@hugo Any load issues happening today because of the influx of users to Mastodon, or A) the influx isn't that much, or B) your infrastructure is ready? :)

I remember one of the things that motivated me to look into the state of decentralized social media (and ultimately begin working on Mastodon) in 2016 were talks that a controversial billionaire might buy Twitter.

Watching a network monitor while any Adobe product tries to install is eye-opening. I'm trying to install Photoshop Elements 2021 (this isn't even "full" Photoshop), and during the install, it needed to contact:

- 11 separate domains
- 2 unlisted raw IP addresses

And it's not even _done_ yet.

I sincerely welcome anyone who's coming to Mastodon from Twitter, but.... I seriously doubt that someone who's stayed at Twitter _this_ long, after everything that's happened in the past few years, is seriously going to be able to kick _that_ habit simply because a notable individual bought a minority stake in Twitter Inc.

Ron bringing the heat against Google again on ars tech:

"It's a Google phone with a Google chip running a Google OS, so the company should be able to get the update out the door quickly. Once the fix hit the codebase in late February, many third-party ROMs like GrapheneOS were able to integrate the patch in early March."

arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/0

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