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I'd like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Mastodon, is in fact the federated universe or as I've recently taken to calling it, the Fediverse. Mastodon is not a social network unto itself, but rather another component of a fully functional federated network made useful many other instances, such as Misskey, Pleroma, Akkoma and Peertube compromising a full federated social network as defined by the ActivityPub protocol.

Many computer users run a modified version of a Fediverse instance every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the type of Fediverse instance which is widely used today is often called "Mastodon", and many its users are not aware that it is basically part the Fediverse, developed by many other projects.

There really is a Mastodon, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Mastodon is only a single type of Fediverse instance: a program in the network that operates as a single node that interoperates with all the other types of nodes that you interact with. Mastodon is an essential part of the Fediverse, but useless by itself; it can only be functional in the context of a fully federated universe. Mastodon is normally used in combination with many other instances: the whole system is basically the federated universe with Mastodon added, or the Fediverse. All the so-called "Mastodon" distributions are really distributions of platforms that interoperate with the ActivityPub protocol.

@RonOgletree Just an observation on wordsmithing, we have not won a war since the “War Department” changed its name to the “Department of Defense” LOL

Gas prices have retreated enough to start rolling coal again. Nature is healing.

putting some electron apps in a frying pan to cook an oomlette

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Two decades of Alzheimer's research may be based on deliberate fraud that has cost millions of lives: dailykos.com/stories/2022/7/22

I remember seeing an item on the TV not long ago where the presenter was puzzling over why drugs that successfully targeted amyloid plaques did not seem to have any effect slowing or stopping the development of Alzheimer's. I guess now we know 😕

Instead, stressful life events dramatically increase depression risk.

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85-90% of people believe depression is caused by low serotonin or chemical imbalance. But studies found
- No difference in diagnosed and healthy people's levels
- Artificially lowered serotonin did not cause depression
- Serotonin-related gene differences didn't cause depression

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Depression is ‘not caused by chemical imbalance’

Major review suggests low serotonin levels are not a factor and the condition is more likely to be linked to stressful life events

telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/07/2

And now for phishing training written by people whose severe psychological trauma and trust issues drove them into a career in infosec.

"Secure" messengers using notoriously insecure tech (webrtc, electron...) is unfortunately the rule rather than the exception.

You can't spell "progress" without "ogre".

I don't know if this means anything, but I thought it would be fun to point out.

Batty: I've seen things you Pixels wouldn't believe. Cell towers disguised as fir trees on the borders of Yellowstone. I watched CDMA switchover to LTE while a banker screamed numbly at his phone. All those moments will be lost in time like internal datasheets... for unreleased products. Time to charge.

Glassdoor ordered to unmask "anonymous" NZ employees that criticized their employer, to their employer.
webworm.co/p/glassdoor

Half the skaters get knocked down and after every match the fans are just angry at the officials or other skaters crying it's unfair etc. Anyway I just learned some genius apparently decided they should do the same for bicycle racing called "crits" and uh
twitter.com/velonews/status/15

I love nearly all Olympics, but just don't get short track speed skating. The whole point is too many skaters on too little ice with nowhere to go except slam each other, but that's against the rules so it becomes an acting contest where they all pretend not to elbow others.

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