28 jan. 2023

The only reason I have Hue lights is so that I can switch my lights to purple in the last hours of the day. I could just as well have bought a separate set of purple lights to turn on manually, it would have been orders of magnitude simpler *and* cheaper than this whole "smart" mess.

This whole process ate up all my dopamine for the day, and more.

Failing to migrate the Hue bridge's config, having to re-add all the lights.

Google Home allowing you to have several homes, but only a single Hue bridge (short of using flimsy workarounds involving several accounts).

Apple Home importing the lights from the bridge but neither their names nor locations, and deciding automatically that I'm in the wrong home, with no way I can find to tell it otherwise.

Internet of shit, indeed.

Oh, of course I waited too long to upgrade my old Hue bridge and the migration procedure isn't available anymore 🤡 Suits me right for being reluctant to give Philips another 60 euros as soon as they asked, I guess.

I really hope Matter takes off and I never have to be tied to a specific manufacturer again.

Big fan of "snaccident: going to the kitchen for a snack and eating everything in the fridge" and "floodrobe: the patch of floor that serves as a wardrobe"

ADHD Love on Instagram

Liquid-core chonk dice are such a perfect intersection of fidget toy and sensory bottle, why are the good ones so expensive 😫😭

Dispel Dice on Instagram

What are the odds that Wizards' higher-ups intentionally leaked the OGL 1.1 so that the suits at Hasbro could witness the outrage? And used the reaction to push all the way back into Creative Commons?

Because there's no way that decision was made by the same people who were trying to fleece every third-party under the sun. They could have survived without going that far and giving that much.

OGL 1.0a & Creative Commons

Over the past few weeks you, the community, have made your voices heard. And we’ve listened. OGL 1.0a will remain untouched AND the entire SRD 5.1…

27 jan. 2023

@cstross I know of one outfit that has been running a phone-sex service using AI. Labor costs are effectively zero, the customers don’t seem to notice/care, and they’re making a healthy profit. Been running for at least a year at this point.

Turns out it's not just Xbox Games Pass overwhelming my internet connection when I download over IPv6, but iOS updates as well. (And possibly app downloads, that would explain why the wifi was sometimes unresponsive in short bursts.) I turned off IPv6 on the PC but Apple decided that's not a thing you should be able to do in iOS, so just disabled it on the router.

Again, I am completely mystified by whatever could be happening here. Download speeds on my PC were the same before and after.

Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) — 10/10

It’s hard to write anything interesting about a game that is so perfectly designed. The controls and animations are impeccable, making the simplest traversal fun. Puzzles are creative and varied, with optional objectives bringing different levels of difficulty. The worlds are gorgeous and inventive (it’s hard to imagine another franchise being able to reconcile such wildly different visual styles). Boss fights are just hard enough, and long enough, to give me a jolt of adrenaline without leaving me frustrated.

This was the first Mario game I played from beginning to end, and I finally know what so many developers making exploration platformers are striving for. With such overbearing references, I guess it’s impressive that they even dare to try.

@filippo The problem as I see it is that the first people who truly jumped ship, abandoning twitter completely years ago, were the most politically extreme and personally oddball, and now they feel that they are the real mastodon users and the rest are johnny-come-lately posers. (I opened an account on masto when it was quite new, but there wasn’t enough network effect to keep me here until Recent Events.) We on twitter heard about ridiculously overblown personal dramas on masto every now and then between these most hardcore original users and it didn’t encourage us to jump in. And now that we’re here, they’re not happy to be reminded that most people see many features as pretty desirable with some drawbacks rather than absolutely horrifically unthinkable. I don’t see a general satisfactory answer to this culture clash - the hardcore aren’t wrong to want what they want, and I don’t want to advocate for a purely numeric approach where whatever the largest faction wants trumps all other concerns. But I do think there are some people who need to realize that what they want is either not to be on a social media platform in the first place, or to abolish the NSA, which is a bit out of scope.

Some people believe there's no purpose to "liking" something on Mastodon since it doesn't affect any algorithm.

Not the case.

It does something incredibly valuable: it acknowledges people.

Which is incredibly powerful, and is all the more important *because* it's not connected to gaming any algorithm.

By liking something on Mastodon, you are doing it honestly — without any agenda at play other than that you like it.

So go ahead. Click that like button for its own sake.

26 jan. 2023

Should I be worried that my Mac thinks it's perfectly up to date with 13.1? The .2 update launched three whole days ago 🤨

The potential of this watermark remover is kind of scary. Worked more or less flawlessly on this test image.

Watermark Remover - Remove Watermarks Online from Images for Free

Remove watermarks from your images using our AI technology. Use our watermark-remover tool and get your images watermark free.

Microsoft overstepping with Edge & Bing

I have been a happy Edge user for a few years, but more recently the experience is degrading for me. Microsoft dumped a few useful features like the good epub reader that used to be built in. And it keeps altering settings while pretending to make my browsing experience better. One recent example is how they quietly disabled the DuckDuckGo extension I had prev

#bing #microsoft

Microsoft overstepping with Edge & Bing

I have been a happy Edge user for a few years, but more recently the experience is degrading for me. Microsoft dumped a few useful features like the good epub reader that used to be built in. And it keeps altering settings while pretending to make my browsing experience better. One recent example is how…

Gros doutes à la sortie du micro-ondes, mais 🧑‍🍳🤌💜 et l'avantage d'être à base de semoule sans gluten. (Curieusement, je ne suis pas encore allergique aux noix et arachides… je crois.)

Je me demande s'il pourrait y avoir un rapport entre le fait qu'au dernier repas je me dis, c'est le soir, je vais bientôt dormir, je peux bien me faire plaisir et manger quelque chose à quoi je fais une réaction légère, et le fait que je ne dorme pas très bien et me réveille pas très en forme 🤔

Hmm, nahhh *fait réchauffer un plat à la crème*

Okay THIS is rad. I was honestly on the fence with @ivory but now I might be sold. The app adds “Open in Ivory” to the iOS share sheet. So if someone sends you a link from any instance, you can open it in the native app and interact with it seamlessly. The multi-instance problem is completely papered over! 🤯

I moved last week, and found out yesterday that downloading any game in the Xbox Games Pass app immediately nuked the flat's internet connection. (Steam downloads were fine.) Turns out it was as simple as disabling IPv6. I wonder what was happening there, exactly.

Since JSON is pronounced Jason (this is an undisputed fact), I declare DNS is now pronounced Dennis.

It’s not DNS
There’s no way its DNS
It was DNS


It is not Dennis
There is no way its Dennis
Yep, it was Dennis

And here is a picture of Dennis in his natural habitat.

Ironclads (Adrian Tchaikovsky) — 7/10

I really like the concept of Scions and the way the author grounds it in history, but that was still four hours in the head of a grunt, which is not my bag.

25 jan. 2023

Turns out Mastodon does not like a WebFinger result that directs to an Actor on another hostname (even if the WebFinger is on and the Actor is on — don't ask why I needed to do this, it's complicated).

Thanks to much help from @balbinus, I solved my "503 Remote SSL cert could not be verified" error when looking up my custom server from : content negotiation on my server was failing on the "webfinger" URL, presumably because of the request's "Accept:" headers confusing Apache which didn't think to route it to "webfinger.php". Nothing whatsoever to do with SSL certificates 🙄

Now that WebFinger is working, I'm… stuck again with the same error message, but on the next file 🤦

Yeah I’ll be even more extreme and say if you’re subscribing to Ivory and /not/ paying your instance admins at least as much, you need to fix that right fucking now.

this is no longer a robbery

Apple iOS 16.3 release fixes some pretty critical security, also privacy, bugs. Be sure to upgrade immediately. Security release comes also for iOS 12.5.7 - extremely old devices like 10-year old 5s. We should all commend Apple for such a responsibility. That is impressive.

About the security content of iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3.

24 jan. 2023

Je soupçonnais le mouvement d'ouverture, mais ce soir j'ai essayé de la laisser ouverte, et après un quart d'heure l'eau s'accumulait au-dessus de la gourde 😳🙃

J'ai fini par réaliser qu'en buvant, on aspire l'eau à travers le filtre, et ça doit faire un différentiel de pression qui fait remonter l'eau contenue par le filtre quand il s'égalise. Mais ce que je ne comprends pas encore, c'est pourquoi il ne s'égalise pas par le bouchon quand on le laisse ouvert.

J'ai acheté une gourde filtrante Brita parce que je n'ai pas la place dans le frigo pour un gros distributeur, et c'est hyper pratique — à part le fait qu'une fois sur deux, quand je l'ouvre, elle m'explose à la figure et je me retrouve trempé. (C'est pas que moi, il y a plein de reviews qui se plaignent du même problème.)

Ca fait une semaine qu'elle me rend totalement perplexe, cette gourde d'eau plate qui se transforme en fontaine sans apport d'énergie.

Nitpick: I didn't like the way @ivory displayed boosts during the beta, but it's worse now that the… pills? are gray. I just saw two posts from Steven Troughton-Smith in my timeline and went through a whole cycle of "wait… did I open Twitter without noticing? wait… no, this is Mastodon, did he just start using an old, dormant account? wait… he just created the account, I definitely didn't add him in the last five hours… oh, I *don't* follow him, they were boosts!"

Another great way to use ChatGPT in development is as rubber duck. Tell it about your app idea, give it a marketing description, then ask it what kind of features it thinks would make sense for that app. You can use it for brainstorming, improving your marketing copy, or even riffing on potential app names. This particular example I did for @dskuza when he was planning his own app

I'm sure everybody is sick of hearing about ChatGPT by now, but one OP feature it has is the capability to translate code between different programming languages, for example from Objective-C to Swift (or vice versa). An incredible accelerant, if nothing else. This was indeed the final push I needed to get @broadcastsapp over the finish line on its migration, and Broadcasts v3.1 doesn’t have a single line of ObjC left 🫡

C'est loin d'être la première vidéo sur "hann mais pourquoi on comprend plus rien aux dialogues des films !" mais il y a des choses intéressantes dedans.

Why we all need subtitles now

It’s not you — the dialogue in TV and movies has gotten harder to hear.Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos:…

Ah, my bad, Ivory for Mac is further along than I feared.

Todd Thomas (

Attached: 1 image Things are coming along.

Ivory is out 🙌 I cannot overemphasize how much of a difference it makes to have a well-designed, fully native-feeling app to access a service. Subscribed without hesitation, even if I'm a little sore that they've gone out of their way to prevent the app from running on Apple Silicon Macs. (Who knows when the Mac app will be ready, and even then — I'm not sure I'll be willing to pay for it after Tweetbot for Mac went through *two* separate years-long abandonment periods.)

Ivory for iOS

Oh, yeah, forgot to specify — there's a couple of issues on github of people having the exact same problem (mostly with off-the-shelf Mastodon servers rather than homebrew), over several years, and with no obvious resolution in sight. My website gets an "A" on SSL Labs, and I don't know how to look any further because Mastodon doesn't tell me anything useful.

Wasn't the Fediverse supposed to be about encouraging people to do their own stuff? 🤔

Been trying to turn my blog into an ActivityPub server, following Gargron's "How to implement a basic ActivityPub server" guide among others, and failing at the very first step, WebFinger. Searching for the username in Mastodon returns no result — and sometimes, but not always (?!), displays a "503 Remote SSL cert could not be verified" error. I don't know where to go from there, short of installing my own Mastodon server to see some error logs, which is a lot more than I'm willing to do.

😩 😞

RIP Beware the Frog

Anyone here? If you happen upon this feed and you’re surprised to see “Beware the Frog” (my gaming blog) replaced with “#FF00AA” (my tech blog): as I migrated to Mastodon I downsized from three main personal accounts to just two, merging my tech and gaming accounts because I’d regretted many times separating them. When importing the content from these accounts to my blog, there was no practical way anymore for me to differentiate and separate both subjects between two domains, so I just removed one.

I’d never been completely happy with “@commandergaroo” as a nickname anyway, and “Beware the Frog” had never really meant anything. If you’re only interested in Apple tech and despise games, or the other way around, sorry 🤷 And, either way, you’re wrong.

At first it was ridiculous, then it was sad, and now I'm starting to find it somewhat endearing that Niantic is *still* releasing the same app over and over and over again, hoping to find an IP that can somehow replicate the once-in-a-lifetime success of Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go developer’s NBA All-World launches today

NBA All-World, the next game to launch from Pokémon Go developer Niantic, will arrive for smartphone devices wor…

Eversion (Alastair Reynolds) — 6/10

An interesting idea that I wish I could have enjoyed without thinking of how similar it was to that one TV show I won’t name in order to avoid spoilers. (Supposedly this was pure synchronicity. I guess many writers were rightly influenced by watching The Terror.) The first half was smartly written if a bit repetitive — the audiobook narrator was excellent, which helped — but the second half was incredibly laborious, soured me on the whole experience and dissuaded me from seeking out more works from the same author.

None of this seems very promising. A giant virtual iPad where you move the cursor with your eyes and click by pinching the air sounds incredibly boring — the magic of VR is in the physicality of interactions. And if they're really launching at $3,000 *at cost*, does that mean xrOS has no chance of becoming mainstream before 2030? You'd have to cut so much functionality to make it the least bit affordable that it would hardly be the same platform anymore.

How Apple’s Upcoming Mixed-Reality Headset Will Work

23 jan. 2023

Larmes de joie au rayon surgelés de Carrefour

Oh no, je viens de voir qu'Anna Torv est dans l'adaptation télé de The Last of Us, et maintenant je vais devoir la regarder, alors que je n'en avais aucune envie 😔

22 jan. 2023

I love that I have half a dozen client apps installed on my phone, they're all under active development, and they all have as many (or more) features as the official app. It feels like the early days of Twitter apps, but without even the possibility of the rug getting pulled out from under it.

"Our experimental results and the prior evidence strongly suggest that radiation emitted by UV-nail polish dryers may cause cancers of the hand and that UV-nail polish dryers, similar to tanning beds, may increase the risk of early-onset skin cancer" 😨

Just started Super Mario Odyssey and it's a good thing I have to put the Switch down to charge every so often because I would not be able to stop myself otherwise. This is gonna be the first Mario game I play from start to finish (never owned a Nintendo console before), and what a master class in game design it is.

21 jan. 2023

For today’s #Caturday I’m going to go with an action shot I took when Loki and Theo were around 4 months old.

I set up a camera on a tripod and was teasing them to get them to jump from a cat tree to the top of a small cabinet. On one occasion, however, both were on different platforms on the tree and decided to jump at the same time resulting in this shot…

#BengalCat #AbyssinianCat #CatsOfMastodon #CatPhoto #Kittens #PetPhoto #photography

Il y en a pour quinze et je ne sais pas si je vais pouvoir récupérer le bol de mon rice cooker 🤦

Cinquante minutes plus tard et mon pancake au rice cooker est encore liquide. Quand j'ai vu le temps de cuisson annoncé (45 minutes) dans la recette il ne m'est même pas venu à l'idée de plutôt prendre une poêle 🤦

Central Park S2 — 6/10

Weird structure that abandoned the arc for almost all season, and filled it with a lot of disjointed padding — like they planned a six-episode season and had to hurry and add another ten, which can’t have happened since the first season already had ten. It wasn’t boring enough that I gave up on it, but it wasn’t good enough that I enjoyed myself much.

Oh hell no, I slogged through all of Central Park's second-season padding, and I thought I was done and now there's a season 3 the app wants to start and play?! 😫

20 jan. 2023

Aurora (Kim Stanley Robinson) — 9/10

I’ve read the Mars trilogy so I knew this wouldn’t be a light, easy read — in fact, if I hadn’t been able to listen to the audiobook while doing something else, I’m pretty sure I’d never have made it through the more prosaic parts — but I didn’t expect it so be so sad and grim. How could it not, though. How could any writer of hard science-fiction express anything but existential despair in this day and age.

Anyway. An absolutely essential update to the Mars trilogy, and an important retort to billionaires dreaming of escaping the Earth’s cradle. I’m still crying from the bodysurfing chapter.


Criterion Collection has announced they will be launching a channel on TikTok to reach a new audience with their preservation of classic films. Launching today, Criterion has posted My Dinner with André (1981) as it’s first upload.

A comparison of phone-sized Faraday pouches. I found the section about makeshift pouches particularly interesting (aluminium foil can be very effective! or it can be much less effective, and you won't know until you test it every time)

Matt Blaze: Testing Phone-Sized Faraday Bags

“The #fediverse is like #email.”


Now read this and understand it:

“I have been self-hosting my email since I got my first broadband connection at home in 1999 … But my emails are just not delivered anymore. I might as well not have an email server.

Email is now an oligopoly, a service gatekept by a few big companies which does not follow the principles of net neutrality … I lost. We lost. One cannot reliably deploy independent email servers.“

Via @cancel

After self-hosting my email for twenty-three years I have thrown in the towel. The oligopoly has won.

Cannot reiterate this enough:

PLEASE don’t request refunds from Apple for any unused time on your Twitterrific or Tweetbot subscriptions.

It could literally bankrupt small shops like these.

I’m so happy to see that the new @icecubesapp has implemented something I’ve imagined since we rolled out our own Mastodon instance ():

The ability to pin local timelines from *other* instances for quick access. This way, if an organization has their own instance, you have a fast way to see all posts from it.

I love this idea. Well done @dimillian 💯

Federico Viticci (

Attached: 1 image A nice perk of running your own Mastodon server for your organization: The local timeline becomes a very effective way to see all posts from the team. For example, the local MacStories timeline, accessible by anyone via this link, is like a MacStories list featuring posts from all of our accounts.

Ice Cubes is now available on the App Store! This is just the start of something great. TestFlight users, you should migrate to this build, it’s equivalent to the latest TestFlight and the update will be on the App Store going forward!

‎Ice Cubes: for Mastodon

‎Ice Cubes is a fast, reliable and beautiful Mastodon client. You can connect to any Mastodon instance and use the various features this app offer. - Browse your home, federated and local timeline - Favorite, boost, share, and even quote any toot! - You’ve read it right, this app offer a quote too…

19 jan. 2023

J'avais essayé de lire Le Problème à trois corps, et calé après le prologue qui se passe pendant la révolution culturelle, mais cette adaptation télé chinoise (dont je crois comprendre que tous les épisodes seront disponibles gratuitement dans les semaines à venir) m'intrigue et me donne envie de lui redonner une chance. (Attention, je ne dis pas forcément que ce début de série est *bien*, hein, mais juste que ça m'intrigue.)

▶加入会员观看《三体》最新集数 Join Membership Watch The Latest Episodes of "Three-Body" ▶Download "WeTV / Tencent Video (for The US)" APP to…

18 jan. 2023

Shooting toy photography in anamorphic 😍

Why I shoot anamorphic

The post I should have written a long time ago I genuinely don’t know why, but I’ve been putting this post off for a very long time. And in truth I can’t really say why that is. When I talk to other photographers about my work it’s almost guaranteed that

Omg to test stolen credit cards, thieves buy pizza for people who ask on Twitter. The person gets the pizza, then sometimes later gets raided for credit card fraud by law enforcement. 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 (via @happydagger)

College Kid Swarmed by Cops with Tasers After Falling for Pizza Scam on Twitter

A lot of accounts offering similar deals are still out there, and they seem to go under Twitter handles that are some sort of variation of “Pizza Plug.”

17 jan. 2023

Par contre, dans la version britannique de Lego Masters il y a des duos parent-enfant, et certaines dynamiques sont… assez… frustrantes à observer.

Si vous avez essayé de regarder Lego Masters sur M6 et que vous avez trouvé ça complètement insupportable — j'ai tenu cinq minutes — je vous recommande de chercher la version américaine (même concept, même plateau, mais tout le monde est *beaucoup* plus sympa) ou britannique (plus ciblée amateurs donc un peu moins de pression, il n'y a même pas de récompense pécuniaire pour l'équipe gagnante). Maintenant j'ai juste envie de faire les brocantes pour acheter des milliers de lego d'occasion.

I still can't believe anyone thought it would be a good idea to train AI models on watermarked images

Getty Images is suing the creators of AI art tool Stable Diffusion for scraping its content

Getty Images claims Stability AI ‘unlawfully’ scraped millions of images from its site. It’s a significant escalation in the developing legal battles between generative AI firms and content creators.

15 jan. 2023

I got Timemator in a Christmas bundle of Mac apps and I'm now in the worst, and most predictable, situation: I've begun to appreciate logging my hours in a dedicated app instead of… um, a text file 😞 …but I don't fully like the way the app works and now I want to make my own 😩

Seriously though, how do you make a time-tracking app and not provide a direct way to list *all* the unbilled hours for a given project/client? Feels to me like it's very much in the you-had-one-job category.

Imagine how much Tapbots could boost Mastodon adoption if they replaced Tweetbot on everyone's devices with their beta of @ivory instead of playing a game of API whack-a-mole they are doomed to lose 🙄

Tweetbot is (mostly) working again

Tweetbot is back, but some users are still having issues with it.

We’re here
And we’re still very queer
Just, also tired now

Oh so tired

Hercule Poirot: The First Cases (PC) — DNF

It’s not easy making a good mind-map investigation game, and this is not that. Making connections in the prologue felt tediously random, especially as the crux of the case was so obvious… and then, the game crashed.

Every time I work on a responsive design for the web, I wish webOS came back and we could make native mobile apps in HTML. CSS definitely isn't perfect, but it's so much more powerful than size classes or whatever SwiftUI does.

Embers of War (Gareth L. Powell) — 6/10

Not very interesting, not particularly objectionable… until the somewhat problematic ending. And that one narrator who keeps doing science-fiction books and is terrible in all of them. Having different narrators for the POV chapters is a bad idea anyway when they have to voice the same characters.

Welcome to the Cyber-Meiji Restoration ✌🏼

#midjourney #midjourneyV4 #aiart #aiartist #aiartcommunity #digitalart