Ouh. Another cute profile picture, @papush~
> Look for music to play during the night
> Spot a saved playlist called "Enchanted Lands (Tranquil Atmospheric Ambience)" and play it
Gonna write my next software program in QOP©.
Hey, techbros! Repeat after me...
DON'T SCRAPE WITHOUT CONSENT
For those of you who run mastodon 3.0+ and wanna make it way more difficult for scrapers, enable auth fetches and disable anonymous access to the public tl
/admin/settings: [uncheck] Allow unauthenticated access to public timeline
A large chunk of the Fediverse was scraped; your posts are being “released”
Matteo Zignani, Christian Quadri, Alessia Galdeman, Sabrina Gaito andGian Paolo Rossi from the University of #Milan scraped all english speaking instances (363) listed on instances.social, wrote a paper about it and are distributing the dataset.
“In this context, we release a dataset gathered from Mastodon, […]“
“These data have been collected by implementing an ad-hoc tool for downloading the public timelines of the servers, namely instances, that form the Mastodon platform, along with the meta-data associated to them.“
“The spider exploits the instance list obtained from the previous step and makes a pool of requests to the instance endpoint 4 which returns the latest toots of the local timeline. Since the time-lines implement a pagination mechanism, the spider extracts the URL for the next request and repeat this procedure till it reaches the end of the timeline.”
A member of my family had a minor freakout when their iPhone casually popped a notification about how long it'll take them to get to a restaurant.
They were spooked because the iPhone knew that they've left their home and their exact destination without being prompted for that information.
It turns out it's because the restaurant has been a weekly destination for awhile now and iOS has that tracking function.
I turned it off for them, but it shows: people only care about #surveillance when it's visible.
Generic Mastodon instance hosted by the FairSocialNet association.