@daniel_bohrer @moiety @Gina

This said, here on French TV, when they ran a Canadian francophone sitcom, it had subtitles! And they were needed.

@daniel_bohrer @moiety @Gina Dutch has, for me, never been close to anything I can understand, whereas the romance languages like Spanish or Italian (are they still called that?) are far closer to French, which I do know.

@Gina I always though it was a slight local variation of Dutch.

If you like slow, mellow music
I've finally made a Spotify playlist of about 20 compositions of mine, an hour of melodic, (mostly) relaxing music. On a computer, you should be able to listen on a browser without the app.

open.spotify.com/playlist/79nw

I hope there is something there you'll like.

@danyork So you won't be needing a metaverse helmet anytime soon, right?

randulo boosted

Does someone here offer professional pen-testing?

A friend working for a quit-smoking app needs their app and backend pen-tested. Preferably he needs a German testing company. Could also be an international company but the testing has to be compliant with the German BSI guidelines.

#pentesting

They need a "white box" test with "moderate attack strength".

(Boosting ok/appreciated)

@rogbeer I would think that anyone spending time on Mastodon or Diaspora already knows about crypto currencies and NFT.

We know the has become primetime: the crypto pushers are coming out of the woodwork. Already crowded on IG, Twitter and Clubhouse, they're now going to try to sell you their "services" here.

re: kiva.org, message of outrage (not from me), may or may not be fake news 

kiva.org, message of outrage (not from me), may or may not be fake news 

@rogbeer the message has been deleted. I will look into the veracity of this, meantime I have withdrawn my balance to avoid automatic use.

I'm not sure there's a way to measure the balance between good and bad in this area.

i am finding my followers 

@spacedawg Speaking for myself, we're here!

re: reading up on microfinance (a rabbit hole that includes kiva.org) 

@rogbeer I hope I'm correct, but it seems to me with the number of people involved, if this was not legit, it would have received a lot more publicity after 15 years of operation. The sum effect seems to be good.

re: reading up on microfinance (a rabbit hole that includes kiva.org) 

@rogbeer The NYT article just says what I've always known: Kiva lenders like me do not lend directly, we just submit funds that guarantee the loans, and the banks and lending institutions don't hesitate to make money on them, but they are loans that help people.

re: reading up on microfinance (a rabbit hole that includes kiva.org) 

@rogbeer Ok, thanks. I can look at NYT, but though Kiva may have made mistakes, I do not believe the entire operation is less than positive.

re: reading up on microfinance (a rabbit hole that includes kiva.org) 

@rogbeer I asked because I've been involved with Kiva since 2007. I know abou tthe Indian suicides. Are Kiva doing wrong in general or only some of their lending partner institutions?

reading up on microfinance (a rabbit hole that includes kiva.org) 

@rogbeer Did you read the Sinclair book?

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