The argument that I should leave Google's services for alternatives because they "cooperate with law enforcement" and are based in a Five Eyes country just doesn't hit home for me.
In my own personal Maslow's pyramid, "Evading law enforcement" doesn't rank very high.
I'm not saying the argument is incorrect. It is correct. It's just not going to resonate with the population at large. Something better is needed.
Article also makes clear why effective #moderation on a huge site is so difficult:
"(The Saudi troll farm) decided to mute critics of Saudi Arabia’s military attacks on Yemen by reporting the messages to Twitter as “sensitive.” Such reported posts are one of the things Twitter considers as signals when it decides to hide content from other users, blunting its impact."
...so even moderation tools aren't enough, they need human beings to check for false reports. Moderation cannot be automated.
Apparently at least one major government had an insider working undercover at Twitter:
It doesn't really matter if Twitter is trustworthy or not, simply having a vast amount of personal data in one place is going to attract spies from all sorts of organisations that wish to misuse it.
This is why decentralisation is important, to make it technically more difficult to invade people's privacy.
I have half a dozen different node scripts running on my server to take care of small custom services. Anyone know of useful tools for managing and monitoring such things without doing lots of setup or work?
Last night some people asked me why decentralized systems were useful, given that a company could just set up a couple of centralized servers. Then I explained what NotPetya did to Maersk. https://www.wired.com/story/notpetya-cyberattack-ukraine-russia-code-crashed-the-world/?eminfo=%7b%22EMAIL%22%3a%22vMXQ8FVNjnx0q6IHKGCrs8bo%2fdzItv7b%22%2c%22BRAND%22%3a%22FO%22%2c%22CONTENT%22%3a%22Newsletter%22%2c%22UID%22%3a%22FO_DTA_8E80F659-8098-47BE-B030-5C59FC9429A1%22%2c%22SUBID%22%3a%2284709699%22%2c%22JOBID%22%3a%22862365%22%2c%22NEWSLETTER%22%3a%22DATA_SHEET%22%2c%22ZIP%22%3a%2294402%22%2c%22COUNTRY%22%3a%22USA%22%7d
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This is kind of a huge problem in FLOSS generally. There isn't enough infrastructure dedicated to keeping things maintained. Most core functionality gets kept up, but you'll find little broken bits on the sides all over the place. -_-
But what's the most common self-hosted server on earth? It ain't fediverse software, it's Minecraft. Why? I think the appeal of building a world with you and your friends is very appealing.
If we can make it very easy in-world to be able to program the entities you're interact with as you walk around and talk, that could be a big win.
Suggestion for Mastodon (to prevent eventual gMastodon instance): cap instance size at 100 - 1,000 account by default. Make it a social contract for instances not to federate with instances greater than that limit.
Or, a few years from now, say hello to “gMastodon”. (See history of email and the Web for a lesson in the future.)
That said, we might already be on that path.
I wanted to install a well known FOSS program on my Mac. It turned into a long process of installing other crap first and then it failed.
So now I can run back to proprietary software where they value user experience and have one-click installs, or I can sink yet more time and report the bug and hope it gets fixed sometime in the future.
I don't like either option. I wish there was a way of doing open software such that UX wasn't the last thing on the developer's minds.
"How taylor swift became an alt-right idol" is a delightful read in light of her recent endorsement of Bredesen here in TN. There are some jaw-dropping quotes in there 😵
i'm self-hosting my own cloud now. so the cloud is someone else's computer but it's also my computer. although i'm renting it, so it actually is someone else's computer. also it's a virtual machine so it's not even a computer. i forgot where i was going with this.
RT @email@example.com: Well, shit: Capping off this week is Taylor Swift getting...political?
RT @firstname.lastname@example.org: Holy shit, Mad Magazine 👏👏👏
Pulling no punches.
Giant platforms like Medium are here to make sure you're always a renter and never an owner
Seeking refuge in a distributed world. Web, future programming. Building things.
One of the first Mastodon instances, there is no specific topic we're into, just enjoy your time!