lol a news site started just selling ads themselves instead of using targeted bullshit and made so much more money

@alcinnz @requiem

"...but we can't provide that effectively whilst fighting the mainstream expectation of being able to log into your webmail from anywhere..."

BTW that is one reason I am building Dropserver. There are UX peculiarities with E2E that are incompatible with mainstream user expectations. I don't expect these users to change. If you can give them control over the code they interact with in the cloud, you can improve their situation without a big mental shift.

@alcinnz @requiem Agree this was a solid expose of what ails email. But it was a long road to find no solution at the end. Ack! 😅

What is offmini? Couldn't find anything with a quick search.

Just a reminder that I run a wiki called Pass It On about where to send things at the end of their useful (to you) life.

It's really just focused on the UK at the moment - don't know if that will change in future.

@darylsun @alcinnz kind of depends, no? If you install anything from outside your distro's package manager then it's up to you to update it yourself.

On Mac , anything that came from the app store or apple itself will auto update, other stuff is manual or on its own schedule.

The big difference is on Linux most of your software can come from your package manager. On Mac or Win it's just a fraction that comes from the OS store (probably for the better)

I noticed as I was researching this that almost everything about is about one year old, or less. So things are moving fast over there. Maybe in another year the platform will get closer to what I need (basically a firecracker VM as a service).

But it might not, because I can tell by reading the docs that a use case like Dropserver, that has many many small apps that need to start and stop quickly is just not a use case they're catering to.

This points to me developing fVMaaS myself 😖

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Sadly it looks like using as a platform to host a Dropserver service isn't going to work for a handful of reasons:
- min volume size is 10Gigs, which is immense for a typical appspace. This would bring my costs way up.
- Volumes can only be used by one app at a time, and each app can only use one volume, making it hard to serve static content when the sandbox is not running (a design goal of DS)
- Suspend/resume is flaky, took several seconds and it's apparently a deprecated feature.

@brainblasted Wild guess here: Cron triggers certbot to renew the cert. To do so it shuts down nginx. But it's possible you have it set up to restart automatically, so systemctl tries to start it. However, certbot is tying up the ports to do its verification, and as a result Nginx fails to start. After a few tries systemctl gives up and you're toast.

There is a good chance that's not exactly it, but it's a direction to look into. Does the downtime coincide with certificate renewal?

This is a huge deal:

The Open Collective Foundation has just announced: "OCF now offers employment options to initiative workers—with health insurance!"

If your FLOSS project is on OpenCollective, you can hire a maintainer as an employee! With health insurance & 401(k)!

This is such a huge step forward for open source sustainability, in particular for projects with key contributors in the United States. Let's talk about why!

Julia Evans asked exactly this question over at Birdsite back in January 2021:

"are there any cloud providers that have an API for starting a Firecracker VM?"

And one interesting lead from the people:

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I looked for commercial solutions but came up short. Lots of FaaS options but they aren't a good match for the way Dropserver uses the sandbox (FaaS have time limits, respond to a single request).

Lots to love about Firecracker VMs, in particular the snapshot and very fast restore is ideal for Dropserver.

What I need is "Firecracker VMs as a Service". This probably exists, but not under this description.

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Did a search on here for "firecracker" (the microVM) and found one result:

A thread from 2019 (that I even participated in) about the challenges of sandboxing.

I spent the morning researching the tech I might use to run a hosted version of Dropserver, and this is a reminder that it's not going to be easy.

@platypus so they created a completely dysfunctional organization and decentralized it on the Blockchain? Innovative!

Anyways, I highly recommend this podcast episode if anyone wants a taste of the mad mad world of crypto and eth stuff in the form of an entertaining story:

@platypus so they created a completely dysfunctional organization and decentralized it on the Blockchain? Innovative!

Anyways, I highly recommend this podcast episode if anyone wants a taste of the mad mad world of crypto and eth stuff in the form of an entertaining story:

re: climate crisis, extremism 

@vortex_egg Super important stuff, I am happy more and more people are treating this as a serious problem.

re: climate crisis, extremism 

@vortex_egg That's remarkable. Good on you!

Is that why your research is "to understand the relationships between information technologies and collective sense-making (and nonsense-making) "? We as a society may live or die by our ability to make sense of what is happening and reacting rationally. Mass disinfo can make problems completely unmanageable.

Prescott Valley, AZ is home to 150,000 people and a single private ambulance operator with the exclusive regional franchise: Lifeline Ambulance, a division of American Medical Response (AMR) - a predatory monopolist that has snapped up many smaller ambulance companies and locked in lucrative exclusivity deals with many US cities and towns.


climate crisis, extremism 

@vortex_egg This is my fear for the next few decades. It's not the climate itself that will cause us the most harm, it's our reaction to it which will be far worse. This reaction will be reactionary, primitive, nationalistic and downright cruel as people try to defend what they perceive as theirs.

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