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This sounds quite nice, but I suspect it will initially be really expensive like similar ARM work-stations.

Yeah, no thanks. I’ll continue not buying their showelware then (or only at deep discounts years later).

Get an old refurbish hp thin-client or a thinkpad then. Something sub 200$ with at least 4 threads and upgradable to at least 8gb ram and sata ssd storage. Laptop has the advantage of built in battery (UPS) and screen/keyboard in case you mess something up.

An old laptop.

Synapse will struggle on an ARM SBC and forget about hosting email on a residential internet connection. It will be either blocked by the ISP or filtered directly to spam by most email providers.

Maybe once you can install SteamOS on this thing. Windows is just way to finicky and user unfriendly.

Akkoma is also nice and Calckey seems to gain popularity fast.

Hmm. It used to work at least. Maybe this was changed?

If you mean that a thread claims to have more comments than visible… yeah that seems to be a common issue. Ever since 0.17.x there have been a lot of UI bugs. I think if there are edits to federated comments those edits are counted as new comments in the over-view, but so far this bug hasn’t been fixed @nutomic@lemmy.ml

From what I heard they did remove some especially bad accounts, so I don’t think this is quite true. But yes their plan is to not moderate much, but rather filter what people can see.

A spambot is not going to use the official iOS app.

Reads a bit like a Blue Sky ad 😅

What I think this article is overlooking and in general what the idea behind content filtering in Blue Sky seems to ignore is that while there is certainly a subjective gradient in objectionable social media messages, its not something you randomly happen to come across.

Much rather it is either pushed into your face by some engagement optimizing algorithm, or intentionally spread by persons with certain agendas.

If it was just communities talking among themselves and having different opinions on stuff you would never even get to see them unless you intentionally join into a conversation of a community with diverging opinions.

Or to put it differently: it is perfectly feasible to run a fediverse instance with no block-list at all, as what you follow determines what your instance sees. A block-list only becomes necessary because people purposefully invade other communities to spread their hate and harass people.

And this problem is not really addressed by the Blue Sky content filtering at all. Much rather it seems to be just a way for the user to express some preference on how much random abuse the algorithm is going to shovel into their face on any given day.

Probably a conspiracy theory, but given the push-back to this, I wouldn’t be too surprised if the spam attack is being done by a disgruntled person that wants to force other instances to defederate from mastodon.social.

Just curious, when you say accounts would need to be recreated does that mean existing accounts will be deleted or just cleared and re-set ?

I would not attempt to convert the user-database at all. Most accounts are probably dormant (or spam accounts from before), and for GDPR reasons I would rather not like to take over a lot of user data like email addresses and passwords. Better to delete those and start fresh.

I wonder though what happens if someone tries to address an previously existing account or community on the same url via federation…

We probably also need to have a transition period during which previous users can reserve their user-names so that no impersonation can take place.

As explained previously, this instance is still running on the Lemmy dev's free hosting offer which was graciously extended (thx!) a bit for me to look into transferring it to my own server. I haven't been making as much progress with it as I hoped in recent weeks (due to various factors), but to be honest the little work that I did put into it made me realize that I am really not a big fan of the tech-stack that Lemmy uses. As I have been running and using some other Fediverse software, I also realized that the communities-only nature of Lemmy is isolating it from the rest of the Fediverse and to be honest I am not too happy with the homegrown community lately. So I am seriously considering a reboot of slrpnk.net using a different software and now might be a good time for it as there are only very few active users of this instance and I have to transfer it to my server soon anyway. Options that I considered are Pixelfed (for a more creators/artist focussed instance), Akkoma (to be closer to the main Fediverse) and the new Kbin. The linked roadmap convinced me that Kbin might be the best option. It uses a tech-stack I am much more familiar with and combines Lemmy like communities with Mastodon like microblogging. So while I have not 100% made up my mind yet, consider this an early warning that this instance is probably going to undergo some major changes and if you would prefer to stay on Lemmy, it might be better to migrate your account somewhere else. However Kbin is in theory compatible with Lemmy, so it might end up not such a big change after all. Do note however that there is no migration path, so accounts and communities would need to be re-created. Let me know what you think :)

Online IDEs with tight CI/CD integration are definitely nice to lower the entry-barrier and get people contributing faster. The FOSS story there is a bit spotty, but interesting projects do exist.

As for “social coding”… that idea has been around for a long time, and well working FOSS solutions also exist, but all experience so far has shown that this is not actually very helpful or productive. I think these solutions in combination with an audio chat can be helpful for introducing new remote colleagues to a complex code-base, but otherwise they offer little value.

IMHO you can’t fund a service with meagre normal banner advertisement revenue anymore.

Someone wishing to fund a Fediverse service would have to write a deep data-mining system that displays personalized and targeted advertisement to their users and get sufficient investment to survive until they have a large enough user-base and scale for their data-mining to turn a profit.

Not impossible, I guess, but given the invasive nature of said data-mining they would probably be defederated quite quickly (if found out) as in a federated network you can’t cleanly separate whom’s data gets mined.

This is such a one sided telling of the story.

The dataset in question AFAIK does not including any of the artists work, but only web-links to publicly accessible works and they warned the artist that if he was to proceed with this via legal means that costs for lawyers would occur.

Maybe in this specific case it was just a badly informed person that thought they were doing the right thing, but in general such copyright trolling is a real problem and IMHO effected parties are completely correct in asking for legal fees to be covered by the person making fraudulent copyright claims.

I think the hype is driven by people that just want Twitter without Elon and realized the Fediverse is not that. I know that by saying so I somewhat sound like the people that the article is criticizing, but I think people that want Twitter without Elon are missing a big part of the picture, i.e that Twitter was and is bleeding money fast, so “their” Twitter was going to die one way or the other.

To build a sustainable platform you need to invest in it. People in the Fediverse have done so, but are painfully aware that it is a careful balance and that it can’t work with millions of Twitter users switching over expecting a gratis platform with no strings attached.

And this failure to understand these basic dynamics will probably drive them into the hands of yet another venture capital funded fly-trap and the circle will begin anew.

What about that is “anarchistic”? Its just plain old dodging taxes and wage-theft by what you describe.

Basically any IRC client supports connecting to multiple servers simultaneously, so joining channels on multiple servers was never an issue. Also originally the “network” in IRC implied open federation just like you are describing, but over spam and moderation issues it evolved into a allow-list federation and ultimately incompatible s2s protocols. I sometimes wish people on the Fediverse would learn a bit more about the history of federated systems like IRC to avoid falling into the same traps 😅

As for your hidden comment number: there is currently a bug in Lemmy that shows message edits as new comments in the UI.

You paint a very rosy picture of the Freenode situation. As a result, many people moved to Discord (and to a lesser extend Matrix) and the significantly smaller libera.chat is still waaay to centralized as if people didn’t learn anything from this disaster.

Also in the case of Freenode/libera.chat basically all the admins also switched, meaning little institutional knowledge was lost. This is mostly because the person who took Freenode over was indeed such a nut-case. In a typical corporate takeover the staff is (at least for a while) retained, meaning they can’t just set up shop in a different place easily.

On the one hand this looks really well done, but on the other hand: who wants to play computer games in what looks like a paintball stage? Too much realism starts to look boring and mundane at some point ;)

Not a bad article, but it glances over the fact that there are different types of colonialism, and “settler colonialism” is clearly something that happened in eastern Europe, although mostly pre-soviet times. During soviet times this mostly shifted to central asia and siberia and was at least initially driven by forced relocations of eastern european minorities.

This is untrue. In the early days most open-source software was written by hobbyists. The Linux Kernel was literally started by then student Linus Torwalds as a hobby.

I would even say that to this day most of the relevant FOSS software is either written by hobbyists or as a side project by some people employed in larger corps. Notable exception being Red Hat developed stuff. Sure there are also a lot of other pretend to be open-source software written by corps, but when you try to actually run it, it becomes quickly apparent that their intent is not to be actually used by anyone other than the corp itself and paying customers.

cross-posted from: https://feddit.de/post/652429 > [https://twitter.com/Ollie_Cycles/status/991440149606264833](https://nitter.net/Ollie_Cycles/status/991440149606264833)

Obviously there are worse examples, but how is this anything but “more of the same”?

Very likely they are using the text and voice data to train a AI or offer that data as training material for other companies working on AI. Their recent change in privacy policy was pretty clear that this is happening and they extended it to voice data now.

Twitch belongs to Amazon, so they integrate with the wider Amazon user tracking and ad targeting system.

Hmm, not the most insightful comment, but this looks incredibly boring and uninspired to me, yet there seems to be some hype around it. Has the Nintendo fan following really become so insular to not realize what a boring rehash this is likely going to be?

WIP Ragnarock clone made in LÖVR 2
Source: https://github.com/immortalx74/lovr_rocks

although it also applies to Reddit of course.

Here in Europe the mixed shopping mall model has seen a similar decline though. Sure, the food only super-market chains in them are still surviving on the lower margin, but the other shops around them are slowly dying and the entire model is probably not going to survive another decade.

What we see instead is a no-frills budget super-market model (not quite hyper-market like) like ALDI/LIDL that can survive on low margins (but is exploiting farmers and other suppliers) and the small inner-city stores on a 7eleven model that charge significantly higher prices across all items. And of course a lot of online shopping especially in the more rural area, which comes with it’s own set of problems.

This is actually an older ARTE documentary. Not sure when I saw it first but probably 2015ish?

The problem is not so much that people don’t use these super-stores anymore, but rather that food items alone have a too low margins to support these capital intensive super-stores and the high-margin non-food items have largely moved to online shops.

FreeOrion Stable Release 0.5
>FreeOrion is a free, Open Source, turn-based space empire and galactic conquest computer game.

No practical difference, even according to their own auditors if I remember a recent report on this correctly.

No, but their funding sources and behaviour of the top management speaks for itself. Obviously Google is trying its best to hide the fact that Mozilla is managed opposition to avoid regulatory scrutiny of their browser monopoly.

But I still use Firefox as it is better than the alternative, however the situation is not great overall. Lets hope the new push for an independent Servo browser works out.

Yeah, those commercial but consumer oriented events are relics of the past… its a bit sad that the interesting side events also need to re-invent themselves or die along side, but otherwise nothing lost really.

I wonder if future generations will look at these giant congress centers all over the world as industrial relics that warrant preservations, similar to how we see some of the stuff from the 19th century today 😀

Uhm, I don’t think those two examples are comparable. Mozilla (Firefox) has been captured by Google and is making itself irrelevant on purpose and Nextcloud is a clear case of commercial interests (that pay the bills of the developers) are prioritized over gratis home-user needs. Neither is the case for F-droid and I also see little risk of this happening.

That’s a very negative take. What makes you think so? There is no indication that they are trying to commercialize their service or are looking for investors etc.

>The RSS feed for websites missing it.

>An interactive web-platform to provide barrier-free access to education for everyone. It is a simple to use open-source tool for local, self-organized knowledge-exchange: As a foundation for mediating non-commercial education opportunities, as interface between people who are interested in similar subjects, and as an instrument which simplifies the organization of “peer-to-peer” sharing of knowledge. Seems quite cool. Maybe something we could host here on slrpnk.net in the future as well.

Call to Participate in Anarchy 2023 meeting
>On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the first anti-authoritarian international, international meetings are being prepared in the Swiss Jura mountains. They will take place from July 19 to 23, 2023 - with an extension of a few days to allow time and space for spontaneous meetings. We are making this appeal to clarify the role of these meetings, that is to say our concrete motivations, as well as the way we wish to organize them.

Sounds like a great idea :)

The vertical farming bubble is finally popping
Good to see venture capital getting burned in this space. Better to focus on sustainable growth.