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I’m not the best writer, but at least I refuse to use the cliche “enter [noun],” and maybe that’s enough.

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“It’s been a long road.. gettt..” (skip skip skip skip skip)…


@ozoned @stux we’ve suspended the domain from federating with us 👍

@gudenau I don’t even see an incentive for Walmart, etc to stop it

@tekphloyd @chartier the Fastmail app is really good, but it is a web app. I love it but if you want a native-feeling app, it’s not the best IMO.

@17 @feditips lol I think you’re discounting how many requests Twitter is making by a wide margin 😂 why are you so adamantly defending them? it feels like you’re shilling for Twitter, honestly

@17 @feditips I’ll push back again here, because Twitter pushes tweets out to its CDN edges. It has to because Twitter “needs” to be immediately available, where the Fedi gets to be “eventually available” instead.

To me, it’s a matter of comparing a network built for profit to one built for people.

@17 @feditips here is a really interesting discussion of Mastodon’s inefficiency and it’s effect on other sites, if you’re interested in trade offs: I find it fascinating.

@17 @feditips it’s a lot of “ifs” IMO and the biggest one is “what if fedi got as big as Twitter?” My complaint here is that it’s not trying to get as big as Twitter, and it won’t.

If I understand you, you’re making an argument that fedi’s energy use doesn’t scale as efficiently as Twitter’s. I don’t disagree. Maybe federated networks are inherently less efficient than centralized ones. I think that spending energy for fault-tolerant decentralization is more worthwhile than ad sales.

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Anyone know of an email app besides Airmail that:

- Has a good Mac app
- Has a good iPad app
- *Does not* proxy or otherwise store my email on third-party servers

Paid app and possibly service are fine, although $10/month for Big Mail is… probably too tall an order for me.

#questions #AskMast #AskMasto #AskMastodon #apps #iPadApps #MacApps

@mark @feditips @17 @_Nohemi_Sofia_ yeah, but like, that’s cryptographic in the sense that HTTPS is cryptographic. The extra overhead there is negligible IMO.

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@feditips @_Nohemi_Sofia_ Mastodon also does a lot less computing work than commercial social networks. There are no algorithms analyzing user behaviour or trying to optimize advertisement sales. So there’s some energy savings there.

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A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain


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Today, I dragged @StuartBeveridge to Chorley to see a fantastic bridge.

Because the railway and canal are at such a sharp angle, a normal arch wouldn't stay up. Instead, the stones are hand-carved in curves so that the joins between them are perpendicular to the bridge's weight.

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This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!