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Is it weird that for a while now I've wanted to build a new social network that is basically what Facebook was in the early days?

In a nutshell, just talk to your friends. And that's it. Especially old friends you've fallen out of touch with in recent times.

Oh, and it should be as privacy-preserving as possible. Encrypted, decentralized, yadda yadda.

I've thought about it a bit more recently, and it's all technically possible, except for the networking part.

What's wrong with (modern) computing?

- Computers spy on us all the time
- Computers are insecure, while pretending not to to be.
- Computers enable new modes of rent seeking, further exasperated by shitty patents and worse laws
- Computers/the modern internet encourage behaviors which are bad for our mental health as individuals.
- Computers and the modern internet, in concert with modern capitalism have built a world essentially without public spaces.

You know, all that bullshit.

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Best new programming language attempt I’ve seen in a while!

It’s trying to be fast, safe, and easy all at once! It has move semantics, static types, and very strong safety guarantees. It’s not ready for mainstream use yet, but when it is, I get the feeling I might like it even more than rust.

Definitely a new programming language to keep an eye on.

@renata "It is only 'Uber' if it is produced in the region of Uberlandia; otherwise it is just sparkling personal driver."

Sysadmin tip: If you manage an ipv4 /24 and can't figure out a naming scheme, Pokemon Gold/Silver's full national dex is 251 pokemon. Throwing in Missingno, Oak, Elm, Jesse and James makes 256.

Figuring out how to get "Nidoran♀" into DNS and /etc/hosts without an explosion is an exercise left to the implementer.

I’m pretty tired of dreading system updates because of never-ending stream of breaking changes. I’m tired of getting my work interrupted by the rolling releases. VirtualBox seems to be the first to break each time.

I really want to get off Arch and onto something more stable, with coordinated package releases.

My historical favorite disto, Mint, is still too out-of-date for my taste, but there’s hope. They’re planning the v21 release, with a 5.15 Linux kernel, any day now. :blobaww:

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I love my Framework laptop, but the new hardware requires a very recent Linux kernel to work. I’ve been using Arch (btw) to get the latest packages, and it’s nice in a way. It’s also incredibly unstable. This is not the first time pacman pulled down incompatible package combinations and it won’t be the last.

Fedi-wide survey, boosts appreciated!

You are:

What would Wonder Woman and Spider Man name their business?

Amazon Web Services

A five year old Reddit post just helped me solve a knotty problem.
I hate to think how much useful info is being lost in ephemeral services like Discord, Slack, and IRC.

Today I found out about two fun little subreddits. /r/trees and /r/marijuanaenthusiasts.

Whatever you think those subreddits are about, you’re probably off a bit. Try it the other way around! :blobcatthinksmart:

One overlooked #mastodon feature I enjoy is knowing that reading a toot or opening an image isn't contributing to some advertising algorithm's dataset on me and my purchasing preferences.

Self-care prevents burnout and reduces stress, that's why.

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


We do things not because they are easy, but because we thought they were going to be easy.

Re-boosting your own posts for 'the morning crew' or 'the night crew' is an acceptable and encouraged practice here. We are largely a community of supportive people who enjoy being given the opportunity to help each other and boost content we may have previously missed.

You should never feel ashamed of promoting yourself, especially as an artist, when it's so difficult to reach people. If anyone doesn't want to see your boosts, they can just scroll past.

#WormsOfAffirmation 🐛

my strongest opinion on programming languages is that postfix .await is the single greatest innovation in the past 70+ years of programming language theory and history and you can't convince me otherwise.

Absolute gem in the Hacker News comments this morning:

“This, ultimately, is the American Dream: to get rich by doing nothing other than getting lucky and being able to say how smart you are. Not by creating any kind of value.” - jmyeet

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