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Okay, I'm curious, when did you guys first hear about/join Linux? Please boost for a wider data pool. :boost_love:

Wow, I actually managed to crash node.js.

I don't see that very often.

Canonical: You like snaps now

Snaps: I don't respect your system settings, themes or anything!

Me: Oh no

Snaps: My file chooser doesn't remember your sidebar folders in Nautilus like everything else, also, get used to navigating from / every single time, because I don't remember anything else either

Me: That's not what I—

Snaps: Also now you have to remember to update your software in yet another place

Me: Please stop

Snaps: Btw I take up way more resources too

Canonical: You're welcome

The creative side of my brain is like ZOMG ITS SATURDAY LETS MAKE AND CODE ALL KINDS OF THINGS but the rest of my brain is like, ummmmmm can we all just take a nap?

god being alive costs so much money. i am literally just sitting here

Woe unto whomever needs to call a US credit bureau on the phone.

That way lies madness.

Much of complexity in software is a result of people trying to solve a hypothetical problem they think they'll have. My experience is that it's always best to write the simplest code that adequately solves the problem you actually have.

Why did you end up coming to Mastodon? Pls boost so we can get some good data 🙌

Welcome to Mastodon. We got weird emotes, like this one:


Now would be the prime time for any Mastodon admins with servers capable of accepting new users and scaling up to submit them to

More info: Shoot me an e-mail at

Holy crap! Recent Java runtimes have a completely broken ECDSA signature checking and no one noticed for years!

Makes you wonder about the old adage, “don’t roll your own crypto”, but even the “experts” didn’t get this one right.

I guess this is why everyone uses Bouncy Castle for cryptography implementations.

Wow, a commenter on Hacker news had almost the same non-profit take that I did. And in true HN fashion, other commenters contributed helpful information, links, and suggestions.

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I realize these deal-breakers make it pretty hard to build a sustainable business model around creating and running a social network.

Maybe that means capitalism isn’t the right framework within which to build a good social network.

Maybe that means the next good social network shouldn’t be a business run for profit. Maybe the motive for creating the network should be something other than money. Maybe we need something new.

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But there are some deal-breakers for me too.

I think we really need to stop trying to centralize everyone’s personal information inside of one global-scale web app. Distributed networks are the future.

Users need to (have the option to) own their own online identities, not lease them from some gatekeeper.

When storing data in the cloud, as much of it as possible should be truly end-to-end encrypted.

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Here’s another interesting upstart in the race to fill the void left by slowly collapsing social networks of days past.

Again, pretty close to what I’d want in my ideal social network: A way to talk to friends; paid for by users, not advertisers; transparent business model; no crazy expectations of hyper-growth.

No I won't use your app; I use your web site because browsers and browser extensions give me protection against surveillance that apps don't.

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