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I wrote up the API I'm thinking about for my library! If you're interested in building federated PHP applications, I'd really appreciate if you check it out:

I opened an issue where people can give feedback and discuss the API so that we can make sure it will meet the needs of Fediverse developers. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please contribute to the discussion:

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Did you know? You can use Java class names to send secret messages with morse code!

For instance

class AbstractFactoryFactoryFactoryBuilderBuilderBuilderFactoryFactoryFactory

would signal that the sender is in distress!

Phew, finished up implementing HTTP signature signing and verification for activitypub-php! Thanks to everyone for the suggestions about existing implementations - although none of them met my needs exactly, having example to help guide me was super helpful.

Trying to avoid reinventing the wheel here if someone else has already done this

Anyone know a good library for validating HTTP signatures in PHP? I was looking at, but it looks like it doesn't support RSA signatures yet...

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If you were ever bullied; thank you for existing. If you ever felt like an outsider; thank you. If you ever felt like the only one in the world who cared about you was you; thank you. If you aren't afraid of seeing reality for what it is and not what society thinks it is; thank you. If you ever questioned authority; thank you. If you ever stuck up for someone; thank you. If you ever befriended someone specifically because you knew they had no one else; thank you. If you ever felt persecuted for existing; thank you. If you ever lost your temper and apologized heartfeltfully; thank you. If you ever did a kind act for strangers without being asked to; thank you. If you ever cried yourself to sleep at night; thank you. If you ever cried alone in the bathroom; thank you.

Knowing there is someone out there who can relate to my worst moments and desiring to find and connect with them has carried me through most hardships. So thank you for being here, on Earth, at the same time as me.

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USA government shutdown 

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Three years since the beginning of my Ubuntu Animal Illustration Series. Everything started with the first Ubuntu release (20. October 2004), Warty Warthog. Since then I've illustrated all Ubuntu releases, 29 artworks so far.

Thank you, #Ubuntu for being awesome.

#art #illustration #mastoart

I wrote up some Opinions™ about iterating on the protocol and how we can continue improving it without sacrificing compatibility or fracturing the network: Comments welcome here or on the post.

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She ripped off her sleeves and the humble wrappings on her feet and they saw not a girl with chickenfeet but a harpy as beautiful and terrible as a falcon.

She flexed the wings she had been trained to hide and the talons she had been told to hate as her cry went on and tears came to her eyes.

'Please stop,' they begged her.

And as the shriek died in her throat, she realised that her difference was power and that she should never have given in to silence.

Her reign began that day.

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Kaniini, one of the lead developers of Pleroma, recently published a blog post called ActivityPub: The “Worse is Better” Approach to Federated Social Networking. It’s a critique of the security and safety of the ActivityPub protocol. They make some good points: ActivityPub doesn’t support fine-grained access control checks, e.g. I want someone to be able […] 

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@sean @kaniini @jalcine AP is popular because it's simple and it works. I absolutely agree the design isn't perfect because it does have some gaping holes, but as a protocol framework, it's really solid.

I say we build on that rather than lamenting the fact an imperfect idea is getting traction.

With all of these big brains floating around the fediverse, I know we can do better than 'this is bad, but I don't know the answer'.

This is such an opportunity to set a positive tone moving forward.

I discovered the library today. It's super impressive! It offers an extensible, elegant HTTP request handling model. I'm going to use it in my library. The library is shaping up really well - it's shaping up to be a full ActivityPub server that can be plugged directly into your existing application with minimal fuss, and extended to meet a broad range of needs.

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@mmn That and not everyone can just pick up stuff and just self host software. We as people who can gotta make it easier for others and that costs money, resources and time @Are0h

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@jdormit Great post - and I agree with the sentiment. The “switching costs” are perhaps the most challenging- people have built their whole connected network of people within the walled gardens of mainstream social networks. Rebuilding that elsewhere is a large amount of effort - that many (most?) people simply have no desire to do yet. It may be that we need to continue to chip away at barriers so that as more people have the desire, the path is easier for them to move.

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Harry Potter spinoff: the life and drama of Vernon Dursley, as he struggles with the tedium of working at a company that drills holes in sheet metal, and feels passing melancholy at the dreams he gave up to provide for his family.
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@jalcine The Internet's favorite answer: "It depends!" 😛

I'm mostly just considering a way to roll my own "Google Apps", but self-hosted and Free Software. Ideally, it'd be nice if onboarding for collaborators could be as painless and seamless as possible, where the creation of an email account creates a corresponding account in NextCloud and WordPress.

I'll have to play around with it.

Are you making a PHP/WordPress ActivityPub implementation? If so, would you be interested in collaborating on It's meant to be a library that takes care of the tricky bits of the ActivityPub protocol so that developers can make new federated applications quickly.

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If you're using Android on some phone or tablet and you're not using #fdroid yet, do yourself a favor and install it.

It's an alternative appstore with purely OSS software apps. Overall improved security and privacy on your mobile device (alternative apps for pretty much everything are available, with reduced tracking, no ads, no backdoors, reproducible builds, and so on).


Also follow @fdroidorg while you're at it.

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