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Cake day: Nov 01, 2020


I love this guy’s stuff, it’s always so informative and in-depth.

I honestly don’t remember. I think I was actively looking for a federated reddit-like site, because I really liked the concept of a federated platform as an alternative to the monopolistic social media giants, and I stumbled upon a link to lemmy somewhere. The project seemed great and I stayed.

So, let me get this straight, you’re saying this chaos is good for the US and that’s why Russia escalated it into actual full blown war chaos? That makes as much sense as me saying cats are dogs. Is everything in your world the US’s fault?

Us naval superiority is also in no way choking global trade, China is the EU’s largest total trade partner. Also, 90% of non-bulk cargo worldwide is moved by container shipping, and that’s how Chinese goods enter Europe, Ukraine has nothing to do with it. Russia and EU were trading gas just fine before this war, did the US somehow force Russia to invade?

It’s like, I get it, I hate the US’s global imperialism too, and their hypocrisy, but can you be at least a little bit more objective? This tunnel-visioned blind attitude isn’t helpful.

There is one system that could prevent mod abuse of communities and it would actually work, I think, but it’s not easy to implement with federation. Every user chooses their own mod of a community to “subscribe” to their moderation work. So, essentially, anybody could apply to become a mod, and do moderation work, but the only people that would see their moderation work would be the people that have “subscribed” to it. No need to move an entire community, just pick yourself a different mod.

This is of course, difficult to implement, particularly with federation, and the devs are already aware of the idea (it’s in the github issue linked by Dessalines).

Kubuntu. KDE Plasma is as Windows like as Mint’s Cinnamon but looks more modern and fresh, imo. And Kubuntu is Ubuntu so you get all the support from the large Ubuntu community.

I wish there was a Mint KDE distro.

She can test out different distros in her browser on https://distrotest.net/index.php

Really though, if she’s just gonna use it for text processing, web browsing and emailing it’s more about the DE than the distro.

Mint, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Elementary, Fedora… should all be good choices.

I think it’s most important to teach her about the differences, no more exes, but instead repo, debs, appimages, flatpaks, and stuff like that. Watching those recent Linus videos might give you good insight in what differences might confuse her.

This is what I was gonna say. In the simplest terms possible: unsolicited criticism = harassment.

I have ideas on how this can be addressed, but I think I’ve rambled enough for now.

Please do, even if it’s a very rough draft kind of an idea, I wanna hear.

I’m sure some people don’t enjoy hearing about this regarding the potential distant future of a successful mainstream fediverse, but if someone puts ads on their instance, that’s all incentive they need to maintain it. I mean, yeah, sure, it’s ads, but it’s decentralised, and therefore better in some ways. It’s that, or freemium features, pick your poison. IF the fediverse is to succeed as a non-niche platform, and not run by hobbyists. Which of course nobody said needs to be true.

And we don’t have to speculate about all this, mass federated platforms already exist, they’re called email.

Yeah, you can visit lemmy.ml/c/startrek@lemmygrad.ml just fine from here on lemmy.ml, but it’s a fully separate community to lemmy.ml/c/startrek and you can’t view them at the same time on one page.

If both lemmy.ml/c/linux and lemmygrad.ml/c/linux agreed, you could go to /t/linux on either site and see all the content of both in one place.

There are benefits to each community being local and server specific (moderation, culture, community), but there are also benefits to the idea of a single community being spread over multiple instances (decentralisation, resilience, activity/reach). There are reasons why few people want to start a or post content to a community on a random server, and most people opt for the biggest one. There’s relatively few people as it is already and creating duplicates, fragmentation and inevitable manual content replication doesn’t seem like the way to go about things.

This is why I like the idea of a potential future feature where on top of /c/acommunity we would also get a /t/atopic that aggregates all the communities with the same name from all the instances into one place/feed. This would NEED to be optional and the community mods would have to have an optin/optout feature for their community being included in the /t/topic feed. I think that would make both sides happy.

As it is, I don’t see having active communities on other instances likely, unfortunately. Individual accounts can work just fine from other instances, and the content gets auto replicated, but the parent hub is still in one place.

  1. Multi-communities akin to multireddits, and also, cross-instance multi-communities.

  2. If you log into your account on a post, I’d prefer to be taken back to the post, instead of the front page, as it is now.

  3. MoAr federation (for example, the ability to follow mastodon or pixelfed accounts from Lemmy, it could work well with custom multi-communities).

I don’t really like cryptos at all, they’re way too laissez-faire/anarcho-capitalist for me, and not to mention the energy consumption, but let’s talk about them for a minute. I want to write down some thoughts. I have 0 crypto holdings, but I researched them a bit recently, it’s good to be informed.

Apparently, Oxen is a fork of Monero, which is apparently an almost fully private crypto. I’m all for privacy of information, knowledge and messages but I don’t think money aka power should be private. Incredibly bad for democracy, not to mention it goes against the idea of taxation. This is pretty much a deal breaker for me for a messenger that would strive to become mainstream and challenge the big tech oligopolies.

If a piece of software like this wants to use crypto, it should be a crypto that’s private only for small transactions (think, nobody needs to know you bought that candy, or that laundry detergent, I’m fine with the privacy of small purchases, in fact I think it’s good) but any transaction above a certain threshold should be public. In a crypto, this limit can be “voted” on, which is great, and I think in newer ones, like Polkadot, it doesn’t even require a hard fork.

Also, while we’re on the topic, I’d love if a crypto had in-built ”taxation” within the system itself, that takes a reasonable amount of money from big transactions or even wallets, divides it and distributes it randomly to other users. As it is now, crypto is essentially just a ”make the rich richer/increase the wealth gap” kind of thing, even more than normal money is, plus it’s a global casino/gambling on top, which also has the same end results. It’s hard for me to enthusiastically get behind it. Btw, I’m not surprised a "socialist” crypto like this hasn’t been created yet, the incentives and the type of crowd is just not there, but I would be surprised if it doesn’t get created eventually.

Secondly, the energy consumption. Apparently, Solana is a crypto that uses a new “proof of history” method (as opposed to proof of work or stake) that uses at least a 1000 times less energy than Bitcoin, and maybe even many more orders of magnitude less (1) and doesn’t suffer from the types of centralisation of power that happen with proof of work or even proof of stake. It’s apparently like a normal server in terms of energy consumption. If Session used this type of crypto I’d be more open to it.

As it is, I just don’t know what’s the purpose of Session. An attempt to create a private mainstream messenger? Can’t really support it, at least that’s how I feel about it, in its current form. A fully private messenger for extreme cases, like journalists or something? There’s Briar for that, without the iffiness of crypto.

KDE Neon and Kubuntu (Ubuntu + KDE Plasma as the DE) are basically the same thing, barring some minor differences. They’re both Ubuntu with KDE Plasma as the DE, just maintained by different teams. It’s possible whatever caused the crashes before either got fixed in the meantime or was related to Gnome, vanilla Ubuntu’s default DE.

I also really like Plasma and think it’s a great DE, particularly for Windows refugees, and I don’t really like Gnome’s UI/UX, it’s a bit weird for me, but it’s nonetheless a good DE too. More a matter of taste than anything, I guess.

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