When you see a book or movie that gets SUPER SMASH HIT CRITICAL ACCLAIM but leaves ordinary readers feeling 'meh', it's maybe because it does a whole lot of recursive-meta-self-analysis stuff.
Which makes critics super happy because it's literally telling a story about *their job* and making them heroes!
But it also bores and frustrates ordinary readers who 'JUST want something to HAPPEN and not all this TALK!'
This is probably where I should point out that one of the reasons that this blockchain stuff bugs me so much is that the technology isn't the problem. The implementations and insistence that they can solve problems that have nothing to do with what blockchains are for. It bothers me in the same way as anti-vaxers and flat/young earthers. Or evolutionary psychologists.
I have Opinions(tm) about this stuff and the damage it does.
@srol I'd recommend letting folks know that they might not replicate their experiences on Twitter or Facebook and that is okay. This isn't about making things sticky so you never leave. It's okay to disconnect and come back when you're ready. You don't have to use Mastodon all the time to gain some benefit from it.
#Mastodon v2.1.0 is finally released! https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v2.1.0
What's in it? Here's a scoop:
✅ Profile redirect notes
✅ Moderator role
✅ Moderation audit log
✅ Invite system
🐘 Various fixes and improvements
Update regarding the self-hosted social media feed #Rotonde: Apparently, you don't get notified when someone follows you, or when someone you don't follow mentions you. Therefore you always need to know someone else's dat:// URL in order to be able to follow them.
#Rotonde "is an experiment into the idea of self-hosted social media feeds.
@neauoire has opened a new codebase that brings the Rotonde concept to Beaker Browser, a p2p web-browser built on top of the dat protocol."
At the moment, I can be followed via #BeakerBrowser at the URL dat://a14befbc8407ae6a85f7bc8cd0d9242151df95355c0344f744ffdd841b26150b (works only while I'm online).
beaker is really cool. it's based on dat, which static apps can utilize to create archives that act as a distributed filesystem. you can write static apps which compile new apps and distribute them as new archives, or which manipulate themselves. there's a lot of possibilities here for serverless computing and polymorphic applications that just haven't been developed yet.
AIM shuts down (https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/15/16778228/aim-dead-aol-shutdown, ht @fabre_gregori), and I‘m reminded of this old xkcd: https://xkcd.com/1810/
So long, #aim, we'll miss you #theverge https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/15/16778228/aim-dead-aol-shutdown
Currently looking into #BeakerBrowser, which allows for easy peer-to-peer web hosting, but also works as a regular browser (it's a fork of Chrome):
It's great fun, but are there any creative use cases yet? 🤔
So far, you can only host static webpages, which limits the possibilities a bit.
Maybe it's best for sharing #TiddlyWiki files (because despite being simple .html files, they behave a lot like "dynamic" webpages): https://tiddlywiki.com/#Beaker%20Browser:%5B%5BBeaker%20Browser%5D%5D%20%5B%5BSaving%20on%20Beaker%20Browser%5D%5D
Maps.me is a great app to navigate from #OpenStreetMaps
#Maps.Me is more than a source of directions. It’s a database of roads, schools, squares, shops, and other landmarks that programmers have plotted through open source mapping (a Wikipedia–like system, where anyone can add their knowledge), places that otherwise would have been left largely off the radar.
You can download the mobile apps for iOS and Android from http://bit.ly/2kMSbBL
"[...] large and complex financial institutions are [...] more likely to be bailed out. Moreover, authorities are found to be more prone to provide support to a distressed institution which is well-connected with politicians and political parties"
At the same time, "the quality of bank assets is found not to be relevant to the bailout likelihood": https://repec.bmth.ac.uk/bam/wp/BAFES11.pdf#page=10
Nakamoto wanted to create a system for #payments that would circumvent governments, bankers, and corporations. Instead, Bitcoin is now a get-rich-quick scheme that retains none of the exciting, anarchist features it proposed and has created a secondary #economy with financial shenanigans that mirror the ones that led to the global financial crisis."
I'm betting that @christi3k is exactly right about why Patreon has changed their fee structure this week in a way that, in my opinion, makes their business basically worthless. https://subfictional.com/my-theory-patreon-doesnt-want-to-be-a-money-services-business/
Especially since, OMG, "You can no longer use your Patreon balance to make pledge payments to avoid the per-pledge processing fee."
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