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Stuff I'd rather not see grow on Mastodon Show more
I've seen several naked solicitations for boosts. This ... gets annoying really fast. Even ironic use is hard to distinguish.
My policy has and will be to block the requesting user. I may unfollow or block accounts that repeatedly boosting them.
Somewhat related are "please follow me" reqs. PproTip: if you want followers, present content and conversaation worth following.
I'll reboost and follow what strikes me as worthwhile, and do.
Here's an HDR of sorts. Same picture I posted the other day, but
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Cliff Park, Maple Ridge, BC
Let's talk about #FreedomBreaking:
"One in five genetics papers contains errors thanks to Microsoft Excel" - ScienceMag.org via Washington Post
You Deserve Freedom 1:
The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
Mastodon: Your DMs can be read by the admin(s) on your specific instance.
Twitter: Your DMs can be read by the entire Twitter Corporation.
You can tunnel your internet traffic over SSH or DNS, so long as what's listening at the other end knows how to do it. There are a few canned systems that help you with it, but I'm not sure how reliable they are. All of the ones that try to mimic legit DNS traffic are slow though.
If you can already control what's hosted on port 53 -- Your best bet is to SSH over that route and take care of everything remotely instead of routing traffic.
mastodon privacy Show more
since this is coming up again, i feel it's important to stress the following facts about privacy on mastodon:
- DMs are stored in plaintext in the database
- yes, this means admins can access them
- it also means they will be accessible if your instance DB is leaked
- however: this is the same as the situation on any other mainstream social media site
- at the end of the day you should make sure you trust your admins
- ultimately: don't use mastodon for privacy-critical messages
Alternative fedi implementations are good for the health of the internet. Being able to transfer seamlessly between them is going to become a thing we shall have to work at in the coming months. We need to be prepared for another wave like this
I wish I could choose timelines I wanna see on a per instance basis on the main view. That way if I wanna watch a anime mastodon feed instead of the federated timeline, I could.
Mastodon geeking: critical mass Show more
This graph, from
shows the ratio between all user accounts on all nodes in the #fediverse and 'active' user accounts. Something interesting happened in June: the ratio spiked up - which it had frequently done before - but this time it stayed up, which it never has before.
I suggest that we're now at the point where new users find interesting conversations, and thus stay engaged: 'critical mass'.
Just saw someone retoot an organization's toot: "We'll take Mastodon serious if we get more than 100 followers".
Well, back to Twitter with you then, you don't seem to get the idea.
Someone asked, so here's my self-hosted list:
✅ Files (nextcloud)
✅ Bookmarks (wallabag)
✅ Code (gitea)
☑️ Music (AirSonic)
☑️ Media (Plex)
✅ Search (Searx)
✅ CI / CD Pipelines (Drone)
✅ Alerting / Status (Prometheus/Grafana)
✅ EBooks Library (Callibre)
✅ AD Stripping DNS (PiHole)
✅ Object Storage for backups (minio)
✅ Shared Listening (Icecast w/ friends)
☑️ Secure Chat / VOIP (Matrix)
Everything with a green checkmark is hosted off of a stack of Raspberry Pi's. The rest are on a NUC or ☁️
people new to masto: if you think maybe the idea of your DMs being read might be a little spooky, let me introduce you to some chat apps!!!!
A lot of us old guard mastodon folks use wire since it strikes the best middle ground between Ease of use X Cross Platform Availability X Security
Now it isn't fully federated (they're working on it), but the software is open source. Also it doesn't require a phone number to sign up for it.