Conduit (alternative implementation of Matrix Server) getting into beta: https://conduit.rs/release-0-2-0/
Not really a fully-fleshed out idea, but I do need to start somewhere. Plus it gives a good excuse to revive the blog: https://raphael.lullis.net/decentralized-bat-cartel/
With Ethereum Name Service (ENS) you can register ".eth" domains into the blockchain as an NFT. Now you can also import your DNS domains as well.
The coolest thing though is ENS allow to have resolvers to get your name pointing to different places (crypto addresses, text records, etc), so basically you can implement a completely decentralized webfinger system on top of Ethereum.
Why do we need heroes?
Imagine a government agency ordered Apple to include hashes of all documents they wanted to track into that kiddie porn database. Suddenly the government knows who's got that antivax meme JPG. Or tax protest DOC. Or an environmental report PDF.
And it's just hashes! Apple won't know what they're tracking, so they can't say "no".
Now tell me you honestly believe no government *ever* will take advantage of this invisible monitoring power.
The 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.
Our #foss project team is *very* motivated to do the right thing, and we need your input and help 🙏
1st question: What's your preferred forge?
So, I'm going back to have a big, proper workstation under my desk. My laptop's battery failed last week and I realized that I haven't used it for any "portable" computing anyway. I am not a fan of multi-monitor setups and it always felt like a waste to have such a nice-but-small screen from the laptop closed and put aside out of the way.
After a few weeks of back-and-forth, Stripe reinstated my account that I was using to connect with the Github Sponsors project.
The reason they gave to canceling was the account was used in activities related to cryptocurrency - when the truth is that I am asking for sponsorships to work on Hub20, my cryptocurrency payment gateway project.
At least they put it back and admitted the error, but man if this is not a terrific example of why crypto is needed in the first place.
Everyday life in Germany - dull, gray, culturally and morally bankrupt, how hard they make it hard for individuals to take chances and prosper - makes me always dream of spend more time and invest in Brazil.
Hear news from Brazil, and all I can feel is the desperation in feeling how that country is *never* going to change. So much potential, all of it wasted.
Then I buy more crypto and talk to the wife about the possibility of moving to some island on the Mediterranean.
I knew that Moxie was full of shit after I read his infamous "ecosystem is moving" piece, and this sort of threw me away from Signal.
Reading https://drewdevault.com/2018/08/08/Signal.html, made me realize *how* full of shit the man is. Refusing to release signal clients on F-Droid? Outright shutting down any attempt at federation? Not releasing the server code for months? How can anyone take him seriously ?
Few things tell me more about the decline of America than checking HackerNews and realizing how much it changed.
The place supposed to be flooding with non-conformists and individuals who want to challenge the status quo, reduced to a forum with discussions about whether we should just stick with the convenience with of subjugating to Apple/Google or if we should ask for Government to come and save us from ourselves.
Any message in the contrary gets downvoted to oblivion.
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