With news of Unroll.me selling user inbox info to Uber, lots of people are repeating "if you're not paying for it, you're the product."
I've said before, and will continue to say, that that is the wrong formulation. Sometimes you pay for it and you're still the product – look at US ISPs. Sometimes you don't pay for it and you're not the product – free software.
The real question is whether a software or service empowers users, which can't be boiled down to whether you paid.
Rick Sanchez's favorite playlist - https://i.redd.it/oksxpcbf06ty.png
I have to respect the effort.
Venture Capital for IoT-connected juice bag squeezers $120,000,000
someone who is good at the economy please help me budget this. my tech bubble is bursting
Here is my undertale userstyle! I only tested it with vanilla mastodon so YMMV! https://gist.github.com/blackle/cb3e51802bfcc2ed815b6ddcf902c68b https://icosahedron.website/media/-obokx8dKvpCSbhRzhQ
So, interesting notion, probably some of you already know: boosts ("re-toots") can be deleted by clicking on the 🔄 symbol. However, if the boost has crossed the border to another instance, it cannot be deleted from there!
You can only delete boosts from your own instance. They will still appear to your followers who follow you from different instances!
I'm handling so many terminals that I could be an airport
I would like to give some credit and props to all the developers who have worked on building #Mastodon /GS/OS.
Everyone talks about the missing features, but this is a pretty well made, well designed and largely bug-free product, for what I assume has largely been a volunteer effort.
Remember that the competitors have huge staffs of full time devs hired specifically to work on that product, so there's a big difference in resources. #Mastodev
We're doing a crazy animation made with libre tools and giving it all away CC/GPL (many are new tools we made for the film). Check out the new Wires for Empathy teaser! You can donate to support the work, and get your name in the credits! We're also looking for sponsors. You can also help us by spreading the word.
Shoutout to Blender, Krita, Gimp, Inkscape and Python
free software <3
Theory: we are unsettled by clowns because some part of us remembers that's what God looks like
Tonight, I made really quick stats on Mastodon instances and where they are located in terms of network.
Top 5 hosting/networks :
Full results here (although not completely accurate): https://flexiden.org/zerobin/?63ca2d50c017ed12#LJLvug1rnvU4lumQUDsNcKSzod4KU6v4MGsOzKwI3Hg= https://mstdn.fr/media/CI7B200hu0FG83xLVEw
mastodon as a backing store for an object storage system as a backing store for a key value database as a backing store for a network file system as a backing store for an in-memory block storage device as a backing store for a mastodon instance
(I promise, this will have been my last toot whining about OStatus and XML files)
Like, I can see how it came to be and why it makes sense that things are the way they are.
But that doesn't make it any less painful to develop for it.
Ah yes, OStatus, the protocol where you send XML messages containing base64-encoded XML messages to notify servers about changes in other XML files (whose URLs are discovered using two more XML files, duh).