@rks There are right leaning servers and left leaning. The left tends to block the right, the right blocks no one. QOTO has a pretty healthy mix of left and right.
My predictions: Twitter will be the first of the social media Old Guard to collapse. Facebook will be the second. What follows will be a war of sorts between decentralized platforms like Mastodon and Diaspora and centralized, though "free speech focused" platforms like BitChute, Minds and Gab. They will probably split along political lines (Mastodon and Diaspora lean mostly left; MGB, right), and they're pretty evenly matched, so I don't know who's going to win; it may tie pretty closely to the political situation of the next four to eight years.
* I am Texan.
* I am Catholic; devoutly so.
* I do some drawing in my spare time, though I'm not very good at it. Don't expect posts unless I'm feeling really optimistic.
* I consider myself pretty right-wing (in the veins of Buckley, Sowell and Shapiro).
* I call him Jordan Petersenpai.
* I am very strange.
I don't really like doing this kind of thing, mainly because I don't really know who I am on this platform quite yet (one thing I'm pretty sure of is that the internet especially shredded traditional notions of identity; if someone could stitch them back together I would be much obliged). But rituals be rituals.
The More You Know.
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@williamlweaver There were some issues last election where Trump and Clinton agreed, and both sides were using the issue as a wedge issue. It was ludicrous.
I think this relates to something @freemo posted earlier - everyone seems themselves as doing what's right. But when the other side isn't just wrong/mistaken but EVIL, then there's no reason to engage in discussion of issues with them. If anyone who disagrees with me is a Nazi, and you don't engage in discussions with Nazis, you punch them physically or by bashing their personality.
I read about a new smart wall (glass) from NanaWall.
I was wondering how it worked. So far I only learned something about nematic liquid crystal displays (LCD). With the following cell configurations Fréedericksz cell, VA cell, twisted nematic LC cell (similar to the Fréedericksz cell).
I read a little in a book  about polymer dispersed LCDs (PDLCDs).
These displays can address states between a scatter mode, where the display looks like a opal glass panel, and a transparent mode. With a contrast ratio of approx. 40:1, compared to a newspaper with a contrast approx. 8:1.
That sounds very similar.
Some more information about PDLCDs:
The nematic liquid crystals are arranged as droplets in a polymer binder between two glass plates with electrodes.
These droplets have a random orientation and so the refractive index is random. This causes the light to be scattered at a wide angle to the observer (scattering mode).
By apply an electric field the molecules orient themselves parallel to the field. With the result that the refractive index is almost the same. This means that the light can not scatter through the display (transparent mode).
This type of display don’t require a polariser.
I think that’s a big advantage of this technology. This way don’t lose 50-60% of the light beam at the polariser. This enables us to achieve a high transmission rate.
In my opinion, one disadvantage is that we need an applied electrical field for the transparent mode. Because in this case I don’t want an opaque window at a power blackout.
This was just one possible technology. Wikipedia  lists these technologies: electrochromic, photochromic, thermochromic, suspended-particle and micro-blind and polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal devices.
Maybe you have another idea.
Now it's time. Good night.
 Liquid Cristal Displays, Addressing Schemes and electro-optical effects, Ernst Lueder
For those of you who still think Lenin was a Great Guy: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1907_Tiflis_bank_robbery
mein Account auf mastodon.social wurde leider am Wochenende ohne Vorwarnung und ohne Angabe eines Grundes vollständig gelöscht. 🤔
Wenn ihr mir weiterhin bzw. wieder folgen möchtet, dann könnt ihr meinen neuen Account dafür nutzen. Ich hoffe hier auf qoto.org ist man etwas toleranter.
Der Zeitpunkt der Löschung hätte nicht ungünstiger sein können: Es hatten sich gerade einige Leute gemeldet, die mit mir eine sachliche Debatte führen wollten. Über das Wochenende war ich aber nicht online und jetzt ist der Account während meiner Abwesenheit gelöscht worden...
Daher habe ich jetzt auch fast keinen Überblick mehr darüber, wem ich noch eine Antwort schuldig bin. Die Timeline ist ja futsch. Im Zweifel schreibt mich einfach nochmal an.
What do you guys think is the ideal model for internet and social network? (regardless of the fact that being here already imposes a bias)
1. Anarchic/ decentralized model, like internet or social networks of the early days. Data is more or less left on its own, there is a lot of space for popularity depend mechanisms that create big players and monopolies
2. Enforced version of 1. (by whom? International organizations ?)
3. Privates can exploit popularity mechanisms to create monopolies /oligopolies, like Fb/Twitter. Lots of R&D, data owned by companies and opaque feed algorithms, profit oriented
4. Regional /international state-like organization, collects taxes for maintenance/development, not tied to profit logics
Please argue or correct me in any way you wish :)
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John McCain was the worst Zelda game.
@4of92000 I had someone on here tell me the term ‘radical left’ is silly, that they don’t exist.
Which is exactly what I’d expect from someone who has only ever listened to people from the radical left.
Don’t ask a fish about water.
Report on Mastodon, a few days in now:
Qoto's pretty cool. Like these people; we got the right amount of fuck-giving: not too little; not too much.
The Fediverse is pretty carcinogenic, especially mastodon.social. Every political everybody I can find anywhere is far-left (to the point of mocking John McCain's death, which just isn't cool and (hopefully ironically) advocating for the genocide of TERFs), which is weird because in my experience it's the right-wing/classical liberal types (and Tim Pool) leaving mainstream platforms like YouTube and Birdtalk in droves.
Weird how one side is flocking to this weird decentralized thing, and the other (and me) is throwing their chips behind centralized platforms (Gab, BitChute, Minds) that just have relatively transparent people at the top and few content restrictions.
Wonder who's going to win, or if the right-wing faction will just get their own Mastodon instance and throw all their chips behind that.