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So here are my brief thoughts on Mastodon so far:

๐Ÿ‘ The community is small, friendly and very helpful.
๐Ÿ‘ The layout is good and easy to follow.
๐Ÿ‘ No advertising!
๐Ÿ‘Ž The search function is poor. It's hard to search for anybody unless you know their address and keyword search is limited to people remembering to use a hashtag.
๐Ÿ‘Ž Would prefer proper full encryption and admins not being able to read everything. Big Brother right there.
๐Ÿ‘Ž Federated timeline is missing a pause feature (unless I'm missing it) because it's hard to keep up with. A user refresh would be more useful.
๐Ÿ‘Ž Proper full integration between the instances would be far better - if that meant using a distributed database like a block-chain - that would be far better.
๐Ÿ‘Ž Also being able to categorise toots and having different 'circles' (to use a Google term) would be useful. So for example, my toots could be shared with people that have that interest, otherwise you end up muting people that may occasionally say something you're interested in.

Just my worthless two cents. ๐Ÿ˜Š

@freemo Hello. How do I delete my account? I can't see anything obvious in the settings. Is it something you have to do? Many thanks :)

I've just discovered one of the greatest computer game music pioneers Ben Daglish has passed away at just 52.๐Ÿ˜ž I briefly connected with him on LinkedIn and he was amazingly kind to answer questions from this fan. Rest in peace Ben, you won't be forgotten.

youtube.com/watch?v=FXtk0Tn7hD

== Complex Math Problem of the Day ==

If I have a bucket that contains 5 litres of water and another bucket that contains 2 litres, how many buckets do I have?

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@QOTO @freemo

If anybody is interested in this is a great video to watch. Some of the documentaries such as Forks Over Knives and What the Health although wonderful, tend to be a bit 'rose-tinted spectacles'-esque.

Here Jeff Nippard and Dr Kamal Patel discuss the health science behind it and whether you can sustain yourself on a diet and how it can depend on your gut microbiome and general health. It's a fascinating talk: youtube.com/watch?v=_qoyoItiB1

I do hate myself, not just for using Amazon, but being a Prime Member... ๐Ÿ˜ž Amazon has the perfect distribution structure and network to be a Socialist government's dream. If we could only turn it into a worker co-op too - that would be amazing. I hate making Bezos richer.

Amazon Prime Day produces 209 percent increase in UK health and safety complaints: wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/2

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@Edge Yep. ActivityPub is a recent W3C recommendation which hopefully becomes the unifying protocol for everyone in the fediverse. For example, currently diaspora* has its own federation network based on their own protocol. Socialhome is another software using the diaspora protocol (and there are others). Hubzilla itself has a plugin to federate with the diaspora network. (They are currently working on implementing ActivityPub so they'll be once again federated with the larger fediverse.)

Hubzilla itself has its own protocol (and must have because it has other features not supported by ActivityPub) but has a plugin for ActivityPub too, and many Hubzilla instances have it enabled.

ActivityPub is fun. It isn't perfect by any means, and implementation by other projects are slow (even pump.io's implementation is slow, considering it was the baby of the main developer behind ActivityPub). Basically, of the other platforms with its own federation network, only Hubzilla has a working ActivityPub implementation and they had it since last year when it was still being discussed by W3C.

But we're getting there. It really is just a matter of getting a developer or three to work on it in the other projects, and of course to maintain it.

Hmm, you should check out #Misskey too. It's using ActivityPub exclusively so it will federate with the rest of the ActivityPub network like Mastodon, Pleroma, Hubzilla, Write.as, PixelFed, etc. with an interface that looks like a CMS website. ;) It's actually cool.

https://misskey.xyz

Fun times ahead! :)
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@yahananxie

All so correct and thanks for sharing. Only a point, "circles" and stuff are similar to the "group" function people are developing right now.

@absolutus @QuentinMann

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@Edge First of all, welcome to the #Fediverse !

Just to give some ideaโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ‘Ž Would prefer proper full encryption and admins not being able to read everything. Big Brother right there.



If it is only to prevent admins from not being able to read everything, then hosting your own instance is your best solution. Regardless, if your post is public then the whole fediverse can still read your post.

To truly prevent anyone from reading your private posts, DMs, etc. you not only have to host your own instance, but you also have to ask your contacts to use your own instance, and of course you become the big brother who can read their accounts.

There were attempts last year of introducing post/comment encryption in Mastodon, I don't know what happened to it. The solution of others is to post an encrypted post -- manually.

Or, you can use #Hubzilla's per post/comment encryption feature, which of course meant you have to use a Hubzilla instance. ;)

Why post/comments are not encrypted in the database for most, if not all, fediverse software/platform? The developers themselves can answer that.

๐Ÿ‘Ž Federated timeline is missing a pause feature (unless I'm missing it) because it's hard to keep up with. A user refresh would be more useful.



#Pleroma #GNUsocial #Diaspora Hubzilla, #Friendica and #Socialhome have this feature. I highly suggest opening a ticket in Mastodon's project page for this suggestion. Badly needed.

Or maybe there is already one but no one's interested to program it. If you can, code it and submit a PR. :)

๐Ÿ‘Ž Proper full integration between the instances would be far better - if that meant using a distributed database like a block-chain - that would be far better.



No. The federation or fediverse is not Mastodon-exclusive. There are different software / platforms available. This is also not feasible. Blockchain is good and all but not for federation purposes. One success of the fediverse is its easy entry level. We have more than 1,000 instances using different software today, if the fediverse was blockchain-based, we'll only have maybe 10 only and far fewer platforms too. No innovation. No choice. I run my own single-user instance and so many others, I won't be able to with a blockchain-based software.

Also, the fediverse has been around years before blockchain came, and even during the first 2-3 years of it (blockchain), people were against it. The fediverse is already in place by the time Mastodon launched publicly (last year). If I'm not mistaken, the fediverse is 12-15 years old already today.

Is it possible? Yes. There is a software running on top of an existing blockchain (ETH) that is federated via #ActivityPub but it's yet to gain attention beyond those who actually bother to know these things. ;) I can't even recall it without checking my list and I haven't even tried it yet because I'm not willing to spend just to get an account. (You can check my previous posts, I shared information about them.)

And blockchain will actually become a barrier to adoption if you think about it.

๐Ÿ‘Ž Also being able to categorise toots and having different 'circles' (to use a Google term) would be useful. So for example, my C64 toots could be shared with people that have that interest, otherwise you end up muting people that may occasionally say something you're interested in.



Diaspora, Hubzilla, Friendica have "circles" feature. I think also Socialhome (I haven't explored this platform much yet).

Hubzilla and Friendica have Categories feature.



With that said. It doesn't mean Mastodon is lacking or another software or platform is better than the rest. This is the beauty of #FLOSS / #FOSS and the fediverse itself, you have plenty of choices. If you need a particular feature that is not in another, there are public instances available that you can move without losing access to the larger fediverse.

Check out fediverse.party and Wikipedia:Fediverse.

@Alan Avram Shteynberg โ˜‘๏ธ

So here we have two of America's 'best' progressive's tweeting about how amazing John McCain was. There really is no hope for America if even they can't call a war-mongering psychopath out.

What a fantastic bit of design and innovation the Turning Hubble phone is! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

It'll be such a shame for something like this not to come to market. Smart phones in both design, OS and function have changed only in small increments since the original iPhone. A radical overhaul (for me) is greatly needed.

Fast-forward this video to about [01:20] for the phone: youtube.com/watch?v=EpgEFhFK1S

So here are my brief thoughts on Mastodon so far:

๐Ÿ‘ The community is small, friendly and very helpful.
๐Ÿ‘ The layout is good and easy to follow.
๐Ÿ‘ No advertising!
๐Ÿ‘Ž The search function is poor. It's hard to search for anybody unless you know their address and keyword search is limited to people remembering to use a hashtag.
๐Ÿ‘Ž Would prefer proper full encryption and admins not being able to read everything. Big Brother right there.
๐Ÿ‘Ž Federated timeline is missing a pause feature (unless I'm missing it) because it's hard to keep up with. A user refresh would be more useful.
๐Ÿ‘Ž Proper full integration between the instances would be far better - if that meant using a distributed database like a block-chain - that would be far better.
๐Ÿ‘Ž Also being able to categorise toots and having different 'circles' (to use a Google term) would be useful. So for example, my toots could be shared with people that have that interest, otherwise you end up muting people that may occasionally say something you're interested in.

Just my worthless two cents. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Facebook is filtering out news that doesn't fit with US foreign policy! ๐Ÿ™„ Hopefully that won't happen here! mintpressnews.com/facebook-cen

New tooter here. About me:

I'm a physics and maths undergraduate. I'm passionate about science, computing (especially retro), programming, guitar playing, sprinting (athletics) and power-lifting.

Politically I'm a leftist in the Abby Martin/Aaron Mate mould. Most of my toots will probably be political because that is what causes me the most anger and frustration. I hate the mainstream media with a passion with all its bullshit and propaganda. I also very much support a Resource Based Economy.

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