New server’s been up and stable for a week, so I think it’s time to move out. Time to test the account migration part of this system.
Catch y’all at @mark :)
Self-hosting a Mastodon server, thus far: the good, the bad, the ugly.
Migrating from another server is very straightforward. Pieces of your account can be exported as CSV and consumed by another Mastodon server.
… all in all though, this is way low on the list of most painful open source projects I’ve ever tried to set up an install of, and I’m very, very impressed.
@trinsec So far so good! I really need to dig in and read the source code to grasp all the nooks and crannies but I like what I see. Hasn't said itself on fire yet, although there are a couple of things about it that differ from the base mastodon setup instructions (I'm going to try and get those blogged sometime this week, time permitting).
I am trepidatiously setting up my own account on my own Mastodon node: @mark. Not officially switching over yet because I want to confirm it won't set itself on fire, but feel free to toss me a follow.
@lauren Oh yeah. This is why I think the question of copyright pedigree for image generators is ultimately moot; it’s fighting the last war.
Assume there’s a sea-change and it is decided you can’t scrape the web to build an image generator. Okay. Then the twenty largest media and ad companies in the world will pay ten thousand artists to feed their beasts with full rights signover. It’ll only cost ten thousand, and yes, those ten thousand will be making the machine that shifts work away from all their peers… But tell me you can’t imagine finding ten thousand artists who would take that deal.
It only takes one generation of scabs to lock-in the machine for quite some time and fundamentally change the way media is created.
… I was excited about this until I compared notes with a friend who does “say potato” to distinguish humans from AI voice recognizers and we realized we were inventing CAPTCHAs for voice callers because this is hell the future is hell we’re in hell.
New strategy for identifying robocallers is hitting them with a #bluey quote.
If they continue on-script right past "Coconuts have water in them," the next message they get is "Add this number to your do-no-call list."
@linuxgal before we get too high on our horses, I would suggest people consider the type of data that can be gleaned from the vast amount of pulling of packages and libraries that the average Linux user must do to make the machine serviceable.
Are we so deeply confident that every single package source we rely upon is not just collecting aggregate data on us?
Twitter is now paying people to spread hate
Reminder: if you’re still on Twitter—your presence and your interactions generate revenue. You’re literally funding the alt right.
Yes, you have the thrust of it. News is dying, and the audience you're describing on the other app won't pay to consume it (not in nearly the volume needed to allow people to make journalism a career) and their views can't be audited in a way monetizeable via advertising.
So there's little value seen in a newsroom spending a nonzero amount of money (in setup and admin) to chase a projected zero dollars.
I suspect this status quo to maintain until and unless someone proves that you can use Mastodon as some kind of loss-leader to induce people to spend money on the business side of the newsroom.
I can only assume this newsroom doesn’t have a tech section. Which is odd.
Why would that be odd? Most newsrooms arose from the print space, which has no particular overlap with electronic communications. They’re often late to the game and working with minimal resources to get in.
Meanwhile, newsrooms born online found it difficult to generate revenue and have been going through a collapse / consolidation cycle for at least a decade.
On the one hand you have an industry unwilling / unable to spend money on technical folk, and on the other an industry unable to make sustainable revenue.
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