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is not "distributed", it's "federated". A "distributed" model only have one "database" which is copied in all nodes. In a "federated" model, there are different "databases" which communicates with each other but does not copy each other.

So, in a federated model like Mastodon and all -based social networks, no one server have an exact copy of another server.

While in a distributed model like , all nodes share the same copy of everything.


I didn't choose the foss life, the foss life chose me

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Mammoth in v13.0 = 🦣

's emoji. Maybe the Mastodon team would want to sponsor that emoji via . ☺️

Should also be accessible by: :mammoth: if already supported by your app or platform.

Thank you Google for admitting it. It's high-time to switch to s default in Android and desktop.


Google engineers have revealed that “unsafe” code within Chrome is responsible for 70% of its security vulnerabilities and 125 of the 130 “critical” bugs found in the browser over the last year. 

While all Chromium-based browsers (Microsoft Edge, Opera, Brave, etc) are built on the same code and therefore subject to the same weaknesses, one alternative stands out: Firefox. Unlike Chromium browsers, Firefox is built using Rust, a safety-focused programming language which is specifically designed to be memory safe.

creator on the latest found in 's . A MUST READ!

WhatsApp doesn’t only fail to protect your WhatsApp messages–this app is being consistently used as a Trojan horse to spy on your non-WhatsApp photos and messages.

"Popular Apps on Google Play Store Remain Unpatched"

Like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. I guess nothing new there, right?

users! Be very careful with sideloading / APK-installing apps. Once you get infected by this, you have to live with it.

Quoting: Making matters worse, the malware continues to re-install itself to the device – even after victims have uninstalled it or performed a factory reset.

Alert! Be careful.

Researchers at Symantec haven’t yet figured out how the malware manages to remain on the device even after a factory reset or a user decides to manually stop the service.

's 's next update will whitelist-lock to prevent users from getting a different YouTube region.

Huh? What happened? He was the face of FSF.

"On September 16, 2019, Richard M. Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation, resigned as president and from its board of directors."

A good read on serialisation protocols:

"It seems that every day, some computer monkey comes up with a new and more groovy serialization protocol."

"It also bugs the hell out of me that people idiotically serialize data when they don’t have to"

The layout for Facebook for Android was updated today and it now looks like Facebook for iOS. This is of course in preparation for the Dark Mode feature, which I personally can not wait because I don't like all the whiteness.

Facebook Pages Manager also received a very slight update, looks like it will receive Dark Mode too.

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QOTO: Question Others to Teach Ourselves. A STEM-oriented instance.

An inclusive free speech instance.
All cultures and opinions welcome.
Explicit hate speech and harassment strictly forbidden.
We federate with all servers: we don't block any servers.