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My co-founder at @spritelyinst (he's Executive Director, I'm CTO) now has an account on the fediverse: @frandallfarmer

Randy also:

- Co-invented JSON with Doug Crockford and Chip Morningstar
- Co-founded the world's *first* major massively multiplayer game / virtual world: Lucasfilms Habitat on the Commodore-freaking-64! (Also the place where the technical term "avatar" came from (borrowed from Sanskrit by Chip, I think)) Watch this wild video
- Co-runs the open source revival of the original Habitat:
- Co-founded Electric Communities. Electric Communities Habitat is where the E programming language came from from which much of Spritely is based. Watch this hilarious but mind-bending video from p2p virtual worlds... in 1997!!!
- The compression pass to my expansion pass of communication in the Spritely Networked Communities Institute. Any time things have gotten wordy, you can bet it's from me; any time they're terse and concise, you can bet it's from Randy. Usually we try to combine our skills.

Welcome Randy!

There's *a lot* to unpack and explain, but basically,

This thread on leap minutes and hours got me thinking

And this post made me think and disagree

Resolving ambiguous or nonexistent UTC timestamps is a much easier and encapsulable problem when the shifts and deltas are within 1 second. The domain of applications which handle UTC leapsecs are niche (scientific, military, fintech), and when they do, it's fairly simple, or can be with good design.

The @hare standard library separates the concerns of 'civil' timeshifts (timezones, DST) and timescale timeshifts (leap seconds), going as far as to include a 'timescale' type.

The proposed alternative leap-minutes or leap-hours make a lot civil time software needlessly complicated, blurring 'civil' and 'timescale'. The same clusterduck of problems with timezone shifts and DST would now be part of UTC itself.

Then there's also the Earth's phase and velocity of rotation, drifting noons and midnights, politicians and dictators chiming in, forward compatibility, etc. It's a charged topic for sure.

I think I've changed my mind; UTC leap seconds should *not* be abolished.

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Very impressive voice control system for Linux that someone emailed me about the other day:

It's modal and maps syllables onto commands in a way which allows for very efficient computer use without having to use a keyboard. It lets you be a power user even if you have accessibility needs, which is a really important and underserved niche in accessibility imo.

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A friend at the local hackerspace surprised me a while back with this custom-embroidered harriet #harelang

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I have heard of YaCy. Search engine decentralisation is a very tricky thing to achieve. I don't know how effective YaCy is.


I'd love to use P2P chat app Briar[1] all the time and for everything, but my battery drains very quickly. Seeding is resource taxing. It's P2P design is impractical and thus unsusable for casual use.

Web engine and Javascript bloat is another topic.


Fediverse should mean that of the ActivityPub network and only the ActivityPub network, and this poll, like many others, sets this precedent.

Otherwise, we risk diluting the meaning of this word. The Fediverse is growing, and it won’t take long before some profit-motivated company comes along and starts providing trojan horse “Fediverse compatible” service with “mostly not really interoperable ActivityPub extensions”. Law makers won’t tell the difference.

Cheap devices with low specs, and thus developing areas around the world, wouldn't be able to keep up. Centralisation is not inherently bad, and pure peer-to-peer is not inherently good. Generally, federation is the best of both worlds. A single server on a VPS for a single small website is cost effective.

Making DNS lookups purely peer-to-peer is a great idea, though. We ought to support projects like and break censorship.

They're all designed for different purposes. You use what you need. They are not mutually exclusive.

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I compared the landing pages of Mastodon, Pleroma and Misskey because I was curious how each characterized itself. "Mastodon isn’t a single website like Twitter or Facebook, it's a network of thousands of servers operated by different organizations and individuals that provide a seamless social media experience."
→ Mastodon is a network "Misskey is a decentralized microblogging platform born on Earth. Since it exists within the Fediverse (a universe where various social media platforms are organized), it is mutually linked with other social media platforms."
→ Misskey is part of a network "Free and open communication for everyone. Pleroma is social networking software compatible with other Fediverse software such as Mastodon, Misskey, Pixelfed and many others. "
→ Pleroma is part of a network

I couldn't say personally. I haven't used Zig. I know both lanugages occupy a similar problem domain, but Hare's goals differ from Zig, and are more inline with being a minimal, conservative, modern update to C.

The Hare blog has written about this.

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Very glad to see that, @arian. There's always room in the Fediverse. Where did you find my article?

I would entertain some basic extended latin, along with some Greek, Cyrillic, Hiragana, Katagana... but then we'd have to draw the line somewhere, which might rub some peoples the wrong way.

I can see that enforcing ASCII is anglophone-centric. Considering all things, I think assuming English as a meta lingua franca for programming is probably the least problematic way of doing things for everyone. Consider that Hare libraries will be used by others.

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