@otter@lemmy.ca

otter

@otter@lemmy.ca

I waddled onto the beach and stole found a computer to use.

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Note: I’m moderating a handful of communities in more of a caretaker role. If you want to take one on, send me a message and I’ll share some details. :)

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otter,

What ActivityPods effectively provides are automated mechanisms. They constantly check the contents of the Solid pod, and are notified whenever a change gets made.

Let’s say you’ve just made a post with your Fediverse app: a document representing a post is written in the Pod, then a dispatch mechanism acts as the user’s outbox and sends the activity out. Meanwhile, the corresponding inbox mechanism waits for replies.

What this could mean in practice is that editing a Fediverse post may be as simple as editing a corresponding file, while a mechanism pushes out an Update activity through your Outbox to make changes on the network.

I think I need an even more higher level explanation of Solid & Solidpods, but so far that sounds cool!

Would the data still live on your instance’s server or on user devices? If it’s the latter, how would it work if some people have really slow connections, or lose internet all together.

otter,

What ActivityPods effectively provides are automated mechanisms. They constantly check the contents of the Solid pod, and are notified whenever a change gets made.

Let’s say you’ve just made a post with your Fediverse app: a document representing a post is written in the Pod, then a dispatch mechanism acts as the user’s outbox and sends the activity out. Meanwhile, the corresponding inbox mechanism waits for replies.

What this could mean in practice is that editing a Fediverse post may be as simple as editing a corresponding file, while a mechanism pushes out an Update activity through your Outbox to make changes on the network.

I think I need an even more higher level explanation of Solid & Solidpods, but so far that sounds cool!

Would the data still live on your instance’s server or on user devices? If it’s the latter, how would it work if some people have really slow connections, or lose internet all together.

otter,

It seems like there IS a spell check, but it doesn’t catch a lot of content

For example, it works here: ottertttt

It doesn’t work here: suk att

https://lemmy.ca/pictrs/image/fce3bd99-0d31-45ad-9fa9-0e6ffaf1b21c.png

I’ve heard good things about LanguageTool as a privacy friendly option, could you try that?

forum.languagetool.org/t/…/3657

Edit: actually this one is no longer maintained

otter,

You’re welcome to read more about the author, and to delete your own post. It’s ok to change your mind about topics once you learn more about them.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lincoln_Rockwell

otter,

It might be good to post about those topics in this main instance, even if those communities were made (cross posting to both). Otherwise people may not see the posts

otter,

If it didn’t hurt us they would not let us have it. Think about it.

What

TIL about the 'River' effect in typography (en.m.wikipedia.org)

In typography, rivers (or rivers of white) are gaps in typesetting which appear to run through a paragraph of text due to a coincidental alignment of spaces. Rivers can occur regardless of the spacing settings, but are most noticeable with wide inter-word spaces caused by full text justification or monospaced fonts. Rivers are...

otter,

Learned about it from the comments of this post: lemmy.ca/post/19811769

otter,

My reasons against that

  • we’d be directly giving money to Reddit
  • users dislike the places they see ads about, and it would appear extra desperate because of the point above
  • money is better spent supporting developers and content creators on here

Not to mention that Reddit will probably shut that down

That doesn’t mean we don’t do anything though. A number of subreddits continue to have automod messages and pinned posts directing people elsewhere. There are a lot of people on Reddit who WANT things to succeed here.

So some other ways to help.

On Reddit:

  • work with subreddits to set up parallel communities here, and ease the transition of people moving
  • find subreddits that benefit from backups / fediverse communities, and work with them to improve things

On the fediverse:

  • write up guides and update existing resources to help newcomers
  • Post interesting content on the fediverse. People use things they get value out of, and new people won’t stay if things are quiet here. Set up an RSS feed, share the cool videos you see, write about your thoughts on casual communities.

Specifically financial:

  • Donate to the development of a project you like. If you can, reoccurring donations provide stability for the developers to work on things.
  • Donate to the instances that are running the services and platforms

TLDR:

  • Money can help, but paying for ads isn’t the way to go (at least not yet)
otter,

I do like your ad ideas nonetheless @zabadoh. If we were swimming in money, it could be more of a discussion

A near black screen with small text at the bottom would be fun. “Ads suck, so we removed one for you. Come to the Fediverse for ad-free social media”

otter,

I would recommend either messaging the accounts, or contacting the admins about it. If there are no replies after a set amount of time (maybe a week?), then remove them. The admins can also confirm that the account hasn’t logged-in in months, which simplifies the decision

Since they’re welcome back once they become active again and want to rejoin, you don’t need to make too much work for yourself in removing them :)

otter,

Posted this because it’s relevant to this other post: lemmy.ca/post/19761360

'Vortex Cannon vs Drone' - Mark Rober shows off tech from a "defense technology company that specializes in advanced autonomous systems". That seems bad

I’ve enjoyed Mark Rober’s videos for a while now. They are fun, touch on accessible topics, and have decent production value. But this recent video isn’t sitting right with me...

otter,

While I’m not linking to an external article, I’m hoping that my write-up within the post can still fit with the intent of this community :)

Maybe I’ve watched too much Black Mirror, but this video felt too similar to the tech demos at the start of a sci-fi thriller. In fact, it made me think of the Slaughterbots short film from 2017.

Sci-Fi Short Film “Slaughterbots” | DUST (youtube.com)

Two relevant points from that video:

  • The person in the tech demo for the drones also uses language such as “bad guys”
  • The address at the end:

This short film is more than just speculation. It shows the results of integrating and miniaturizing technologies that we already have. I’m Stuart Russell, a professor of computer science at Berkeley. I’ve worked in AI for more than 35 years. It’s potential to benefit humanity is enormous, even in defense. But allowing machines to choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom. Thousands of my fellow researchers agree we have an opportunity to prevent the future you just saw, but the window to act is closing fast.

otter,

Sure, and I went through the video looking for some nuanced explanation of the technology, the risks, and what safeguards were being put in place. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any, and the cheerful music throughout the video seems to be promoting the content more than anything else.

I find that there are other engineering channels that discuss technologies while focussing on the technology itself, both the good and the bad. I’m not opposed to such content being accessible to children, but the way this video goes about it did not sit right with me

otter,

I love this comic every time I see it

Matrix effect in terminal with FOSS icons (lemm.ee)

Hi, I was playing with rusty-rain when I decided that it was a good idea to make a custom FOSS effect. For this I made a change in “sibling” project ezemoji PR and with a small local change in rusty-rain I got it. All icons are from Nerd Fonts, so if you know of some FOSS icon is missing let me know to add it in the PR, =).

otter,

This is cool! How hard would it be to have a list where you can select which icons to have. That way you can pick the FOSS apps/services that you like or are using

otter,

Or is their only concern switching to Signal, but the lack of backup besides on the device?

Pretty much this, they like the comfort of being able to check old messages to remember what was talked about. I’ll look into deleting my files to keep backups at a manageable size

otter,

Thank you, I’ll try it.

What’s the difference between this and Syncthing-fork? I see both recommended in different threads

otter,

Is it possible for them to mark a specific folder for upload / backups? I think android has a similar backup option, but it’s for the entire phone’s contents.

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