Disappointed to learn Cohost has been started by people from the fediverse. You know what the fediverse is but you learned the wrong lessons from it. Yes, I also think some servers are not operated professionally and blocks often get misused, but that is not a reason to replace a free and open system with a locked down one. I wrote on why decentralization matters back in 2018:


I really enjoyed this piece on video game design philosophy, and how the prevailing risk-averse trend of making games only with mechanics that are already legible to players has stunted the possibility of an innovative future of game design blog.kylekukshtel.com/game-des

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You have plastic storage. You have plastic storage lids. They want to be together, nestled up. "We love each other!" but NO. They must be kept apart, for the good of the kitchen. Put the containers on one shelf, sorted by nestable type. Put the lids on another shelf, sorted by size. How easy it can be!

Now step back and admire your work. Pick out a container and easily find its companion lid. You have brought peace to the kitchen. and yourself.

I've been reading some recently on the effects on a person when their identity is smeared across time on the internet. Being pressured in a way to be the same person forever, since stuff from your past can be dredged up.

When we practiced the old ways, we used only pseudonyms and discarded them when they became inconvenient. To choose a name was power. To hold another person's True Name had power (see story by Vernor Vinge).

Maybe we should get back to that. Maybe *I* should get back to that.

@homegrown It's like most technical things - setup requires expertise, and then it runs fine until it breaks, and then you need an expert again.

If you aren't technical, you'd better have a good reason for getting your own rather than outsourcing it.

I would argue that for most people, control of the domain name is more important than the mail service. Being able to point your email to another provider is what gives you agency.

"The simplification of interaction trajectories and the uniformisation of editorial recommendations creates a runaway process that eliminates complexity, leading to a loss of noodiversity that eventually causes the intelligence and computational power of society to collapse." berjon.com/retrofuturism/

@vkc It's not about the termination. It's about sending a message.

Quoted in the article:
"[...] Never read when you can reflect; read only, except in moments of recreation, what concerns the purpose you are pursuing; and read little, so as not to eat up your interior silence."


@natecull @wakame I was hoping to do some kind of logical inference thing, and it seemed important to be able to model some kind of web where the relations themselves could be objects of interest.

@natecull @wakame I was once trying to come.up with a knowledge representation for my irc bot, and emded up with source-context-subject-object-relation where any of those fields could be a string or another node. Source was where the bit of info originated, so it would be possible to do trustworthiness eatimates.

Honestly I have some spicy Comments concerning many of these Requests For Comment.

I've read so many RFCs but never the related Cs.

Fedi is the most strange thing in the world.

On normal social media, you write a message and people just ignore it forever.

Here, you write a message, it stays ignored for 1 or 2 years, and then all of a sudden, for no reason, with no explanation, someone finds it somehow, boosts it, and it gets 200 likes and 120 boosts.

What the fuck.

I'm sure someone will boost this message in 2021 or 2022.

@baldur I'm still recovering from my case a couple of weeks ago, and I'm telling you, get the paxlovid asap. I didn't and I'm really regretting it. You never know how bad it's going to get.

re: musk, transphobia, buying twitter, timeline 

@FediThing @cwebber ... without a Constitutional amendment.

@cwebber I'm in eastern Massachusetts, so basically the other side of the world.

@playerthree @jalefkowit You remember when P2P was all the rage? That was people hosting services for themselves. It worked well.

@jalefkowit @natecull Wow, he was one of the great bloggers. I always loved reading his stuff. He also did a couple of hilarious comics based on popular movies. He will definitely be missed.

@junbird yes, there are some major issues with incompatibilities.

I often name "ad-hoc #interoperability" to be a major cause for the current situation where #ActivityPub interop becomes harder and harder, having to take all kinds of app-specific extensions and incompatibilities into account.

Recently found some great reading on it in several #IETF drafts, e.g this one on "The Harmful Consequences of the Robustness Principle"


Specifically they mention Protocol Decay.

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