#GooglePlus is going away, and I'm using Takeout to nostalgically pack up my posts. I'll pick through them later to find the gems (and videos of my kid that didn't make it elsewhere). Most of the posts were early when it seemed like G+ had some momentum. I still think Circles, Communities, and Collections were a great way to control privacy and organize social media.
It may be useful for folks to know that mastodon.social has closed registrations and is now invite-only.
(This is not an official announcement or statement of current or future policy, I just thought folks might like to know. I'm disabling notifications on this because I don't really want to have a conversation about it.)
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I've been reading The Dictator's Handbook (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13106117-the-dictator-s-handbook) lately and it's good, but it's really bumming me out. Like, what if everything really is hopeless bullshit?
It has a hard dream-crushing inevitability about it that reminds me of The True Believer (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15916.The_True_Believer)
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I guess I should have described #ColoBot a bit more. It's a 3d game where you play as an astronaut. The main game is in missions. You start out building some stuff. Then, you quickly progress to controlling robots to build some stuff. Then you start *programming* the robots to do stuff.
If I had more time, I might invest it into sprucing up the UI and gfx because the core game seems solid.
I wish people would quit assuming my interest in decentralization is based on privacy concerns. There are lots of things that are much higher priorities:
• Censorship resistance.
• Resilience. An entire library of content/social graph isn't destroyed because of a change in corporate focus.
• Evolution. Protocols can change more when not under a single administrative domain of control, and in ways that meet the interests of user communities rather than productization committees.
• Flexibility. Since things are decentralized anyway, it's much harder for the system to ossify in a way that relies on one particular family of devices.
• Namespacing. Being able to 'reserve your brand' across all social graphs is an antifeature.
A short writeup I've made: https://nl.movim.eu/?blog/phoe%40movim.eu/4b0daa97-54e2-4caf-9c7f-deea31d6b130
Will write more tomorrow. Enjoy a screenshot for now. And a 1000x+ speedup, as demonstrated above.
we're seeing more and more people come to this realization that corporate appropriation of open source is harmful; the article I linked above as well as https://blog.joeardent.net/2017/01/say-no-to-corporate-friendly-licenses/ but there are plenty more being written all the time
it's interesting to compare this to RMS's writings because a lot of these people are saying RMS was right without coming out and saying "hey you know what, RMS was right"
fediverse drama is better than twitter drama because with the fediverse its:
-find out admin is terrible
-everyone leaves the instance
-drama is over
but on twitter its:
-jack does something terrible
-everyone gets angry about it
-everyone just stays angry forever and it just keeps growing and growing
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