What might be a hard rule for your domain is literally a non-concern for someone else.
Having your concerns is fine. Hell, you may very well be 100% correct. On the other hand, be willing to explain how a concern is outside the domain of your argument. Give your reasoning *as a good argument* as to why. Also be willing to dig into the reasons for your opponent's argument. You might learn something
I'm missing seeing a friend on Telegram.
They got a little worked up over a pointless argument where both sides were correct for different scopes of the argument's domain. That's the problem with technical arguments: two sides can be right *at the same time*.
We forget that technical arguments need to stay in the technical domain. We need to be able to set down an argument *and* understand that tradeoffs exist. In tech, there are very few hard-line rules.
Feeling down after finding out that I didn't get GSoC this year.
I put in two proposals and really, REALLY was depending on it. I'll be in the Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area but I'm seriously feeling like a failure today. I have no idea what I'm going to do. Sure, I have projects, and at least have food/shelter/partner, but yeah.
it's really easy to get into this situation for me. I feel like literal garbage. I have no motivation.
Wondering if I picked the wrong fucking industry.
Hm, apparently #letsencrypt now provides mor than 50% of the web certificates.
On one hand: FUCKING AWESOME.
On the other: Shit. They're getting very powerful and we are centralizing our trust. I think we could reallu use 2-3 new orgs like Letsencrypt, with similar technology and mission statement, but entirely independent.
Are there any out there yet?
Silicon Valley is dominated by guys like Zuckerburg who lack this historical perspective and it is sad and a bit dangerous. The only world they know is post-9/11 where valuing privacy is often viewed with suspicion and are taught by those in power that surveillance keeps us safe and secure.
Add to that the only Internet they've ever known is one being monetized almost completely by targeted advertising?
Seems society has failed a whole generation.
Note that I put this up for both sides of the equation:
If your instance is a bunch of shitheads that actively ridicule anyone that doesn't conform to their specific ideals, that's an echo chamber (in a way)
If your instance defederates from any instance that has contrarian views, that's the beginning of an epistemic bubble.
I would encourage more instances to silence, not suspend instances. Hold your users to the bar you expect.
From Pocket this morning,
This definitely applies to Mastodon and admins abilities to defederate: https://aeon.co/essays/why-its-as-hard-to-escape-an-echo-chamber-as-it-is-to-flee-a-cult?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
The fact that @bigben is on a UK instance makes me feel so good about how the fediverse is turning out.
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