A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.
Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).
Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.
No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.
(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)
Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain
It's official folks: my website is up and running! AND I'm on the Merveilles webring! ⭐️
The Glorious Stupidity of Fomenko’s New Chronology - https://nathangoldwag.wordpress.com/2021/04/03/the-glorious-stupidity-of-fomenkos-new-chronology/
I won't go on at length about this too much, I typically just boost a post about it every so often when it comes up on my timeline.
but people just joining should know there's a complex history here, as with any social network - especially a grassroots one - that's been around for a decade already
it's now time for any noobs following me to learn that
* it's the Fediverse, not The Mastodon Network
* there's actually a 10-year history here and Mastodon wasn't even remotely the first platform
* the creator of Mastodon hasn't actually been a very good steward of his particular sub-platform within the Fediverse
@jalefkowit I'm in a small town that's actually relatively well off in this respect. While my parents (whom I have been staying with since the pandemic) currently get overpriced broadband from Spectrum, after all these years, larger and larger parts of the town are finally getting access to fiber.
@jalefkowit To call that article stupid is an understatement. It's offensively out of touch.
There are huge areas of Upstate New York that don't have access to internet faster than DSL, and the Times writes instead about real estate being too expensive near Long Island.
@jalefkowit For a second I thought this was about internet availability in rural areas.
Then I reread the headline.
@NothingAndTrash For the record, I got that nonsense crypto take from an article by a certain "Dave Troy" my mother got from Twitter and sent to me after finding it "fascinating". I then (successfully!) explained to her exactly what was wrong with the article.
@NothingAndTrash Oh my. I recall him blocking IP addresses from 6 countries, but the unilateral control by one person and the audience of unhinged people is concerning.
How unhinged are we talking about? Is it "cryptocurrency isn't just a scam, but a fascist plot involving Nina Turner and AOC" levels of unhinged, or something even dumber/stranger/otherwise worse?
Mathematics doctorate student completing a thesis. Likes hanging out with almost everyone regardless of political views or pretty much anything else.
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