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Algorithmic suggestions and filter bubbles harmed me so much before when I was using google and popular social media, but I managed to escape it. I have a friend who thinks everyone wants to be a rapper based on what he sees on social media and youtube. And this view of the world is really influencing many of his decisions in life. For people out there the entry point to any kind of knowledge is google (which gives them what they want to see). How can you destroy the human mind more.

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My first custom hand wired . Did it a while ago and used it for so long. It's really close to my heart

so a quick reminder, I've moved recently to my self hosted Pleroma instance @[email protected]

So here I am moving to my self hosted instance. @[email protected]
pleroma.saadnpq.com/saad
Follow me there if you didn't regret it already 😀

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After spending my whole break reading about new (and sometimes experimental) technologies and protocols that try to fit into a better future for the internet, I came to the conclusion that we already have it in our hands, the fediverse. the key point of federation is that it gives you many degrees of freedom based on how much convenience you want to get. self-host it if you want or trust someone to deal with things for you. whatever your choice, we can still be together at the end.

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@saadnpq Fediverse

Pros: open federation, open source, adaptive network traversal based on likes/follows, high latency compatible, human readable protocols, similar to Twitter

Cons: federated trust anchors, disorganized code, hard to install, dependency on DNS and on SSL authorities, requires a web browser, similar to Twitter

Reading about lead me into . I recommend reading about both to anyone who wants to drown himself in open tabs and discussions about how the future might look like.
If someone has any opinions or similar technologies please share it. I am specifically interested in the flaws of such architectures and how things can go wrong in the future (assuming global adoption).

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mastodon protip (followup) 

@wolfpede
DO "shorten" links by
- converting AMP to normal links
- removing tracking parameters
- replacing birdsite, googletube and instazucc with nitter, invidious, and bibliogram

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@saadnpq scuttlebutt’s best point is its public key trust anchors. If you know someone’s public key, it doesn’t matter who’s in between, or what server they’re on. Mastodon fails at that b/c we mere consumers can’t be expected to comprehend or install anything, so they tie us to a server like [email protected] That server dies, or bans me, it’s an opportunity for swindlers to sneak in between, when all I can say is “just trust me this is totally my account now.” https://secushare.org/federation

Learned yesterday about . Absolutely loved it at first (I still find it very interesting). But found many problems in its design that need to be fixed before taking it seriously. My main problem is that if you have two devices you have two identities with different feeds and activities, that's because of how it works (every thing is stored locally on a folder on your device)
And for people using it, what problems in the federation model made you decide to go full distribution ?

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@saadnpq This is a great observation, and scary. I see it happening with my kids; their idea of success is to someday be a Minecraft youtuber. Not that I had any great ideas about life at that age, but it really shows how the media you consume shapes your ideas about the world. The difference is that their exposure is being driven by an algorithm designed not to be educational or benefit them in any way but just to maximize engagement and ad revenue for a giant corporation.

This week I've switched From back to back to now, from to back to , from to . Apparently I am/was experiencing technological hormonal changes.

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This is my checklist of online apps and services I am currently using
checked = freedom
unchecked = I want a better alternative

[x] microblogging (Mastodon)
[x] Email (Protonmail)
[x] Cloud storage (Keybase)
[x] Search engine (DuckDuckGo)
[x] Browser (Firefox with Tor proxy)
[x] Browser mobile (Brave)
[x] Password manager (pass)
[ ] Bulletin board (Reddit)
[ ] Code hosting (Github)
[ ] Instant messaging (Whatsapp)
[ ] web hosting (Vultr)

how I can improve this towards more freedom and privacy?

Algorithmic suggestions and filter bubbles harmed me so much before when I was using google and popular social media, but I managed to escape it. I have a friend who thinks everyone wants to be a rapper based on what he sees on social media and youtube. And this view of the world is really influencing many of his decisions in life. For people out there the entry point to any kind of knowledge is google (which gives them what they want to see). How can you destroy the human mind more.

my answer to "do you believe in god?" went from a confident yes to confident no to a one-hour talk right now.

Thinking seriously to contribute something to mastodon. Currently I am focused on web apps, so I thought about making an alternative web client. Do you think something like that would be helpful? If not, what do you think a good way to contribute?

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@saadnpq Any course that pushes you to ask better questions or disagree or just see things in different ways is good. Wiki tends to give simplistic summaries. Its the first resort of modern scribes that should be enough to diss it.

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Hello, just wanted to say that I like your website, it's pretty aesthetic :)

Like food and sex we are wired to extremely enjoy those moments when we find a solution to a problem the seemed unsolvable. That's why I do programming.

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