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The part I’m worried about is how long it’s going to be possible to buy hardware that’s not locked down. It’s almost impossible to buy a phone that doesn’t need to be hacked to get root nowadays.


I think they’d love to outlaw general purpose computing. We can already see a preview of what that looks like with how mobile devices work. You don’t have root privileges on the device, and it’s explicitly locked from you. You are only allowed to install software from the official sources, and this software can be wiped remotely from your device if its deemed inappropriate. This is the future of computing that’s being envisioned. The computer just becomes another appliance as opposed to a general purpose computing machine that you yourself can program.



That’s how totalitarian regimes operate, they create vague laws that can then be applied to prosecute whomever is deemed to be a threat to the regime.



China is most definitely helping Russia right now. US has been incessantly moaning about it too as evidenced here https://archive.ph/rQAxJ



Yeah, these models take a lot of juice to run unfortunately. Until either hardware gets a lot cheaper, or models get a lot more efficient it’s going to be prohibitive for most people to run them locally. Stuff like pruning is actually really promising on the latter front.




The real cleverness lies in being able to write code that seems self evident in hindsight. Anybody can write convoluted code that’s impossible read after, but it’s a lot harder to express the problem using simple and clear code. The ability to understand a complex problem then express it using clean and maintainable code is what separates junior developers from senior ones.


Second Razer here as well, I find their mice tend to work well.



I really hope the trend of organizations standing up their own instances keeps growing. MIT and the Internet Archive have their own instances as well now. ActivityPub could end up becoming the new RSS going forward.


Closer interoperability would likely be a net positive. Since there is an impedance mismatch here, taking the first sentence seems like a reasonable way to address it. As others mentioned, users can intentionally write the first sentence as a title when posting. Since the workaround would be configurable per instance/community I don’t think low quality titles are too much of a concern.









Sophism is generally used to refer to an argument apparently correct in form but actually invalid. The claim that social media is not a valuable medium for effecting change is not a sound argument.





Right, the internet is just a network that more complex things like social networks are built on top of. Hence why the question is with the design of Mastodon and completely unrelated to how the internet works fundamentally.

And I didn’t say Mastodon actively prevents propagation, rather that some design decisions are at odds with viral propagation. It could be possible to build separate tooling on top, or to create forks that are more friendly towards propagation. However, Mastodon is by far the biggest ActivityPub based network right now, and the way it works plays a huge role for how Fediverse can be used at the moment.


Your own argument is a form of sophism. The fact that people are still discovering how to use a new medium to effect change doesn’t reduce the importance of the medium in any way. Ultimately, ideas spread through people communicating with one another, and social media is one of the main means of communication today.


There is nothing inherent about the design of the internet that prevents information from spreading and going viral. The thread is talking about some design decisions that Mastodon makes that are at odds with propagation of information through the network.


Social media very clearly has a huge impact on society nowadays, and activism relies on the ability to spread ideas to recruit people to a particular cause. Your attitude seems to be prevalent with the people of the background the author calls out.