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  1. Comment on IBM to break up 109-year old company to focus on cloud growth in ~tech

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    Man, they acquired Red Hat and now this; IBM is really on the move lately! Kudos and best wishes to all IBMers!

    Man, they acquired Red Hat and now this; IBM is really on the move lately! Kudos and best wishes to all IBMers!

  2. Comment on New Zealand now has the gayest Parliament in the world in ~lgbt

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    I almost reflexively want to contribute to that nation's economy! Any population that clearly mandates such inclusion, sounds pretty cool to me; kudos to the Kiwis!!

    I almost reflexively want to contribute to that nation's economy! Any population that clearly mandates such inclusion, sounds pretty cool to me; kudos to the Kiwis!!

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  3. Comment on Meet 'Lady Ninja,' the 67-year-old who beat up a man attacking her friend — and saved her life in ~news

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    My family is from Colombia, so i'm very familiar with this, as it happens there too. But, it feels like we - collectively as humans around the world - should not have to live that way. If we all...

    In Brazil that’s a no-no: criminals may memorize your face and come after you with accomplices later.

    My family is from Colombia, so i'm very familiar with this, as it happens there too. But, it feels like we - collectively as humans around the world - should not have to live that way. If we all feel like we can not stand up for the weak or even ourselves, then the evil-doers have truly won...by brainwashing us to think that we have no option to stand up to them. Whether in the U.S. or Colombia or Brazil, i wish this kind of stuff didn't happen. Oh well.

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  4. Comment on Meet 'Lady Ninja,' the 67-year-old who beat up a man attacking her friend — and saved her life in ~news

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    I love to hear stories of people fighting back - and succeeding - against bullies in life! Maybe I'm becoming more and more of a curmudgeon...but it feels like in the last decade or so of my life...

    I love to hear stories of people fighting back - and succeeding - against bullies in life! Maybe I'm becoming more and more of a curmudgeon...but it feels like in the last decade or so of my life there seems to be more and more bullies (and types of people like bullies) ever more present in all areas of life. I know Darwin's theories firmly apply for life on our planet, and not just in the jungle but our everyday modern lives...but i guess with many aspects of life i thought we are beyond Darwin now...but maybe not. It just feels nowadays like the only way to get ahead in life but even to tread water, one has to be so vicious and ready to crush others...it is just so off-putting and disappointing. For all the modern, smart things that humans have thought up, for so many approaches that we have access to, we still are a culture of the "whoever can crush the little guy gets the best choice of life." I'm glad to see Lady Ninja at least got her victory over adversity, especially in protecting one of our vulnerable members of society. Kudos to Lady Ninja and all those who stand up to bullies!

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  5. Comment on Recommend a self-host, open source URL Shortener in ~comp

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    This is one reason - albeit a minor one - for my leaning towards a self-hosted option: i can always peek into the database (or whatever data store/repository is used) and see all the mappings of...

    ...you can't figure out where that link ever went to.

    This is one reason - albeit a minor one - for my leaning towards a self-hosted option: i can always peek into the database (or whatever data store/repository is used) and see all the mappings of the URLs. If necessary, i can even do some sort of export, then nuke and pave the server, and setup manual reproductions of the URLs. (That's annoyingly manual for a process, but it is a last resort option.)

  6. Recommend a self-host, open source URL Shortener

    At my day job at a non-for-profit, I direct the digital services and platforms (among other things). One thing that I've seen in my org. is the widespread use of the Bitly URL shortener (free...

    At my day job at a non-for-profit, I direct the digital services and platforms (among other things). One thing that I've seen in my org. is the widespread use of the Bitly URL shortener (free plan/tier) for the sharing of our many online and offline campaigns. The myriad departments in the org. for the most part operate quite autonomously, though I can influence the use of digital platforms (at least the majority of the time). I'd like to get away from using Bitly. Would anyone kindly recommend alternatives to Bitly? Self-host and open source options would be preferred, but not required if the price is right (read: low enough for a non-profit).

    I've used YOURLs many years ago, and it worked great; did everything that I needed and was straight-forward to install and use. (The only cost was a cheap $5/month Digital Ocean droplet, that I happened to run other things on too.) However, I have also heard of - but never used - the following other options:

    So...Are any of the above worth considering (or avoiding)? Are there any other, perhaps better alternatives not listed here? I'd appreciate any suggestions and recommendations! Thanks in advanced!

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  7. Comment on Element to acquire Gitter and to switch it to use Matrix for communication in ~comp

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    This is wonderful news! While i've heard of gitter before, I've actually never used it. However, i do appreciate the solid products/services that GitLab makes, so if they are any indication of...

    This is wonderful news! While i've heard of gitter before, I've actually never used it. However, i do appreciate the solid products/services that GitLab makes, so if they are any indication of what gitter brings to the table, that's just grand! As much of a fanboy that i am around matrix (the protocol AND all the awesome work that the matrix and all other, different server and client teams do), I'm the first to acknowledge that Element (previously Riot) has some evolving to with respect to UI. So, if gitter is as neat as I've heard others mention, then it seems like a win-win-win all around.

    I'll add also that I so enjoy the authenticity and genuineness from the blog posts that i find on matrix.org. The announcement is a good example: https://www.matrix.org/blog/2020/09/30/welcoming-gitter-to-matrix

    Congrats to both parties involved, and best of luck!!

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  8. Comment on File Syncing Software in 2020 in ~comp

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    Ooooo, I had never heard of Grsync! TIL; thanks!

    Ooooo, I had never heard of Grsync! TIL; thanks!

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  9. Comment on How do you pick what sources of news you listen to? in ~news

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    A few places: Hacker News - for headlines that become big enough to spill over to where techies live. Tildes - similar to above...BUT, the commentary and feedback (even disagreements!) are much,...

    A few places:

    • Hacker News - for headlines that become big enough to spill over to where techies live.
    • Tildes - similar to above...BUT, the commentary and feedback (even disagreements!) are much, much nicer and fulfilling.
    • CNN 5 Things daily newsletter - While i have little interest in CNN's main website (or other web properties), i like their daily newsletter. While it has grown beyond just 5 items, it is still brief enough to consume during morning coffee but informative enough. Whatever feelings one might have about CNN, i do like their writing, which seems less formal than their other reporting. I do however acknowledge that someone of differing political leanings might be slightly turned off from some (though not all) of their writing...but i still find it informative enough to read every morning without too much of an agenda.
    • Numerous podcasts - I've really enjoyed the couple of podcasts from MarketPlace such as the flagship "MarketPlace", "Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly", MarketPlace Tech, etc. I've also always enjoyed podcasts from NPR and other public radio stations.

    I will admit that I have tried to shy away from too much news in general. I won't say depresing but certainly annoying - and even before the pandemic and even well before our current president. I do of course wish to stay informed, but it feels like so many places have an agenda, or wish to be so sensational, or just regurgitate someone else's headlines. I noticed mention of AP and Reuters, which i used to enjoy...but can't recall why i stopped reading/listening to their stuff...i don't recall having issues with either one, in fact Reuters had a really neat video channel via Roku that my wife and i watched every other day or so (until they stopped producing it, or distributing it via roku)...so i can only assume AP and Reuters must be victims of my simply reducing overall volume of news intake.

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  10. Comment on Does anyone here feel like talking about how social media sites are probably used for way too many different purposes at once right now? in ~talk

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    You've so succinctly stated what was only nebulously swirling about in my brain! Plus i've learned a new, Japanese term!

    we use very vague terms that obfuscate what they really are. "Social Media" is far too broad a term...I personally prefer the Japanese term, SNS - Social Networking Service

    You've so succinctly stated what was only nebulously swirling about in my brain! Plus i've learned a new, Japanese term!

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  11. Comment on Ask Tildes: I'm looking for (FOSS? Self-hosted?) photo manager software in ~comp

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    I wasn't really in the market for photo manager/gallery software, but never heard of PhotoPrism so was curious...All i can say is wow; looks quite impressive! Beyond being FLOSS - which nowadays...

    I wasn't really in the market for photo manager/gallery software, but never heard of PhotoPrism so was curious...All i can say is wow; looks quite impressive! Beyond being FLOSS - which nowadays for me is a strict requirement - i like that it uses tensorflow for auto tagging. Really neat; thanks for sharing!

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  12. Comment on What the internet could be in ~tech

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    I really appreciate this blog post. I myself have been digging in a little more into tilde-esque sites, etc.; partly for the same reasons that the author noted, but also out of sheer curiosity...

    I really appreciate this blog post. I myself have been digging in a little more into tilde-esque sites, etc.; partly for the same reasons that the author noted, but also out of sheer curiosity (sort of chasing the new, novel thing). As days pass, and as i'm exposed to more of these communities (and associated platforms), i feel i'm becoming more of something like a digital/cyber/tech punk. Here, i thought only the young folks go through a punk/rebellious phase...but i'm finding that i'm doing so as i get older (nearly into my 50s)!

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  13. Comment on Is there a Google-free future for Firefox? in ~tech

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    I've been saying this for so long now...Of course, I've only been yelling into a corner of my living room where i have my armchair...but, still, i think it is a rational avenue for Mozilla....

    A subscription bundle that can include things like an email, calendar, storage, password manager, VPN (they're working on this) etc. and sell it at a reasonable price...

    I've been saying this for so long now...Of course, I've only been yelling into a corner of my living room where i have my armchair...but, still, i think it is a rational avenue for Mozilla. @kimyon stated it quite well with...

    I don't see a lot of people paying for a product they can otherwise get free either, but that doesn't mean there's no market there...

    In fact, while, yes, the bulk of the online population will steer towards free/no-cost products, more and more often nowadays it feels like there is a segment that is more tuned into the privacy invasions from the Goliath internet firms, and is willing - and has the wherewithal - to pay for services. Maybe - and unfortunately - this segment might be affluent, but there is precedent for orgs to focus on the premium space instead of focusing on the value arena...the ol' "if they go low, you go high" approach - but in terms of business model and not morality. I'm by no means affluent, but i would pay Mozilla for such services, at least if they offered low-priced plans! (What i annually donate nowadays to them would simply be turned into my subscription fees.)

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  14. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    In order to learn more about the [matrix APIs] (https://matrix.org/docs/spec/), i've been playing around with an alerting system, whereby alerts are packaged up (from a local system), and sent up...

    In order to learn more about the [matrix APIs] (https://matrix.org/docs/spec/), i've been playing around with an alerting system, whereby alerts are packaged up (from a local system), and sent up to a matrix room which i've designated as receiving all of my system alerts. THen, i simply receive the alerts per my mobile matrix client's notifications, etc. Clearly there are plenty of other established systems that exist using other protocols and platforms...but i like that all my system alerts can be centralized into a single public or private matrix room (or alternatively sent to different, numerous matrix rooms - one for each type of system alert, etc.). This little python project is by no means sophisticated. But just for me to leran. I'm calling it alertrix; a combo of the words alert and matrix...but also because in my mind it also is a bag of tricks for alerting, n other words alert tricks...but adjusted the spelling to fit matrix. And, no, it has nothing to do with a very alert dominatrix, which is what i've heard someone else note about the name, which yes, yes, i'll admit is cheesy. But that's the working name of my project, and again, something that i'm just toying around with.

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  15. Comment on Why IRC is Still Good in $CURRENT_YEAR in ~comp

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    One reason many irc users move to matrix - at least nowadays - is partly the network effect (their fellow chat buddies move over to matrix)...but also because matrix resembles the concepts of irc...

    One reason many irc users move to matrix - at least nowadays - is partly the network effect (their fellow chat buddies move over to matrix)...but also because matrix resembles the concepts of irc - at least somewhat - with the idea of rooms/channels, etc. In fact, the matrix project lead (Matthew Hodgson) was a big time user and admirer of irc...and incorporated modernized concepts of irc into matrix. Bridging is one example often cited as beiung inspired by irc...but of course modernized for the matrix protocol. Matrix is not only designed for chat, rather for many other types of communications; hence made flexible similar to irc...but again with modern (and future) use-cases in mind (beyond just chat).

    EDIT: Spelled out name of Matthew Hodgson.

  16. Comment on Email sucks in ~tech

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    Thanks for your comments! Also, my bad...when i read both your posts, i failed to click through on the link to I2P-Bote (I think i focused too much on the blockchain angle and not enough on the...

    Thanks for your comments! Also, my bad...when i read both your posts, i failed to click through on the link to I2P-Bote (I think i focused too much on the blockchain angle and not enough on the email aspect), so of course failed to read the I2P Bote features for email replacement. Quite interesting; and thanks again!

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  17. Comment on Email sucks in ~tech

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    Welcome! Also, kudos for publishing that follow-up piece! I do have a question for you: While i'm not as familiar with Bitmessage, do you believe that it facilitates what i would consider more...

    Welcome! Also, kudos for publishing that follow-up piece!

    I do have a question for you: While i'm not as familiar with Bitmessage, do you believe that it facilitates what i would consider more formalized (maybe long-form) messaging like email has historically? For example, email has a subject line, plus while there's nothing stopping someone from sending short emails, historically email has been akin to more formal, and yes, longer-form memos...while i (and others) sort of consider other messaging platforms less formal, and hence don't things like subject lines, etc. So...do you believe Bitmessage (or the like) would continue more formalized (maybe long-form) messaging as email has historically? I'm curious about your thoughts around this.

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  18. Comment on Email sucks in ~tech

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    As you noted about XMPP, you'e not wrong there. I certainly liked XMPP; though i loved it even more when i could connct gchat through it. (I was never a superfan of GChat, but i didn't mind using...

    As you noted about XMPP, you'e not wrong there. I certainly liked XMPP; though i loved it even more when i could connct gchat through it. (I was never a superfan of GChat, but i didn't mind using it via xmpp...once Google killed that, i never went back to gchat, and unfortunately never used xmpp again - my bad there for not helping at least keep xmpp more active than it is currently; though i know it is not dead.)

    ...email continues to stagnate...
    You're not wrong here either. Maybe I'm unrealistically hopeful, i don't know. But if feels like so many users - young and old - seem to be flocking towards chat-like platforms AND interfaces/UIs nowadays, that i'm thinking the matrix project's approach to use chat as the first (but not only) foray isn't such a bad idea. It of course remains to be seen what happens.

  19. Comment on Email sucks in ~tech

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    Let me state right away that i'm biased in favor of matrix (the protocol), or rather, i'm optimistic that matrix will be the future for many communication use-cases...including maybe even...

    Let me state right away that i'm biased in favor of matrix (the protocol), or rather, i'm optimistic that matrix will be the future for many communication use-cases...including maybe even replacing some/most usage of email. To your point about the interface, currently that is only because the main use-case for matrix has been via clients for chat...but reading on matrix.org, they clearly state that chat is by no means the only use for the protocol; it is intended for many more use-cases. Also, there's nothing stopping anyone from creating a new client that "behaves" more like an email client in that the rooms become "message threads" - some with your messages with a single recipient, and others with multiple recipients. You're correct that current matrix clients do not display messages "message-first", and only currently displaying them "room-first". While the protocol is designed with "room-first", there's nothing stopping a developer from at least attempting to/playing around with providing an alternative display such as "message-grouped". It would be an interesting experiment for matrix. Also, the drafts concept - if i'm not mistaken - is technically not part of the smtp, imap, mail protocols...but rather a function of an email client. And that being the case, there's nothing stopping a developer to build in similar "draft features into a future matrix client.

    I'll add that matrix is still in early days, and i really believe that it still needs evolving...but i'm a believer in its flexible nature, and that it can provide a neat, decentralized, self-hostable, secure messaging offering for numerous use-cases.
    (To clarify: I am not at all affiliated with matrix project nor any of the Element organization, etc. I'm really jjust a big fan of matrix both the protocol and the folks at matrix.org, and the folks who have been builkding the protocol, the numrous apps, etc.)

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  20. Comment on Today is my birthday! in ~talk

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    Happy birthday @Ali07 and @drannex and congrats on another journey around the Sun! I wish for you both to have many, many more trips!

    Happy birthday @Ali07 and @drannex and congrats on another journey around the Sun! I wish for you both to have many, many more trips!

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