Mastodon is getting invaded by spammy, fake accounts. Can't we come-up with a global block-list, which everyone can subscribe to? Not to curb free-speech, but to reduce the amount of porn-girls. I'd say, this would be relatively easy to determine, and agree on.

Distrowatch gives you a pretty good idea, just how fractured open source really is:

Why do all ISPs have to be so fucking bad at their job

@andreas same thing happened to me. Interesting... maybe this is just the first wave.

"Some communities like to think of themselves as “perfectly tolerant”. This means that they would tolerate people that take actions to make marginalized people uncomfortable. When a community does this, they are actually being intolerant, and enabling abusers."

At last, someone in the FOSS community took the time to state the obvious: bigots are not welcome. Thank you.

Why is software created using taxpayers’ money not released as Free Software?

* Tax savings: Similar applications don't have to be programmed from scratch every time.

* Collaboration: Major projects can share expertise and costs.

* Serving the public: Applications paid by the public should be available for everyone.

* Fostering innovation: With transparent processes, others don't have to reinvent the wheel.

#democracy #democratic #politics #freesoftware

@rtwx @Blort @Jami Okay, you can't compare "Wire" and "Jami". Wire is a centralised service, that logs virtually everything you do - Jami is decentralised, and peer to peer. @rtwx @Jami the difference comes from restrictive ISP's that block, or restrict this kind of traffic, either to hinder free speech, or to force users, to fall-back to traditional phone calls which ultimately generate more revenue, than a VOIP call. @Blort @Jami @rtwx You're right. No criticism - it all depends on funding, and project exposure. I just really wish, this was working reliably, because eventually, all countries will lock-down.

@rtwx @Jami I've been hoping for Jami to work for years (back then, it was "Ring"). We've tried it countless of times, with different people, and across different networks, and countries. If at all, messages are delivered much later, and calls usually fail (it worked once!). @Blort @Jami @rtwx I'm not sure where you're based, but I bet it works just fine in most European countries, as well as the US.

However, that's the problem: Most of these applications are written by developers in countries, that both afford them the luxury of time (to develop it), and a greater degree, of freedom of speech. That means, they are never tested under less than "ideal" conditions, or in restrictive networks. @Jami Jami is pretty awesome when it works though most of the time, it doesn't - particularly in countries with restrictive internet - which is roughly, half of the world (increasing).

"Wrong turns on the path to success are not failures, they are simply iterations. Both science and art are iterative processes that include wrong turns. And those wrong turns aren't outliers, they are part of that process"

-- Adam Savage

I started a blog :blobcatsurprised:

The first post is about me getting over my irrational fear of makefiles.

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