Yesterday I posted about federated GitHub-like experiences, and a lot of you responded mentioning https://sr.ht
Today, Drew DeVault announced their public alpha: https://drewdevault.com/2018/11/15/sr.ht-general-availability.html
RT @email@example.com: Interesting research on creating synthetic fingerprints that can match a large number of real fingerprints. These would be Master Prints, just like we have Master Keys for locks. #GAN
@pixelpaperyarn Ian Bogost wrote a pretty good article about the use of "engineer" in the context of software.¹
Anyway, your project brings up lots of topics that seem super relevant these days, and it's cool that you start it with something personal. Good luck!
@pixelpaperyarn Cool! Personally, I'm skeptical that you can fully apply "engineering" principles to a field that essentially is about arbitrary manipulation of symbols (numerical data) by means of other symbols (code). Some Q's that might draw this distinction more:
How do you validate a design?
How to you ensure reliability of a design?
How much of a design is based on proven, reliable elements and how much is totally new?
"I asked an online tracking company for all of my data and here's what I found"
by Frederike Kaltheuner
The #Solar Voyager is a recycled, 3D-printed, solar-powered vehicle that will attempt to travel to the south pole. The cabin looks like a subway car from the 1920s.
The premier editorial of @firstname.lastname@example.org is pure 🔥: "Capitalism can’t be made more tolerable under present conditions, couldn’t be saved even if we wanted to, and won’t be voted away. Commune starts here, from these practical recognitions." https://communemag.com/introducing-commune/
Planatrol Exposure Control for Planetary Microfilm Cameras - Fotomatic Corp. 1964:
Criteria for good software: uses almost no CPU or RAM; does almost no I/O; is so stable it never changes; is actively maintained and has all the latest features anyone's ever wanted; works on 1980s computers; does not cost money, or have ads, but makes enough money that its developers can work on it full time.
The things one learns, reading people's complaints about software.
@xuv I don't mean to be pessimistic. I actually like and respect most of these projects. But I think that, while Mastodon (& Pleroma) started as birdsite clones, they really started going strong when they realized that their greatness is in how they are _different_ from the birb. I suspect that people will also realize that you can steal ideas from insta, medium, reddit, etc, etc. and make really cool hybrid stuff. And since APub is just a protocol, it will enable lots of diverse interfaces.
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