Just had to block the first spam account on https://infosec.exchange. I suspect Mastodon is going to quickly need to implement defensive tools to combat automated spam account registrations, as has had to be done on other sites, like blogs and forums. My wordpress instance for defensivesscurity.org, for example, has about 2k-3k attempted spam account registrations per day. Given the nature and reach of Mastodon, I suspect spammers will focus their efforts here soon
New blog post: How to implement a basic ActivityPub server https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2018/06/how-to-implement-a-basic-activitypub-server/
.@Blender's videos on #YouTube have now come back, but they are also being told by Google/YT that they HAVE to monetise them. #Blender are considering refusing, which presumably would mean the videos being taken down again:
Whatever they once stood for, #Google's aim now is exploiting their users' content for maximum profit.
If you don't want your videos to be exploited, it is important to switch to an independent alternative:
Fediverse apps ought to invest in making a good groups alternative that's free.
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Y'all act like ICE just came out of nowhere like it's 45's Gestapo. They were always fucking there, you idiot. They have always been doing bullshit like this. They've been breaking up families, ruining lives, and displacing people from the only home they've ever known for a very, very long time now. All 45 did was crank up the heat on what was already a fucked-up organisation.
ICE, CBP, child prisons, child abuse, crying children Show more
ProPublica has obtained smuggled audio from inside america's concentration camps for children.
wherein there are just uncountable numbers of small children crying and CBP officers make fun of them for it; joking "we have an orchestra." and a 6-year-old girl is given a choice between eating and calling her aunt to tell her where she is.
listen and feel your heart break. this is what's happening right now
Math articles on #wikipedia are just the absolute worst.
I reliably don't understand *anything at all* of what wikipedia math articles are saying, even for concepts that I already understand, have applied and implemented myself.
Like, I don't know if reading about a topic can actually make you understand *less* about it, but if so wikipedia math articles are the absolute holy grail of that field.
Attention knitters: (n) the ad-tech people who make sure your recommended youtube videos smoothly transition from lets-plays to people who are very angry that the lizard people refuse to inflate the flat earth with ghosts
A Medium post on the infamous 'experiment' that wasn't:
The lady who said a half million dead Iraqi children was worth it wants to warn us about fascism.
Interesting that these tech news outlets never suggest government regulation or anti-trust law as a solution to ISP monopolies...
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May as well drop a bomb right before going to bed.
I'm sure @Gargron, as a young, inexperienced developer, has made a ton of mistakes running Mastodon. Young humans do that.
Eugen is a person. A lot of people claiming to worry about "social media harassment" seem worryingly oblivious to that as they dogpile and heap on the negativity.
You're entitled to your frustration, but don't be the problem you claim to want to solve.
Keep it positive? #ForkOffTogether and make things better?
Currently reading: Muir's Historical Atlas, Medieval and Modern, Eleventh Printing 1968 (first printing 1911)
1. There is too much History. Stop doing History.
2. History is usually Done using pointy objects.
3. Sooner or later someone will Do History back to You, and it will Hurt
Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions for alternatives, if you have any more suggestions (or feedback on these alternatives) please reply to this post.
Statistician/programmer/PhD student currently living in SW Germany. From Western US originally.
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