I guess I should do an #introductions, given the influx of new people.
I'm Eric, I live in Ohio (it's approximately as bad as it sounds), I throw computers at people for a living, and I have a varied set of interests:
* #retrocomputing is a big one for me, I post about it over on @bhtooefr
* #transportation, including #cars, #bicycles, #trains, and #planes
* #sustainability, #solar, #renewables
* I have opinions on politics. Not very left by Masto standards, off-the-scale left by US standards.
Content warning policies for this account Show more
Things that I'm happy to CW:
* Politics (including Fedi politics)
* Common traumatic events
* Discussion of bigotry
* Lewd content
* Some controversial figures/organizations
If there's something not in the list below you'd like me to CW, or I forgot to CW something, please ask.
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* Tech (except for tech pol)
If you do not wish to see this in TLs, please mute or block me.
wait, I've got a better one
balls are stored in the jorts
balls are stored in the peapods
wired: actual bus
just saw a massive twitter thread about how mastodon is bad because it's hard to build a brand or an audience on here and hahaha bitch exactly
Honestly, though, I almost feel like this hierarchical addressing to get within one (relatively small) grid square, where presumably mail handling systems could know who a user is, may actually work better than current hierarchical amateur radio BBS addressing systems (more compact, addresses all BBSes that know a user instead of just one)?
The idea is for Part 15 mesh networking, but really, amateur radio would be a good way to try it out, anyway...
(Note that delivery wouldn't necessarily be assured (assurance would swamp the channel I fear).)
And, let's say I'm somewhere else - say, KansasFest, an Apple II conference in Kansas City, MO, at EM29ra. I could set my mail host at home to forward any messages for bhtooefr@EN80sb to bhtooefr.EN80sb@EM29ra, let's say, and receive my messages there. (Delivery could take longer than the conference duration, though, especially if layer 1 is Part 15 RF.)
Idea: decentralized wireless e-mail system using Maidenhead locators as the host part of the address
So, you could just e-mail bhtooefr@EN80sb, and the system would immediately know the direction that the message needs to go, even if it didn't know a route directly to EN80sb. Fixed stations could relay the message, and mobile stations could cache and repeat it to fixed stations along the path.
Once it's actually in EN80sb, it can bounce the message around until it reaches a host that knows me.
uspol (from 2012), bureaucratic idiocy Show more
Absolutely old news, but I just read about it.
"Some of the confusion apparently resulted from the fact that FAA staffers couldn’t locate Pipistrel’s Italian factory on Google Earth. After some more searching and back and forth discussion between the FAA and Pipistrel, the factory has been found right where it always was and the import ban has been lifted."
even more masto meta, follow-on to last night Show more
one privacy concern I've heard and which I really do not understand is the one that malicious actors can and offline copies of your posts.
like uhhh, name one (1) platform where this is not a possibility? That's generally how social media works. Stuff you post is seen by people, and digital data can always be copied perfectly.
potassium-nickel-iron batteries, the most edgy chemistry of all
take on people's takes on federated systems being unsafe Show more
love all the shitty takes on twitter about how federated systems are inherently unsafe for marginalized people
also, like, federated systems don't solve ~all~ the problems, but they solve a ~bunch~..... and maybe that's enough for right now? like, incremental improvements aren't ~inherently bad~, and usually the people who are loud about them are generally... polemic about this stuff and not really tryin to Effect Change other than being ~those guys in the balcony~ in the Muppet Show
Also, HOLY SHIT, that's one hell of a nice way to allow applications, Mastodon (I'm not kidding; it's not fully automated "authorize this app", but also simple and allows even TUI applications to have a nice registration process.)
religion, sexual violence, advocacy for a religion that promotes healthy attitudes towards sex Show more
See parent post (https://mst3k.interlinked.me/@Elizafox/100567093715495816)
Computing, transportation, energy... really anything interesting.
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