In a landmark decision, the Seventh Circuit court has ruled that government access of smart meter data constitutes a “search”—and residents have a reasonable expectation of privacy in it.

Man, I’d really love for the Mastodon platform to take hold, at the very least with the law & tech community.

You know instance admins can read your direct messages in the fediverse? Twitter and Facebook also can - and sometimes do - read your private messages, and they have infrastructure to comply with law enforcement requests. I'd love to see some end-to-end encryption built into Mastodon clients.


1. Servers (instances) mostly communicate 2 ways: sending posts to each other & sending profiles to each other

2. When person A's profile is first sent over, it only has their name, avatar & bio*

3. When someone on your server Y follows A, their server will send Y their toots & these are A's only toots that Y knows about*

4. # of toots/followers/follows on A's profile on Y all refer to the # of t/f/f which are actually on Y directly or indirectly

*simplified 4 brevity

The more I think about, the more I kind of like having multiple platforms for the same social media identity. It allows me to keep twitter for... well, exactly what it's good for:

Terse commentary and easy snark. Current affairs and outrage boosting.
Sustaining a loose affiliation with people in my line of work, and developments in that field.

Whereas here, of course, I can develop a parallel and expanded persona while not dissociating one from the other.

The medium is me.

For those interested in police reform (especially given AG Sessions' fixation on removing what few reforms that are in place), this piece gives an interesting overview of the roots of policing:

What's funny is - issues with rapidly overloaded instances aside - mastodon's UI is a lot faster than birdsite's.

In other news, Mastodon-the-band keep talking about my project and I don't know how to process this, it's just too amazing Damn, if they decided to start an instance... What would they even be called. So many instances are already called mastodon XD

give @Gargron money
give @Gargron money

he's not selling your data, he's been basically doing development singlehandedly at this point, he deserves a couple bucks or euros or whatever currency you use:

Bitcoin: 17j2g7vpgHhLuXhN4bueZFCvdxxieyRVWd

Comfort level with UI/performance rising. Recent update of Amaroq also seems to be a big improvement.

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