@KelsonV IIRC, tumblr is still on S3, which they'd have to migrate off to scale _anyways_.

@iliana female-presenting TrackPoint™️ II pointing device

@cathal re:money though, I think the trick is that whatsapp users tend to consume so little that their data isn't worth the disks you'd store it in. the economics of privacy get real different in the third world


I have no doubt there's all sorts of nasty stuff hidden in the WhatsApp sources, but at least they're claiming to use free-software crypto and protocol libraries, unlike GSM carriers who are just openly evil.

And that's the alternative --- at least until someone teach my 80 year old grandmother and all her friends how to use Signal in a language that I can maybe string together three words in.

Until then, it has to be Signal for friends and acquaintances, WhatsApp for family :(

There's no reason to tell folks to abandon whatsapp just yet. It's a loss leader and the thing that has gotten more people to use E2E encryption than anything else!

I wish I could recommend people switch to signal, but the network effects mean that even the people who listen to me would probably just end up SMSing their friends that are only on whatsapp :(

@mdm @nolan I do this too, and mobile sites do tend to work surprisingly well without js! I end up toggling it a lot though, because there are a bunch of sites that I end up using because they mostly work without js, but then some formatting element breaks and covers a few paragraphs.

In fact, I use brave on mobile just because it makes toggling this easy... Wish fiefox mobile had a native way to do this; the add-ons are kinda janky on mobile

I released a new version of my Firefox extension that will forcefully redirect you away from privacy erosive services to better alternatives. It started as a joke, but I end up actually using it.

When I want to look up a place, I instinctively and mechanically start typing "maps.googl...". This extension will instead take me to OpenStreetMaps. It will also functionally translate Google Search links to DuckDuckGo and Google Translate links to Deepl.


@OliverUv @Gargron i'd also add that the decision to show/hide information and functionality isn't just a matter of interface and usability—it's an expression of what the community values.

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@bgcarlisle @imani@birb.site gitlab is a lot better in that regard thanks to an explicit focus on user-friendliness, but for obvious reasons the priority is on feature parity to supplant proprietary/less ethical platforms like gh and bitbucket

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@bgcarlisle @imani@birb.site I want to say that git is a standard because of Linus' cult of personality, but I think the other solutions are also terrible (with the possible exception of pijul, but it's a new player and that's a whole different matter).

I do feel using git with github makes git unnecessarily hard to use, but I think it's because it's seductive: it's makes it easy to get going for a single user repo, but it makes collaboration harder.

i like the phenomenon of people you don't follow, who don't follow you, and who you've never interacted, with being super nice to you in your replies

I wonder if we'll ever have a real social network that supports portable identities...

given mastodons decentralized nature it seems we all equally share the memes of production

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