https://www.wdj-consulting.com/blog/ethflop/ New Blog Post Time!
Today's topic: A Tour Of ethflop- the DOS TSR program written in 2019 (!) that allows you to access floppy images over the network!
Making the Fediverse more resistant to embrace, extend, extinguish
Scholar Social has had the following in its Terms for the last ~ 8 months:
> Scholar Social will suspend any instance launched, acquired or funded by Alphabet, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, or Elsevier.
Does your instance have a similar policy?
Please do not reply until after you have read and understood the following: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend,_and_extinguish
Context if you need it
Twitter's decentralization play
I'll repeat what I tweeted about it: the hilarious thing is that they could take their budget for this initiative, slash it by 90%, distribute the remaining 10% to like 2 dozen Patreons, and thereby do approximately 1000% more to create a viable decentralized social media standard and implementations.
I've just released a simple #ActivityPub debugging tool. It's hosted on Glitch so you don't have to worry about spinning up servers or SSL certs etc. You clone your own copy of the project, set it up, and you can create ActivityPub accounts that can send any raw JSON payload you specify to its followers. I use it for testing new and novel ActivityPub objects, and to test compatibility with messages sent from remote servers without needing to create an account on them.
c/++ programmers: our code is ironclad!
trans folx wielding the power of oxygen: oh really now
YouTube, YouTube Walkout, and COPPA (232 words)
Unfortunately, the resource I had on the story with YouTube and COPPA is ... well, a video on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuScIN4emyo from Folding Ideas, it's good - so in lieu of that, a hopefully-accurate TL;DR from memory:
- COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, puts restrictions on how much data can be harvested from children.
- (Yes, I did word that in an intentionally creepy way.)
- YouTube was breaking those restrictions, because of course they were.
- The regulators were like: "look, set up a switch where people making content specifically for kids can flag content as specifically for kids."
- The regulators were /also/ like: "don't worry about making an automated system, that'd probably cause more problems than it fixes."
- YouTube was like "set up a switch and an automated system? Can do!"
- ...and one of the side effects of the automated system flagging your content as for-kids is that it gets demonetized, de-algorithm'd, and so on.
Like, there's probably value in having /some/ kind of system to help catch malicious actors, but YouTube did not have to set up the system the way they did, and they set up the system the way they did because they'd rather screw over lots and lots of content creators than risk getting in trouble.
Hence #YouTubeWalkout from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13.
I've noticed that the more time I spend on the internet, the more I only read things that were written, like, two weeks ago at most. It feels almost impossible to *find* anything older than that, let alone read it.
How did the internet, a vast medium with almost unlimited storage capacity, become the place where people only read or watch things created in the extremely recent past?
I'm going down to the Port of Seattle Offices at noon to comment in opposition to facial recognition at SeaTac. Anyone else from the fedi planning on being there?
Just a trans girl fiddling with computers and trying to get by.
Cybrespace is an instance of Mastodon, a social network based on open web protocols and free, open-source software. It is decentralized like e-mail.