#FediBlock, transphobia and other right-wing shit 

ah yes, social dot midwaytrades dot com. The domain name already foreshadows what's to come.

The admin:

uses Gab and BitChute
states "my intention is to moderate as little as possible" on about page. As such, federates with a lot of fascist crap.
is transphobic. Which isn't surprising at all, considering the prior points.
does lots of other things I cannot possibly list

Consider blocking both social dot midwaytrades dot com, as well as the entirety of midwaytrades dot com.

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Secure communications are secure

Insecure communications are insecure.

Mastodon is insecure communications. Do not use it for secure communications.

If you want secure communications, use a different service.

Trying to make an insecure communication platform into a secure communication platform is like trying to encrypt a billboard in-place.

A lot of effort to go through to turn a message platform intended for broadly distributing a message, into secure direct communications, for very little end benefit.

Uh I just got DMed by the COO of Tumblr asking about hiring contractors to make us fully #indieweb compliant, and possibly even #fediverse integration. Anyone out there looking for work?

Web3 is gonna poison the well so badly that next time we’ll have to skip straight to Web5

However, while performing a security audit of the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser, security researcher Zach Edwards discovered that while the browser blocks Google and Facebook trackers, it allowed Microsoft trackers to continue running.

DuckDuckGo CEO and Founder Gabriel Weinberg confirmed that their browser intentionally allows Microsoft trackers third-party sites due to a search syndication agreement with Redmond.



One of the biggest mistakes I've seen in so many discords is the idea that the server can't just be quiet. It's okay for the place to not be constantly active, particularly with a hobby server focused on one thing.

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A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain


“ Trolling through the historical record, it’s clear that the small family farm is less a viable business plan than a social pacifier”


Getting ready to travel in the fall I am delighted to learn that one-time SSH passwords are a thing you can have off the shelf: xmodulo.com/secure-ssh-login-o

@mhoye I have my personal machines set up so that sshd on port 22 requires public key AND TOTP authenticator code, while port 1022 has a second sshd that only requires public key.

It would be easy enough to set up port 22 as public key only with an alt-port sshd accepting only password plus TOTP. (Easier, actually, because I had to butcher /etc/pam.d/ssh to make the pubkey/OTP combination work.)

actual serious take about communism and tech: computers could have been revolutionary and still are in many small ways but these are accidental growths of a system designed to oppress us and what we've seen over the last 2 decades is an establishment DESPERATE to prune those growths through social media and closed ecosystems

open source is 100% not the answer tech dudes think it is, but the way companies are re-training us to think about computers is a fundamental evil

mental health, not mine, "laziness" 

I know two young people who were both struggling with school, always branded as "smart but lazy" by teachers and in one case by their own parents. One graduated with good grades, the other left school without graduating.

Yesterday I learned that both of them have been diagnosed with depression and one of them has severe ADHD.

Both obviously masked and compensated the hell out of it.

Laziness does not exist.

never trust a neurotypical
studies have shown they will take the least moral choice in private then lie about it in public

One of the things I miss about the Google plus interface was how easy it was to search for/find & create small communities of interest.

I wish there was a way to do that more simply in the fediverse.

Would love to find more #writers, especially #specfic (#sciencefiction & #fantasy) writers.

There are some hashtags that can help us find one another - #amwriting & #amwritingscifi for example, but I don't thing many folks use them.

So, where are my spec fic writers at???

(Boosts welcome!)

open source, libertarian pol (-) 

The "Linux isn't an OS, GNU/Linux is an OS" folks sure do have Big "Actually It's Called Ephebophilia" Energy.

My old phone gave up the ghost, so I'm breaking in the new one by "beating" Neko Atsume again.


*shakes fist at cloud* Curse you, Tubbs!

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