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Timothy Snyder also has a few lectures about Ukraine and its history, available on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJczLlwp-d8

They’re pretty damn good.


The word they’re looking for is “persons” or “citizens”, not “clients”.




Oh absolutely. But it’s refreshing to see people in Germany finally recognize it, and consistently keep recognizing it over several months.


Context: https://spectrum-os.org/
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cross-posted from: https://szmer.info/post/149799 > > In the latest illustration of our marvelous new decentralized, resilient blockchain future, one single Solana node apparently was able to take down the entire Solana network. Solana outages are nothing new, and tend to end (as this one did) with Solana issuing instructions to the people who run their validators, asking them all to turn them off and on again. > > > > A validator operator reported that "It appears a misconfigured node caused an unrecoverable partition in the network." It's a bit startling that, in a supposedly decentralized network, one single node can bring the entire network offline.
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> In the latest illustration of our marvelous new decentralized, resilient blockchain future, one single Solana node apparently was able to take down the entire Solana network. Solana outages are nothing new, and tend to end (as this one did) with Solana issuing instructions to the people who run their validators, asking them all to turn them off and on again. > > A validator operator reported that "It appears a misconfigured node caused an unrecoverable partition in the network." It's a bit startling that, in a supposedly decentralized network, one single node can bring the entire network offline.
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phew

Good. Lemmy does one thing and does it well, and there’s plenty of wiki software out there already.



Ooooooh. I happen to have a Fairphone 4 around! Need to try that.


How is using GitHub to host stuff “self-hosting”, exactly?



Sure, but letting people hijack the label like that is diluting the movement. We need strong narratives and strong community around Solarpunk, and we won’t get them if we allow people to just solarpunk-wash their random grievances (as valid as they may perhaps be in general terms).



This seems to have nothing to do with Solarpunk. Actually, it really feels like someone decided to just liked that label and decided to just hijack it.

Also, the site greets me with:

This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services and to analyze traffic. Information about your use of this site is shared with Google. By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies.

🤦‍♀️


This. Here’s the video, and it’s absolutely worth a watch. Easy to watch in batches (it’s >2h long), I watched it over a week or so. Very well argued and evidenced.

While we’re at it, we need to talk about “market caps” and crypto-asset valuation. Molly White wrote a fantastic deep-dive into it. Tl;dr is: cryptocurrency valuation is inflated to high haven by what can best be described as “creative accounting”. Which is to say:

the whole ecosystem is really just a nesting doll of scams, lol.

Bingo.


Crypto makes financial surveillance close to impossible.

Demonstrably false. Especially now that mixers like TornadoCash are getting banned.

Just because some opportunists are running scams it does not mean all of crypto is a scam.

Ah, the old “few bad apples” chestnut. Wake me up when the cryptocurrency community decides that these scams are a bad thing and something needs to be done about them, so far it looks like that community is more than happy they happen, as long as it helps provide liquidity to the space.


And cryptobros don’t like when anyone can hold them to account for their scams. That’s why they hate any oversight.



cross-posted from: https://szmer.info/post/138077 > > In the early hours of September 15, Ethereum completed "The Merge – the long-awaited transition from its original proof-of-work consensus mechanism to proof-of-stake. > > > > Later that day, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler pointed to the staking mechanism as a signal that an asset might be a security as determined by the [Howey test](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SEC_v._W._J._Howey_Co.). > > 🍿
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> In the early hours of September 15, Ethereum completed "The Merge – the long-awaited transition from its original proof-of-work consensus mechanism to proof-of-stake. > > Later that day, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler pointed to the staking mechanism as a signal that an asset might be a security as determined by the [Howey test](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SEC_v._W._J._Howey_Co.). 🍿
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Fighting Disinformation: We’re Solving The Wrong Problems
> While it is possible to define misinformation and disinformation, any such definition necessarily relies on things that are not easy (or possible) to quickly verify: a news item’s relation to truth, and its authors’ or distributors’ intent. > > This is especially valid within any domain that deals with complex knowledge that is highly nuanced, especially when stakes are high and emotions heat up. Public debate around COVID-19 is a chilling example. Regardless of how much “own research” anyone has done, for those without an advanced medical and scientific background it eventually boiled down to the question of “who do you trust”. Some trusted medical professionals, some didn’t (and still don’t). > > (...) > > Disinformation peddlers are not just trying to push specific narratives. The broader aim is to discredit the very idea that there can at all exist any reliable, trustworthy information source. After all, if nothing is trustworthy, the disinformation peddlers themselves are as trustworthy as it gets. The target is trust itself. > > (...) > > I believe that we are looking for solutions to the wrong aspects of the problem. Instead of trying to legislate misinformation and disinformation away, we should be looking closely at how is it possible that it spreads so fast (and who benefits from this). We should be finding ways to fix the media funding crisis; and we should be making sure that future generations receive the mental tools that would allow them to cut through biases, hoaxes, rhetorical tricks, and logical fallacies weaponized to wage information wars.
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Yeah, that didn’t seem to get through.




I ran the worlds largest DDoS-for-Hire empire and CloudFlare helped
> CloudFlare is a fire department that prides itself on putting out fires at any house regardless of the individual that lives there, what they forget to mention is they are actively lighting these fires and making money by putting them out!
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CloudFlare is dropping KiwiFarms
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> Vladimir Putin believes the Westphalian nation-state model is obsolete, and is ushering in his radical idea of a replacement, based on the idea of the "Noosphere" first popularized by 20th c. Russian "cosmist" Vladimir Vernadsky. > Vernadsky said "to expect ruthless struggles, shocks and tremors, and even an apocalypse" as part of the transition from Biosphere (Bio=life) to Noosphere (Noos=mind). Putin seems to have latched onto this as a mystic prophecy.
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cross-posted from: https://community.nicfab.it/post/10748 > France’s data protection watchdog CNIL is investigating a whistleblower’s claims that Twitter made “egregious” misrepresentations to international regulators about its data security measures, according to a [report in POLITICO](https://www.politico.eu/article/twitter-data-security-french-data-regulator-investigates-fraud-allegations/). > > “The CNIL is currently studying the complaint filed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice,” the French agency said in a statement Wednesday. “If the accusations are correct, the CNIL could take action leading to legal proceedings or a sanction, if it’s clear there were breaches.”
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Turns out secondary centralization driven by economies of scale is a thing and leads to shitty power dynamics. Who woulda thunk it? 🤔
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HackerNoon's ["Noonie" awards website](https://noonies.tech/) is truly a marvel. First, [the content](https://octodon.social/@jalefkowit/108834489545757953). Categories like ["Hackernoon Contributor of the Year - Elon Musk"](https://octodon.social/@jalefkowit/108834737635199742), pearls of knowledge like ["Innovation is not re-inventing the wheel. It is creating a better wheel."](https://octodon.social/@jalefkowit/108834553042584981). Calling CSS ["Cascading Sheet Styles"](https://octodon.social/@jalefkowit/108834834258754666). And a quote about engineers — from Scott Adams, no less! — [with incorrectly encoded quotation marks and apostrophes](https://octodon.social/@jalefkowit/108834840832817866). But more interestingly, the site [seems to leak e-mail addresses of all people who already voted](https://social.coop/@jonny/108835379495867720) (currently over 120 addresses). All the while pushing "web3" by proudly stating: > Web3 in a nutshell is the advocacy of your digital rights. I'm sure your privacy is very important to them.
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> The web is a mess, bloated with data-gathering trackers, predatory UX, massive resource loads, and it is absorbing everything it touches. The Small Internet is a counter-cultural movement to wrangle things back under control via minimalism, hands-on participation, and good old fashioned conversation. At its heart are technologies like the venerable Gopher protocol or the new Gemini protocol offering a refuge and a place to dream of a better future. > > Join me and be reintroduced to Gopher in 2021 and learn what this old friend has to offer us in a world full of web services and advertising bombardment. We will also explore the new Gemini protocol and how it differs from Gopher and HTTP. > > We will explore the protocols themselves, their history, and what the modern ecosystems are like. I will briefly review the technical details of implementing servers or clients of your own, and how to author content as a user. Discussion will cover limitations, grey-areas, and trade-offs in exchange for speed and simplicity. > > Through these alternative protocols we'll see the small internet in action.
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