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When somebody starts a project that they put time and effort into because they have a particular vision for it then it is their right to run the project the way that makes sense for them. If their vision diverges from what a significant number of people want, then people should put in the effort to make their alternative vision a reality. They can even leverage all the hard work that was put into making the original project since Mastodon is open source software.

This sort of thing regularly happens in open source world. GNOME forks like Cinnamon and MATE are great examples of this. The original project started getting too bloated for a lot of people, and they got together to fork it and move things in the direction they wanted.

Another option is to make a separate project entirely. Pleroma is an example of an alternative to Mastodon that was made because people wanted to do things differently.

Personally, I agree with the reasoning in the reply to the issue on GitHub and I do think it’s valuable for the official client to prioritize the needs for new users. The underlying functionality for supporting local and global timelines is not being removed, and it’s possible to make an alternative client that leverages it. Tusky for Android is the client I’m using, and it supports this feature.

On the other hand, I am ideologically opposed to partnering up with entities like EUnomia, but this being a social media platform the posts are already public and I don’t think anybody should be using such a platform for anything they want to keep private in the first place. Ultimately, you’re trusting server admins for any instance and you have no idea how they use the data collected by the instance.


Personally, I don’t read either local or global timelines. I find noise to ratio is too high for me. I just follow people who post interesting content and use that as my timeline.


Tusky has been around for a long time and it works really well. I really don’t think of anything to improve there to be honest. Since there’s already a good and popular Android app it probably does make sense to make an iOS client if there wasn’t one.


I’m reading Existence by David Brin. It’s a pretty fun sci fi novel.




Sure, but how Fb intends to use VR to make money is what’s interesting.




I could be wrong of course, but I think there’s a market for people who are concerned about privacy and would be willing to pay for services like email from a vendor that was explicitly focused on protecting them. Apple has been successful advertising iOS as a privacy focused platform and seems like that’s working for them. But email is just an example, I’m sure there are other services Mozilla could offer that would be useful.

And I definitely agree that the way we use the internet leads to a lot of alienation. It’s very easy to get sucked into news or social media feeds and become increasingly disconnected from people around you.


Yeah, I really don’t like Mozilla funding model. I wish they’d just focus on crowd funding and building useful services people are willing to pay for. If Mozilla ran a decent mail service with good privacy for example, I’m sure a lot of people would pay for it.


That certainly can be the case, but it’s a problem that Mozilla needs to solve in order to survive. They need some form of sustainable revenue either through crowdfunding or by selling some kind of services people want. What they’re doing now is clearly not working.



I think Mozilla really needs to refocus on just making a good browser and they need to start looking for alternate sources of funding instead of being primarily dependent on Google. A lot of people would support that purely for ideological reasons.


It’s possible that Adobe will just shut down these products if they’re not financially viable for them. The thing to remember is that Adobe is now in direct competition with Blender and all the other companies funding it. In order to stay competitive Adobe would have to match the level of aggregate effort all on their own, and to convince people to use their proprietary products over the one that’s rapidly becoming industry standard. This goes beyond simply having good features, it’s a question of ecosystem and community as well. If anybody can start playing with Blender then that’s what most people are learning. The more companies use Blender the bigger the market for people who know how to use it becomes, and so on. I expect that Adobe is simply throwing in the towel here.


I don’t think it’s so much philanthropy as the companies making a financial calculus and realizing that funding Blender saves them money in the long run. If their artists had to use a commercial product then they’d have to license it, and the cost of that can ramp up pretty fast.

With Blender the company can donate whatever they want whenever they want without any strings attached, and the cost of development and maintenance is amortized across many companies all funding the project. And since these companies aren’t in a business of making a 3D editor themselves the product itself doesn’t threaten their own business.

Ultimately it comes down to a simple cost benefit analysis.



Because China is a sane country that promotes a peaceful and multilateral world, while US has built a global empire on blood and exploitation?






Yeah I’ve read that Iceland is mostly geothermal as well, so not sure how it’s determined. Possibly, Kenya has higher overall output?






I never said I was surprised. I was making a joke that when US companies have to actually compete then US starts trying to shut competition out of their market.


I was referring to how US banned Huawei when it started outcompeting US companies in the market.