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I’m glad there seem to be more people of the reasonable variety on this fuckcars community versus other platforms.

Eliminating/reducing car dependency is going to be a much easier problem than just deleting cars from existence.

One fewer mandatory ride in a car is a win no matter how you slice it.

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Sounds like they are going to transition to just video content because they can make more licensing videos than publishing content online and relying on ad/stream revenue.

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Not paid by them but I use it. I enjoy it because it lets me filter out bullshit sites and prioritize others. I’m not aware of another engine that does it to the degree of Kagi.

Basically everything I need to look up for work is now always on the top half of the first page just by pinning documentation sites and general reference like Wikipedia.

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IMO by default everyone should put up a barrier to registration, be it manual approvals or email verification.

Both have their own set of flaws and can establish a sense of false security, but it’s the bare minimum to slow down spam registrations.

I’m working on an instance-level spam filter that acts on all federated content to take this into consideration for the instance I run…

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Not all of the ones involved in the spam attack….

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People need to understand there are risks if they’re going to host an open server and are ultimately responsible for how it interacts in the network.

Keeping defederation minimal requires a high degree of trust with all instances, regardless of size.

If the instance has open reg, hosted spam for multiple days, has no activity from the admins for ever, and might be several versions behind, that’s entering “I simply don’t trust your ability to host” territory.

I run a small instance. I turn on registration applications, spot-check new accounts to make sure there isn’t spam, keep an alert active so I get notified when updates are available, and occasionally post from an admin account to indicate it’s an active instance. I even check reports at least once a day. This all takes very little effort to do. If you’re a small instance, the burden of proof is on you to show that it’s being maintained.

Some of the spam instances have had spam up for several days now. Sure, maybe one or two people may be on vacation and aren’t aware, but I doubt that’s the case for every host.

We’re fortunate the spam (at least what I’ve seen) didn’t blatantly display malicious content.

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Completely disagree on the scalability argument and I find it silly.

Most instances are small. Not everyone is going to run a 20,000 person instance where all 20,000 show up on the same day.

If you’re a big instance like lemmy.world, then sure, I can buy the scalability argument, but once you’re at that point you’ve likely established that there is an active and engaged admin team.

As a bonus, it even serves as a great asshole filter. If someone gets upset they had to wait a day for an approval, imagine how they’d act once they’re in.

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Obligatory I think X is a shithole etc etc etc

That out of the way, Yulia’s account seems to be back now.

twitter.com/yulia_navalnaya

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Nothing.

It’s perfectly fine for the class of Linux user that only has a slight-to-none Vitamin D deficiency.

cosmic_slate,
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Discover has a checking account w/ debit card that gives cash back.

It’s what I use to get cashback on rent.

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Don’t even need to go that far. It’s pervasive here.

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This isn’t strictly limited to cable companies, telecom wants their pound of flesh too.

Verizon seems to be doing this as well. My former apartment complex used to let you choose between Comcast or FiOS. Now you’re made to pay for FiOS from the apartment complex. If you want Comcast, you’re now stuck paying for two ISPs.

Before you could get your own account and deal with Verizon directly. Now it’s some weird reseller-esque platform specifically targeting MDUs.

Now before the foamy-dweeb parade of “omg who wants Comcast” rolls around, do note: Verizon is limited to 1000/1000 (well more like 950/950), and I could rarely get more than 600mbit both ways. Comcast recently introduced 2000/200 in my area but is intending to go faster, and they’re farther along in their plans than Verizon’s multi-gig strategy.

cosmic_slate, (edited )
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On what basis?

The FAQ page also mentions “a landlord may refuse to allow other service providers to offer service to tenants.”

cosmic_slate, (edited )
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I am disappointed in the carelessness of your reply lol.

Right now this is like refusing an amenity fee because you don’t use the pool. You can disconnect the service, but the $60/mo or whatever charge is still being billed to you.

The FCC is fine with it as long as the landlord bundles the service with your lease and the service provider isn’t blocking other providers.

Nothing is stopping you from also paying for 5G internet while you burn $60/mo on cable service that goes unused.

Is it right or fair in my opinion? Absolutely not.

Sure, you could probably find a lawyer but that’ll only work up till the point a judge goes “well, the state doesn’t block these fees and this is outside of the purview of the FCC”.

…and can’t forget the gamble of paying $300/hr+ for a lawyer.

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What do you mean “underperforming”? That’s just head-in-sand nonsense.

Basically 3/4th of the number of active Mastodon users signed up for Bluesky within the last few days.

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5 million on a currently-centralized platform is still doing significantly better than Mastodon.

The constant whininess of Mastodon/ActivityPub-services users is a fantastic reason to completely steer clear of it.

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Not active users, unless you’re willing to cite that claim. Maybe accounts created over the last few years.

Making Mastodon seem more active than what it is won’t help adoption.

Adding Threads would significantly help boost active user numbers but people are too busy crafting foil hats.

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Anything remotely useful to connect to other people gets shouted down rather quickly and irrationally.

Look at the foam-mouthed Threads opponents.

It’s just embarrassing. This is how we wish to present ourselves as an alternative to corporate social media?

There is simply no reality where everyone decides to switch to Mastodon. Instead, if Bluesky grows, I can see people move away from ActivityPub-based microblogs.

I get the feeling the vocal people don’t actually want ActivityPub-based social media to be adopted by anyone (or just desperately need a hobby outside of complaint generation)

Opponents should use an instance that blocks the bridge if they’re concerned. But nobody should pretend ActivityPub is a private protocol.

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Instead, if Bluesky grows, I can see people move away from it.

When has that ever worked?

Major grammatical error this morning for me – I’ve since edited my post. I meant that people will move away from ActivityPub-based software. If someone’s friends all adopt another platform, why stay on one that you aren’t getting connections, especially that’s hostile to letting you connect to the platforms your friends do use?

The whole idea in the first place was to NOT be corporate. It’s pretty understandable that when those corporations come knocking pretending to be nice, a lot of people want nothing to do with it.

The company behind a service becomes nearly irrelevant when federation comes into play. In theory, you defederate from servers who are bad actors.

But at the end of the day, people want to use social media to connect to people. The whole point of federated social media was to get out of walled gardens, yet here we are, building a walled garden.

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You know that it is comically easy to scrape stuff off of the fediverse, right?

I’d wager the vast majority of instances aren’t utilizing any meaningful rate limits, and even if there are rate limits, just distribute your scraping across several instances.

Or just set up your own new instance and subscribe to literally everything you can find. You don’t even have to scrape, it gets pushed to you!

If you are worried about scraping, use Facebook. Facebook has teams of people who combat bot/scraper activity.

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You’ve basically described Nomorobo

www.nomorobo.com

If enough people report a number as spam, it gets added to a list that’s synced to your phone.

I don’t believe the blocks are permanent as you can mark a spammed number as legitimate.

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The significance of this is that it should make seeing updates to OSM data a lot quicker, and I’d assume making the “look” a better too.

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I think the issue with Organic Maps is the lack of real-time traffic data (unless that’s changed).

That said, Organic Maps routing seems good enough without it. I occasionally compare routes from Apple Maps, Google Maps, my car’s nav, and Organic Maps. Organic Maps hasn’t given a route that I’d say is unreasonable.

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