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You can do this already with the normal PinePhone. It is just a bit too slow to be really usable. This PinePhonePro might just barely be usable for light desktop tasks (The PineBookPro is mostly usable for light desktop tasks).


Uhmm, sure. For you an me maybe. But this isn’t going to be daily-driver ready for a long time (if ever) for most people.


I know you are exaggerating your point, but this is simply not true. You can have an XMPP account simply by downloading an app and signing up on a free server. Takes not more than a few seconds.

What is true though is that XMPP these days is more geared towards mobile use and replacing services like WhatsApp or Signal as a personal e2ee messenger, while Matrix is a bit better for IRC/Slack/Discord like support channels (although IMHO IRC is still the best in that area because it doesn’t need sign-up at all in most cases).



Makes a very good point about immutable history and cryptographically verifiable identities, both of which are a double edged sword that can easily turn against the one using such software.




Wow, I did not expect them to get a RK3399 Soc work in a Phone!

This looks very promising, as the PineBook Pro (almost same Soc) is already very well supported by mainline Linux.

I do wonder though, why it costs double that of both the original PinePhone and also almost double a Pinebook Pro when it is essentially recycling most of the components from both…

Still I guess this will be my next phone…


Also Mattermost, but that is a bit too open-core for my taste.

Rocket-chat and Mattermost also have some homebrew federation, but afaik very barebones and experimental.


I think the better question would be why there are so many northern European open-source developers. Germany just stick out because the are by far the biggest group in that larger category.

As for why northern Europe? Bad weather combined with high living standards and a more socialist leaning history?


Much less of a problem then pets though.



Because it can also run on a server (for multi-client systems) and be used as a mobile interface that way.



What I find a bit strange about this is that apparently the recent power outages were due to a coal supply problem. One of the main coal mining area in China had massive flooding problems (due to climate change) and the main nearby global producer, Australia, is currently unwilling to make up for that shortage in China due to political disagreements.

Normally that would make you think that the logical solution is to reduce coal usage even faster, which is what the CCP did announce two weeks ago… so this flip-flop is a bit strange. Maybe just a message aimed at their domestic audience that doesn’t want any further power cuts…


Yes and no… one of the reasons why the west has moved production to China is because Chinese companies offered to produce cheaper, mainly due to much laxer environmental regulations and subsidized energy costs in China. So while the west certainly has part of the blame, so does China as they very intentionally exploited the environment for a competitive advantage over western production sites.



Further, I do think that any critique of the impacts of climate change should focus on the impact of people most affected by it, rather than abstract impacts on supply chains and production.

That kind of has the same problem as “calling doomsday”. Focusing on the impact on people has been long done by NGOs working in the global south to very little change in the minds of the people living in countries that do the most damage. Even now, when the impacts start hitting closer to these peoples’ homes, it seems like unless their own families or close friends are directly effected, very little change happens.


Given that it seems to be abandoned, a renamed fork would be cool. Too bad I lack the time and NodeJS skills to do it, as the concept and current state of it is quite promising.



Sure, but it looks like the developer isn’t even looking at the project anymore…


However snikket has some shady funding.

Hmm, where did you get that impression? They are funded by the EU Commission / NLnet.

And besides… Snikket is made by one of the main Prosody developers, so it would be the same funding ;)

But if you got your Prosody server to work fine, no need for Snikket at all :)


Sadly it seems to be abandoned by the original dev? Not sure…

Looks definitely interesting though.


I use AUR very rarely as it precisely does not have the trusted distribution maintainer part that the above article talks about (anyone can upload scripts to AUR), but isn’t the usual way to make a AUR script and then propose that to the Arch maintainers for inclusion in the main repositories at some point? That would surely result in much more potential users then a flatpack ever could (not that I consider number of users a very useful metric).


Uhmm, did you actually look at the graphs on that paper you just linked? It clearly shows extremely high levels of infant mortality during the civil war period and another big spike during the “great leap” period, both of which were the result of the CCP trying to enforce their authoritarian idea of a state.

Afterwards it slowly declines with the enacting of market-based policies… which exactly supports the argument I am trying to make.





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Good argument to take a step back and consider alternatives to the current approach to ban hate speech…


Not so sure about that, but interesting article never the less…





Really sad to see trade unions being targeted by the CCP :(…