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cakeCake day: Jan 18, 2020


Another big problem with Signal is the fact that it’s centralized with the server being located in US. Even if the protocol itself is secure with the server not having access user data, this presents a huge risk since US government can simply force Signal to shut down the service at any time. The server can also potentially collect metadata about the users providing US security agencies with user connection graphs.

I think that Matrix approach is much more sound, and would always recommend it over Signal.

That would be great for the fediverse since it’s already managed to find a sustainable model with a combination of volunteer run services and crowd funding. If commercial media suddenly got paywalled that would drive more people towards non commercial alternatives.

Lately I’ve seen it used largely as a pejorative term for Marxist-Leninists or people who defend existing socialist states. I personally see it nothing more than an ad hominem attack. If somebody disagrees with a position another person has then they can articulate what it is they disagree with.

Again, you can constructively debate specific points you disagree with. What specifically do you define as tankism?


Calling somebody a tankie is a slur. So feel free to criticize people’s positions and debate them, but if you’re going to use pejorative terms for people who don’t see things the same way you do then this forum might not be for you.

Yeah, the model has proven itself to be more resilient than a lot of people anticipated. I think the current recession might play a factor though. Since businesses will have tighter margins it’s going to lead to stricter accounting and they may revisit the idea of spending money on ads the way they do now.

Well that’s very precisely what anarchism is about: a collection of mental tool and individual/collective strategies to sabotage all forms of domination.

There isn’t much demonstrated success applying this in practice however. So, it’s more of an ideal than a tool from what I can tell.

That is true. Most autonomous communes have been assimilated or exterminated over the years. Contrary to popular belief, the middle ages were a rather free time for those people who lived far away from the centers of power. Nowadays, nobody can escape State control.

I think you’re conflating things here. People in the middle ages did have more free time, but they were still very much under state control. You had lords and kings who owned the land as well as the people on it. Feudalism wasn’t any closer to anarchism than capitalism. The loss of free time largely stems from how those in power applied new technology to extract labor in ways that weren’t previously possible.

Many people have argued in the past that in nature humans and other species tend towards anarchism (disinterested cooperation). That was the main point of Kropotkin’s Mutual aid, or David Graber’s Are you an anarchist? the answer may surprise you.

The arguments don’t appear to pan out in practice however. Nobody managed to create a stable and lasting anarchist society in the past century. Perhaps Zapatista would be the closest example, although they don’t consider themselves anarchist. Yet, even they only managed to carve out a niche for themselves within of a capitalist state. However, other approaches have demonstrated success. For example, there have been numerous successful ML revolutions that liberated millions of people across the globe.

Competing is not exactly the word. But authoritarian systems and libertarian capitalist communes tend to exterminate alternatives, so we do have to be prepared.

It is a competition between ideologies, and the current dominant ideology in the world is authoritarian capitalism. This system perpetuates itself through state control and violence. The first question that needs to be asked is how such a system can be overthrown in order for something different to be possible.

In my opinion the bigger question that needs to be answered is how you would propose preventing hierarchies from forming. This is something we’ve seen happen sooner or later in the vast majority of human societies. It can also be argued that hierarchical organization tends to outcompete one that’s non hierarchical hence why societies end up converging on hierarchies.

It seems to me that many anarchists work of an assumption that majority of people will have a similar mindset to their own and choose the anarchist approach voluntarily. However, in practice everybody doesn’t agree on any one way of doing things. This is why we have many competing ideologies that appeal to different kinds of people. Any ideology that aims to be successful has to be able to effectively compete with and hold its own against others.

Right, once a proprietary service gets shut down all the work that went into it becomes worthless.

I think the Fediverse is overall quite healthy. There are millions of active users on it, and that translates into a sufficient user base needed for hosting and developing Fediverse based platforms. Many of the projects are community funded to ensure sustained development, and there is a robust ecosystem of active instances.

While growth is always nice, it’s not really a major factor in sustainability once a critical mass of users needed for sustainability is reached. This is a very different dynamic from commercial services that need to show profit and growth to their investors and shareholders.

Open source community run projects also need far less resources to stay afloat. As an example, Twitter has something like 3,000 employees while Mastodon is developed by a team of maybe a dozen people.

A lot of the complexity of Twitter such as ads, is completely incidental to the users, and some such as tracking is actively harmful. Yet, this is where majority of the effort is actually focused since user data is the real product. Mastodon can provide a better user experience with a far small development team because it doesn’t have any ulterior motives.

Open source also operates on different timescales from commercial projects. Mastodon was originally built on top of GNU Social protocol. GNU Social has been around for years in relative obscurity, yet it never died off. If GNU Social was a proprietary commercial platform then it would’ve just faded into obscurity when their money ran out.

I bet that kind of thing is gonna be possible to do using machine learning as well. Take a low poly model with a texture and have it automatically create a high res model from that.

Western pandemic response in a nutshell

I think it makes sense to look at this from the paradox of tolerance perspective.

Janetsh might be of interest, and I’ve been using Babashka for all my scripting needs. :)

Oh I definitely enjoyed single player as well.

Can’t go wrong with Lisp for interactive workflow alone in my opinion. I don’t think I could use a non-Lisp based language at this point. :)

Capitalist efficiency and tech

People say capitalism is efficient, yet Twitter has around 5,OOO employees while Mastodon was built pretty much single handedly by Eugene Rochko. Today, Mastodon provides a strictly superior user experience with only a handful of contributors. …