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I've posted it a little early because I'm excited but here is my reading and analysis of RFC-1, the very first official Request for Comments document and an important piece of internet history.

write.as/365-rfcs/rfc-1

I'm doing one of these a day for a year. You can follow along at @365-rfcs. I'll only be posting the really noteworthy ones on this account.

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A while back I built a site that converts RSS feeds to ActivityPub actors that you can subscribe to from Mastodon and other ActivityPub-compliant social networks: bots.tinysubversions.com/conve

I've now also published the source code: github.com/dariusk/activtypub-

Just had a great time hanging out with @jalcine talking about the future of... well, everything. big plans, folks

This is the way the world ends
Not with a wang but a bimper.

I really like the approach to community contribution and funding that the @dat_project@twitter.com has described in this post.
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RT @RangerMauve@twitter.com
Excited to announce that I've been given a short term grant from the #Dat @dat_project@twitter.comork on the #p2p web! My goal is to make it easier to use Dat on the web and on mobile.

Read more about it here: blog.datproject.org/2019/02/13
twitter.com/RangerMauve/status

SF is a shithole but the Tenderloin is ok

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Just launched Write.as Labs, a section of the platform for experimental new features, available to all Pro users. We'll be using this corner of the platform to try out different ideas, gather feedback, make improvements, and then bring the feature into the core product (including #WriteFreely), if it makes sense.

Our first feature is an alternative web-based editor with a more traditional UI for publishing to Write.as -- the Classic Editor.

Try it out now on Labs: write.as/labs

I think the next Olympics should be hosted inside a bunch of Amazon's offices and warehouses. This would be great brand synergy and also would probably bring financial ruin to Amazon.

roses
violets
abstract concepts now, formless.
the world is dust blowing in ravenous gyres.
the lucky ones are dead.

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roses are read
when covered in text
your dad says, "they can print on roses?
dang buddy, what's next"

Mozilla Foundation fellow weighs in on flawed EU Terrorist Content regulation

As we’ve noted previously, the EU’s proposed Terrorist Content regulation would seriously undermine internet health in Europe, by forcing companies to aggressively suppress user speech with limited due process and … Read more

The post Mozilla Foundation fellow weighs in on flawed EU Terrorist Content regulation appeared first on Open Policy & Advocacy.

*slaps roof of a drawer* this bad boy can fit so many bag twisters in it

"Hedge funds and asset managers scraping the web for investment purposes represented 5% of all Internet traffic in 2018, and is expected to increase rapidly. As investors look for new ways to beat the market, total spending on web scraping for investment purposes is expected to exceed $1.8 billion by 2020."

businessinsider.com/web-scrapi

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Friend Camp

The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read.

Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users.

  • you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on friend.camp and then as another user on alt.friend.camp)
  • they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts"
  • if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time)
  • the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley
  • @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers.
  • there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here
  • images in a CW'ed post are collapsed behind the CW. When you expand the CW, you can see the whole image immediately. more info here
  • When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here
  • 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @emma

Important Bit from the Privacy Docs

If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other friend.camp users, and only ever @ mention other friend.camp users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet!

Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from www.flaticon.com, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by @casey@friend.camp!