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Cake day: Apr 11, 2020


ThunderSky is one of a growing chorus of Indigenous parents demanding provincial and territorial authorities allow them to bestow Indigenous names on their children — with all the special characters, syllabics, accents, numeric or other non-English or French symbols used by some Indigenous languages.

Who knew typography and font choices would one day have this effect.

This is what “Ease of doing business” leads to.

Before I make the changes, what does that mean in practice? I have an account on Mastodon and it sees posts from baraza communities. I am on lemmy0.14.3 if that helps. Was this nginx config a requirement when updating? I did not see it in the docs, unless it was baked in during the updates.

Did you try to follow Baraza communities via Mastodon? I did see that “Cancel Follow Request” sporadically and now it seems resolved (displaying “Unfollow”). The mastodon federation is still at the community level. I will check in with @nutomic@lemmy.ml on what that means exactly. Is there a role for the remote Mastodon admin to play so that “Cancel Follow Request” move to full “Unfollow”.

Update after 18 hours or so:

This post did not federate to c/Africa on Baraza even though it appears like so on Lemmy.ml. I updated the install from 0.14.1 to 0.14.3 and new posts made from lemmy to baraza did federate. Proximate cause for non-federation could then be different lemmy installations. But I was getting content on Baraza from lemmy, just not posts made directly to communities there.

Even after updating, a post to Baraza from Lemmy is not federating:

I will observe this issue and probably make a proper issue on Github.

Important speakers and theme, even though Eventbrite is a privacy-eroding application.

> For the investigation, we listed 209 office holders we deemed to be among the most senior in the country. We then attempted to determine their ethnic identities which, in Rwanda, is passed down through the father. Of the 205 senior figures whose backgrounds we could confidently ascertain, 166 were Tutsi and 38 were Hutu.

Welcome but please post the Microsoft link to other communities that are interested in those kind of things. This community is about central bank digital currencies.

This is a “3rd level” federation test post.
baraza - 0.14.1 lemmy.ml - 0.14.3 I am posting from [@halo@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/halo) to [!africa@baraza.africa](https://baraza.africa/c/africa). Baraza is also federating with mastodon.social. A mastodon account, [@mbiruiru@mastodon.social](https://mastodon.social/users/mbiruiru) follows baraza.africa/c/africa community. When the mastodon account replies to the post made by the lemmy account on baraza community, the reply goes to lemmy only and is not propagated to baraza. will comment on this post with observed changes.

Roundup, a common plant killer, has also been at the centre of dozens of health related lawsuits. Bayer (and Monsanto previously) have had to pay billions in fines: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/24/882949098/bayer-to-pay-more-than-10-billion-to-resolve-roundup-cancer-lawsuits

Ethiopian highlands (the source of Abaye/Blue Nile) are panoramic. I didn’t know it is one of the highest zones in Africa.

Interesting stuff, which is why there is a new community on central bank digital currencies on baraza: https://baraza.africa/post/9173

Under assumptions, what is the motivation to participate in social activity? Is motivation assumed to be an ontological primitive?

This is an interesting post.

> current knowledge about SARS-CoV-2 transmission and reformatted to be more concise. > that airborne virus can be inhaled even when one is more than six feet away from an infected individual. > Although how we understand transmission occurs has shifted, the ways to prevent infection with this virus have not.

> The genesis and evolution of the war in Tigray have been anything but law enforcement operations. The full force of Ethiopia’s army, with all its ground and Air Force assets, was involved alongside militia forces of neighbouring regional states, not to mention the introduction of drone warfare supplied, arguably, by a non-Africa country.

> Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced this on Friday, saying at least 200,000 doses remained unused across the country. > > "We are going to take back vaccines that are lying idle in counties due to slow uptake and distribution. We cannot afford to have the jabs expire in our stores," he said, adding they will be dispatched to other counties.

Comment sections are the best/worst parts of the Internet :)

They are well paid pirates. 🏴‍☠️

Is this Transno structure the ‘relational notes’ approach, like a wiki or Zettelkestein something something?

When Jack posted that idea, I remember seeing Christopher Lemmer Webber & Evan Prodromou mention ActivityPub to Jack right there. Oh how this world works :(

I agree. It is hard to see how a centralized powerful entity would cede that power to a decentralized system if their aim is not to turn decentralized communities into name-only but centralized in practice.

Obligatory XKCD

I like the publicity this gives to fediverse. I do not think ignoring existing protocols right from the start inspires hope in as much as Twitter and Harvard do not explicitly mention existing options. I hope I am wrong in the long run.

Twitter (at least their CEO) claimed they were interested in a decentralized form to allow more communities. ActivityPub, Matrix, Status etc were mentioned. But it seems these harvard people would like to build a new one instead of joining and improving the existing.

A meta-proposal for Twitter’s bluesky project
> Over the course of the last month, members of the Berkman Klein community, representing academics, activists, lawyers and technologists, came together to discuss the Twitter BlueSky project. The discussions culminated in this “meta-proposal” for the BlueSky team and community, which presents suggestions on how to go about considering proposals and building out BlueSky.

I do not know exactly what effect you are after, since all I did was paste the url link, but the editing options on web version are easy to use.

Lux Ex Umbra: Spy agencies, COVID-19, and parking lots
PARKINT: > For this blog post I analyzed satellite photos of the parking lots at CSE headquarters, CSIS headquarters, Canadian Forces Station Leitrim, NSA Fort Meade, and GCHQ Cheltenham. With the exception of CSE (which uses a parking garage for most of its parking), roughly the same pattern can be seen at all of these sites: a sharp reduction in parking lot use around late March 2020 as the first wave of the pandemic struck, greater but still reduced occupancy in May and June 2020, and a return to full lots by the end of the summer of 2020. There is very little evidence of reduced parking lot use during the winter 2020/2021 wave of the pandemic.

Reminds you of Pompeii :)

Wikipedia maintains a list of hotlines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines Please reach out to someone, and as @ihaphleas@lemmy.ml offered, we can try get you the country specific helpline resources you may need.

You may want to watch The Elephant Queen. I found the mother-calf connection quite something. || it is behind Apple walls ||.

Exactly. And this shows the difference between biological and social evolution mechanisms. Biological is physical (material reality of plants being genetically similar). Social evolution mechanism involves ideas + material base (bodies). It may help us understand why increasing number of people using the Internet may in practice reduce social diversity IF the ideas are centralized.

toLemmy instancesBaraza

The beauty of federation, as I see it, is that quiet instances get busy quite fast. It is not a game of numbers as much as it is a duty of care for the community.

Mastercard also recently announced a partnership with Optus, one of Australia’s most trusted telco brands, to provide its customers a simpler and more secure way to prove their identity online and in-store. Elsewhere Mastercard has partnered with The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia to design a new national digital identity service to help advance the country’s digital economy aspirations.

COVID-19 gave them a much needed reason to get into identification services. More interactions are now being mediate by these private companies.


Mastercard is spreading their surveillance and extractive vacuum into the classrooms.

toLemmy instancesBaraza

Great idea well implemented, thank you. Will work on a CoC this evening.

toLemmy instancesBaraza

No intention to push towards Africa but rather an amplification of niche stories happening where our (my friends and I) experiences are. No limitations though, just a contextual appreciation.

toLemmy instancesBaraza

Updated to v0.8.7.

`baraza` is a public square as imagined in Bantu philosophy. All are welcome, but you may note it leans more on African stuff.

How are instance backups affected by federation? I assume no difference, but I just want to be sure.

> The ancient tradition of using personalised ink stamps for everything from official documents to receipts is under threat in Japan. The government is planning reforms that will end the use of stamps and digitise paperwork instead.

Exactly why Lemmy feels great – reasonable humans can actually have decent conversations.

I must admit I felt they were out of place because only a handful of people might be able to understand them without a translator.

I think it is the other way round – in using whatever language they choose, they are seeking individuals who understand said language. If no one on the platform can understand the language, it is a miss for them, not you. For some reason, and even though I don’t mean that you are doing it, this sounds like those convenience store “speak English, this is America” moments. But the discussion it elicited is really helpful in understanding language issues on platforms.

As someone who writes more text than mathematical equations, I prefer generating .md files and converting them to LaTeX using pandoc. RStudio is also handy for my .Rmd + data + scripts: https://github.com/rstudio/rstudio

Testing Federation

Federation is finally ready in Lemmy, pending possible bugs or other issues. So for now we suggest to enable federation only on test servers, or try it on our own test servers ( enterprise, ds9, voyager ). If everything goes well, after a few weeks we will enable federation on lemmy.ml, at first with a limited number of trusted instances. We will also likely change the domain to https://lemmy.ml . Keep in mind that changing domains after turning on federation will break things.




Congratulations for how far you have come. I remember many months back seeing dev.lemmy fit into a very unique venn intersection: federated, open source, and anarchist. To infinity and beyond, @dessalines@lemmy.ml and team.

“So long as federation means stasis while centralization means movement, federated protocols are going to have trouble existing in a software climate that demands movement as it does today.”

Sounds to me more an organizational issue than a technology one. “The idea of federation is great, but not many people will sync with it, so federation is not a good idea” indicates where the primary focus for Moxie is – practical adoption, not robustness of decentralized protocol.

The whole idea of credit score is based on limited access to information from an individual, but then goes on to affect an increasingly significant part of someone’s life in unlimited ways. It also assumes invisibility of your activities is a problem that should be punished with less credit score, in effect coercing you to make yourself visible. Some societies use dynamic and contextual reputation to rate how trustworthy someone is and if they should enter into a contract with them. But this model does not scale for socially un-invested but economically interested setups (capitalism in many of its shades). That is why this coercion is needed – deanonymize people to reduce your risk. Hidden in plain sight.