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I can’t upvote the comments enough! heh


That’s an interesting premise, that somehow a currency is going to change the nature of how “the internet” is funded. So, none of the world’s currencies have done this, but a “currency” that isn’t really a currency is going to change around the entire economics of everything online?

There’s so many fun presumptions in that notion that it’s hard to even start a discussion.

The short answer is no. I think there’s more than enough evidence out there that cryptocurrencies will remain niche, and this ridiculous ‘web3’ notion of every interaction being a transaction will simply just not occur, much as any bros try and wish and argue for it.


You pay with cryptography?



You vote with your dollars, and if you care what Apple is doing, you tell them.

Buy a non-Apple system, write to Apple, and let them know why you’re not longer purchasing Apple equipment.

It’s really simple, if you want companies to change, you stop giving them money (and you tell them why if you’re no longer doing so). Giving them money tells them they’re doing everything just right.


You’re showing deep ignorance about this occupation, probably just willful because you’re frustrated with COVID like absolutely everyone else and this fits your narrative. But, just take a second and see who’s behind it. This is just one of many resources on this:

https://www.antihate.ca/the_freedom_convoy_is_nothing_but_a_vehicle_for_the_far_right

BTW - “The Truckers” denounced the Ottawa crap early on. If you stand with truckers, you stand against this bullshit.


lol! I had a good chuckle from this.


Sure, but one of those numbers I can easily reach & distribute. However, you’re right, I don’t mean to suggest to harass the poor people answering the phone. If you ever spoke to a manager or owner, yes, absolutely. But, to a customer service/dispatcher or such person, a polite complaint that you’d like to be passed up to management might help.

But if we can find the higher-ups numbers, we could have at 'er. ;-)


I would like to see a lot of jail time and non-stop fines as well. I think, correct me if I’m wrong, that GoFundMe is not going to stand by their nonsense now, so hit them hard in the pocketbook to help alleviate the financial strain on the area for having to deal with their nonsense. (Which I doubt they can ever pay back)

I would like to see laws put in place to make it illegal to operate commercial vehicles for personal purposes of any sort. Again, fines, commercial licenses revoked, the business involved having their business licenses revoked, etc. Either act like a business, or a petulant baby, but you can’t use one for the other.

Tax the living shit out of their fuel for non-commercial purposes, if you can’t do anything else. How does $40/l sound for this special use of your diesel-burner? I have no idea how to implement this, and it may be impossible. How about mega taxes per km driven for non-commercial purposes then?

Like, at which point do we start taking the environmental aspect of their horseshit seriously? Our world is burning, and these extremists want to burn copious amounts of diesel to go have their shitfit in Ottawa? Not acceptable, period.

If this were an environmental protest, or a protest over land rights, or many other items, would this have gone on longer than a day?

I want to see the military dragging these trucks out of town - maybe with the trucks flopped over sideways like a heap of trash.


Agreed with both of you.

Anyone feel like calling up Ottawa tow truck companies to berate them for being such weak pieces of shit?

(Edit: This isn’t the only issue to deal with, of course, it’s just the latest bit of completely pathetic pus to come out of the mess in Ottawa)


Yeah, CBC’s doing something weird and I never really had time to look in to it in depth. I suspected that they change behaviour/response based on user agent, and I don’t know if they just filter or drop things they figure are real outliers/unknowns/bots or something.


I already had the dedicated server, so it was easy enough to just virtualhost it.


To clarify that comment - I handed lemmy.ca over to @smorks@lemmy.ca as I no longer have the time to run, maintain, and moderate it. The cost for me was negligible at this point - I had it sitting on a dedicated server that ran several other things.



Not sure why I didn’t see this… are you interested in taking it on?


My setup is from scratch. Most of my moderation is spam removal: https://lemmy.ca/modlog


It’s just a vhost on a dedicated server that I have for a bunch of things. Requires rust and postgresql - and I’m not sure how light of a server would handle it. The lemmy processes are taking up over 5GB RAM, but that’s mostly due to pict-rs, and I’m not sure if it’s just being lazy with cleaning itself up or not. (if I restart pict-rs it’s very light)

The DB size is about 566MB presently.

Anything other particulars you wanted to know about presently?


Ah, very nice! Do you have the ability to take the DB and host the service somewhere?


cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ca/post/49203 > Hi all, > > I'm going to be taking on a rather large change of life in the very near future, and I'm having to dump a bunch of responsibilities and hobby-type things. > > This lemmy instance falls in to that category. I would love to see someone with the technical know-how volunteer to pick up the domain, this database, and host this somewhere, keeping continuity going. > > Anyone interested? > > Thanks!
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Hi all, I'm going to be taking on a rather large change of life in the very near future, and I'm having to dump a bunch of responsibilities and hobby-type things. This lemmy instance falls in to that category. I would love to see someone with the technical know-how volunteer to pick up the domain, this database, and host this somewhere, keeping continuity going. Anyone interested? Thanks!
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Gentoo is one of my go-to’s that I come back to time and time again.

I don’t mind spending my time with Gentoo as one can have very stable systems with it (as per your choosing), and if one uses a half decent machine to do all the building, it can supply more lowly machines with a current repository of binary builds.

Yes, it has it’s headaches from time to time (similar to the mention above about Arch and what happens if you don’t update for some time), but nothing insurmountable.


I was never thrilled with Opensuse. I found regardless which flavour I was on, I had to enable so many extra repositories that it eventually turned in to a mess each time.



Unfortunately, the-federation.info is broken and nobody’s really interested in fixing it. Trying to get lemmy.ca registered has been futile - you can try it yourself: https://the-federation.info/register/lemmy.ca but I get 500 server errors as a result.

The users # is the total number of users that have registered, yes. There’s also the raw information on active users at https://lemmy.ca/nodeinfo/2.0.json

I think fediverse.observer is going to be a good replacement for the-federation.info - have a look at https://lemmy.fediverse.observer for instance.


Well that’s good news - still can’t from Pleroma, but we’re digging in to that. Thanks for letting me know!


lemmy.ca updated to Lemmy 0.14.5
Hi all, I've updated Lemmy to the current 0.14.5 release today - please let me know if you see any issues. We're aware of federation issues to Pleroma & Mastodon and there's a couple of Lemmy bugs that have been reported regarding the issues. Thanks!
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I’ve been poking around with it a bit and haven’t been successful with it. I’ve just filed issue #1984 and it appears #1983 was filed yesterday regarding issues subscribing from Mastodon.

Early days…


Heh, possibly!

I think there’s a bit of clumsiness with it at the moment (it would be great if there was a visual indicator that it was still working on grabbing the details on the backend, or whatever), could be worthwhile checking to see if there’s an issue filed for improving that.


That’s a good question - there seems to be some flakiness with it, even with the 0.14.X updates - or there’s something up with the nginx configs that’s causing an issue. I haven’t been able to subscribe from a pleroma instance yet either.


How long did you wait for a result? Checking on this method, I can see that initially it shows no results when I did a test search for https://lemmy.ml/c/aboringdystopia, but after several seconds, it appeared on the result page.

Took awhile when searching for !mechanicalkeyboards@lemmy.ml as well. So, it seems to be happening, just not terribly quickly at the moment.


2 - Thanks for the clarification, I stand corrected!

One doesn’t need millions of users to have a healthy community, and if communities are built around being divisive hate machines, there’s no need to welcome them, they can stand alone as their own ignorant islands. You can’t force integration between sane society and the intolerant. The hateful intolerant have to be moderated and told to go piss up a tree.

Gab only turned off federation after it was clear they weren’t welcome anywhere.

I don’t disagree that growth of the fediverse would be a good thing, but not in an unmoderated fashion. The example growth you give is a great example of the wrong way to get growth - nobody’s trying to re-create Twitter. The style? Sure. The content? Nope.


Does this really need explaining? You think a million disinformation zombies would be a good thing?

I guess you weren’t aware that Gab is a fork of Mastodon and was originally part of the fediverse until they were essentially locked out due to their crap?

You must be American, if you believe that conservatism vs liberalism is the same thing as hateful racist trolling dickhead vs. people who don’t want that in their lives.

The rest of the world (mostly) doesn’t live by this constant “red vs. blue” anger fest.


Lemmy.ca updated to 0.14.3 today
Some minor bugfixes
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No, I can mod him.

Actually, I have no idea if it’s a him. Apologies if my presumption is incorrect.



Several Canadaland episodes brought this to light and go pretty in depth. I’m looking forward to seeing how the 5th estate covers this, too.


No, harassers don’t always stop - this is a very simplistic view of things. Just ‘buck up’ and all will be well, eh? Have I misinterpreted your comments, or do you also believe that people who are on employment insurance are just lazy?


No worries - I just wanted to let you know that the notifications were occurring. They probably shouldn’t and I will be checking on Lemmy issues about it. (Just filed #1925)

Heh, I used to be biased in favour of XMPP until I did the full switch. ;-)


I’ve more than my fill of XMPP experience since it was Jabber. Pretty completely done with it at this point - and my most recent experiences were still not great, and they’re within the past couple of years. My standpoint isn’t just from a user level, as well. Have run a few XMPP servers over the years.

Element, on the other hand, has really become an excellent client.


Personally I don’t think blocking is that important, because most of the time problems can be resolved in another way, like ignoring the messages.

Blocking is extremely important to personal safety. “Ignoring” isn’t appropriate advice to anyone who’s even been deluged with crap from a harasser.


I’m with 'ya - I was fully in to the XMPP ecosystem a few years ago and found the clients so incredibly frustrating (for a variety of feature implementation issues) that I had to dump it. XMPP isn’t for families, and from what you’re saying, not good for personal safety either.


I think your information on what matrix does with metadata is outdated or over-encompassing, or both. Is your knowledge on matrix up to date? (I’m asking honestly because I immediately went searching for what the current situation with matrix is, and most of what I find with regard to this was heavily worked on in 2019 and 2020 - maybe it’s still being worked on, but it doesn’t seem to be talked about much any longer).

It sounds like, for all practical purposes, Matrix should be plenty private. If one needs extreme levels of privacy, I don’t think you want to join an untrusted server, and definitely not join group chats. One couldn’t pretend to be cautious and do those things anyway.

On, on a complete side note - (and here I am doing an edit) - were you aware that every time you edit and submit, you may be sending out notification emails? I got a new email notification for each edit you made on yours.


How is the privacy/security model better with XMPP?


Lemmy.ca updated to 0.14.1
Hi all, Since Lemmy's 0.14.0 release a day or so ago, federation has been broken to other systems that had immediately upgraded (including lemmy.ml). Now that we've upgraded, we should be on a path, according to their release notes, where we won't see this breakage again any time soon. Here's hoping! Enjoy the new release.
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lemmy.ca updated to 0.13.5
Hopefully this resolves the federation issues and keeps things flowing.
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Some issues with federation still - please bear with us
Hey all, If you've noticed that federated communities have stopped coming through to lemmy.ca, it's apparently due to known federation bugs that the Lemmy team is working on resolving for their 0.14 release. However, after working through some logs today and posting to the Lemmy matrix chat, it sounds like they're going to push a 0.13.4 fix release (we're currently on 0.13.3) right away. Stay tuned!
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Just a quick test
Things went kind of silent around here for 2 days now, so am testing to ensure posting hasn't broken.
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Updated to 0.13.1 to resolve federation issue
As mentioned in https://lemmy.ca/post/14086 there were some federation issues noticed recently. There was a fairly significant bug resolved in 0.13.0 so we've updated to that to ensure as good a service as possible. Enjoy!
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Updated the site to the latest Lemmy release - 0.13.0
Howdy all, As per https://lemmy.ml/post/83611 - there's now comment and post reporting enabled. As an admin, I get to figure out where the reports go, but I presume for now it's just to an admin. Enjoy!
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Some site interruptions since updating to 0.12.2
Hi all, The lemmy server process has been locking up at various points recently, sometimes to the point of no longer being able to service requests. I don't know that it has anything to do with the latest version as the timing could just be coincidental, but, I have found some evidence that it's been too limited with it's file handles, so I've opened them up further. Hopefully any apparent site outages stop at this point.
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Imagine if these asshats got an overdone steak. I hope these sorts of people are put in jail, stat.
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I appreciate that this is occurring... hope they have lots of support!
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We really have far too much tolerance for these douchebags.
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I know, pretty lame announcement, but I figured it might be nice to have an announcement post that wasn't just 'I updated the lemmy code again today'. Heh, enjoy!
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lemmy.ca updated to latest Lemmy release - 0.12.2
Happy after-Labour-Day Tuesday! Lemmy 0.12 was released last week, and there's already been a couple of bugfix releases (part of why it's so good to have patience when a new software release that has major new features or rewrites come along). So we've jumped to 0.12.2: Announcement of lemmy 0.12: https://lemmy.ca/post/12783 Announcmeent of lemmy 0.12.1: https://lemmy.ca/post/12841 Release notes that include the 0.12.2 release: https://github.com/LemmyNet/lemmy/blob/main/RELEASES.md Enjoy!
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lemmy.ca updated to latest Lemmy release - 0.12.2

Somebody please tell me if anyone involved in writing this thing has any understanding of how any online services work?
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Updated lemmy.ca again today
We're on the new release 0.11.0 now - not sure why the frontend is showing "BE: unknown version", but we'll look in to that.
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Updated the site today
Howdy all, Updated to lemmy 0.10.3 today, which contains some bugfixes and tweaks. Much has occurred on the back-end so mostly out of sight for regular users. If you notice any issues, please drop me a line!
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Here's a thing to get out and do/see/enjoy (or stay home and do, too).
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I've found the same with butter over the past few years. I hope this gets backed up by other sources, but if true, it sounds like high time for better regulation of this industry - if they can't make profit from selling a pound of butter for $5 (which most seem to be priced higher than that now), then something is disastrously wrong.
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Updated lemmy.ca code today
Howdy! I've just updated lemmy.ca from lemmy 0.9.6 to 0.9.7. More info on the changes at: https://lemmy.ca/post/2626
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Another test post for federation
Testing again to create log noise
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Test post for federation
Federation testing! Will delete soon.
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Test post for federation
Testing, testing, testing.
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Interior Health is doing a bang-up communications job - we need better.
It destroys me that in the middle of this pandemic, a year in, our government bodies think that they need to control messaging like this to the point of breeding distrust. I really don't want to be distrustful of Interior Health, but when people are reaching out to the media anonymously to try to shed some real light on things - 'whistleblow', if you will - it's a little distressing. I have heard directly from a hospital worker about them having their jobs threatened if they speak publicly. That's not how things should work, and our government bodies need to be held much more accountable for being secretive. I also believe that it should be illegal to fire someone for whistleblowing or speaking to media. If the media gets multiple people complaining about exactly the same thing, they should be able to dig for answers.
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Updating complete! (For the moment)
It looks like the Lemmy devs are releasing fast and furiously, as even when I was updating Lemmy.ca to what was the current version this morning (0.9.5), they released 0.9.6! So, a variety of updates later, we're up to date. Along with these updates, the newest versions of the Lemmur mobile client should work here as well. Have a great weekend!
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Hi all, Just wanted to note that I'm going to start updating this instance over the next day or two. I will be running the changes through a test environment first to try and ensure as little downtime as possible. But, if you see something odd happening here (beyond posts not federating quite properly currently), hang tight, as it's probably just temporary outages while components are put in place. I'll post an update announcement as soon as everything is done and presumed to be working.
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What an effective and useful by-law! Ever seen by-law in any of the shopping area parking lots? This would be an easy cash cow for them if they even tried. I'm not sure what kind of peer pressure Sinclair figures will work - See all those other cars in the parking lot that are shut off? They're not having any peer pressure effect on those idlers who can't stand to be uncomfortable for 60 seconds.
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Updated Lemmur builds - 20210112
Howdy all, If you're interested in testing out Lemmur, one of the Lemmy clients, I've created a fresh set of builds from the github source code: https://lemmy.ca/dl/lemmur-arm64-release.apk https://lemmy.ca/dl/lemmur-armeabi-v7a-release.apk https://lemmy.ca/dl/lemmur-x86_64-release.apk These builds are use-at-your-own-risk - I've just recently provided them since I have everything setup to build and I've posted a previous build set on the Lemmy matrix chat, which seemed to go over quite well. I only have an arm64 device, and it installed and seems to be working just fine for me. Enjoy!
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Hmm, I'm posting this as it only came up after I was looking for more on [the crap the CPC had on their website yesterday](https://www.narcity.com/en-ca/news/conservative-party-accused-justin-trudeau-of-rigging-the-election-deleted-it). I think it may be time to reach out to my local (conservative) MP and demand better. I don't know about you, but we're going to have to do something to push out the blatant Trumpism that's occurring here. We're going to have to be completely intolerant of it, and demand better. Thoughts? See: [Intolerance Paradox](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_tolerance)
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Happy Holidays!
Howdy all! I know we're a brand new instance, but as we're public and users are joining up, I felt that I should post this. I know we're past Christmas already, but I hope everyone is doing as well as possible, staying safe, and having an enjoyable end of the year. I'm very much looking forward to Lemmy developments and refinements, and lemmy.ca specifically being a fantastic and useful spot for people. Here's hoping the bugs of 2020 take a hike in 2021 and that it's a much merrier year over all. Peace to all!
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Hi all, Originally posted to [!lemmy_admin@lemmy.ml](/community/21) I have been playing around with notes on getting Lemmy installed from scratch, without using docker or ansible. While these notes have worked for me, there's probably a million iterations of 'better' that could be done to them - I'd consider them a draft at this point. That said, I have used them to create each of Lemmy's components on lemmy.ca. If you do use these, I would recommend sticking to lemmy release versions as the developers state that are likely breaking changes to things like federation in between releases. Also, I'm aware that things like the init scripts need some further work - they're just a starting point for now. If interested, please go ahead and grab https://lemmy.ca/dl/lemmy-resources.tar.gz and have a look at the lemmy-setup-notes.txt file included. There's also example configs for the various component that require them and the aforementioned init scripts. I hope this is useful to someone!
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Happy Holidays!
Howdy all! I know we're a brand new instance, but as we're public and users are joining up, I felt that I should post this. I know we're past Christmas already, but I hope everyone is doing as well as possible, staying safe, and having an enjoyable end of the year. I'm very much looking forward to Lemmy developments and refinements, and lemmy.ca specifically being a fantastic and useful spot for people. Here's hoping the bugs of 2020 take a hike in 2021 and that it's a much merrier year over all. Peace to all!
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Hi all, I have been playing around with notes on getting Lemmy installed from scratch, without using docker or ansible. While these notes have worked for me, there's probably a million iterations of 'better' that could be done to them - I'd consider them a draft at this point. That said, I have used them to create each of Lemmy's components on lemmy.ca. If you do use these, I would recommend sticking to lemmy release versions as the developers state that are likely breaking changes to things like federation in between releases. Also, I'm aware that things like the init scripts need some further work - they're just a starting point for now. If interested, please go ahead and grab https://lemmy.ca/dl/lemmy-resources.tar.gz and have a look at the lemmy-setup-notes.txt file included. There's also example configs for the various component that require them and the aforementioned init scripts. I hope this is useful to someone!
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Stupid churches fined for being stupid.
Why do some people insist on being so difficult about **temporary** rules? The entitlement is appalling.
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Lemmy & small VPSes
Hi all! For those who are using a very small, limited-RAM VPS (smaller than 4GB), how are you finding keeping Lemmy up to date? I'm doing each component piecemeal, and on my 2GB RAM VPS I couldn't finish lemmy backend's cargo build, just too much RAM required even with 1.5GB of swap (VPS provider is really going to enjoy that, I'm sure) I did the production build on a machine at home and copied the lemmy_server over. Seems to be fine, but... rust or lemmy seem to have some massive resource requirements on the build.
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Something odd with the Lemmy rate limiting.
I have all the proxy_set_header directives in nginx, including the new ones just added in yesterday or the day before. I noticed this in my logs a short while ago: `Dec 17 20:07:03 [lemmy] [2020-12-17T20:07:03Z ERROR actix_http::response] Internal Server Error: LemmyError { inner: {"error":"Too many requests. type: Message, IP: , 180 per 60 seconds"} }` There was a bunch of them over a period of a minute or so. In cross-referencing the time with the actual nginx access logs, it looks erroneous. There were a flurry of systems accessing a post, but never 180 requests from any single source. I notice the error message there has a blank IP: - and I wonder if everything in the lemmy backend is able to handle IP's in the IPV6 format - as nginx is logging requests eg: "::ffff:162.243.128.20" It's only been a one-off so far, but I may go increase the rate limiting in the short term if there's some breakage there.
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