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I blame that more on the political dynamics of the DPRK and how opaque it is. The current political equilibrium is reliant on a perception of strength from a single person. He must keep any weaknesses secret, therefore any actions that could be keeping a weakness secret are interpreted as a possible death.


A couple of years ago I went to Vancouver, B.C. on my honeymoon. My impression was that Canada is making a good faith effort to acknowledge the rich history of the First Nations and the sins of Canada’s past, and making amends where it can. It isn’t perfect by any stretch of the word and everything’s a work in progress, but this is just faux outrage.


While this is all true, email’s universality is a feature that no other service gets close to. It’s like English: it’s messy and there are better alternatives, but none of them have the same sort of crucial momentum.


Daily. During the work day, nearly hourly. Besides person-to-person communication, a lot of our backend systems at my workplace use it as an easy, cheap way to implement alerts.


As creaky as email is, if you’re trying to send a message between two or more people it is one of the few universal forms of message sending these days. Everyone has their favored platform with some people swearing off platforms for one reason or another, but email is constantly available to everyone. And if someone gets excluded because they don’t have an email address - well, that’s kind of their problem. Very different from a platform like Facebook where there are legitimate reasons to not want to have anything to do with them.


It also lacks certain themes that would be useful for accessibility purposes. Having them explicitly labeled for the condition could help.


Honestly, I would just read through all of it including the Appendix. It really does over the essentials of the Rust programming language, with everything there being an essential piece of understanding and using Rust.

The harder thing is choosing what to read after the Rust Book. Rust’s standard library constrains itself to only core functionality, so functionality like regexs and serialization are implemented in separate crates. The https://lib.rs/ and https://docs.rs/ sites are invaluable for expanding your knowledge of the Rust ecosystem. The Cargo.toml file for a given project will point you to what crates are used in the project.


I wonder how many are PHP sites (blogs, CMS, wikis, forums) that have just been humming along for a decade or more. The LAMP stack works great for that use case, so I can understand people not wanting to switch. The university that I work at still uses Apache for a lot of our infrastructure simply due to the amount of configuration changes and related testing we would have to do for little practical gain.

Nginx beats out Apache in the use case of a reverse proxy for dynamic content, some static content, and a sprinkling of redirects and other features to make the site work smoothly. As Apache loses its momentum and PHP wanes, I am not surprised to see Nginx gain.


There is a YouTube channel, MetaBallStudios, that does similar size comparisons. They also do isomorphic comparisons, like “if a second were one cubic centimeter then here’s how large various events would be”.


For me it is simple. Voting consistently tells politicians that people like me are a viable constituency, so we should be catered to. Not voting says that we should be ignored. It is the greatest means of collective action available.


This reflects my line of concerns perfectly. At the same time, I am aware of how any platform geared towards absolute free speech will almost certainly turn into a cesspool. Maybe going ahead with federation would be beneficial, with the understanding that federation could be severed if there is too much divergence in content.


Something that I’ve been rolling around in my head is 3D printed parts out of a manufacture-provided digital parts catalogue. You would have your local 3D printing shop where you go ask for such and such a screw, bolt, or other part. An hour later, you go pick up your part and repair whatever was broken. A device could be kept in good working order for decades if not centuries this way.

That contrasts with the current system where manufacturers must create and store a large number of parts, sometimes for years on end. If you have a 40 year old toaster that just needs a new handle, too bad. Chances are unless that is a very standardized part that is still in use, you’re completely out of luck.


My wording probably wasn’t very clear. There would be a set of site-wide rules, then two or more optional suggested CoC’s depending on the desired flavor of community. So in a community that’s devoted to LGBTQ+ people or non-political topics (e.g. tea, cats), it would be appropriate to pick the more restrictive CoC to produce a softer, friendlier environment at the price of self-censorship. But in a political debate space, it would make sense to have a looser CoC to get a diverse set of opinions for the community to mull over. The optional CoC’s would purely be to facilitate creating communities.

The idea is to create some consistency across the instance without forcing a single set of rules on everyone. The /r/moderatepolitics moderators have found that people who are new to the subreddit often run afoul of our rules, particularly our interpretation of what constitutes a personal attack. Having a common set of rules would at least create some consistency from community to community.


Fractal is pretty good if you’re on Gnome/Linux. And it’s written in Rust!


Oh, yeah, the three tiered CoC was an idea that would be internal to the instance. It would essentially be a way to help start communities with a well thought out base that they might then tweak with amendments. I fully support the idea of having some method of categorizing instance moderation policies so that users know what to expect.

I’m not sure how federation would negatively influence lemmy.ml. I would think the worst that happens is that a lemmy.ml admin would need to block a user, which is not much different than them just registering on lemmy.ml and getting banned here. Am I totally off base? Note that I would include any sort of cross-community or cross-instance brigade as a severe site-wide CoC violation.


I’m working on getting a Lemmy instance up and running that would be at least somewhat affiliated with the /r/moderatepolitics community. I would be fine with it being the home of a broader set of politics-oriented communities. However, as I’ve discussed elsewhere, I consider the lemmy.ml CoC to be incompatible with a space that invites opinions from an even moderately broad variety of political background. Would there be any flexibility around the CoC, getting listed on join-lemmy.org, and federation?

My vision is to have a three tiered CoC: site-wide, basic, and enhanced. The site-wide CoC would be a set of instance-wide policies that provide just basic rules for good behavior. This would include rules intended to keep the instance from turning into another trash fire like Gab or Parler. The basic CoC would be a template for a medium moderated community like /r/moderatepolitics, so rules that are mainly to keep the peace. The enhanced CoC would be for a heavily moderated community like lemmy.ml or /r/lgbt.


I am not convinced this is helpful. It seems like it just changes your point of trust from a relatively trusted source (Wikipedia) to many sources that could be compromised. A hypothetical state actor could easily set up an instance, like we saw recently with a “secure” chat app that was sending all communication to the FBI. Alternatively, a poorly staffed instance could be compromised by a third party. A better option would be to just use the current avenue of Wikipedia’s Tor site. There are still state actors working to get around Tor, but it provides much greater security.


That would be an incredibly risky move on China’s part. It would signal to the rest of the world that reliance on Chinese imports is a clear and present national security risk. There’s already a lot of discomfort around trade with China. They could easily trigger a costly trade war on multiple fronts, and not one that would turn out well for them given that 40% of their economy is industrial and 95% of their exports are manufactured goods.


Exports by country are instructive here. Estonia and Poland have less than 2% of exports going to China. Not nothing, but it won’t break the bank. Saudi Arabia has China as its largest export market by far at 19% of all exports.


I’ll put it another way. If you were the foreign minister for a ME country with a questionable human rights record and China had just plopped a multi-billion dollar project in your country with more on the way, would you do everything in your power to keep the cash flowing? Or would you criticize China for abuses that are no worse than what happens in your own country? I’ll reemphasize, my point is entirely about whether government statements from countries that are receiving Chinese funds should be viewed with heightened skepticism, regardless of religious makeup.


Concern around CoC's "oppressive"

I am thinking about creating an outpost in Lemmy for Reddit’s r/moderatepolitics subreddit. Briefly, the goal of the subreddit is to bring together a variety of viewpoints with rules that are mostly limited to not attacking other users and some operational rules (e.g. no editorialized headlines). Th…

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