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Beyond microblogging with ActivityPub [LWN.net]
> ActivityPub-enabled microblogs are gaining popularity as a replacement for Twitter, but ActivityPub is for more than just microblogging. Many other popular services also have open-source alternatives that speak ActivityPub. Proprietary services operated by commercial interests usually deliberately limit interoperability, but users of any ActivityPub-enabled service should be able to communicate with each other, even if they are using different services. This promise of interoperability is often limited in practice, though; while ActivityPub specifies how multiple types of content can be published, the kinds of content that can be displayed or interacted with vary from project to project.

[…] We could cook wheat like we cook rice. That would leave out the pasta making process and therefor way less energy usage. If we soak the whole wheat before (like we soak beans), it would be even less energy usage.

Pastiera napoletana is the dish you are looking for, and it’s delicious:

By Mattia Luigi Nappi (Mattia Luigi Nappi) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1954385

It’s made with grano cotto – cooked wheat grain – which unfortunately takes much longer to cook than pasta does:

The wheat needs to be soaked at least 24 hours before it is cooked. When using durum wheat (the usual in Southern Italy), it needs to be soaked for 3 days and the water needs to be changed each morning and each evening. With our soft wheat, 24 hours is sufficient. The wheat is then cooked with milk, lemon zest, and butter until it is al dente. This takes about an hour and a half, or half that time with a pressure cooker.



Ah, the intersection near Reservoir station. It’s changed now; for the better, but millions spent due to car dominance, with the government passing it off as public transport and bike network spending.

Google satellite photos are well outdated, but street view has current imagery if anyone wants to explore.

Here’s some more recent aerial photos from Nearmap:

Vertical aerial photo of the current road intersection layout around Reservoir railway station Oblique aerial photo of the current road intersection layout around Reservoir railway station


Seems like twitter might be blocking mastodon domains from a public list somewhere? Even a link to a very small (public) instance was blocked. A link to a single-user instance however, was not blocked.

Interestingly… a link to that same (not blocked) single-user instance but with another (blocked) instance’s domain in the path of the url was blocked.

Hmm… What if… twitter.com was listed as a mastodon server?


> JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP)—Indonesia’s Parliament unanimously passed a long-expected revision of the country’s penal code on Tuesday that criminalizes sex outside of marriage for citizens as well as foreigners, prohibits promotion of contraception, forbids progressive political thought, and bans defamation of the president and state institutions. > > The amended code also expands an existing blasphemy law and maintains a five-year prison term for deviations from the central tenets of Indonesia’s six recognized religions: Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. > > Citizens can face a 10-year prison term for associating with organizations that follow Marxist-Leninist ideology and a four-year sentence for spreading communism. Anti-communism has long been a tenet of the Indonesian state. > [...] -- December 6, 2022; By Niniek Karmini


Corpse wrapped in a hessian sack, dropped upright into a hole dug in a field with an auger; no headstone, just GPS coordinates.

https://www.funeralguide.net/blog/upright-burials


Description: - Fortune magazine headline "Europe's energy crisis sets its sights on another victim: Car manufacturing" (2022-10-12) - Jeremy Clarkson 2-panel "Oh no!", "Anyway." meme.
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Salmon farming in Australia:

Salmon farming exposed: Does the industry’s ‘green image’ stack up? | Four Corners: https://invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=xLIph7Ct-rQ


To be fair, there is promise in sustainable aquaculture, in the same way sustainable agriculture is possible. Unfortunately indifference/greed/capitalism doesn’t seem to favour responsible aquaculture practices.

Land-based aquaculture using azolla as feed: https://theazollafoundation.org/azollas-uses/as-a-livestock-feed/

Mussel (and some other shellfish) aquaculture: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/mar/05/can-mussel-farming-restore-the-uks-damaged-coastline-aoe


Farmed Norwegian Salmon - World’s Most Toxic Food
Excellent documentary on farmed and wild-caught fish regarding the effects of pollution, contamination, industrialisation, fraud, corruption, etc. Focuses mostly on human health issues, but touches on the relevant environmental and other issues too. TL;DW: Don't consume farmed fish. Don't consume big fish. Eat small fish. Alternative links: https://redirect.invidious.io/watch?v=RYYf8cLUV5E



If a raster image version would be ok, one avenue to look into is opening up the network tab in developer tools in Firefox, and browsing through all the pages. You may need to zoom in to ensure high enough resolution images are loaded.

At the end of this, click the cog button and “save all as HAR file”.

Then you’ll need to write some code to extract and correctly order all the page images then feed that into a pdf generator tool.

I got as far as manually inspecting the HAR file with some tool and noting that page images are indeed there, but my need for the textbooks lapsed so I did no further work.


(/c/fuck_cars@lemmy.ml)


Diesel loco trains are so much nicer (quieter) to travel in.

Electrification of a diesel loco hauled service just involves replacing the locomotive.


Yet… you have a problem: a device-wipe-on-sms app is not available for iOS.



Covid panic? More people driving to avoid catching covid on public transport, thus killing more people on the roads?

Taking 2019’s US road toll stats as a baseline, 2020+2021’s “excess” road toll was between 5 and 6 million extra people.

The US covid death toll for 2020+2021+2022 is about 1 million people.

Please note this is just conjecture – correlation is not causation, etc.

Going by the stats here:



Hmm… would it be too much to paste some of these up around the local schools?


Not wasting any timber here! Folding table crafted out of a single block of wood.


**"Mr Rolles was arrested in late June, when he was pulled off the street in Sydney for allegedly blocking roads and obstructing traffic."** > Since late June, Greg Rolles must produce on demand his computer and mobile phone for police inspection, and tell them his passwords. > > He is not allowed to use any encrypted messaging apps, like Signal or WhatsApp. He can only have one mobile phone. > [...] > > These are the strict technology-related bail conditions imposed on some Blockade Australia climate protesters — a development legal experts have criticised as "unusual" and "extreme". > [...] > > Defence lawyer Mark Davis, who is representing some of the Blockade Australia activists, said the vagueness of the prohibition was concerning. > > "It used to name the things you couldn't have, and then they made it all encrypted communication," he said. > > "It could be you're on your PlayStation." > > He also takes issue with the non-association rules, and the lack of specificity about what an "association" might be. > Mr Davis said one of his clients had been pulled in by police after they reacted with a "thumbs up" emoji to Facebook comments [...]

Another option is to use a filesystem such as btrfs or zfs which stores checksums in metadata, then use the included tools to verify file integrity and identify bit rot.

https://btrfs.readthedocs.io/en/latest/btrfs-scrub.html

https://openzfs.github.io/openzfs-docs/man/8/zpool-scrub.8.html



Packet inspection on students' own devices by Victoria’s Department of Education
> Victoria’s Department of Education [Australia] is expanding its monitoring of devices’ internal traffic from staff to students' own devices at a number of schools. > > The expansion will result in Zscaler SSL root certificates being installed on not only school-provided devices, but students’ personal devices if they connect locally to a school network. > >**The certificate allows student browser traffic to be decrypted for inspection, while still presenting to the user as if they were protected by HTTPS.** > > [...]

The Military Situation In The Ukraine – Jaques Baud -- The Postil Magazine
cross-posted from: https://lemmygrad.ml/post/190491 > *Jacques Baud is a former colonel of the General Staff, ex-member of the Swiss strategic intelligence, specialist on Eastern countries. He was trained in the American and British intelligence services. He has served as Policy Chief for United Nations Peace Operations.* I'll let someone else do a tl;dr..

DuckDuck..Gone: "Why not signal"
So, this is interesting. I wanted to find that essay by [@dessalines@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/dessalines) outlining the many issues of Signal and suggested alternatives, but DuckDuckGo had _nothing_ for me. Not on the first page, not on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th page. I thought maybe I just imagined the title, but sure enough, on searching lemmy posts, [it was right there](https://lemmy.ml/post/81033). Then I thought "hang on, there's hardly a mention let alone criticism of signal on any page of those search results!". Hmm.. the wording might be a bit ambiguous, but let's compare: - [DuckDuckGo "why not signal"](https://archive.ph/IeWpR) - NOTHING - [Google "why not signal"](https://archive.ph/j5tTb) - Plenty of results! Dessaline's essay is first up, followed by a plethora of discussions about the essay on HN, Reddit, lemmys, mastodons, and more. Not evil! ..this time. - [DuckDuckGo "why not signal" dessalines](https://archive.ph/09kpY) - Okay, so DDG has indexed it just fine. Maybe dessalines is "downranked" à la RT.com? - [DuckDuckGo "why not market socialism"](https://archive.ph/mKuAb) - Nope, finds one of dessalines' socialism essays just fine, half way down the page. All of the following except Gigablast returned a healthy list of results including the original essay: - [Qwant "why not signal"](https://archive.ph/T7EWn) - [Bing "why not signal"](https://archive.ph/MwiNa) - [Brave "why not signal"](https://archive.ph/4n1MA) - [Gigablast "why not signal"](https://archive.ph/Sjiwf) - [Mojeek "why not signal"](https://archive.ph/fRiUd) - [Startpage "why not signal"](https://archive.ph/7dhKj) - [Yandex "why not signal"](https://archive.ph/ffQLv) - [Paulgo (searxng) "why not signal"](https://archive.ph/ksOg7)

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Federation and its consequences have been a disaster for the fediverse
![](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/56b30403-21a9-4bf4-8952-d679135b0a4c.png) gemini://cadence.moe/gemlog/2020-11-16-federation-and-its-consequences.bliz https://archive.ph/QvWU5

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/139820 > Does anyone know what this thing is? Some kind of decentralized, open source, anti-establishment, etc platform aiming to be an alternative to twitter, but we plebs aren't allowed to see or participate in the development process or even see any source repositories yet. > > To me there's a bunch of red flags, but I can't put my finger on what I reckon they're flagging. It's that combo of roll-your-own-crypto and promises of decentralization and secret-open-source-development-model all tied together with node.js and blockchain. > > No mention of other decentralization efforts, their envisaged place/relationship with the fediverse, ActivityPub, **Mastodon**, possibility of extending their new blockchain protocol ideas with other platforms. Nothing even about how they're better than the fediverse or whatever. > > They were banned from twitter tho so they "must be legit"? > The slides on the "tech" page mostly have this "COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE - NOT FOR UNAUTHORISED USE OR DISSEMINATION" watermarks, which is pretty weird. > > https://ghostarchive.org/archive/G08ek > > https://archive.is/panquake.com >

Does anyone know what this thing is? Some kind of decentralized, open source, anti-establishment, etc platform aiming to be an alternative to twitter, but we plebs aren't allowed to see or participate in the development process or even see any source repositories yet. To me there's a bunch of red flags, but I can't put my finger on what I reckon they're flagging. It's that combo of roll-your-own-crypto and promises of decentralization and secret-open-source-development-model all tied together with node.js and blockchain. No mention of other decentralization efforts, their envisaged place/relationship with the fediverse, ActivityPub, **Mastodon**, possibility of extending their new blockchain protocol ideas with other platforms. Nothing even about how they're better than the fediverse or whatever. They were banned from twitter tho so they "must be legit"? The slides on the "tech" page mostly have this "COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE - NOT FOR UNAUTHORISED USE OR DISSEMINATION" watermarks, which is pretty weird. https://ghostarchive.org/archive/G08ek https://archive.is/panquake.com