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Absolutely. Anything but Microsoft GitHub.

Codeberg is at: https://codeberg.org/


Not exactly an answer to your question (sorry), but perhaps it鈥檚 a good reason to consider GitLab instead.


Agreed, but it still feels somewhat inconsiderate (at least), and the only reason they can get away with doing it this way is because of their size.

I mean, it really feels like they decided they finally have a good cover for screwing over small, independent e-mail clients.



Look, cryptobros have been pushing cryptocurrencies using cherry-picked 鈥渁rguments鈥 for years. I don鈥檛 see why this can only work one way?

On a more serious note, I am quite tired of the moving of goalposts practiced by cryptocurrency shills. 鈥淥h, no, that only applies to some coins, not all of them!鈥, 鈥渉ey, that one also only affects some blockchains!鈥, 鈥渘o no, you can鈥檛 say that, there鈥檚 this <edge case> coin out there that happens to not have this one specific problem鈥.

Somehow problems they point out with the financial sector are supposed to apply to the whole sector, but problems with cryptocurrencies are only ever relevant to one very specific coin and in no way should reflect on the whole scene.

Give me a break. 馃檮

Also, nice evasion there, just ignoring the main part of my post, which was: the fact that some other industry happens to generate emissions doesn鈥檛 make it okay to create a completely new source of emissions.


This is hardly a reason to add more to that, is it?

  • Johnny, everyone鈥檚 trying to clean up and you鈥檙e making more mess!
  • Yeah, but Adam also made a mess!

Seriously. 馃檮

Plus, the financial sector can process thousands of transactions globally per second. Bitcoin, on the other hand, about (checks notes) seven.


Tekst propozycji:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM%3A2022%3A209%3AFIN&qid=1652451192472

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Apple testowa艂o sw贸j NeuralHash w tym celu:
https://www.apple.com/child-safety/pdf/CSAM_Detection_Technical_Summary.pdf

Oczywi艣cie b艂yskawicznie okaza艂o si臋, 偶e nietrudno wygenerowa膰 kolizje:
https://github.com/AsuharietYgvar/AppleNeuralHash2ONNX/issues/1

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To oczywi艣cie bardzo p艂ytkie podsumowanie na szybko. Ale generalnie to jest przypadek 鈥渢hink of the children鈥 i magicznego my艣lenia o technologii.


Bitcoin is not a magic bullet to solve greed.

It鈥檚 way worse than that. Cryptocurrencies are a way to supercharge greedy and corrupt people, by giving them a powerful unregulated tool to play with. And all at a tiny cost of emitting thousands of tons of CO2 at a time when parts of India are already starting to become uninhabitable.


Thank you. I dropped into this bad habit, this is a much-welcome prod to shake it off.



The more I think of it, the more I come to the conclusion that cryptobros looked at the banking system and broader financial sector, correctly figured out there are a bunch of serious problems with them, and then misidentified the underlying problem as technology used instead of greed.

They are basically focusing implementation details instead of figuring out how to fix the actual source of the problem.


Yes there are risks with everything, and if its too risky for you thats okay. Others will keep using it.

Can they then please not make a big thing out of losing everything because of gambling in a cryptocassino? And maybe please do not ask the Fed to step in?

Can they please stop appropriating artists鈥 works, or activists鈥 faces?

That鈥檚 what really gets me going. I don鈥檛 care what cryptobros do with their money and if they want to put it in a machine that spits out random amounts on the other end, be my guest. But can they please stop insisting on affecting everyone else in the world?


I thought this forum is about technology, and not religion.

Cryptocurrencies etc are religion at this stage, debating cryptobros is eerily similar to debating religious fanatics. You get a recital of the 鈥渢ruths of faith鈥, and any scratching off the surface and pointing out how they are demonstrably untrue gets people angry and start calling you names.

Plenty of threads here over the last few weeks that prove it.



Has intrinsic value due to scarcity, like a gold-standard currency (as opposed to today鈥檚 fiat currencies).

In other words, it鈥檚 designed to provide pay-off to those who jump-in early, as long as they convince more people to jump in, and assuming they get out early enough.

So it can鈥檛 be devalued or manipulated by a central bank.

Well, I don鈥檛 what we call a thing that manipulates them. Sure, it鈥檚 not called a 鈥渃entral bank鈥. But clearly cryptocurrencies can be manipulated:

Not to mention manipulation by dudebros like Elon Musk, whose one tweet can just send cryptocurrencies up or down like a roller-coaster.

You don鈥檛 need to hold physical coins, or ask a 3rd party (like a bank) to store your money for you

And yet pleny of cryptocurrency people ask 3rd parties to store their assets for them. Which leads to pain.

Also, with cash you also also technically don鈥檛 need physical coins. Banknotes are a thing, you know. 馃槣

Can be send instantly anywhere in the world, without going through expensive money-transfer agents

Well, as long as you pay the exorbitant transaction/gas fees (which are there because the supply of particular cryptocurrency is capped, and so some form of rewarding miners is needed, apparently), and if you can afford to wait sometimes days for the transaction to be confirmed.

Money cannot be created out of nothing. If you want to loan somebody money, it has to really exist.

I mentioned Tether above, in that exact context. Consider the following:

Tether only holds a part (a 鈥渇raction鈥) of the actual hard cash they would need to back it 1:1 with USD. You know how much? A whole 2.9%, last time they produced any numbers on it, as far as I can see. Everything else is commercial paper, bonds, etc. They are literally gambling on the stock market with their supposed 鈥渂acking cash鈥. This is basically what the Big Banks were doing before the 2008 crash, by the way.

Congratulations, you just invented (badly) fractional reserve banking. One of the core things cryptobros pinky-promised never to do. 馃ぃ

No wonder people lost their minds when Tether de-pegged by roughly 5% this week!

Oh and by the way: Tether was in turn used to manipulate Bitcoin prices.

If all this is not 鈥渃reating money out of nothing鈥, I don鈥檛 know what is. Think about it: one of the biggest cryptocurrencies out there, and pretty damn important one, literally just goes 鈥淚 promise, just trust me鈥 on the whole 鈥渆very USDT is backed 1:1 by USD鈥 thing, and everyone is just, you know, fine with that.

There are multiple important benefits. They may not all be important for you right now, but saying it doesn鈥檛 solve any problems at all is just ridiculous.

So far you have not named a single problem that cryptocurrencies actually solve. You mentioned a bunch of features some claim they presumably have, but not a single actual solved problem. It鈥檚 like saying 鈥渃ars are great, they have wheels, and you don鈥檛 need a bus, and they come in all sorts of colors, too!鈥 in response to a question 鈥渨hat problem do cars solve?鈥

The people who say it鈥檚 a ponzi scheme are people who don鈥檛 know what ponzi schemes are.

Well, Financial Times might actually have a reasonably good understanding what a Ponzi scheme is. And so, here we are. The whole article is basically this scene from The Office, and it鈥檚 finger-lickin鈥 good.


You shouldnt think of crypto only as an investment.

Oh not at all. I mostly think of it as a scam, with some Hoggish Greedly (ever watched Captain Planet?) type greed-induced crawling environmental disaster bolted onto it.

Have you ever sent money to someone outside the EU? Its very expensive, and takes a few days.

Sure. But I am sure we can find solutions that do not require buying into Ponzi schemes, if we just decide to focus on that, instead of on shilling said Ponzi schemes. 馃し鈥嶁檧锔


I honestly don鈥檛 think they solve any problems, at all. I have not seen any proof they actually do.

They鈥檙e a great way to make a quick buck if you get in early enough, just like any pyramid/ponzi.

Though it does seem it鈥檚 not early enough anymore. 馃し鈥嶁檧锔



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I think we mostly violently agree here.

One thing I鈥檒l add is that banning Trump from Twitter is not a 鈥渟olution鈥, it鈥檚 harm reduction. Nobody is saying the problem 鈥渨ent away鈥. And in the end it doesn鈥檛 matter why Musk would un-ban Trump. The end result is the same, and so he鈥檚 actions would either be willfully malicious or woefully ignorant.


A bit oldie, but very on-topic with the whole Elongate around Twitter. > Of course, major social media platforms banning anyone immediately raise concerns about censorship (and those abusing those social networks to spread a message of hate and division know how to use this argument well). Do we want to live in a world where a handful of corporate execs control the de-facto online public space for political and social debate? > Obviously, we don鈥檛. This is too much power, and power corrupts. But the question isn鈥檛 really about how these platforms should wield their power 鈥 the question is whether these platforms should have such power in the first place. > And the answer is a resounding 鈥渘o鈥. *Disclaimer: I'm the author*
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do people like trump do more harm with a live twitter account vs banning them which polarizes their followers even more which leads to more harm? i have no idea

The consensus is: yes, platforming alt-right authoritarians like Trump leads to more harm, including more people radicalized, and more people silenced by abuse they and their followers dish out on such platforms.

as for musk, did he specifically personally single out trump for unbanning? if yes, that is very troubling.

Yes he did, in the article he talks specifically about Trump.

or did he talk about having very few permbans and journalists asked about specific cases including trump, and musk said that case falls under the general reasons he already gave re. min permbans? if yes, we need to wait a bit longer to see where he really stands imo

The problem is not that Company X decides to ban a person or platform a person. The problem is that such a decision by Company X has such gigantic consequences. And that comes directly from the fact that Twitter is a centralized walled-garden monopoly.

Think of it this way: if any e-mail provider (even Gmail) 鈥渂anned Trump鈥, that would be way less of an 鈥渋ssue鈥. Why? Because there are many other mail servers he can go set up an account on. So this particular e-mail provider鈥檚 decision is no longer 鈥渃ensorship鈥 really, it鈥檚 鈥淚 really don鈥檛 want to do business with that toxic person鈥.

And that鈥檚 where we need to get to with social media. Centralization is a danger to democracy.


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> The sale of nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, fell to a daily average of about 19,000 this week, a 92% decline from a peak of about 225,000 in September, according to the data website NonFungible. > The number of active wallets in the NFT market fell 88% to about 14,000 last week from a high of 119,000 in November. NFTs are bitcoin-like digital tokens that act like a certificate of ownership that live on a blockchain.
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Why I find -ND unnecessary and harmful
Blatant self-promotion on my part, but I don't see this argument made often enough. ##### TL;DR - 鈥淣o derivatives鈥 licensing does not protect against things we want it to protect against (either because these are explicitly allowed for by the copyright law, or because the copyright law already disallows them); - and at the same time stops people from doing things we might consider interesting or beneficial; - while making it harder to promote libre licensing and libre-licensed works.
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Line Goes Up 鈥 The Problem With NFTs
It's long, but well divided into sections and worth every second of it.
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What a great way to promote [Nextcloud](https://nextcloud.com/).
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European Data Protection Supervisor not only joins the Fediverse, but launches their own Mastodon and PeerTube servers.
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