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The thing is, all of us have used federated networks all our lives.

Telephones are federated, email is federated, the postal service is federated, telegrams and telegraphs (when they existed) were federated. People understood them and still do, as long as they've been exposed to such things.

Everyone knows you can phone anyone even if they're on a different phone company.

I think until there is a collapse of SMS as a viable message platform (i.e. it becomes cost prohibitive - pay-per-text, for example), mass adoption of an alternative platform (at least in the US - I understand the rest of the world has already jumped ship from SMS) is unlikely.

On the note of SMS alternatives:

I think the biggest hurdle is not only convincing your friends/family that "if you want to message me, Telegram is the way!", but also lighting a spark to get them to use it as their primary mode.

Me and my techie friends (of which there are few) might make the jump easily, and convincing my mom and wife to download and message me through a different app is fine, as well. But to move to a tipping point in which HER friends also use it? That's tricky.

People talk about how SMS is old, outdated, and just generally crap.

They say things like WhatsApp and Signal are better alternatives.

But are they? At least SMS is somewhat federated, and is an open standard.

Is there a federated, open standard SMS alternative with any actual traction that could be (or is on the verge of) being a disruptor?

I may be banned from here for saying this, but...

I prefer Chrome over Firefox.

Can I post this if I make the recipe available open source?

Had a busy Saturday afternoon making Kouign-Amann and empanadas.

I'd been using Authy for 2FA because of it's sync capabilities.

Any FOSS options out there? Authy doesn't have a Firefox extension or Linux desktop option. 2 things I'd really like to have.

What does the Venn Diagram of linuxrocks and fosstodon users look like?

Erik Bates boosted

I don't say a place got "socially engineered"

That phrasing, while clinical and professional, hides some of the simplicity of what happened.

I say an attacker "called up and asked nicely"

"The company was breached after a hacker socially engineered a support rep" vs "The company was breached after a support rep gave passwords to someone who called up and asked nicely"

Why am I seeing more and more toots come through my feed? Did I miss something?

Hive mind:
I'm looking for a "family" cloud storage solution. Currently, my wife and I are just sharing a single Dropbox log-in, but I could potentially want to pull in more people (parents, e.g.), and that could get hairy to continue with that method.

Google allows for up to 5 "family" members to be part of their One solution... but, you know.... Google.

Needs to be easy to use, and same price as (or cheaper than) Dropbox. FOSS, always a bonus, naturally.


Do you ever miss the days of old when the internet was young, and you thought it was scandalous and cool to do something like download a txt file of the anarchist cookbook to a floppy drive?

Or you thought you were a hardcore hacker because you read about phone phreaking?

I would spend HOURS (mostly due to low bandwidth 28.8 baud modems) poring over a website like this:

To be fair, I recognize that there are legitimate cases out there, but I would argue that the average GMail user doesn't really need all that storage.

Google offers us gigabytes of email storage, but do we really need that?

I mean, really.

What is the benefit of keeping every old newsletter, every receipt for random Amazon purchases 5+ years ago, etc.?

We archive EVERYTHING, but need so very little.

Even the free tier of Proton Mail likely gives me more storage than I actually NEED.

Had a tornado warning earlier this evening, while just a couple counties to the north of me is in the midst of a blizzard warning. This weather is nuts.

I suppose I'll bite on

Not much, really, but I like it. Still tweaking here and there when the mood strikes, but I like being able to just USE my computer. I'm happily at that point.

Hope all of you who celebrated it, had a good Thanksgiving.

After fighting with trackpad settings and printers for a few days in :debian: I finally found a solution:

Install @mxlinux

Boom. Problem solved.

Also, how the heck do I get my trackpad to recognize tap-to-click?

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