I'm so excited to see my camera app working on a real ! Now I just need it to work *well*.

I'm not too fond of the crates system, though. Why do all the examples for something as simple as generating a random number involve downloading a separate crate?

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I'm trying to learn WebAssembly/Rust, and it's surprisingly easy.

The mockups of Hourglass, our third-party project manager for , are starting to come to life! Here is the Projects tab.

Federation is what gives Mastodon users control over the platform, but I think of that as an implementation detail, not the main point.

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"User-run," I think, gets straight to the last point: Mastodon is better for society because its users control it.

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And *now* we get to the part that's important for society: federated systems are resistant to censorship and abuse of power, because there is no single organization to take down, and if users aren't happy with *any* available options, they can create a new one with minimal effort and consequences.

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Then you have to understand the main impact of federation: that there are multiple, interoperable providers that you get to choose from, and if you aren't happy with the options, you are free to start your own.

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First, you have to know what "federated" means in the context of web services. In an age where centralized platforms are the norm, most people have no concept of what a not-centralized platform would look like.

The closest well-known analogy is email, but even that is a bit of a complicated jump, going from direct messaging to social media.

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To understand the benefits of a "federated" network, you have to understand multiple layers of definitions.

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I wonder if, instead of promoting Mastodon to the general public as "federated," we should call it "user-run." That emphasizes the governance model of our network rather than the technical implementation.

Is it a technical problem? A problem with developer mindset? Obviously it's *possible* to make smaller websites, even *easier,* we just... don't.

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Actually, what I really want to know is how to fix it. This isn't a mismanaged company making a bad product. It seems like this is *how modern web development is expected to be done.*

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What I really want to know, I guess, is what caused this. What combination of factors led to a product being developed and released in this state? Because I'm assuming nobody at the company *wanted* to make a website this slow and cumbersome.

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I reloaded the page again and now it's closer to 10mb. To be fair, it compresses to about 3mb.

Is it images? Nope, that's only ~250kb. Most of them are SVGs.

There's about 400kb of CSS. That's enormous but not really the problem I'd want to fix first.

It's mostly JavaScript. 9 megabytes of it.

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I just measured the page size of my math homework site. It's 7.48MB, with tracking protection on.

That's not the assignment page, it's just my list of assignments.

I wonder what, other than a few dozen links, could possibly take that much space.

If you're bored and looking for something to do, you could add contact information for your favorite local restaurants on .

I fail to see why Google Play needs >400MB of space to install an 8MB app update. This is on an old, cheap phone running Marshmallow.

At first I was disappointed that Respondus Lockdown Browser wasn't available on Linux, then I realized I would never in a million years run it on my Linux installation anyway

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Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.