Until Lain or someone else pushes a change in Pleroma to share a chat token through the common Mastodon API verify_credentials endpoint instead than the Twitter/Qvitter/GnuSocial hacked-together API the development of the development of my Pleroma Chat app for Android will be halted.
I refuse to implement an entirely extra API on top of Mastodon's for the sole purpose of obtaining a one-time Token, especially if, to access that token I need to know the user's username AND PASSWORD.
OK, I'm kicking off the third annual #PGPDay.
What is PGP Day?
It is a day set aside by the fediverse to teach people PGP.
One day three years ago, on a server that most instances have suspended, a group of teenaged shitposters were taught how to use PGP email. As many as 8 people under the age of 20 were taught that day, a feat never before accomplished and thought to be impossible.
Since that day we have found many that wanted to learn, but felt intimidated. We want to fix that.
"Mike Williams had a very forgettable face. People always seemed to have trouble remembering him. Not his name but him as a person. 'Excuse me, have we met?' they would say and not 'I know I have seen you somewhere before!'. At social events, people would introduce themselves even though they had already met."
Chapter 2: Not a familiar face
Catch up on Chapter 1: Not a normal day:
"The dots do matter: how to scam a Gmail user": https://jameshfisher.com/2018/04/07/the-dots-do-matter-how-to-scam-a-gmail-user
Rant about darkmode/theme Show more
There is no reason not to include a dark theme in your app or whatever. Actually, there are more reason to make it the default look. A screen isn't paper; it's not meant to be white. White does not make it more minimalist, it just kills everyone's eyes and probably some battery life in the process.
Please do everyone a favour, use the dark theme as default. Just like mastodon.
Thanks for that btw @Gargron
So much of the dysfunctions I saw in this World come from that "myth of growth" being so pervasive even in the most thoughtful minds.
When something is working well, gets attention & credit, everyone usually ask themselves how to make it *bigger* and this is when things start to work not so well anymore.. (more inertia, need for communication, more opinions to compose with etc.)
Instead of growth, let's value emulation, inspiration, replication, distribution <3
The other idea I had once, instead of a federated model, was no servers.
Bittorrent based social network. Messages, pictures, whatever, all go into the swarm. If I want to follow you, my client asks around until it find a copy. The more people follow someone the easier it is to get copies when they are offline.
This would also have a sort of weird non-chronological arrival order. Messages that more people see arrive first, as do messages from people online.
Just read about GNU Taler.. looks interesting.
"When you pay with Taler, your identity does not have to be revealed. Just like payments in cash, nobody else can track how you spent your electronic money."
I used to spend hours and hours on a Commodore when I was a kid. Unfortunately my parents thought computers were a passing fad and had no interest in getting one. This would be a cool project just for the nostalgia of it all.
Filthy casual geek, gamer, husband, step-father, DIYer, MTBer, Procrastinator...
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