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blockchain use-case, software dev 

a blockchain for unit tests where you can pay to add your unit test to a package and if the developer breaks your test case they have to pay you proportionally to the amount of time the test has been passing or they can't release their software

@spongycake Opportunistic untargeted crime exists on the internet, and as such we are all persons under threat. Literally multiple times an hour I will be harassed by banners to give my consent for my data to be collected, bundled and sold to advertisers. The only variable is the degree of that threat.

You can use other browsers with Tor, but you need to recognise the role that Tor browser is playing. The Tor client gives you network-level anonymity while Tor Browser gives you application-level anonymity. While other browsers could provide the same protection, currently none do.

A VPN only gives you network-level anonymity and does not protect you against browser fingerprinting attacks. Even then, it is technically possible to provide a capability to de-anonymise users which can be used by national security letter or technical capability notice or whatever laws apply in that jurisdiction.

@spongycake The servers you're talking to will be able to link up your visits because you'll stand out as unique. Tor Browser makes an effort to make all Tor Browser users look the same, so you blend in, but your Firefox will be a specific version with specific resolution and you've got a specific set of fonts installed and a specific screen DPI etc etc.

You may be leaking information to people watching your Tor connection because of timing or request sizes, but that's more theoretical (afaik).

You will be leaking information between the Tor exit and the server you're talking to because your TLS cipher suites and version will stand out as unique.

Seriously, just use Tor Browser if you are worried.

blog.torproject.org/browser-fi

if you bump the major version on your software you get to tell everyone it's new and better and also break all your users at once. sounds like a win win to me. who even needs minor versions?

further reading: youtube.com/watch?v=oyLBGkS5IC

@florian I was just thinking as I was doing this it'd be great to have some tool to load up a profile and recent toots with simple yes/no buttons for keeping them around. I've still got a lot left to go through because my account wasn't locked for so long.

I've gone through and unfollowed and removed a bunch of followers. This has been mostly based on recent activity and mostly accounts that have been "dormant" for more than 6 months. If I have removed you from following me then you likely won't see this, but still, if you do then you can always submit a fresh follow request and this time I might even follow you back.

@Siph that sounds expensive. it's hard enough indexing the now web, forget all the web for all of the existence of time.

@dashie I believe that it's common at CCC and other similar events for someone to bring the kit to calibrate meters.

@SuricrasiaOnline this is awesome, I'm building a thing like this for saving room history so i'll give this code a read.

here's my mastodon export data viewer again, since my personal instance is being retired and I needed a way to view the exported data:
github.com/blackle/mastodon-da

My chat archiving tool can now download unencrypted media (images/videos/audio)! For encrypted media I think I need to read the spec a bit more and see what it is I can expect there but I don't think it's going to be too difficult. github.com/irl/matrix-floppy πŸ’Ύ

This is a friendly reminder that if you find yourself wrapping things up earlier than expected by chance, that you can sleep. You can and always have had permission to sleep. You do not need to keep staying up to work more, to get ahead. You can sleep now and tomorrow will still come and you will still be complete. You will still be you. You do not need to earn sleep. You do not need to pay a debt to sleep. You've have done so well and with that comes sleep and you will continue to do so well.

Now implemented templating the HTML output with Jinja2, and got the start of handling different events. HTML formatted events will now come out as HTML not just the plain text (the spec says I should sanitise the HTML but I'm not doing that yet), and next up will be downloading images I think.

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@rune @tindall I'm using RDX for backups, which is basically spinning disks in a ruggedised cartridge. For tape, you pay for the drive and tapes are cheap. For RDX you pay for the cartridges but the drive is cheap. Tape is cheap at scale, but not for smaller stuff.

cursed nerd stuff 

So, since the SI adopted bytes, kilo, mega, giga, etc as proper metric units, I had the deeply cursed thought of imperial data units.

A friend suggested the name "babbage" which put me on to reading that apparently the word size of the analytical engine was apparently 40 decimal digits.

The best part about this is that a hypothetical babbage does not divide evenly into bits

I was thinking I'd get ahead of next week's work by starting some stuff now but I think I'm going to work on matrix-floppy πŸ’Ύ instead. github.com/irl/matrix-floppy

Two hours of cleaning and I've hoovered the floor, dusted the desk, emptied the bin and put all my postage stamps into one small box. I'm not exactly caught up but it's a lot better now. Very glad I spent the time to do this.

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@Orwelldonesteak Heh, not quite. I live in north east Scotland. 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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hackers.town

A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.