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This is a follow up to Interview with Senior JS Developer https://youtu.be/Uo3cL4nrGOk?si=6e8Aks_xmUSdYC6u from two years ago.

Longtime Namecheap customer here. This is a really good idea, even if they're only doing a redesign. I recall the last Namecheap redesign was a little bumpy, because their interface went from web 1.0 to web 2.0 overnight, and I felt a little disoriented which is not fun when you're trying to update your DNS records.

I recently started using Trystero to send messages and video around via WebRTC.

https://oxism.com/trystero/


Yes, exactly. The original article linked on this HN thread mentions Nostr and how Bluesky compares to it. I don't believe either protocol has landed a fix for social media yet, let me explain.

Social media posts are at the most simple level a blog post without a title field. Messages are written by an author, they are given a timestamp, and they contain some kind of content. To create a distributed social media product, we need authored posts with timestamps.

Now one big problem with distributed blogs is authors go back and modify their content in all kinds of ways after the fact. How many times have you been to a blog where they've taken off the timestamps so that their most popular post doesn't appear to be from 2010, for example.

Secure-Scuttlebot tried to solve this issue by using ed25519 signing key cryptography to create append-only logs of content. This is great, and as acknowledged in the Nostr original readme, it might ultimately be better than Nostr. But append-only logs syncing from post 0 until 1000 leads to UX-level problems for new users, which can be overcome with the right dev team.

Nostr uses the same cryptography as Bitcoin, and has no association between the posts. This means you send a request for a pubkey to a relay and the relay sends you some stuff authored by that pubkey. It's kind of up to the relay what it sends. I've experienced UX issues with Nostr clients where I am being blasted 10,000 messages by a relay to my client just so I can render a thread. This probably can be fixed, but it would help if there was some kind of protocol level ordering to/relationship with the posts.

But Bluesky managed to make it so identities do not really exist outside of your PDS. The PDSes hold onto your private keys for you, and until there is an option to sign your own messages your posts and your identity do not really exist outside of a PDS. The Bluesky PDS has authority over you, and then if you switch to another PDS the Bluesky PDS still has authority over you because they can still decide not to show your posts to mainline Bluesky people.

For those of us who got into distributed social media because some anonymous server-side admin 'took action' against our account without getting in touch to correct the behavior first, Bluesky begins to raise all kinds of red flags with the way they've made it hard to separate yourself from the moderation team. Really Bluesky has redeveloped a very similar problem to the criticisms the original Nostr readme had about Mastodon.

And don't get me started about Truth Social, which is what happens when you have a Mastodon PDS that does not talk to other Mastodon PDSes!

It's not too late to fix these issues of course. I mean the PDS has your keys, so you can always rewrite the whole network!

If there's anything I'd like to encourage Bluesky commenters to do is to keep speaking about how to solve this social media issue in a way that allows a global conversation, and also lets people not see content that they have reasons to not want to see.

I'm happy to discuss this forever, for you social media dorks out there. Call me/email me/etc.


> mainline Bluesky

> solve this social media issue in a way that allows a global conversation

"Mainline bluesky" is just one of the instances. You can't have a community without moderation and you can't have moderation without upholding some norms so yeah there will always be some norms. If you think there can be some single global conversation that specifically caters to your norms then I hope you understand you're out of luck?

> The Bluesky PDS has authority over you, and then if you switch to another PDS the Bluesky PDS still has authority over you because they can still decide not to show your posts to mainline Bluesky people.

I don't use bluesky but I heard you can run your own PDS. Those who can't will have to trust someone. Like you can build your own phone from scratch but if you can't you have to trust someone to build it. You won't make the trust problem go away by inventing more and more intricate systems...


It isn't just a marketing term, it is also a brand new button on your keyboard.


Secure-Scuttlebot.


This is a step in the right direction, but what about a giant leap in the right direction? Imagine using signing key cryptography to authenticate all of your messages on any computer anywhere in the world. Then your identity doesn't need to be nomadic, because it can exist everywhere all at once.


Sounds like you want Nostr, or I'm assuming Bogbook?


And never forget about Secure Scuttlebot!


For better or for worse, UX trumps security every time. We either give the people both, or they'll go with UX.


AI == An Illustrator!?

You got me thinking down the path that sometimes when people say AI they mean something very different than what I thought AI meant.


Adobe Illustrator user files always had `.ai` file extension


Adobe Illustrator. I edited the comment to make that clear. :)


lol. Now I will know what people are talking about at all the cool tech parties.


I think they meant Adobe Illustrator.


Adobe Illustrator


Does anyone else get this confused with https://github.com/hyperhype/hyperscript ?


Is there some major change we can make to our society, on a political and perhaps even social level, that might prevent these infections from spreading?

I want to blame the tap water, and also don't want to let the Neti off the hook here. And the Amoeba clearly isn't intelligent enough to be the culprit here.

Upvotes for whoever comes up with the most extreme response they can think of.


Better warning labels is all we need.

My nasal rinse has red text that says, "Warning: Do not use tap water unless sterilized by boiling." Given the absolute proliferation of useless warnings, we all ignore a dozen such notices on a typical day. What it should say is, "Warning: Death or serious injury may result from the use of tap water. Google species name for more information. The following options are safe..."


> Upvotes for whoever comes up with the most extreme response they can think of.

We should breed the amoeba and purposely add it to our water supply, making the chance of infection incredibly high while simultaneously raising awareness.


>Is there some major change we can make to our society, on a political and perhaps even social level, that might prevent these infections from spreading?

It's already widely know that distilled water is the way to use a neti pot. Doctors that recommended the neti pot to me were very explicit about only using distliled water with it. It's printed on the box and the instructions for the neti pots that it's for use with distilled water only. If people hear or read those words and then just fill it with tap water, then that's Darwinism at work.


Didn't you read the article?

It says that you can eliminate the risk by boiling the water. we need to require that all of these have an electric kettle element that raises the water temperature to boiling before it enters the nasal cavity.


How about mandating a big orange safety ball on the spout of the neti pot to prevent it going into nostrils?


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