[-] bugsmith 19 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

the piracy community isn’t on this instance, so it’d be a surprise if there’s any legal basis to charge PD with anything related to it.

This is not so clear-cut. The nature of federation means that any posts you see through via this instance are hosted here too. How liable we are for that content is certainly an important question.

Thanks for your feedback.

submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) by bugsmith to c/meta

Hello P.D users.

I'm sure the recent news of lemmy.world's removal of piracy communities has not escaped the attention of many of you. For those who have not heard, here is their announcement on the matter.

Now, being as transparent as possible, this is not a subject that the admin team of P.D have discussed in great detail up until this point. We have yet to create an explicit rule stating that piracy related content is forbidden on this instance, and doing so is not something any of us wish to do.

With that being said, this topic requires more deliberation and consideration. There is more complexity to this issue than taking a stance for, against, or tolerant of piracy. There are legal considerations. And the truth is that we are not 100% sure on what the legal implications are for allowing piracy related content to exist on this instance, either directly on our communities or indirectly via federation.

One thing that must be considered when looking into the legalities is jurisdiction. I believe being part of a larger federation complicates this more than a centralised service, but P.D must at a minimum be considerate of the laws of the country its server(s) is hosted in, and the laws of the country the person responsible for the instance resides in.

For those who don't know, this instance is administrated by a reasonably large team of volunteers, but is hosted and ultimately provided by only one: snowe. There is no legal entity behind P.D other than his person, and this means that any ramifications of this subject ultimately fall on his shoulders.

After an initial discussion between us, it is clear that some professional legal advice is required. Snowe is intending to seek formal legal advice. Up until that point, we cannot say what the official P.D stance will be on this topic long term.

What I can say, is that nobody in this administrative team desires to impose any restrictions on users of this instance that overreach and limit discussion unnecessarily. So long as content here is not dangerous, hurtful or offensive, we have no wish to filter it out on an instance level. Communities can impose their own rules, for the most part.

You can expect a further update on this topic in the future, once we have a better understanding ourselves, and we will keep this topic as transparent as we possibly can. Until then, in relation to this matter, we do not currently intend to defederate from any instances or ban any communities that discuss piracy. Linking to websites that provide pirated content will also not be explicitly banned, but linking to or directly hosting pirated content on P.D is prohibited. Should any of these rules change, we will communicate it as quickly as possible and far ahead of any drastic action that would need to take place as a result.

I believe the majority of our users here will understand the pressure that any Lemmy instance faces by hosting content that can make them susceptible to legal action. To those of you who are understanding, we thank you for that, and are grateful for your patience with us while we get a better understanding ourselves.

Feel free to discuss this matter here.

The P.D. Admin Team.

[-] bugsmith 21 points 3 weeks ago

I don't code in C++ (although I'm somewhat familiar with the syntax). My understanding is the header files should only contain prototypes / signatures, not actual implementations. But that doesn't seem to be the case here. Have I misunderstood, or is that part of the joke?

Go Enums Still Suck (www.zarl.dev)
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Semantic AJAX-HTML (herman.bearblog.dev)
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[-] bugsmith 51 points 1 month ago

I like Konsole.

It comes with KDE, supports tabs, themes, and loads very fast.

I don't really need more from a terminal than that. When I, rarely, need more advanced features like window splitting and session management I also use Zellij (previously I used tmux).

Go Enums Suck (www.zarl.dev)
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[-] bugsmith 30 points 2 months ago

Another vote here for Fastmail. I also like Posteo, Mailbox and mxroute, but these are not as fully featured - which may be perfect for you if you're after email only. What I really like about Fastmail is that on top of being a customer-focused business (rather than a customer is the product business), they offer a really snappy web interface with excellent search - and they are extremely compliant with email standards, building everything on JMAP.

I do not like Proton or Tutanota. I have used both, including using Proton as my main email account for the past two years. I do believe they are probably the best when it comes to encryption and privacy standards, but for me it's at far too much cost. Encrypted email is almost pointless - the moment you email someone who isn't using a Proton (or PGP encryption), then the encryption is lost. Or even if they just forward an email to someone outside your chain. I would argue that if you need to send a message to someone with enough sensitivity to require this level of encryption, email is the wrong choice of protocol.

For all that Proton offer, it results in broken email standard compliance, awful search capability and reliance on bridge software or being limited to their WebUI and apps. And it's a shame, because I really like the company and their mission.

Parse, don’t validate (lexi-lambda.github.io)
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[-] bugsmith 24 points 2 months ago

A seemingly unpopular opinion, but Christian Bale's Batman is my favourite live action version of the character.

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[-] bugsmith 28 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

Perhaps not major, but I'd just like shout out my PR which was merged in this release:

It adds another view to Registration Applications to show only denied applications, helpful for identifying spam applications and rule circumventers. I know a few people have been asking for something similar to this.

[-] bugsmith 25 points 3 months ago

The same reason a lot of companies support a community edition. It means that people can use, learn and become experienced with the product without forking over a tonne of money.

This results in a larger number of developers, add-ons and community surrounding the product.

This makes it a more appealing product for companies looking to build a business using it.

It's the same reason you can use AWS for free, get some JetBrains products for free and often find community editions for similar products to Magento.

[-] bugsmith 100 points 4 months ago

I particularly enjoyed a recent company meeting that spent considerable time talking about the importance of flow state. It had an awkward pregnant pause when someone (usually very quiet) unmuted to ask, "is the policy to increase the number of days we must spend in our open-plan office kind of undermining this?". Literally all of our directors just shifted on their seats hoping another would answer that.

Eventually, HR director stated "Not at all, that's what headphones are for!"

Which was particularly delightful, as our tech director had only 20 minutes before stated how he would like to discourage people sitting in the office in silos with their headphones on.

[-] bugsmith 31 points 4 months ago

They're not really blaming capitalism for anything though? They're just explaining how it works, and they're right. In a market driven economy, you are paid for having a skill or some knowledge based on the demand of that skill or knowledge and nothing else. In the same way as the quality of your house has little bearing on it's value when compared to it's location. Not a criticism of capitalism.

[-] bugsmith 37 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

Well, the reality is, search costs money. Quite a lot of money it seems.

So that is either paid for by you, or by someone else. Nobody is going to run search as a charity. So it's going to be paid for by parties interested in paying for your attention.

Even if you run ad blockers or use meta search engines like searx, you are going to be finding results by companies that have paid to be there.

I am a heavy search user. My search quantity is reasonably large just from personal use (I'm a curious dude, what can I say?) but my professional use of search as a software developer is staggering some days. My anecdotal experience is that that Google search has been declining in quality for years, and especially over the last two or three. DuckDuckGo is a nice alternative for privacy (potentially), but I while I find myself feeling less in a walled garden with them, I don't actually find their results to be any better than Google's.

I have tried Kagi recently. So far, I really like it. I genuinely feel like I get good results (read: find something quickly that is relevant to what I searched). I love their lensed searches that let you search the indie-web, and I love that they let you add weightings to websites that you trust.

It is expensive, no doubt. But for a certain audience that relies on quality web search, prefers to not be walled in by paying search engine optimizers and values paying for a product rather than opting to be the product, Kagi offers a solution.

Having said that, I would love to see the cost come down and make it more accessible to the many and I appreciate that for most people, the "free" search engines are good enough.

[-] bugsmith 42 points 8 months ago

This one is not likely to be popular here, but I have to be totally honest and say: Miley Cyrus.

Don't get me wrong. I am not really a fan of her or her music (nor am I a hater). But my god does that woman have an incredible voice and a mastery of how to use it.

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