@kai no and you should feel ashamed for spreading such misinformation
The difference between a millionaire and a billionaire is the difference between the population of New York City and the number of people that currently exist. Recognize that New York City is not even the biggest city. On the other end, this is also the difference between Ashland's population (a small town whose claim to fame is still having Amtrak run down the middle of main street) and New York City's population.
Numbers are fun.
Why Mastodon and the fediverse are “doomed to fail”:
I'm more looking at having an OpenNIC only Mastodon instance. I really am fed up with the system of registry operators and registrars so being able to use platforms without them is the big step I want to make.
Granted, it seems like having an instance operate on an OpenNIC tld would require some extra steps on the part of other instances to allow proper federation.
The fact that Android phone makers removed headphone jacks right after Apple removed theirs really says that if Apple jumped off a bridge, then Android phone makers would rush to find an even bigger bridge to jump off of.
Needless to say, this is an infuriating state of affairs (if only because I like having headphones that are cheap and dead simple that I can use while my phone is charging).
Getting a baby to sleep can strain your sanity.
There are a lot of best practices about sleeping babies, including not letting them sleep on you while you're sleeping. Paradoxically, the only way some babies go to sleep is by being cuddled.
Getting a baby to sleep is hard. Getting a baby to stay asleep when transferring them to a crib is herculean.
Hope you don't like ever not being tired.
ICANN is shit
So, a few weeks later I get an email asking for the details of the complaint and I send the full contents of the exchange to ICANN.
A few more weeks later I get a response.
In an exchange fully opaque to me, ICANN decides that the registrar acted appropriately which leaves me with an absurd conclusion.
ICANN is shit
After asking multiple times what the investigative value of the phone number was and receiving no answer, it was made clear that they would not investigate.
It seems unreasonable that a registrar would be absolved of their obligation to investigate if the complainant doesn't provide the recipient phone number for an SMS that contained that domain, so I sent a complaint about the registrar to ICANN.
ICANN is shit, Pananames is too
On top of that, ICANN nominally says they push against abuse by registrars, but have you ever tried reporting an abusive domain?
Well, you don't report the domain to ICANN, you report the domain to their registrar. In my case, I was trying to report numerous domains being used for Smishing (SMS phishing). In short, the registrar refused to investigate further unless I provided the recipient phone number and implied that it would be shared with the domains' owner.
ICANN is shit
Then ICANN opened up this weird bonanza of TLDs which is essentially a license to print money to registry operators. The barrier to entry is, of course, having access to an extraordinary amount of money. That's no barrier to Google or Amazon, of course, but is insurmountable if the goal is to provide and maintain domains on a democratic basis that tamps down on domain squatting and serves the interests of ordinary people to make, share, interact, and experiment.
ICANN is shit
In a way, I somewhat get that the ICANN is more worried about ensuring things are ideal at a technical level such that people are routed to the nearest server when going to a big site.
However, the pursuit of just the technical goals has opened up huge voids for profit taking. For example, having domain names held out of use because they're "owned" by a domain squatter is a pretty clearly stupid result. Seriously, domain squatters are the inverse of real life squatters.
Does anyone know of any Mastodon instances that use an OpenNIC TLD? I'm reaching the opinion that ICANN is shit, which I will expound upon in replies. For now, I'd like to see what can be done to democratize DNS. Then maybe other things like Blockchain DNS can also be proceeded with to start technical improvents.
job search mention, rant about coding
Coding visualizations get convoluted really quickly. Schools introduce coding with flowcharts. Much complexity makes flowcharts immediately painful. UML is okay in small doses, but quickly gets unwieldy too.
Abstract flowcharts and vague boxologies are the only reasonable visualizations I've seen.
People tried and failed to make good universal visual representations of code.
If I could make clear comments I'd be a technical writer.
If code generation systems were politicians
C macros - Joe Biden - wholly insufficient, but it's what you've got
C++ templates - Elizabeth Warren - better but still insufficient and often incomprehensibly bad
Julia macros - Bernie Sanders - Pretty good, but a harder sell than we thought
Lisp macros - Howie Hawkins - Great, but you have to be a kook to code Lisp or vote Green
(At least the security state parts of the government. Any part of the government that reigns in capital gets categorically pointed at as an abberation that threatens citizens that must be excised irrespective of how that part actually impacts people's lives. That then gets distilled into a weird "minarchist" strain that essentially says the government is just there to enforce property rights.)
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