Starfleet UX designers learned that if they didn't make some bridge consoles explode, captains would ignore damage until the shields failed.
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The reaction we should be having to watching Will Wheaton get bullied and harassed out of the fediverse is not "I thought you people would be better!" It's "I thought Mastodon was designed to protect people from exactly this."
Peoples is peoples, and we're going to find ways to be mean to each other no matter how we organize ourselves. Technology can constrain that meanness, or amplify it. Twitter's a megaphone. Can we build Mastodon into a nice set of noise-cancelling headphones?
So, since this apparently needs saying, this instance has a strong policy on moderation where we investigate in private and come to our conclusions based on the rules, not the size of the mob harassing one of our users.
The hardest part of using PGP, key management, doesn't scale well in large organizations. We solved this problem at First Look Media (where there are over 200 PGP users) with GPG Sync. We maintain a keylist, and everyone subscribes to it, so everyone has the latest public key for everyone else.
I'm excited to announce that we've submitted a draft RFC that will turn GPG Sync into an internet standard!
Check this out: https://tech.firstlook.media/keylist-rfc-explainer
And back up again.
OK, seems like there's an urgent security update, so short (hopefully) downtime soon, and then we'll be back up on 2.4.4.
If having a coffee in the morning doesn't wake you up, try deleting a table in a production database instead.
Hi, just a bit of advance warning, we'll have a campus power outage at 20-00 tonight, CEST. So we'll be down for a while then, before we get back up.
And for sysadmin day this year, mastodon gave to me a bunch of spammers to banhammer. Sigh.
There, upgrade all done and remote follows etc should work better now too.
So, will probably upgrade later today, but this will take a bit longer than usual. Major postgresql version update and pg_upgradecluster will take a few minutes, in addition to all the normal slow stuff.
Check out my (~15m) talk at @firstname.lastname@example.org where I explain why it's critical that free/libre/open source software projects shouldn't rely on proprietary tools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RCY
It's a talk version of https://mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tools.html from 2010. Sadly still relevant.
Hey Masto writers! I just saw that Duolingo is taking submissions for short pieces of fiction, $500 if they use it. If you write, check it out - if you know a writer, please boost or share with them! Let's get some cash opportunities to our talented Mastopeople!
Today is a good day to honour all the good things the labour movement, and labour unions, have done for humanity.
Humane treatment of employees, workers having some free time every day and the weekends off, wages they can live on and support their family, and generally not being worked to death.
So, a bit of a poll here. I don't know if think I've enabled public view of the local timeline, but I'm considering it. If you have an opinion on this, please let me know.
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How do you prefer to set up/configure your persistent firewalls?
In the past I'd typically used shorewall, as I'd found the macros made rules easier to quickly audit compared to iptables-save (owner UID match/tcp flag logging gets long and messy fast, even with specific chains). Shorewall was more awkward when it came to IPv6, but I could make it work by symlinking configuration that didn't specifically need v4/v6 named.
Is there something better I should be using?
Looks like it made it, please give me a prod in case something is wonky.