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Alright, resolved with no downtime.

I didn't realize that the upgrade to Mastodon 2.6.0 *removed* the old rake tasks when tootctl was added. So, we weren't cleaning remote images. This caused the disk to fill up at 2018-12-19 15:10 UTC. I had mistakenly set up an alert for "Utilization" rather than "Disk Capacity", so Server Monitor never warned me about this.

Remediation items:

* Add correct alerts (done)
* Update cron job to use tootctl (done)
* Ensure cron failures email me


RISC-V update on Debian:

Debian 9.5 contains dpkg version 1.18.25 which now recognizes riscv64 as ARCH codename, so packages with support for RISC-V are now supported by dak, meaning they can be accepted in the normal Debian infra. Several essential packages could therefor move to the unstable branch.
Around 84% of all packages have now been build.

Kernel 4.19 has landed in unstable, which contains various fixes relevant for RISC-V hardware.

More info:

@FreePietje @htimsxela

Yes. But (a) those comments are often combined with statements suggesting Bitcoin *can't* perform that function and (b) (this is where my personal view colours my perception): I believe money laundering is best described as "financial thought crime", it's not a crime in the objective ethical sense, it's purely about political power. This fake though-crime leads to appalling frictions in trade and even more appaling violation of rights and privacy.

(RT BitcoinMagazine @ :birdsite:)
RIP Timothy May who, among other accomplishments, famously wrote the Crypto Anarchist Manifesto over 25 years ago.. which describes what would happen when a technology like Bitcoin enters society

Meanwhile, in summary, saying "bitcoin is fully traceable" is at least as wrong as saying "bitcoin is anonymous". /finito


The protocol is used all over the place (Telecoms, NATO, Games, chat apps, IoT, chat ops) and I expect that to continue.

We might never see mass adoption of the idealistic kind.

That said, having a healthy XMPP ecosystem is still important even without mass adoption.

It provides an escape mechanism out of oppressive surveillance and I believe if circumstances were right (i.e. things get bad enough) it could gain mass adoption and be an important tool for exercising freedom.

btw I'm gonna say it and be the only one to say it because saying this in Unix land is heresy it seems:





a lot

and I mean

a lot

Microsoft invoking 1984, in an article that concludes 1984 is totally fine, as long as there's a piece of paper forbidding the press of that follow-person-around-town button.

BTW: if I know you in any way and you're interested in an account on mastodon, feel free to ask for an invite !

Hi Everybody!

While general registration for is currently closed, we are open to more users registering.

So, here is an invite code that is good for 25 uses. You'll need to agree to our Code of Conduct during the signup process.

Please don't repost this to other sites. (Boosts welcome!)


#bsd #openbsd #freebsd #netbsd

> Ian Levy, GCHQ’s Technical Director, recently posted on the Lawfare blog what GCHQ wants tech companies to do. Buried in a post full of justifications [...], Levy explained that GCHQ wants secure messaging services, like WhatsApp, Signal, Wire, and iMessage, to create deceitful user interfaces that hide who private messages are being sent to.

roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Never thought about this before, but the #Firefox "Reader View" is a decent way to bypass some adblock detectors.

A sudden realization that you were in a desperate need of a better computer. #DOSGaming

[admin] mastodon upgrade to v2.6.3 successful

Most censorship techniques adopted by ISPs around the world are subtle, so it can be hard to distinguish intentional government censorship from transient network failures or other issues.

Transparency is essential.

OONI's dataset is probably the largest publicly-available resource on internet censorship to date:

Finally going to merge Python3 support into the master branch of Joinmarket today :)

There should be a new release shortly that includes that, and coincurve (which will just make the secp256k1 binding a bit more reliable in terms of install, it's better maintained), and a few other fixes.

I'm also noting (being a relatively active user) that coinjoins are significantly more reliable after the random_under_max choosing algo introduced in 0.4. Yg bot seems to average about 20 txs/day (low fees).

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