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Federal Contractors Are $600 Screwdrivers

dominion Re:They're impossible to fire (593 comments)

Dude here punched his boss in the face and they were unable to fire him

Something tells me there's more to this story...

more than 2 years ago
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Winklevoss Twins Finally Give Up Fighting Facebook

dominion Re:I wonder if their animosity runs deep enough... (160 comments)

"social networking is ultimately a marketing vehicle"

Social networking is quickly becoming a commodity, which makes it a prime target for an open source challenge. With a distributed network, a single site with under 10 users can operate within a larger network, which overcomes the network effect that centralized social networks require.

more than 3 years ago
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Winklevoss Twins Finally Give Up Fighting Facebook

dominion I wonder if their animosity runs deep enough... (160 comments)

... that they'd be willing to kick down some money for open source, distributed social networking projects (like, Appleseed :)

They may not get any return on their investment, unless you count sweet, sweet revenge.

more than 3 years ago
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Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads

dominion Re:Where is Diaspora? (344 comments)

You're right, now it ends in 3 days.

more than 3 years ago
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Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads

dominion Re:Where is Diaspora? (344 comments)

Most definitely. There was a Federated Social Web Summit in Portland in July, 2010, and more on the way. There's a federated social web mailing list, and now the beginnings of a W3C working group that many of us will be working together on. I can't say for sure how it will shake out in the end, because we're all taking different approaches to see which one sticks, but I can guarantee you that a common protocol is part of the process.

Appleseed, on that note, is built to be somewhat protocol agnostic, so we can support upcoming protocols, as well as multiple protocols simultaneously.

more than 3 years ago
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Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads

dominion Re:Where is Diaspora? (344 comments)

Appleseed is open source, distributed social networking, built on a commodity stack, and installs in a few minutes on any LAMP compatible host.

Code is available here:
http://github.com/appleseedproj/appleseed

Appleseed has a main beta site, appleseedproject.org, and approx. 150 test nodes out in the wild. If you'd like an invite, just email invite@appleseedproject.org. It's still in beta, but new features are added regularly.

We've also been fundraising, if you'd like to donate, our fundraising ends in only 4 days, but every little bit counts:

http://www.indiegogo.com/Open-Source-Social-Networking

Here is our roadmap for the future:

http://opensource.appleseedproject.org/roadmap/

Diaspora is also available, here is their github. They are running on Ruby + Rails, and they were MongoDB based, but recently switched to MySQL.

https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Cloud Not Big Enough For Feds and WikiLeaks

dominion Re:Amazon Response (204 comments)

Yeah, but it is perfectly fine precedent for WikiLeaks to judge that they aren't putting anyone at risk.

Less than 1% of the cables have been released. Wikileaks is working with around a dozen news services from around the world to sift through the data. Wikileaks gave The Pentagon the option to redact sensitive information, and they refused.

There has not been a full dump of the 250,000 cables, they have been slowly releasing them alongside the news agencies they're working with (New York Times, The Guardian, etc). What we've seen so far is only a small fraction of the cables.

The idea that Wikileaks has been indiscriminate with releasing the cables is simply not true.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Cloud Not Big Enough For Feds and WikiLeaks

dominion Re:Amazon Response (204 comments)

U.S. federal government documents are not covered under copyright, so when you're talking about "ownership", there's no legal basis for this argument. Those documents, now leaked, are in the public domain. Wikileaks "owns" them just as much as anyone else.

Also, this part:

Further, it is not credible that the extraordinary volume of 250,000 classified documents that WikiLeaks is publishing could have been carefully redacted in such a way as to ensure that they weren't putting innocent people in jeopardy.

Is a really dangerous precedent for Amazon to set for themselves. If you're going to cancel members accounts based on not just the potential danger of known information held within, but on the possibility that information not yet discovered could potentially put someone in danger, that's making a decision based on an extraordinary amount of hypotheticals.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Special Effects No Longer Impress

dominion Poor Michael Bay (532 comments)

Does this mean that directors actually have to focus instead on character development, plot, and pacing?

more than 3 years ago
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Analyzing Game Journalism

dominion Re:Missed opportunity (98 comments)

I want to be able to read my RPGs like a book sometimes.

All I've ever wanted was the option to keep the voice acting in Japanese, with English subtitles. It would go a long way to making modern RPG's more enjoyable, since I don't speak Japanese, and can't accurately gauge whether Japanese voice actors are as terrible as I'm sure they are.

more than 3 years ago
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Free IPv4 Pool Now Down To Seven /8s

dominion Re:Maybe I'm being naive... (460 comments)

Well, that was very helpful, and thank you for your enlightened and useful response!

more than 3 years ago
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Free IPv4 Pool Now Down To Seven /8s

dominion Maybe I'm being naive... (460 comments)

But can someone explain to me why IPv6 didn't just extend the IPv4 format logically and stylistically? Why not just tack on more numbers? And all existing numbers could be assumed

For instance,

209.85.225.147

becomes

1.1.209.85.225.147

Instead, we break convention to use colons and hex, ie. 3ffe:1900:4545:3:200:f8ff:fe21:67cf

It seems to me adoption could have been a lot quicker and less painless.

more than 3 years ago
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Open-Source Social Network Diaspora Goes Live

dominion If I quote LL Cool J, feel free to tell me to stop (266 comments)

That was in May. Since then I've put out six revisions.

The thing is, although there was seemingly a stop in development (since 2008/2009, actually), I had never given up on the project. I had a notebook with all the ideas, sketches, mockups, etc. where I wanted to take the project. When Diaspora hit, I emailed them, offering to help. I never heard back, so I decided to push forward on Appleseed.

The pace may seem extraordinary considering I'm essentially the sole full time developer, with most help having come from designers and testers, and I handle a full time job on the side, while I do put in a lot of hours, things have moved along so quickly because I had gamed and spec'd out so much in the year prior.

Check out our roadmap, you'll see exactly where we're going.

http://opensource.appleseedproject.org/roadmap/

You can also send an email to invite@appleseedproject.org for an invite to the beta test site. Here's a screenshot for people who don't want to bother signing up (apologies for FB hosting. we're working on that :)

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs1207.snc4/155927_469182004405_510304405_5358353_7159703_n.jpg

Michael Chisari
Lead Developer, The Appleseed Project

more than 3 years ago
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What If We Ran Universities Like Wikipedia?

dominion We can already start building this now... (380 comments)

This is basically a model of public intellectualism, and popular education. It has three components: 1. Creating a culture of learning which is not dependent on structure, but which is interwoven into life's fabric. 2. Pushing access to information to everyone, with no prejudices about who it will benefit best or who should be prioritized. 3. Encouraging a culture of healthy debate, humility, and a collective struggle for answers, instead of an individual struggle for superiority.

We're already seeing this on some level: Wikipedia, Kahn Academy, Amateur Astronomy, Open Courseware, etc. But I think it's not enough to just keep doing what we're doing, I would advocate that we need to go further. There is no reason that, for instance, a university doing research, no matter how obscure, should not be pressured to put their work online in an accessible fashion. Videos of conferences and presentations, notes, theses, etc. Beyond that, we need to actively break down prejudices about who benefits from this information. We cannot claim to know how people will use information, and determining the importance of their access based on condition, geography, poverty, gender, etc. should not be tolerated. Someone who does studies alternative energies should not dismiss the notion that a teenager living in Nigeria might not want to pour over everything they know, either in order to use that knowledge to create a DIY solar or wind generator, or to create something they hadn't even considered. We cannot keep an international presentation on evolutionary biology within a circle of privileged academics, just because we hold to the myth that if you aren't in a university, you aren't interested in being an intellectual.

And once we have that, or maybe concurrently, we need public spaces, free of charge and open to anyone, that people get together to talk about what they've learned, and to learn more. Like a library where talking is encouraged, or a pub without beer.

This is something I feel very strongly about, that the delineation between the academic and the non-academic, the intellectual and the non-intellectual, must be broken down and done away with. Here, then, is an RSA animate which talks about the structure of the current education system, and touches on the stratification within it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

more than 3 years ago
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Square Enix Attempting Final Fantasy XIV Damage Control

dominion Here's some damage control (215 comments)

Now would be the time to announce PS3 remakes of Final Fantasy VI and VII, available together for $29.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Awarded Anti-Sexting Patent

dominion Because filters have always worked before. (184 comments)

Whew! There is *no* way kids will find a way around this. Problem: SOLVED! /s

I've said it before, but you can't always solve social problems with technological solutions, and here's a perfect example of that. Teenagers need to be informed about the permanence of the internet, the value of trust, and what the consequences of actions are. Beyond that, society needs to be more forgiving when kids screw up (which they can't help but do) and not brand them for life because of early mishaps.

Those are social solutions, setting up technological barriers without addressing the social problems and solutions, you're just making kids better at finding workarounds.

more than 3 years ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Launches To Scathing Reviews

dominion Re:My impression of the Final Fantasy series (401 comments)

As I said earlier, I replay games constantly. I have a PS3 I use almost exclusively for PS1 games, and I put my emulators through 10x as much use as my Wii. Final Fantasy 6 stands the test of time, it is an extraordinary game, and that's why even generations who didn't grow up on it, discover it, and list it on their top ten list. Even Final Fantasy 7 is infinitely more profound the second time through than anything that came after it (even just the basic plot concept of being an eco-terrorist group, with sympathetic goals combined with abhorrent methods), so I'm not just looking at the past through rose-colored glasses.

Just recently, I played the demo of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. I really wanted to like, I was all ready to go to amazon.com and buy a copy, but the demo was so lackluster, and was missing so much that made Castlevania great, that instead I just paid $10 for Castlevania:Symphony of the Night, which was totally worth it, and is 100% as fun as I remember it.

I've replayed games like "A boy and his blob" or "Dragon Warrior", and recognized how things can be more fun when you're a kid, but some games really are classics for a reason.

more than 3 years ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Launches To Scathing Reviews

dominion Re:My impression of the Final Fantasy series (401 comments)

I've replayed Final Fantasy 6 at least once a year every year for the past decade. I've recommended it to kids who are teenagers now, and grew up on God of War and GTA, and they loved it.

Some things really do stand the test of time.

more than 3 years ago

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The Future Of Social Networking

dominion dominion writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Michael Chisari writes "I've written an essay which explores the future of social networking. The current crop of social networking sites all operate as "walled gardens", where very little interaction with the outside internet is allowed. The whole situation we're in makes no sense in the context of the way the internet was meant to operate. The natural evolution is an open, distributed standard."
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dominion dominion writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dominion writes "After building a huge open source web application, I've started to intimately learn about the shortcomings and downfalls of building a large PHP application. I haven't even yet hit 1.0, but I'm considering the possibility that I might need to move over to another development platform for later versions. Later versions should be heavily AJAX oriented, so I've considered a rewrite using Ruby on Rails or Java for the server side. Google's Web Toolkit looks interesting, and makes Java look like a competitor. Here's the problem, though: The project (Appleseed) is distributed social networking software, which means that the more sites that are out there that run it, the more successful it is. I originally chose PHP because so many webhosts allow users to run PHP scripts, and moving to Ruby on Rails or Java makes it much harder for just about anybody to set up a node. Is it worth it, then, to pull my hair out over PHP's quirks? PHP6 seems to make the language a bit more tolerable, but with the amount of webhosts who still run PHP4, wouldn't making a move to PHP6 defeat the purpose of sticking with PHP in the first place?"

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