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Thank you. That makes sense

HeartyBeast,
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I love how this article goes paid only, just as Eugen is about to start answering the interesting questions. And by like, I of course mean 'hate'.

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I spend a lot of time downvoting and reporting and I've volunteered to co-mod the worst offending subs that I'm subnscribed to. It's not clear that any of this has any effect.

At this point, it feels like a bit of a lost cause.

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Yes, I quite often browse by new

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I’ve volunteered for several over the last month. Never heard a thing. -in particular science, fediverse, tech where large amounts of spam seem to occur and which seem abandoned

What's the quickest way to find a magazine/community you've subscribed to? (kbin.social)

I've been using kbin since the Reddit exodus and I still don't really know the path to finding my way into a specific community/magazine I've subscribed to. I usually search for the name using the search function, then hope I find a thread from there in the results where I can just click directly into it. Surely there must be a...

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If you go to ‘Settings’ you will see a ‘Subscriptions’ tab - all your magazines are listed in there - sadly I haven’t worked out how they are ordered.

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I think one of the points - and strengths - of the Fediverse is that a single person or instance can’t make that choice for others.

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So - counter-example. I'm working with a UK organisation that currently still uses Twitter. I'm trying to persuade them to start their own Mastodon instance instead. Being able to reach Threads users, in addition to Masto uses would clearly be substantial selling point of setting up a Mastodon server - given the size of the Threads userbase - and much preferable to them starting a Threads account.

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How so? It's a direct benefit of federation

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It might, yes. But I think the risk can be managed, with defederation if need be. I don’t think existing Fediverse users are suddenly going to defect.

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You know the generic ‘we are working on issues’ page that comes up on an error.

Any chance of adding a ‘Last updated’ date stamp on that, to let users know it’s not just an old generic piece of text?

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Thanks for the new banner - super helpful.

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Things seem to be starting to resolve for me. I can now get to Notifications and to Newest.

Still getting errors, but now works on a retry.

A case for preemptively defederating with Threads (kbin.social)

With Meta beginning to test federation, there's a lot of discussion as to whether we should preemptively defederate with Threads. I made a post about the question, and it seems that opinions differ a lot among people on Kbin. There were a lot of arguments for and against regarding ads, privacy, and content quality, but I don't...

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You are taking this massive “if” and building a whole policy of preemptive panic around it:

if we become dependent on it for content, and our best bet at avoiding that is defederate.

And if we don’t and we defederate, we’ve just cut off potentially interesting conversations with interesting people based on ideology.

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What's completely nonsensical is to act like there aren't any strings attached when there are obviously strings attached.

Let's look at the strings

Meta is trying to maximize profit. Anyone who thinks that Zuckerberg suddenly cares about an open fediverse even though its values (people being on multiple instances, everything being transparent, no one person or group having too much control, etc.) go directly against his goal is either delusional or very misinformed about what these for-profit tech companies do.

That's all true. But that's not really a string - it's just a fact of any for-profit organisation that sets up an instance

It strongly benefits him to take users from Mastodon, Firefish, Misskey, Kbin, etc., and allowing ourselves to depend on him for fediverse activity puts him in a prime position to do it.

But he can do that anyway. And in fact people who who want to interact with the 140million ish Threads users currently have one option - join Threads. With federation I can communicate with Threads users without joining Threads. That needs to be factored in.

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You say: The people who are at currently at this point have already gone to Threads. Then you say that if traffic from Threads is subsequently withdrawn, all the people who haven't already gone to Threads will... go to Threads.

You are basing it on the idea that Threads federating is a temporary move designed to advertise Threads. It's a theory. But seems unlikely. If Threads goes away again, I suspect that the current Fediverse userbase will, by and large still be here.

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You know that you can block any instance yourself on kbin?

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That's embarrassing. Quite possibly. Sorry for bothering you. Handy option though :)

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Thanks!

To those genuinely interested in moderating (kbin.social)

@Ernest has pushed an update which allows users to request ownership/moderation of abandoned magazines. Ghost/abandoned magazines were fairly prevalent after the initial wave of hype due to users either squatting magazine names or becoming inactive for other reasons. Now is your chance to get involved, if you were waiting to do...

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Has anyone actually been accepted as a moderator? I requested to help moderate /science a while ago - just because it was full of spam - and I've heard nothing - not even a rejection. Still happy to kill spam.

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“True nature” in this case appears to be slow and cautious. Shocking stuff!

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What you failed to do however is delegate, even temporarily, your responsibilities to people you trust.

Possibly becausE - you kkkw, urgent real-life stuff got in the way

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You know you come across as incredibly toxic, yes?

Unnatural evolutionary processes of SARS-CoV-2 variants and possibility of deliberate natural selection (zenodo.org)

As a result, we concluded that the formation of a part of Omicron isolates BA.1, BA.1.1, and BA.2 was not the product of genome evolution, as is commonly observed in nature, such as the accumulation of mutations and homologous recombinations. Furthermore, the study of 35 recombinant isolates of Omicron variants BA.1 and BA.2...

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Given what we know about the infectivity of Omicron, the combinatjion "Omicron was around in 2020" seems pretty astonishing. Combine this with "Omicron variants were formed by an entirely new mechanism that cannot be explained by previous biolog" and I'm going to suggest that the most likely explanation is that they cocked up their data somewhere.

I'm not qualified to peer review this - and it looks like no-one else has yet.

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If that’s correct - it is what it is and it’s better to know the truth. Evidence isn’t compelling at the moment though.

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It's simply because a headline like this is much more useful for people coming to the story for the first time, or who aren't deeply familiar with the story. It's not a sleight on her. Also at the time of publication, I think her name had only recently been released by the police.

I agree that the BBC's style of headline is better, though https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-66942594

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Good stuff in the UK the NHS is only offering Covid boosters to those in front-line medicine/caring and the over 65s. In that context 50% of the US population planning to get jabbed sounds (literally) quite healthy

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but - aliens? You guys are bonkers.

That’s what they were very careful to_not_ say. They just says there’s no evidence

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Not if you are looking at mitigating heat in cities. A 6ft tree will be giving a decent amount of shade after 5 years' growth if you pick the right species. The trick is looking after them.

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What does it matter whether it was a lab leak or zoonotic transmission at this point?

Well, possibly quite important if you want to assess the risk posed by wet markets. And if it was a lab leak (personally, I think less likely) you'd want to know where processes failed, and possibly some heads to roll.

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An explanation of how this works from the article:

JWST is able to analyse the light that passes through the faraway planet's atmosphere. That light contains the chemical signature of molecules in its atmosphere. The details can be deciphered by splitting the light into its constituent frequencies - rather like a prism creating a rainbow spectrum. If parts of the resulting spectrum are missing, it has been absorbed by chemicals in the planet's atmosphere, enabling researchers to discover its composition.

Note that they say the identification is ‘tentative’ and not robust yet.

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It’s also typical when researchers notice an interesting phenomenon and decide they need to gather more data.

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implying it’s unsafe

Implying it may or not be safe.

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Seem to get a lot of pharmaceutical spam in the science magazine.

Very happy to volunteer as co-mod if you would like help squashing it.

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