[-] ProdigalFrog 4 points 5 hours ago

They switched it for me, and can confirm, absolutely hate it.

[-] ProdigalFrog 12 points 6 hours ago* (last edited 6 hours ago)

LoRa is, as far as I know, legal to use in most countries without a license, and do not broadcast on HAM frequencies.

submitted 6 hours ago* (last edited 6 hours ago) by ProdigalFrog to c/technology

This seems like a great technology to build resiliency and redundancy in a community, especially for places where cell service is spotty, or in the odd event where normal lines of communication are blocked.

The LoRa boards can be easily powered with a small solar panel for continuous use, and if put in a high enough place with a good antenna, they can have a surprisingly long range!

In addition to being genuinely useful, they also seem like they'd be a lot of fun to experiment and play around with, printing cool 3D cases for them, or designing a better antenna or repeater setup.

If and of you already have experience with LoRa, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts! :D

[-] ProdigalFrog 2 points 7 hours ago

He's like the Ken Burns of gaming! 😄

submitted 12 hours ago by ProdigalFrog to c/videos@lemmy.world
[-] ProdigalFrog 2 points 12 hours ago

That didn't occur to me when I posted it, but I suppose you're right. I'll take it down.

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[-] ProdigalFrog 3 points 13 hours ago

Ah, you're quite right. I think I misinterpreted the description. Title updated to reflect that. ^^

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[-] ProdigalFrog 5 points 14 hours ago* (last edited 14 hours ago)

I understand you have a preference for written information, which is entirely understandable.

I personally feel this video is quite information dense, and explains his ideas and concepts with no filler. If you feel it's wasting your time, then I would recommend skipping it for sure. No harm in that. :)

[-] ProdigalFrog 1 points 14 hours ago* (last edited 14 hours ago)

I can say it supports Lemmy clients and can talk to other Lemmy instances but I have no way of know what the state of the actual running back end is. It could be compromised, exiflitrating data, puppeting my account, etc whatever it wants to do. If the instance admin wanted to they can configure however they want and my only option is to leave.

I'm no expert on servers, so correct me if I'm wrong here, but I'm assuming the blockchain would essentially just list the status of various administrative things on the system, like how the firewall is set up or what ports are open, and users would be able to vote on changing individual settings?

They could do a straw poll but it’s ultimately at their discretion. A straw poll puts the users as counsol too the ones in charge. It does hold anyone accountable.

Surely that's only within certain limitations? Like if your users collectively voted with the DAO to host illegal material, and that was automatically put through, the server owner would ultimately be responsible for continuing to host that material, and presumably would take action to stop it regardless of the DAO.

So the owner ultimately still has to monitor what the users are doing on the DAO, and intervening if need be.

The funding streamlining would come from the fact that the DAO can own wallets and make periodic payments based on what was voted on or create multisig wallets for sub teams to manage their own budgets given to them by the DAO.

So a user would need to be tech-savvy enough to set up an account with an exchange to convert their real money into crypto and send it to the correct wallet (which I suspect is more prone to error than using Librapay).

Compare this a traditional a setup where to schedule payments that group agreed upon, where a vote would have to be held, then the decision sent to accounting to then sent to a bank to then sent to the target wallet. Each one of those hand off introducing the possibility of confusion or obfuscation.

I feel like all of those processes happening via crypto would, if anything, increase obfuscation. I guess theoretically, it does remove the steps of the sysadmin needing to move crypto between wallets, but if the end-goal of the vote is to send money somewhere that's not on the chain, wouldn't that mean the owner of the managed account would need to manually convert the crypto out of an exchange and into a regular bank account to then be sent to the final destination account?

With such widespread fraud and history of insecurities in crypto exchanges, I feel like the admin would be trading a minor inconvenience of not needing to do some minor administrative work in exchange for much bigger potential headaches.

[-] ProdigalFrog 20 points 15 hours ago

Food as an industrial product can barely feed the people we have.

Globally, we produce more than enough food to feed everyone, if there is any struggle to feed others, it is generally due to either artificial scarcity or inability to transport it where it is needed.

[-] ProdigalFrog 4 points 16 hours ago

The creator unfortunately did not write an article.

If you're on a device that allows it (I know Apple doesn't, unfortunately), I'd highly recommend installing Unblock Origin to avoid ever watching ads.

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submitted 20 hours ago by ProdigalFrog to c/videos@lemmy.world
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[-] ProdigalFrog 2 points 1 day ago

Looks like the gif link doesn't work, so I had to replace it with a static image. :(

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submitted 1 day ago by ProdigalFrog to c/breadtube
[-] ProdigalFrog 2 points 1 day ago

The keyboard was designed for using on the couch, so that makes sense to include. The battery doesn't make sense, but the rest of it sorta does. It's trying to be a uni-tasker device, and act as both your main desktop computer, as well as a couch-based media center, and even a music player to use from anywhere in the house thanks to the Bluetooth remote.

I guess it doesn't specifically need to be luggable to do those tasks, but the integrated monitor and small size isn't unwanted in a living room PC. But definitely not critical.

[-] ProdigalFrog 3 points 1 day ago

So a project I would like to set up is using a DAO to manage the funding account of and the account of a cloud resource.

So that the a democratic vote can be held on the public record for how it is configured, as opposed to the standard sys admin model of a single owner and manual adding more people to it with powers to delete other admins.

In trying to understand the upside of the DAO in that use case:

  • how does a new user first obtain a token to have a vote on your server?
  • Is there an existing problem with trust, or the users of your server not trusting how the server is configured?
  • How does it differ from doing a straw poll for voting democratically?
  • How would it streamline funding, exactly?
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Each month we pin a post to give all members an update on the state of the instance, as well as a place to direct public comments and discussions, so let's get to the updatin'!

Community highlights

This month we thought to shake up our usual routine to highlight new communities and instead decided to highlight some nice, but older communities. So have a look at these and maybe add them to your list of subscriptions:

Any other communities you would like to highlight? Comment below!

Transfer to new server

After our last attempt to move our Lemmy instance to a new server had to be reverted at the end of 2023, we tried again this month. The new server has been hosting the Pictrs image backend and the various frontends for a while now, but yesterday we finally also migrated the main database and the backend to it.

The new server (a refurbished Intel Xeon with 64GB RAM) is probably somewhat oversized for a small Lemmy instance like ours, but it looks like the multiple times faster NVMe database storage array finally fixes the performance issues we had before.

Let's hope this time we will not run into hardware issues like with the previous dedicated server.

A brand spankin' new Wiki

SLRPNK now hosts a fully functional wiki for our communities to utilize, based on the DocuWiki project.

Currently, only community Moderators can edit the wiki, and like our XMPP instance, you'll be able to use your SLRPNK login to access it, along with editing privileges for your community automatically given.

We have a quick-start guide written that should help you with the first steps of how to create your community wiki.

A few plugins have been added to the wiki to extend its functionality, such as a WYSIWYG editor in addition to the standard markup editor, along with some other bells and whistles. You can find a complete list of the plugins used here.

If you need any help getting your community page setup, you can either leave a comment in this thread below, or message one of the admins, and we'll do our best to get you up and running. :)

Other technical additions

You might have noticed the new bot account that was added as an instance admin last month. This account is currently connected to two additional services that we added:

An automatic RSS feed poster that can be added to communities. Let us know if that is something you are interested for a community you moderate here.

An instance level auto-moderation bot that scans new posts and comments for spam. The software behind this is still a bit of a work in progress, but it should allow us to react more quickly to future spam-waves from multiple accounts.

If you have other suggestions on how to utilize this bot, let us know.

Server Stats

With another month, comes another round of stats!

Right off the bat, the hardware upgrade is having a noticeable effect on the latency of the server, which is pretty darn sweet.

And 65 new solarpunks joined us last month, bringing the total up from 1,138 members to 1,203. Hopefully they find this to be a good home. :)

The monthly users are holding steady, with a slight increase up from 290 to 299. With that amount of people, there always seems to be something interesting to see or read on the server just from our users alone. Counting people coming in from other instances, it really is booming around here!

The Big News

We're proud to announce that Slrpnk.net is now officially sponsored by Exxon Mobileâ„¢ as part of their Global Green Outreach for Innovative Forward Thinkersâ„¢ program.

In collaboration with them, we'll be featuring new eco-friendly technologies that were produced with net-zero emissions as a long-term goal, which has only been made possible thanks to Exxon's Big Heart Good Guy Partnerâ„¢ initiative.

Starting us off this month is this fine Gasoline powered Alarm Clock, which gets an unthinkable 24 hours to the gallon! The efficiency wizards at Exxon have truly outdone themselves. Hopefully we'll see one of these pop up in every home in the coming decades.

Open discussion

That about wraps up this month's news. If you have anything you'd like to ask regarding the site, our new tools, or anything else related to this community, let us know.

If you've created a new community or would like to make your own announcements about something happening on the server, you're also welcome to post them down below!

All comments will get extra visibility up until the beginning of next month.

Have a great April, everyone! ^^

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