For those who host a Fediverse server, this might be worth reading:
It would really suck if fedi servers started getting taken offline because of the incompetence of the cyber-security community.
Instead of commenting on YouTube videos, I should be commenting about them on the Fediverse. It's also easier for other people to see my comments as well, and helps promote videos which I comment on.
Similarly, adding some kind of useful economic activity to PoW doesn't make it more efficient.
I think it would make people a lot less anxious about the "wasted energy" involved. For instance I think if Foldingcoin was #1 people would have a lot less rage against PoW.
That said I do think the mindset "People shouldn't be allowed to use energy" and it's logical conclusions "We have a right to limit people's energy use for the greater good" is a one-way road to 99% of people starving/freezing to death.
I will go a step further. Bitcoin and the entire cryptocurrency space exist because there is a massive market to replace the banking system because it's entirely run by criminals.
If we prosecuted them and properly regulated the industry the entire idea would be redundant.
I firmly believe that cryptocurrency is the wrong solution to a serious problem. Instead I advocate people temporarily barter (cryptocurrency can be an instrument for this) as a mechanism to keep government and finance in check.
Some of the people from Suckless software have been working on the Bitreich project, which focuses on increasing the use of the Gopher protocol through developing software for it and community around it.
One of the things they are doing is pairing Tor with Gopher, which creates something really interesting. Gopher with Tor creates a fast, encrypted, anonymous, minimal web protocol.
If you want to experiment with it, its not difficult to set up. You just need to download and set up the Tor daemon, and download Torsocks to interact with it. If you are on OpenBSD, this is as simple as:
doas pkg_add tor torsocks
doas rcctl enable tor
doas rcctl start tor
Then you can open gopher urls over tor with something like:
torsocks lynx gopher://enlrupgkhuxnvlhsf6lc3fziv5h2hhfrinws65d7roiv6bfj7d652fid.onion
You can read more about gopher over tor here:
The downside is that I have to maintain it, and I'm basically responsible for everything on this instance.
I might have to join some other instances.
By the way, I'm also on Mastodon! @james