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The report contains practically no technical data. "Network data show connectivity flatlining at 24%".. 24% of what?

Reachable IPv4 addresses? Traffic volume? Client side HTTP/TLS requests? DNS queries?

Do they take whatever data they get, aggregate everything into one giant field called "connectivity", and evaluate the stability of a connection based on that success rate?

We don't know.


I'm still learning about AWS, but I don't think other clouds do the same.

If there are still those who do not use the cloud, it is because the big three have taken advantage of their position a lot.

The pricing of Hetzner, CloudFlare, Linode, OVH, ... seems to be cheaper and more transparent.


Those small players aren't comparable to AWS. They might be sufficient for your needs, but the only players at AWS scale are Azure, Google, and Alibaba. Their prices and billing practices are basically identical.


Exactly, they have a commercial offer and a pricing more suited to large industries, where the scale is really needed. For a large industry, the cost of deleting a bucket is not even a thought, for an SMB or a developer it's a problem.

If you don't use special tools not available elsewhere, such as AWS' SageMaker, or Google's TPUs, ...., then it's probably not economically interesting to use the Amazon, Microsoft or Google clouds.


I tried to use Solid, but having a protocol to store your data did not seem very useful without being able to swap the applications that use them at will. Each application needs to understand not only the Solid protocol, but the format you are using for your data too.

The specification naively says that the data is saved in interoperable formats. Sure, you can store your data in an interoperable data formats, suppose it is JSON, but it is of little use if the various applications do not know how to interpret and manage correctly the information contained therein.

It's been a while, have the applications improved?


> Each application needs to understand not only the Solid protocol, but the format you are using for your data too.

I don't think we'll be able to avoid that hurdle; we'll need to make sure that the protocol is really simple.

But having to know the data format of the app itself is to be expected. If an app "instagram-on-solid" stores data in a certain way, the alternate app will need to understand those schemas as well to be compatible. That's how interop has always worked, even in the pre-internet age when we were exchanging files on disk.

> It's been a while, have the applications improved?

I haven't looked at apps in a while - but that was indeed moving very slowly.


Maybe dn42.eu?

> Experiment with routing technology

> Participating in dn42 is primarily useful for learning routing technologies such as BGP, using a reasonably large network (> 1500 AS, > 1700 prefixes).

> Since dn42 is very similar to the Internet, it can be used as a hands-on testing ground for new ideas, or simply to learn real networking stuff that you probably can't do on the Internet (BGP multihoming, transit). The biggest advantage when compared to the Internet: if you break something in the network, you won't have any big network operator yelling angrily at you.


RCS "engaging with mobile operators" means that it will enable spam and marketing.

Assuming an increase in the adoption of the technology, users will still mainly use OTT services.

WhatsApp Business is a saint in comparison to the Wild West of telcos.


Why?

The presence of telomerase prevents telomere shortening in cancer cells and gives the ability to divide an unlimited number of times in a laboratory cell culture plate.

But the aging process is not reversed, so a multicellular complex organism would eventually die.


Do they have $300+ billion in real estate assets?

In this case the risk of contagion of the whole sector is not negligible..

If they are flooding the real estate market with properties, the value of a building decreases for everyone.


The contagion can't spread to the rest of the sector... because the rest of the sector is already involved.

https://twitter.com/TheLastBearSta1/status/14357200360738078...


It helps that the government can set prices


> Do they have $300+ billion in real estate assets?

If you believe that, I have a bridge in Xiangcheng to give you.


I wish more people would self host their instance in the fediverse.

Your posts can be traced back to you, your feed is chronological and moderation is back in your hands.

Propaganda is a HUGE issue, and I’m sure anyone won’t be able to spot every case of misinformation.

But everything could be back in your hands. Nobody can _FORCE_ content on you, you are in control of your own experience.

https://joinmastodon.org

https://pixelfed.org

https://pleroma.social


>I wish more people would self host their instance in the fediverse.

I wish that too. And I even upvoted you for that.

Unfortunately, there are significant hurdles/barriers to entry for most folks.

First among those are asymmetric internet links. It's great that I can stream HD video while pulling down well-seeded torrents, while I apply updates to a dozen VMs without an issue.

But I can't support (and I don't have the static IPs) more than a few connections to my systems.

That's an important, and often overlooked, driver towards greater centralization.

My current plan gives me (based on speed test data) ~225Mb/s download and ~12Mb/s upload.

Obviously (multi)Gb/sec symmetric connections would be ideal, as well as easily supported by FTTP.

If enough folks have those, there's no shortage of federated, self-hosted alternatives out there -- as you helpfully pointed out.

An easily installed, self-hosted platform, combined with the requisite consumer bandwidth could certainly provide enough leverage to move folks off Facebook, et al.

Sadly, I won't hold my breath.


Why do devs keep complaining or lamenting the status quo and ask every non-tech fellow to "just self-host your instance on the fediverse"?

Is it as easy to get an FB like functionality with a click of a button? If not, that isn't going to work. Average Joe Schmoe isn't going to just self-host an instance, even if he knew how to do so. Also, if there is a competing service to Facebook, it better have everything that Facebook offers, except for the recommended and sponsored content. That includes most importantly being able to connect with old friends, acquaintances and contacts seamlessly. Does Mastodon allow for all that with just a click of a button?

If not, then programmers should just stop whining about how they wish people were more like them and instead actually build something that can be used by Joe Schmoe.

I've tried various Mastodon clients before. I couldn't figure much out of how to use them in 5 minutes and the UI was crap so I just ditched them. Even if it were a good experience, the fact that I have to go through hoops to set up an instance, then get all my friends from Facebook or Whatsapp or whatever to join me in using it, is enough deterrent that makes me not bother with it (and no, we don't use Facebook either). One app that seems to be getting this concept right, but not fully there yet, is Telegram.


Serious DPI vendors should really implement a proper state machine, so that they can't be fooled that easily. But middleboxes are not "security products", they can't be.

"Insertion, Evasion, and Denial of Service: Eluding Network Intrusion Detection" was published in 1998 [https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a391565.pdf]. We should know that DPI is not reliable.

In fact Geneva is a research project that expands and extends the concepts of fragrouting, applying a genetic algorithm to automatically find flaws in censoring middleboxes [https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Kkevsterrr/geneva/master/e...].

It is expected that a research project of this type exposes these kind of bugs. And the reason why they can research these things is because "there isn't enough information on the wire".

Bugs of this type are egregious for their danger and simplicity, but patched these there will always be.


I would characterize that differently: they are security products — that’s how they’re marketed – but they aren’t perfect and are only effective against certain behavior. That means you can’t rely on them alone for everything but it doesn’t mean they don’t have a security function.


My issue is exactly with how they're marketed and sold.

Information theory proves there's an infinite number of ways in which you can codify something. The subset of encodings that meets the rules imposed by any middlebox is in turn infinite.

> they aren’t perfect and are only effective against certain behavior

This means that they are only effective against default behavior.

Anything else is out of scope for these products, which I think is what @laumars was referring to with "outside the bounds of normal expected operation".

Marketing sophisms can be fun, but defining something as a "security product" when it is mathematically proven that there are infinite ways to bypass the provided "security guarantees" is ... simply something I refuse to do.


> Experienced, smart, and savvy programmers will make all sorts of mistakes in their code, even stupid mistakes

Reason why I've been uninstalling the agent on each Azure VM since 5 years: you can't make mistakes in code you don't have, at the cost of losing integration with the dashboard.


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