A normal-size gateway dropped onto an Embraer 170 kind of looks like an elephant trying to eat a cigar-shaped peanut.

Heading to Berlin, after a fantastic week in late-summer Białystok. Thanks to my hosts, and everyone else I met, for the incredible hospitality!

The clock tower of the Białystok city hall offers smiling faces from 4 sides.

@SAFEpress Good luck with having someone on the countryside in Uganda use an app that requires IPFS on the phone. Not happening.

@SAFEpress FB, Twitter etc. are financing their data usage for those services for people right now. You need to convince them that both paying for their own data, as well as accounts, and maybe even other people's data, is somehow better than using the current stuff for free.

@SAFEpress Too late. This is what already happened in most developing countries. Now the obstacle is even harder: you need to convince people that paying for something they currently get for free is better!

@SAFEpress But we need things to be inter-operable between our communities.

@SAFEpress ... In fact, we're working on providing co-operatively run services and accounts with @kosmos as I write this. So I'm very much a fan of paying the right people to do the right things, instead of everything being ad-based privacy nightmares. It's enough if it works for enough people. We don't need 100% adoption, or even mainstream adoption IMO.

@SAFEpress I agree. However, don't forget about the massive wealth gaps between people around the world. What you're willing to pay is completely unaffordable for someone else. But with p2p, a lot of this can of course be solved by creating local communities around local nodes. Especially as hardware gets cheaper and cheaper.

@SAFEpress People also don't like to pay for services, so that's actually the same issue I described, just from a different angle.

@SAFEpress I'm using and developing p2p solutions myself, so I'm not telling anyone not to. I'm just saying that fundamental issues with mainstream adoption are widely ignored by the various communities in my opinion. Also, p2p can be a spectrum. As you say, end users don't necessarily have to run nodes, but it can make the rest of the network more resilient.

... also, it still doesn't address the battery/CPU/memory question.

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"But Râu, it's only a matter of time until the Internet is a free resource all around us."

Yeah, how did that go so far? Not saying it's impossible, but with current regulations creating and perpetuating oligopolies everywhere, I don't see this happening anytime soon.

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The problem with fully distributed p2p solutions for ALL THE THINGS is that half the world doesn't even have unlimited bandwidth at home, and virtually nobody does on mobile. I would argue that the vast majority of people likely don't want to spend their data plans or batteries on other people's data transfers.

Happy to hear about solutions to this problem, but I don't remember seeing a lot of people tackling these fundamental issues.

A random Easter egg you may or may not know:

Type ":Ni!" as a vim command.


@liaizon Is that fediverse map live somewhere? I vaguely remember having seen something a long time ago...

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