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I made a torrent for the latest version of NixOS. Give it a bit o' love, if you please :)
Isn't it funny how that happens? -_-
But anyway: I haven't given up on this blog just yet. Once I find more stuff to put here I will do so.
Not much else to say for now. Cya around!! ^_^
Edit: Just realized my toc is borked up. I'll fix that at some point.
If you haven't given LBRY a spin yet, here's a quick summary:
It's a decentralized content distribution network much like Bittorrent. Unlike Bittorrent, though, a currency system is involved--LBRY credits. This allows content creators to (optionally) charge for their work. The minimum charge is 0.1 LBRY (about $0.06 or €0.05 at time of writing), although prices will vary (obviously).
Sorry for being away for awhile--life and stuff happened.
But I did come across (and finally try) NixOS, a new-ish Linux distro with some pretty cool features. I'll let a snippet of the distrowatch page do the talking:
In NixOS, the entire operating system, including the kernel, applications, system packages and configuration files, are built by the Nix package manager. Nix stores all packages in isolation from each other; as a result there are no /bin, /sbin, /lib or /usr directories and all packages are kept in /nix/store instead. Other innovative features of NixOS include reliable upgrades, rollbacks, reproducible system configurations, source-based model with binaries, and multi-user package management.
Installation was pretty painless (on a VM at least), and an instruction manual is even included. The site is here if you want to give it a spin.
I swear, this blog (zero-blog? zlog?) is becoming a 'hey, look at this thing I found' list. I don't think I actually mind that, though.
But anyway, DNSSB is a DNS system based off Secure Scuttle Butt (stop laughing). It's an append-only cryptographically secure gossiping protocol, which makes it ideal for a drop-in twitter replacement, among other things. Read more about the mini social network built around it here, and more about the concepts behind it here. It's a fairly neat read, and I'd highly recommend it.
I just stumbled across a DNS system called dename, which (if it works) could offer the same functionality as Namecoin--without a blockchain. Yes, really.
I've made myself some keys for signing things. One is an offline only key (11A3490E), which I will use only for managing my other keys, and the other (7A8ED964) will be my main key. I've used the offline one to sign both the my main key and its SHA3-512 checksum, and have put all relevant files here:
SHA3-512 of the key (for verification)
Offline key (for verifying the main key only)
Again, I will be using the offline key only for managing other keys, the main one (7A8ED964) will be used for everything else.
I don't know if the lengths I went to were too excessive (or perhaps not excessive enough), but I'm fairly sure my arrangement is alright. Please let me know if you have noticed a mistake, or if you want to sign keys.
Edit: made my main key available here for convenience.
A day or two ago, someone on the forums brought up concerns over Zeronet's resistance to attacks and takedowns, specifically regarding its reliance on trackers. My original response is still there (quoted in somebody else's comment), but I've also moved it here for two reasons: so that I can elaborate on it, and to save precious space on Zerotalk. Here it is:
There is an ongoing conversation about how to moderate content on zerotalk. It's proving to be pretty complicated (as it always has been). When trying to balance free expression and quality control, having both is really hard. I've made a list of things that should probably be put into consideration. Keep in mind that this list is not complete or absolute in any way:
While prodding around on the internet, I recently came across Dat--a secure, decentralized data storage system.
If you're thinking that seems familiar, I did too: It sounds an awful lot like IPFS. But after a bit of reading, I found the main difference: the storage is mutable. This means that it's not content-based addressing anymore, but the ability to modify shared data will certainly have its own use cases. It seems robust enough that you could probably reimplement Resilio or Syncthing on top of it with little to no loss in functionality. It might even be possible to use it as a full or partial backend for Zeronet itself, potentially solving the large files problem!
I really don't know why I haven't come across it before--the metrics suggest that it's even more popular than IPFS, yet I see so little hype over it here compared to IPFS. Strange.
One other thing: there is also an experimental browser built off similar ideas--it even does IPFS sites too. If you're running not-Windows, you might wanna give it a try.
The way zeroname is sorted makes finding unique sites a bit of a pain--so after a bit of tinkering with Excel, I managed to create a list of unique domain names. It's 795 entries long, as opposed to the 1435 entries before deduplication. You can view it here. I'm planning on whipping up a way to automate this process, and will post it here when I can.
My address begins with HEX, and that's not by coincidence.
More will be added whenever I find new cool things to share.
elixir: higher level language designed for easily managing concurrency and large-scale multitasking.
rust: lower level drop-in replacement for C, but with functional-ness, extensive memory safety measures, package management, and a lot more.
go: mid to high level language with good thread management and package ecosystem, among other things.
haxe: toolkit/language that can cross-compile into C++, C#, Python, node.js, and more. Pretty neat.
Note: please set the TTL slider to 7 days or more (if you can) for maximum assurance of delivery (but not for super long messages, please). Also consider looking at your Resend options in the Settings, or just keeping it short and simple to begin with.
Email: hecks-kee oh-three-sekz at pro-ton-mael dawt see-ach
[Note 1: translate this anti-spam gibberish accordingly.]
[Note 2: use you own protonmail account (if you have one) for extra security, otherwise you really should use my PGP key.]