Sandstorm seems to be coming back to life. There's a post up on the Sandstorm blog about it (which I wrote): sandstorm.io/news/2020-02-03-r

... And I haven't found any clear analysis of the issue.

For background, Sandstorm seems to be coming back to life, and I've been contributing. We use mongo as a database, and getting rid of the dependency would be a huge engineering effort. I'm not happy about having something potentially non free as a critical dependency, but it seems like the contraversal part of the license doesn't affect us or our users, or heck even someone who wanted to make a proprietary saas form of Sandstorm (since mongo is not exposed to users).

Can someone help me understand the situation around mongodb's new license (the SSPL)? Specifically, it's not OSI approved, but (1) searching around a bit I haven't been able to find reference to why not. I've heard (unsourced) that mongo withdrew their OSI application, so it may not have been formally rejected. The FSF doesn't have it on their list of licenses (free or otherwise), so they appear not to have weighed in yet. I'm trying to understand the actual problem, if there is one.

I recently (a few weeks ago) stopped running my own mail server and pointed my domain at Fastmail.

I ran my own mail server for about a decade. I stopped because I got tired of having to deal with the issues around spam filtering and small servers. My server didn't have a *bad* reputation, but it didn't have a good one either, just because a one-person email server doesn't send enough mail.

Something to keep in mind for folks exploring reputation-based antispam mechanisms for the fediverse.

*Doesn't have the spoons to track down a bug in the type checker*

*Decides to work on better error messages instead*

*Finds the bug while writing code to explain the problem to the user*

... Slightly more productive version of Teddy-bear debugging.

tbh the main attraction of *nix systems is that they make composability available to the end user, not just the developer.

isn't it fucked up when we teach programmers to write composable and modular code, and then make them use those techniques to write closed source monoliths that only compete, and rarely cooperate?

there's some #programming food for thought....

Interesting talk at strange loop, spends some time talking about finding Foss:

youtube.com/watch?v=uC8Uc_0tlQ

Does anyone know of a good Twitter to Mastodon bridge I can host myself? One that's current. `retoot` doesn't seem to work for me.

and because not everyone knows all the history, its not like there weren't people trying to help make this work out right over time.

see, from just the last year, this example that was made public

announce.asheesh.org/2018/12/l

it wasn't all enablement.

rms, fsf, conservancy 

sexual assault, MIT, everywhere else 

@cwebber @emacsen , are there any "community spaces" around datashards? E.g. mailing lists, irc channels... I'd like to keep an eye on the project, maybe contribute at some point, not sure where to lurk to see what's going on.

@emacsen the pydatashards repo linked from the website seems to be private/absent?

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