Heh... 'remove all details about a person'... in software, that can be kind of fuzzy.
At least, worded that way.
I can remove anything identifying someone from our system, yet leave behind other information that is anonymized. This would allow us to follow what I hope is the spirit of GDPR without losing the value of the data in the first place (providing metrics that help us improve our courses).
Unless the spirit of GDPR is to fuck over companies.
In this kind of software, adhering to GDPR would require tagging information added by someone with an identifier for that person, then performing a lookup for anything by that person, compiling all of it into a huge blob of data (you can format it any way that makes sense), then remove it from your system to expunge someone from your system.
So, imagine someone has commented on a message. Then someone else comments on their comment. Under GDPR, you have to remove both messages, if I'm getting it right, which seems rather draconian, and perhaps unfair to the second person who might not want their message removed.
How would that ever be proven without someone calling a witch hunt and sniping a specific service to seize their assets and audit their compliance. I don't think anyone would bother - there are much larger issues to be dealt with than bullseyeing BBS's, whcih are already needle-in-a-haystack as they are.
Of course, dial-up itself is insecure, so that could be the primary focus of the reasoning given. But now I'm moving into speculation...
Based on Walter's unexplained recusal from the community I have to assume one of two things happened: either someone/something spooked him into shutting down because he felt threatened, or he just didn't feel like bothering with it anymore and made up a lame excuse.
bbs100 had an interesting but limited design. It was a single threaded state machine that served up telnet sessions directly, without requiring the use of the host system's telnet server.
Based on that, it was very compact and very portable. But it was also an evolutionary dead end, which is why Walter had begun work on something he called bbs101, a multithreaded server with a database back end. Does that sound familiar? :) That project was binned as well, presumably for the same "reason".
Ugh... those IRS tax fraud guys from India call me entirely too often (meaning: at all).
As do all the individual looking for Sandi Owens from Cumberland, MD. Whoever that is. May she rot in hell.
Wed Oct 03 2018 11:41:30 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored
Ugh... those IRS tax fraud guys from India call me entirely too often (meaning: at all).
I had to move to Comcast when I moved into my new (to me) house...their VOIP offering includes Nomorobo, which has done an admirable job of screening out most of these fraud calls.
On my cell (AT&T Mobility), I'm using the AT&T Call Protect app, which has been doing a pretty good job between its own database and my manual entries.
Nomorobo's free service makes your phone ring once before they seize the call and drop it. That uses simultaneous ring. The service that they *sell* to carriers is the one where the carrier can query their database first and make a determination about whether to put a call through or drop it.
Deepest condolences to you for having to use Comcast.
I'm guess, then, having a real wire phoneline works against me in this regard.
Fri Oct 05 2018 15:45:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ UncensoredDeepest condolences to you for having to use Comcast.
Thanks...I'm hoping that some other options come through in the near(ish) future.
Some number of months ago, we completed the removal of inter-node mail and room sharing from the Citadel system. This roughly coincided with the shutdown of The Dog Pound, a site with we'd been networking for decades; it was one of the first to join the network and the very last to leave.
So technically there is no more "IGnet" -- and I'm not really interested in starting up another network that depends on our own protocol to work. That concept had dialup assumptions baked into its DNA, even though we ran it over the Internet for many years.
However, we are regularly accosted by folks who are interested in sharing content, and as has been pointed out many times, if you're not one of the big Social Pravda Networks, you want to reach the biggest audience you can get to. I think the modern term wouldn't really be "networking" but rather "syndication".
I'm interested in hearing any ideas. It can't be Citadel specific, though. Ideally I'd like to be able to syndicate in BOTH directions between Citadel and other software.
For example, if I have a buddy with a Wordpress blog, I'd like the comments to sync in both directions. There have got to be other people trying this sort of thing. If any of them have taken hold even a little, we should explore it.
For Citadel-to-Citadel, we could probably share rooms by having two sites scrape each other's RSS feeds. I'd probably have to throw in a little hack to do split horizon (don't send another node its own messages, and/or filter out incoming messages that originated locally).
And of course there's always NNTP. I don't even know where one would get a "real" newsfeed anymore (as opposed to an access account on someone else's server).
I thought NNTP feeds had problems with security or something. Or, maybe, most of the dominant NNTP feeds are so riddled with spammers as to have destroyed their utility anymore.
So whatever one does in this space, one probably needs to be able to exclude content from rogue servers, or something along those lines.
Waaaaaaaay back in the early days, our Citadel implementation supported netnews, but only over UUCP. I hacked together a translator so we could network with Spies in the Wire, a nearby BBS built on a WICAT minicomputer by a dude named Andy Rubin, who later went on to create a little thing called Android (Google hired him and bought the company). He called his implementation "CitaSim" and I think he just built a Citadel-like UI over the stock netnews software.
It was easy over UUCP, all you had to do was translate the data format and feed it into an external program. NNTP, not so easy.
I think Andy shut the BBS down when he was getting ready to head west and find his fortunes in Silicon Valley. He carried a select few UseNet groups but we didn't share them. This was before UseNet became 99% spam, but I think he was getting frustrated with local twits trying to post their nonsense to a global audience.
I'm not committed to NNTP. I'm committed to "whatever becomes the standard" for keeping people connected outside of the big networks, who are now drunk with power and openly silencing anyone who is in opposition to their favorite agendas. ParanoidDelusions called this concept "the sidenet" and it seems like a good enough name for now. OpenSocial, StatusNet, Mastodon, whatever breaks out ahead of the pack is what we'll implement.
Actually - my super libertarian Mormon friends in Seattle - who are really a bunch of brilliant dudes, called it the Sidenet. I agree, I love the concept - for all the same reasons you do.
I am pretty sure I've been successful in IT not because I'm a brilliant dude - but because I'm the average dude that understands brilliant ideas and connects actually brilliant people together.
I'm okay with being mediocre but really damn good at it, though.
So far, all attempts to do this have faced the same problem: only techno-libertarians like us have expressed any interest in getting everyone out of the Silicon Valley concentration camps. Most of our friends and families have Stockholm syndrome and are very happy to simply let Mark Hitler Zuckerberg and Jack Hitler Dorsey continue to abuse them and program their brains.
There's probably an opportunity over the next year or two, as the Hitlers of Silicon Valley are working very hard to suppress wrongthink, and enough people are noticing. They also have a habit of trying to silence the truly free platforms, claiming that they are "hate speech" sites. This is magnified by the fact that when sites like Gab really do try to be completely free of bias, they attract *actual* hate speech people. That's a problem we'll have to address eventually.
I bought wallofhate.com about 8 years ago planning on making some sort of anti-social networking site as an alternative to FB and Twitter. Citadel and The Sanitarium are kind of my first step in delivering this.
One of the guys who was talking about the concept of a sidenet - hosted wallofhate on his servers for a while - but... here is the funny thing... my registrar sold the MANAGEMENT of my domain to some subsidiary, didn't tell me and it broke everything, so I thought there was my own placeholder but instead it was domain parking on hostgater that my domain resolved to. Took me a while to prove who I was and take control of my domain back.
Anyhow - they're real theoretical guys - but I think something like this grows organically, with guys like you and I coming across guys with ideas like these other guys have, and eventually someone will get the right combination together to create something that starts to gain momentum. The more Twitter and Facebook squeeze and people get frustrated, the easier it will be for us to snap up parts of their user base.
We should talk about my experience with DIGG.
I'm thinking of moving my domains to EPIK, a registrar that doesn't take shit from the establishment. They are the registrar who hosts GAB and some other sites that have been attacked. Unsurprisingly, Wikipedophilia describes them as a registrar best known for far-right/nazi/white-supremacist/hate sites.
I think it's inevitable that if a truly uncensored sidenet emerges, the establishment will call it a far-right/nazi/white-supremacist/hate network, and anyone participating in it will become a target for the inquisition, just like the pigopolists went after anyone who was joined to music sharing networks.
"It doesn't matter if you're a grandma
or a seven year old girl
They'll treat you like the evil hardbitten criminal scum you are..."
-- Weird Al , "Don't Download This Song"
The ironic part is that once a sidenet *does* go mainstream, it'll be immune to the kind of takedowns the establishment is used to doing. With no central point of control, no company to put out of business, no funding to cut off, they will have unwittingly bred a highly resistant superbug.
And Citadel will be a part of it.