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Mike Macgirvin

 High Range, Australia 
Since the heavy lifting is being done in a repository none of you can see, here's what's happening at the moment with zot6.

The basic protocol is just about defined. It's not *too* much different than zot, but there are still substantial changes in the way data is organised and transferred. So far I have only had to add one table column to the database. There will be more.

Sometime in the next week (or so) I expect to be able to connect two channels. The last remaining hurdle is (yet another)  permission system upgrade.  This is a hard slog as I'm trying to do away with a static permission list completely and let permissions like 'can shave my cat' appear at any time and just work. The current architecture does this but there's a nasty little upgrade process to merge it into the system.

Sometime in the next 2-3 weeks I expect to be able to start sending messages.

On the longer term roadmap and in rough order (I can't define a timeline until the earlier components start to materialise):

- Finish the protocol supporting documentation
- remove bbcode as the base content type
- Release the zot6 base project 'zap' for pioneers to play with
- Strip out everything that isn't a social network suitable for the intellectually challenged and release it as 'denim'.
- add support for the activitystreams data type
- migrate the new protocol to hubzilla
Messages will be passed over the network and stored in HTML.  You can choose amongst hundreds of WYSIWYG editors.
That will save some computing power...
Is this going to be another attempt to make some simplified version of Hubzilla like you tried with "Uno"? That seemed like a good idea at first but ended up being more complicated than it was worth if I remember correctly.

When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” (Thomas) Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
 High Range, Australia 
Facebook to change terms of service for Australian users to avoid EU privacy law


The world's largest social network is keen to reduce its exposure to a new European privacy law.
They want European standards for everybody in the world... but just in case that could cost money they move the data to America...

I guess the new terms are something like "We want to protect your data and whatever. Just click ok, we don't care anyway" ;)
It goes to show that multi-nationals don't play by the same rules as the rest of us. Despite the claims to the contrary, Australians are considered as Irish in the Facebook ledger because this allows Facebook to not pay any taxes in Australia (literally zero - ever). This came out in questioning by the tax office a few years ago. American taxes are too high so this move is temporary until they convince another country to give them a low tax rate and also shield them from international privacy laws. This isn't too hard if you've got money clout. If I were a Facebook lawyer I'd be bribing talking to North Korea, Somalia, or Cuba.
In Brazil we've got Xote.