So for anyone who wasn't following, Google pressured a bunch of #fediverse app developers to do an impossible thing and in the end they had to delete their app off the Play Store

Here is a good synopsis by @SubwayTooter
subwaytooter.hatenadiary.jp/en

A case where #OpenStreetMap is more up to date than the official sources. 

Recently, I came across an OpenStreetMap changeset [0] with "Review requested" tag. The change was addition of a bus route relation [1] in Istanbul, by Alikam [2].

I navigated to IETT's (the governing body of Istanbul's transport network) website [3] to cross reference the route maps. I noticed that there were some minor differences between the route on IETT's website and Alikam's version on OSM. The route wasn't following the exact roads. This wasn't a major issue but I still commented on the changeset, mentioning discrepancies between the two versions. Alikam, who's an urban planning student and OSM contributor with a priority on transport network by the way, wrote back a few hours later to tell that the major junction at that point had been rebuilt as part of the construction of a new underground line. Apparently due to that major change in the highway infrastructure, the bus route have been changed as well. But as of this writing, IETT haven't updated their website to reflect the relevant changes. Meanwhile, thanks to Alikam and all the contributors like them, OpenStreetMap is more up to date than the official source for Istanbul's transport network.

This wasn't a major issue, but it makes one think if there are other cases where people rely on the official/private/closed data and left stranded or were late to a very important meeting (I'll give you a clue, answer is yes).

So kudos to Alikam and all those great contributors of this wonderful open community.

#openstreetmap #osm

[0]: osmcha.org/changesets/90790906
[1]: openstreetmap.org/relation/116
[2]: openstreetmap.org/user/Alikam
[3]: ttm.sh/dI8

But it is somewhat understandable, because I am doing this platform switching so rapidly and if I’m the only one using for example mastodon, there is little to no reason for others to follow/switch to that seemingly random (but less proprietary) platform

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Tomorrow I have to convince the board of a computer science student association to switch from microsoft sharepoint to nextcloud. I’m quite scared. In general, people do not seem to understand why privacy and freedom matters. I have already experienced many comments like ”how can we be on touch anymore when you are not on {insert facebook owned platform}”

Seriously, stop giving Zoom more chances.

They have the worst record I can think of of any company in the last 2 years repeatedly getting caught being shady.

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I deleted a directory containing old server virtual machines on my server and after clicking the "I'm sure" button realized that my running database server was located in that directory 😬 Luckily I was able to restore the -flat.vmdk file back into full vm, since all my servers depend on that vm. So please take s and prepare against

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