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cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/9298788

The Biden Administration on Thursday announced it is setting new policy that will allow it to seize patents for medicines developed with government funding if it believes their prices are too high.

The policy creates a roadmap for the government's so-called march-in rights, which have never been used before. They would allow the government to grant additional licenses to third parties for products developed using federal funds if the original patent holder does not make them available to the public on reasonable terms.

Under the draft roadmap, seen by Reuters, the government will consider factors including whether only a narrow set of patients can afford the drug, and whether drugmakers are exploiting a health or safety issue by hiking prices.

"We'll make it clear that when drug companies won't sell taxpayer funded drugs at reasonable prices, we will be prepared to allow other companies to provide those drugs for less," White House adviser Lael Brainard said on a press call.

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Hi All,

Hope everyone had a good November.

Here's the monthly update on what is happening at the moment on Lemmy.zip!

Here's some communities you might be interested in!

New Communities

Server Updates

At the moment we're in a bit of holding pattern pending the release the of Lemmy 0.19 - The latest dev post indicates that the release of 0.19 should be quite soon once they're able to fix the remaining bugs. Following this, we'll schedule some downtime so we can update the server.

Some of the main points of 0.19 are:

  • per user Instance Blocking, i.e. the ability for a user to defederate a whole instance themselves.
  • 2FA fix and reset. This will stop you being able to lock yourself out of your account when setting up 2FA, but if you do have it enabled currently it will reset and you'll need to redo the setup.
  • user settings import/export between servers

You can see more information in this dev post on the changes coming.

In case you've missed it, we also shared the public "Federation Stats" dashboard which is linked in the side bar, or you can click here to go straight there - this is a live(ish) view of Lemmy.zip's federation status.

We've also added some small functions to ZippyBot around reporting posts/comments (working on messages) to acknowledge that the report has been reviewed. We're looking at expanding this (after 0.19 is released) to provide some feedback on the action taken/not taken etc, with the ethos of trying to be as transparent as possible.

We're always on the lookout for new ideas or things we can do better - let us know if there is anything you can think of!

Finally, next week Lemmy.zip turns 6 months old!

Interaction reminder (help support the instance!)

If you’re new to Lemmy.zip - WELCOME! I hope you’re enjoying your time here :)

I wanted to take a moment to encourage everyone to actively engage with our platform. Your participation can take many forms: upvoting content you enjoy, sharing your thoughts through posts and comments, sparking meaningful discussions, or even creating new communities that resonate with your interests.

Your involvement is vital in shaping and nurturing our Lemmy.zip instance. It’s natural to see fluctuations in user activity over time, and we’ve seen this over the wider lemmy-verse for some time now. However, if you’ve found a home here and love this space, now is the perfect opportunity to help us thrive.

Together, we can make Lemmy.zip an even more vibrant and welcoming space for everyone. Thank you for being part of our community!


As always, we're extremely thankful to people who are kind enough and in a position to donate. You can always see the instance's financial position on OpenCollective, and what we're aiming towards. If you do donate, you'll get your name in the Thank You Thread.

If you've been enjoying your time here, please consider a donation - it will help keep Lemmy.zip online and all donations go to paying for the server and for the surrounding services like image hosting and email.

Want to help but not in a position to do so financially? Then please remember to interact with the instance! The more users who interact = the better Lemmy.zip becomes!

Server Performance

Time for some graphs, numbers, and stats!

CPU usage over the last 30 days:

Network stats over the last 30 days:

Some disk stats over the last 30 days:

Here's our current image hosting storage:

And here is the headline graph from Cloudflare (please note, all these graphs are still affected from Cloudflare's API downtime last month, so traffic is slightly higher in reality)

This is a more detailed look at the requests through Cloudflare:

This is a more detailed look at the bandwidth:

And this is a more detailed look at the unique visitors:

Finally, this is the traffic breakdown for the top countries over the last 30 days:

Finally, I'd just like to thank everyone for being here - without you, this project wouldn't be as amazing as it is!

As we head in to December I'm mindful that my next update will in 2024! So I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a joyful and peaceful festive period, and I hope you get to spend it with your family, friends, and the people you love.

Thank you,


[-] Demigodrick 36 points 2 months ago

Just want to add - i've been using this (via my desktop!) for my instance for a little while now and its great - While the evidence shows there are false positives, i've yet to see it affect anything in real time.

Beware your B2 transaction costs though! 😭 I'm sure there is a cheaper way to do it but backblaze costs went up quite a bit.

[-] Demigodrick 23 points 3 months ago

They should probably add a % measure to that to show active users as a % of total users to give a more balanced look at active instances

[-] Demigodrick 71 points 3 months ago

Keep it up db0, a lot of us across the fediverse appreciate what you've built!

[-] Demigodrick 53 points 3 months ago

The communities discuss piracy, not host the content. They are two different things.

The user that requested it was a troll account create dhours before. The same user then went on to create a transphobic community and post hate. Not the sort of person the admins should be knee jerking to.

[-] Demigodrick 51 points 3 months ago

And yet they insist on keeping registrations open and tarnishing the lemmy name with their shit uptime and terrible, terrible decisions like this. Fuck them.

[-] Demigodrick 31 points 3 months ago

Its been deleted now, but that person has successfully trolled every lemmy.world user and is obviously full of hate and intolerance.

[-] Demigodrick 31 points 3 months ago

same account name (different instance) is also posting transphobia on https://lemmy.dbzer0.com/c/nomoretroons

[-] Demigodrick 35 points 4 months ago

They're not dodgy links.

[-] Demigodrick 23 points 5 months ago
[-] Demigodrick 38 points 5 months ago

I feel like i go around in circles saying this - there are literally hundreds of servers. If servers had caps, i.e. user caps and community caps, then people would be forced to spread out, rather than relying on two or three big servers. Otherwise we just have a central server, which is Reddit with extra steps.

[-] Demigodrick 23 points 5 months ago

This happened to me, although luckily I managed to turn off registration after about 80 signups. I did have email verification enabled but noticed that every single email address was fake/the email bounced, so they havent been able to verify the accounts and post.

I have now enabled applications (along with email verification) - does anyone have any opinion on using captcha instead of applications? I feel like captcha has already been defeated by bots.

[-] Demigodrick 30 points 6 months ago

This has definitely been a problem with communities being created on the bigger instances and not utilising smaller instances. Happy for someone to say I'm wrong etc, but I think there would be merit in capping instances to x number of users or communities, to force the user base to spread out.

Also, the way signups work, (ie you find a community you like then click sign up but that signs you up to that instance), further exacerbates the issue and the confusion around how federation works. The sign up links on each instance should lead either to a page with an instance finder, or to a random instance that matches the profile of, and is already federated with, the instance you were on. Otherwise the larger instances have a monopoly and are just going to lead to a bad user experience when they can't cope with the traffic.

It's a self defeating prophecy if users only want to sign up to the instances with the big communities, because then everyone is going to keep creating communities there and nobody is going to want to join a smaller instance.

I might be talking nonsense and am happy to be told why that is all wrong :)

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