Liked The Web Will End Up Being Just Like Automobiles | Kin Lane (Kin Lane)

In my mind, the web will end up being just like automobiles. Everywhere. Dominating our life. Believing we can’t live without. While also polluting, destroying our environment, health, impacting our physical lives, but yet we will keep doubling down. Everyone keeps declaring that Internet technology is inevitable and will just keep marching forward, with endless innovations just off on the horizon. Perpetually looking forward, rather than ever pausing for a moment to look at the state of things. And, like commuters isolated I our automobiles, we will never truly acknowledge just how shitty this technology has actually made our lives, and refuse to ever accept there is any other to live.

Liked China’s government has given location-tracking watches to 17,000 children (MIT Technology Review)

The smart watches use chips developed and designed by BeiDou, a Chinese satellite navigation system, to pinpoint a child’s position within 10 meters.The news: Seventeen thousand students at 60 elementary schools in Guangzhou received fancy new gadgets for their wrists last week, according to the Guangzhou Daily (link in Chinese).

Liked Amazon’s Counterfeiting Problem

This is Amazon’s greatest existential threat right now, and its greatest market opportunity. If it can turn itself into the world’s biggest market of authenticated goods, selling everything from books to cosmetics to electronics to luxury apparel and more, then its potential is limitless. The seedier it gets, the more limited it stays.

Listened IRL Podcast: The Internet’s Carbon Footprint from irlpodcast.org

Explore the surprising environmental impact of the internet.

This all makes me wonder what impact 5G might have in regards to ‘carbon footprint’? Will it just make it easier to waste the world away?
Replied to Commute Time = Reading Time (Daily-Ink & Pair-a-dimes un-post-ed)

Thanks to audio books, my commute time is actually enjoyable learning time. I find myself wishing I had a slightly longer commute to work… how do you use your commute time?

In addition to Audible, I listen to books without narration via the accessibility settings and articles via Pocket.
Watched The Shining Starring Jim Carrey from kottke.org

Taking advantage of inexpensive and easy-to-use software, deepfake artist Ctrl Shift Face has replaced Jack Nicholson’s face wit

This is the incredible and interesting and dangerous thing about the combination of our current technology, the internet, and mass media: “a lying government” is no longer necessary — we’re doing it to ourselves and anyone with sufficient motivation will be able to take advantage of people without the capacity to think and judge.

Liked 5G won’t fix America’s terrible broadband (Boing Boing)

Putting a 5G tower next to your house will only help you if the 5G tower is connected to a fast internet pipe. Basically, 5G is fiber to the curb with wireless distribution over the final few yards, the very thing that America’s telcoms sector is pathologically allergic to, and incapable of delivering on.

Liked S, M, L 1 – Wither Substack (tomcritchlow.com)

I’m with Ben Thompson – VC money doesn’t tend to play well with a mass of indie content creators.

See exhibit A: Medium. Remember, Medium started out all cool with the street cred and the high quality bar and gradually raised too much VC money, pivoted too many times, screwed over the very indie creators they saught to sustain and ultimatley limps along too bloated to either die or raise more money

Liked The Many Ways In Which APIs Are Taken Away | API Evangelist (API Evangelist)
  • Deprecation – APIs disappear regularly both communicated, and not so communicated, leaving consumers scratching their heads.
  • Disappear – Companies regularly disappear specific API endpoints acting like they were never there in the first place.
  • Acquisition – This is probably one of the most common ways in which high profile, successful APIs disappear.
  • Rate Limits – You can always rate limit away users make APIs inaccessible, or barely usable for users, essentially making it go away.
  • Error Rates – Inject elevated error rates either intentionally or unintentionally can make an API unusable to everyone or select audience.
  • Pricing Tiers – You can easily be priced out of access to an API making it something that acts just like deprecating for a specific group.
  • Versions – With rapid versioning, usually comes rapid deprecation of earlier versions, moving faster than some consumers can handle.
  • Enterprise – APIs moving from free or paid tier, into the magical enterprise, “call us” tier is a common ways in which APIs go away.
  • Dumb – The API should not have existed in the first place and some people just take a while to realize it, and then shut down the API.
Replied to Photographs in my mind by an author

We seem so much more free to take photos now, always having a camera in our pocket, and not a concern of the cost of taking one more shot.

But of all the shots I didn’t take, the photographs that still linger in my memory. These come to me from an era when film was the only option and the cost of the next shot lingered in my mind.

This reminds me of Kin Lane’s questions about photography and why we take so many digital shots.
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Replied to When you Assume you make an ASS out of u and ME (But sometimes it’s really useful for doing Maths and stuff) – Joel Speranza (Joel Speranza)

Because, if you ASSUME things without thinking about it, you’ll make an ASS out of U and ME. But if you ASSUME and you DO think about it… well that’s just good maths.

This reminds me in part of a bit out of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Black Swan:

We love the tangible, the confirmation, the palpable, the real, the visible, the concrete, the known, the seen, the vivid, the visual, the social, the embedded, the emotionally laden, the salient, the stereotypical, the moving, the theatrical, the romanced, the cosmetic, the official, the scholarly-sounding verbiage (b******t), the pompous Gaussian economist, the mathematicized crap, the pomp, the Académie Française, Harvard Business School, the Nobel Prize, dark business suits with white shirts and Ferragamo ties, the moving discourse, and the lurid. Most of all we favor the narrated. Alas, we are not manufactured, in our current edition of the human race, to understand abstract matters—we need context. Randomness and uncertainty are abstractions. We respect what has happened, ignoring what could have happened. In other words, we are naturally shallow and superficial—and we do not know it.(Page 132)

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Don’t Be a Sucker is a short film produced by the United States Department of War released in 1943, and adapted as a slightly shorter version in 1947.[1][2] It has anti-racist and anti-fascist themes, and was made to educate viewers about prejudice and discrimination.[1] The film was also made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces. It is held for preservation by the U.S. National Archives.[3]

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