Happy new year 20191!
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I blogged about the various note taking services I used since 2008:
Darktable just had a major release! Photographers using Linux rejoice! https://www.darktable.org/2019/12/darktable-300-released/
I need to get something off my chest. Buckle up folks.
I'm deeply concerned about the future of the #fediverse and open social protocols. NOT because of the recent Twitter news, but quite the opposite.
The way so many poo-poo'd and decried those efforts was heartbreaking. It shows a severe blind spot in the "libre" community.
Listen, if you don't understand why Twitter, why iOS, why Microsoft (back in the day), etc. is popular, you just don't get this fight.
Very cool open source remote for smart homes.
The design and function look top notch, which is noteworthy for an open source project.
This post makes the case that attaching a crypto currency to a protocol would ensure the long term funding of development and maintenance of the protocol.
OK. But IMO it seems like a distraction too, and rife with potential mistakes. Mistakes that could sink your protocol. Is it worth it? Maybe there are other ways?
Anyways, everything I read about the governance of crypto tells me it's a total ****-show so it's probably better to find a better solution.
- it's the first time I hear of an application for Bitcoin technology that is actually interesting to me.
- article was a bit "hand-wavy" and unconvincing wrt users controlling their data but putting an encrypted blob in the cloud.
- I am quite concerned about the filter bubble problem, but I am afraid it's a societal problem, and needs resolution at that level
- I agree we should put more effort in protocols than in applications. There is lots that can be done here.
Just read this piece on protocols: https://knightcolumbia.org/content/protocols-not-platforms-a-technological-approach-to-free-speech
.. And the hn discussion and followed some links.
- if you great an open protocol, don't expect it to survive if users don't know there using the protocol. Ex: email versus jabber/XMPP.
- protocols get run over by platform due to lack of funds. What causes people to invest in a protocol? And if they don't, h ow do you keep up with funded platforms?
Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline
The physicist Edward Teller tells the American Petroleum Institute (API) a 10% increase in CO2 will be sufficient to melt the icecap and submerge New York. “I think that this chemical contamination is more serious than most people tend to believe.”
Discord post-mortem from a cloud engineer on the outside
Oh the front was only big in the compose box. 😒
Hypothesis is a good idea but it is a centralized service (as far as I can tell).
Haven't looked in depth but dokieli looks to be a worthy replacement:
"Decentralised Authoring, Annotations and Notifications for a Read-Write Web with dokieli"
(Wow that's a big font)
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