µ-Posts

This is a stream/feed/river (or whatever you want to call it) of short posts that I write over time. If I feel like it I also repost to my Mastodon and/or Twitter account. Such posts are marked with Mastodon icon and/or Twitter icon, respectively.

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Australians have suprise me. They came up with a fairly reasonable proposal to redraw the relationship of news organisations with Facebook and Google. See the explanation at politico.eu.

It looks much more sensible than the recent EU regulation that I wrote about earlier.

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Reshared https://mastodon.social/@rysiek/104587120563564942

A nice talk by rysiek about decentralisation and about his project called samizdat. He also stresses the importance of static websites.

The talk itself can be found here and the transcript/notes of the talk here.

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This is pure gold, a fairy tale about social networks and the state of the web 😀: The Serfs of Facebook, by Zach Alberico

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#HongKong swiftly approves a law effectively extending the Great Firewall of China to Hong Kong. There is no doubt that this is the end of Hong Kong that we know today. Source: https://protonmail.com/blog/china-censorship-hong-kong/

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Wow, Replika.ai is yet another of Black Mirror's predictions coming true. See the review by Quartz on youtube.

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We all carry symbols of modern-day slavery in our pockets https://ethical.net/technology/the-slavery-supported-the-device-in-your-pocket/

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I missed this great news from a couple of months back. The EU has standardised what #repairability means. Soon we might see score (on scale from A to E) when buying electronics evaluating its repeatability. https://de.ifixit.com/News/35879/repairability-standard-en45554

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Olympus is selling their camera division, according to the official News Release.

(Despite saying the opposite less than two months ago on imaging-resource.com)

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Reshared https://www.kylepiira.com/2020/06/22/spotify-is-trying-to-embrace-extend-and-extinguish-open-podcasting/

If Spotify chooses to continue on their current path of exclusive content it will break interoperability with other podcast apps and force listeners of those shows to use the Spotify podcast client. I suspect that many listeners will also transfer their existing subscriptions into Spotify to avoid needing two separate podcast clients.

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A nice write-up by ProtonMail of Apple's practices that help regimes in many countries to silence their opposition: https://protonmail.com/blog/apple-app-store-antitrust/

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Reshared https://social.weho.st/@Fairphone/104370722097078014

Because Qualcomm is no longer supporting the chipset in the Fairphone 2, we have to make Android 9 comply with all of Google’s requirements ourselves.

Great effort by Fairphone!

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thenextweb.com/facebook/2020/06/17/

Facebook gives US users power to turn off political ads ... Plus, to make political ads more transparent, Facebook will show “Paid for by” disclaimer on the ad, even where you share it.

Finally! Why did it take so long? Next step: show “Paid for by” for all ads, not just when they are political.

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"I think it is wrong to teach maths without teaching programming. We all learn to use calculators at school. This was an innovation of the 20th century. Now it is 2020 and it is time to move on." --- Alex Kurz

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A wonderful example when somebody in industry is doing a wonderful (academical) research, and delivers a great talk: Alexis King - “Effects for Less”

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