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  1. Thor GalleVerified
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      The Guardian5/9/242 min
      The Guardian

      I watched the demo/interview video with Noland. They mostly covered how he could play games more ergonomically, but it clearly had wider potential for increased independence. I hope they can make it “stick” safely soon!

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      12challenges.substack.comLouis Barclay5/16/242 min
      12challenges.substack.com

      To achieve high performance one really needs a transformation.

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      Well, I don’t think I’m into the brand of freedom promoted at X.

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      The History of the WebJay Hoffmann2/6/246 min
      The History of the Web

      Several names mentioned here I have become familiar with only in the last year (Anil Dash, Tim Bray, Maggie Appleton, Chris Coyier). Maybe because I started spending time on Mastodon, and using RSS.

      I hope this early-web renaissance will spread more widely.

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      12challenges.substack.comLouis Barclay5/3/245 min
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      From the linked WIRED article:

      “Section 230 (c) (2) (b) is quite explicit about libraries, parents, and others having the ability to control obscene or other unwanted content on the internet,” says Zuckerman

      Well indeed, here's my interpretation of the section:

      no [...] user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of [...] any action taken to enable [...] the technical means to restrict access to material [provided by others].

      That seems to map pretty cleanly to Unfollow Everything. The any action part is encouraging. I hope it works out!

      I 100% agree that "middlewares" are a big deal. Somewhat related, the Rabbit R1 makers are working on a "Large Action Model", which is supposed to be able to use apps on the user’s behalf. I can imagine asking such a system "What are the latest updates from my family on Facebook?", and getting an answer, without seeing a single Meta ad or feed bloat. Perhaps this is the ultimate middleware. For them too, this lawsuit seems very relevant.

      It is unfair how legal systems have applied unequally to big corporations versus small developers, when big corps take bad faith actions for financial gain, while Unfollow Everything & others take good faith actions to promote time well spent.

      Big tech can scrape the entire internet without permission, including content from small players, and then present AI-generated answers derived from their work. The small players lose ad revenue, but only other big corporations like the NYT are able to stand up to this; so the abuse goes on. A small player reducing a minuscule amount of big tech ad traffic immediately leads to an existential C&D.

      It would be awesome if the scales are balanced here.

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      It’s easier for me to get started in the morning if I know I can’t roll over, grab my laptop, and start work from bed.

      Lol, I can not relate to this at all. Never done it. My sofa time with my MBP is already very limited, but that's maybe because it's still (relatively) heavy?

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      And though Zuckerman says he would not be surprised if it takes years for his case to wind its way through the courts, he believes it’s important.

      It would be cool if you could subscribe to the updates in a specific legal case with an RSS feed. I'd be interested to hear the ruling as soon as it comes out, even in years. Maybe Google Alerts comes closest.

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      Oh, I had my suspicions while reading, but only when checking the source website did I confirm that you posted another (earlier) testimonial from Harshini!

      This one felt more wide-ranging and ranty (harder to read), but not less truthful because of it. The duality of opportunity and limitations in the US today is really baffling.

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      India CurrentsHarshini Rajachander4/18/248 min
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      Some strong metaphors here! Building life on a house of cards is a stressful feat.

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      world.hey.com3 min
      world.hey.com

      All major consumer OSs have evolved considerably, and gained an increasing level of feature parity!

      I started computing young with Windows, used desktop Linux for years as a student, and switched to macOS when I started working.

      I still interact with Linux very regularly as a hobby and at work, which makes me appreciate Apple’s software & hardware even more for its stability, dependability and polish (the switch to arm64 has been a little painful though). I haven’t tried out WSL, but I’ve read it’s not without caveats.

      Still, we can appreciate the progress everywhere. Being able to do web development with Unix-style tools (and maybe Docker) on all OSs is great. Wine/Proton is making an enormous amount of Windows-targeted games work on Linux too. The Steam Deck could be called a super successful mainstream Linux Desktop product, maybe more explicitly so than Android.

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      Librarian in the WildLibrarian in the Wild4/13/245 min
      Librarian in the Wild

      Inspiring!

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      If I recall correctly from a documentary, we don’t only share DNA that came from our common ape ancestors, but we all also have a small and variable amount of Neanderthal DNA in us, suggesting interactions other than strictly killing.

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      americanpurpose.com3/20/2414 min
      americanpurpose.com

      Agreed that complaining without proper argumentation makes no sense!

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      Yle Uutiset4/2/241 min
      Yle Uutiset

      Shocking indeed... 12-year-olds!

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      johanronsse.be4 min
      johanronsse.be

      I learned that as a product designer, you are moving across different types of design. This was not as apparent in agency work. I feel like we often got hired for execution, and not for research or problem definition. When we got hired, we already knew what the problem was. This is not always the case now, and thus I’ve been improving my research skills.

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      It looks like these can rotate, but can they also be taken down, like a canvas sail? Would there be any extra danger with having these wind-catchers in stormy weather?

      Also: "Cofunded by the European Union" - interesting mid-sea advertisement.

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      I've lived in Finland for 3 years now, 2 in Sweden.

      For example, in Helsinki, the capital, you will rarely see fancy or expensive cars on the streets. Even the CEOs and financial sharks here tend to drive boring Volvos and Volkswagens rather than anything that would make them stick out.

      I wouldn't call it "rarely" (the parking of my startup/investor campus is half-filled with Teslas), but when comparing downtown Helsinki with downtown Stockholm, the difference is stark indeed.

      'The pessimist will never be disappointed'

      This is noticeable, and it also translates into a dark form of humor!

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      To all past, current and future Readup contributors: some changes are happening to our donation fund. I'll be in touch about how it develops!

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      The Yuzu Patreon currently brings in about $30,000 a month, making a $2.4 million settlement a significant expense for Tropic Haze LLC, the US company set up to coordinate those Patreon donations for the emulator's development.

      "significant expense" is an understatement! With that revenue, it would take 80 years to reach $2.4M. And they stopped collecting donations.

      I wonder: are the developers personally liable for this amount, or are they protected by the LLC? Will the LLC go bankrupt under such a debt? Do they have liability insurance that covers this?

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      But I don’t know that these steps are enough to prevent Nintendo from throwing around its weight again, particularly when it comes to emulating the Nintendo Switch, its primary moneymaker.

      And I can also understand this. Emulating an active platform has always been a dubious idea, even immoral. Emulators provide a simple channel for pirated ROMs to be run, whether they want to or not. And in this case, such piracy is obviously damaging to the existing legal market.

      Putting aside legality, the moral argument for emulating old and inactive platforms is much stronger. The source article has an aside that covers the actual "collateral damage": Pizza Boy, DraStic are also making changes, as well as supporting libraries. It's sad that this scene is getting affected too. I hope it doesn't last.

      Nintendo is said to have hired from the scene for its own in-house emulation team, and Sony definitely did, hiring at least one developer of the PlayStation 2 emulator PCSX2 to bring PS2 games to PS4.

      Wow, I had no idea. This means publishers can benefit from "appropriating" & selling emulation, but in doing so, they make the sold games less abandoned, and more questionable to emulate 🤔

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      "If Google does the upstream iOS work and shares it via Chromium/Blink open source, this opens up more options," according to Eich. "If Apple forbids using this alternative engine outside of Europe, however, the cost of supporting two engines may be prohibitive."

      It's unfortunate that Apple's measures being EU-only disincentivizes companies to leverage their new freedoms. It would help if some influential US state(s) pass legislation similar to the EU DMA, like how the California CCPA came after the EU GDPR.

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      v1.metal-archives.com9 min
      v1.metal-archives.com

      Interview from 2005 with a mysterious programmer couple from Montreal that built a giant collaborative database of metal music. Probably the largest in the world. They have kept it (four-handedly?) online until today, seemingly as a side project, and ruled it as benevolent dictators for 22 years. Incredible.

      It’s fair to assume that anyone who has ever seriously looked into metal bands has visited this website, and that’s a lot of people.

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      Gripping read! This succeeds in covering the people behind the ultimate red button. I definitely wish this reality didn't have to be real.

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      Duke University Libraries BlogsWill Sexton11/30/238 min
      Duke University Libraries Blogs
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      I agree with this, mostly!

      I haven't actively used Windows after Windows 7. I moved to Linux & afterwards macOS without regret, so I missed all the developments around WSL. But, today I spend hours in VSCode each day, GitHub has all my code, and I started the Copilot trial last week to check how helpful it really is. Corporations everywhere use Office & Teams, on all platforms. MS is everywhere today, not just on Windows!

      we should expect more indignant press releases, more threats, more evasion, more malicious compliance.

      Apple still builds solid hardware and software, even though breakthrough innovation on mainline products halted. I wrote something recently partly on how I both like & dislike what they do. Despite many gripes, I felt that they had become less closed in the last years: non-iCloud file synchronization apps can integrate nicely with iOS's file manager. There is an Alpine Linux emulator in the App Store. Since last year push notifications were possible for web apps.

      But the indignant & petulant reaction to the DMA showed that more things need to change fundamentally for Apple to truly sail a more open course.

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      Foreign AffairsAndrei Kolesnikov3/7/2420 min
      Foreign Affairs

      Pessimistic, but informative & historical look behind the scenes. It explains the swing Russia has made to modernization and now reversed through Putin, still within my millennial lifetime. The pessimistic part is really the assumption that this long-term unsustainable situation can be sustainable for years to come.

      his primary tactic for preserving power is maintaining a sufficient level of socioeconomic well-being—in particular, by buying the loyalty of the lower-middle classes with social support. If economic failures can be overcome through political repression and an archaic national-imperial ideology, it is possible to rule for a long time.

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      Inspiring, but also strangely off-putting. It's like running has been his only real purpose in life for the last two decades.

      Kipchoge’s wife and three children live a half hour away, but when in training, he’ll only see them from Saturday afternoon until Monday morning. The rest of the time he’s in camp, running 200-220 kilometres a week

      He’ll set off minutes behind the field and all those who avoid being caught by Kipchoge will earn an entry to the mass-participation race at the Paris Games

      Lol!

      Great read, thanks Deep!

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      tbray.org9 min
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      Good, measured take on today’s GenAI boom. I’d have to read some of the linked articles to really understand what he means with “meaning” though.

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      I only really gained sponsors when I regularly mentioned that my sponsors account existed. Otherwise, I lost more to attrition than I gained. This sat weirdly with me, as it felt like begging.

      “If you build something valuable, charge money for it”

      I find the topic of (F)OSS projects & monetization so fascinating. There's a lot of hate about open core models, but it probably the most realistic way to make a project sustainable and keep the people involved happy. All the best of luck to Ellie & Atuin.sh!

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      Henrique Dias2/27/242 min
      Henrique Dias

      An ID check during the night time, that’s a pretty bad experience! I’ve taken two similar-looking night trains in Finland now, 10-15 hrs to go to Lapland. I’m also not good at falling asleep in trains. For some people, I know it feels like being “rocked asleep”. Not for me!

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      12challenges.substack.comLouis Barclay2/26/242 min
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      Cool project!

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      Scary. I guess soldiers know they’re up for risks, but “bugs” in the aircraft design are risks that you’d expect to be eliminated through careful consideration & thorough testing. I hope they find the root cause soon.

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      robbowen.digital8 min
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      The issue couldn't actually be solved in code. It turns out that, in devising and coding all of the logic needed to test the various noun endings, I had passively learned the rules needed to form them.

      We work in a practical medium and any build experience, good, bad or abandoned, is still valid experience.

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      RESPECTFUL INSOLENCEOrac2/23/2412 min
      RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE