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      bookbear expressAva10/22/223 min
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      Observant! I think that for some people there is greater overlap between identities than for others.

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      After reading four articles on the topic, I’m still not 100% clear whether making “verification” a paid process also changes the process of tying an account to a real world identity, which is I thought the whole point of “verification”. This article seems to say that that will still happen. I understand the complaints in this scenario, but Twitter is a business trying to make money. It is not obligated to provide equitable access to verification on its platform, just like we are not obligated to be on the platform.

      Other articles suggest that mere payment will give a check mark, without additional identity verification required. So impersonators and trolls could get them easily with $8/mo. That just seems free-for-all dystopian, and given the historical meaning of “verification”, it’s also a deceptive change.

      I still think journalism-at-large needs something like Readup (when the marketplace was in place), just like the music industry’s broken way of operating was changed by Spotify. Maybe Substack or Medium will try to pull it off, integrating mainstream media into their monetization & community schemes. Let’s see how this unfolds indeed.

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      LongreadsDevin Kelly7/22/2127 min
      Longreads

      Good. There is value and meaning in being inconvenienced by others.

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      The Guardian11/9/223 min
      The Guardian
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      The New York Times CompanySeth Kugel10/25/227 min
      The New York Times Company

      My partner and me had a similar experience in Marina, California last summer, though less grave. A local friend of us had booked a last-minute hotel via an Amex Travels program he was part of. That program’s site had quoted good reviews for the place.

      Upon arrival, we similarly didn’t feel safe, with the hotel looking very dingy, and most of the cars in the parking lot being damaged. When we went to complain about the heavy smoke odor in our room, the receptionist told us the hotel had been partly a homeless shelter since COVID, to cover costs with government subsidies. When he learned Amex had overcharged us 2.5x on the value of the room, he transferred us to a better property nearby. Still, not a fun experience!

      The conclusion at the end is interesting: extract what value you can from aggregators like booking.com, but then drop them when making the actual booking. This basic attitude of freewheeling things online is a part of what brought us to surveillance capitalism.

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      The New York Times CompanyKate Conger, Lauren Hirsch10/28/227 min
      The New York Times Company

      and said he would lift Twitter’s content moderation policies, eliminate spam, add new features and provide more transparency about the algorithms used to promote content.

      Interesting mix of goals. What I consider spam might be another’s free speech.

      Twitter’s performance will be vital as Mr. Musk balances investing in the company’s future and paying off interest on the $12.5 billion in loans he took out to finance the deal.

      Doesn’t he have enough stress as it stands?

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      The New York Times CompanyMICHAEL POWELL9/25/2211 min
      The New York Times Company

      I would not take a stance in this debate before having seen the documentary. I think it’s unfortunate that people in the industry seem to do so!

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      The New York Times CompanyLydia Polgreen10/12/2211 min
      The New York Times Company
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      I only read Murder on the Orient Express from Agatha, less than a year ago in fact. I was charmed by the wit of the story and am definitely interested in more! Probably (some of) these podcasts will prove to be a good guide to her oeuvre.

      This article was well-written, weaving the story of the podcast beautifully with that of the podcasters and that of Agatha Christie.

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      Tally's blogMarie Martens2/11/225 min
      Tally's blog

      Seriously impressive product and achievements! Especially given a two-person team. It already rivals giant products in utility & UX, at least for the segment they’re chasing. The travel company where I’m working now is using Tally extensively and happily.

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      Supabase3/25/2210 min
      Supabase

      Great arguments! I am on board with most of this, except maybe the part about Elastic Search and MongoDB, where Google and Amazon are stealing their lunch. It sounds weird coming from the Supabase cofounder, a scale-up pitching itself as the open-source Firebase alternative. Supabase is trying to steal Google’s lunch, not the other way around.

      The argument of out-shipping and out-iterating competitors also only works when you can scale a team quickly enough to rival big tech’s software resources. Hence requiring serious a initial investment.

      PS: sorry for the Readup parser mess on top, here’s a direct link for reading the first paragraphs. This will be a good article to debug the parser!

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      A dog’s work-life balance & pet influencer agencies. Fun look at a weird industry!

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      AeonCraig Wright1/26/2119 min
      Aeon

      Humble yet confident reflections on a course about geniuses and the concept “genius”. Great read! Elon Musk might fit the bill for genius as described at the end too.

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      The Elephant Mum7/15/218 min
      The Elephant Mum

      There’s a lot here! An honest reflective piece. I stumbled on this blog while looking for a “zero-waste” store in Helsinki for coffee beans. Cool that I can read someone’s relatable in-depth feelings on social media after checking out their in-depth review of a (now defunct) store. We really don’t need bite-sized feeds to find connection, but online writing can be so powerful.

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      Foundr4/25/2217 min
      Foundr

      Fair enough, this breakdown seems reasonable and recognizable. But I would question the relevance of some of the supporting statistics.

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      The AtlanticWalter Kirn1/1/0545 min
      The Atlantic

      His college years make for an eventful and dramatic story. I think I’m glad mine were more ordinary.

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      How the Helsinki transport agency makes its customers feel happy with dry and hard-hitting facts.

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      This is a laudable move! I can imagine it feels meaningful to work for a company that doesn’t enrich a few individuals, but rather funds a non-profit dedicated to climate action.

      I’m questioning whether globalized capitalism, in any form, can save the planet though. Patagonia will keep producing more, selling more, shipping more and it is this consumerism that is intertwined with climate change. If every big company would follow Patagonia’s lead, while they keep growing as they are, would the billions in climate funds help to offset the emissions caused by continued global consumerism? I can only hope.

      We need companies like Patagonia that are serious about ethical production, the repair & reuse economy, but without drastic lifestyle changes by most (comparatively) rich people, I’m doubtful whether we can reverse the emission trend.

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      Well-written story! Entertaining despite it leaving you guessing at actual story of the Bitfinex hack. It properly contextualizes the hack among other money heists, and how prosecutors chase crypto criminality.

      It’s fascinating how Bitcoin is both the most anonymous way to hold funds, yet also traceable in plain sight when those funds are being spent.

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      The New York Times CompanySARAH LYALL10/10/184 min
      The New York Times Company

      A short interview with this still mysterious man. Fun to see it popping back up a year after Deep posted it!

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      chicagotribune.comChicago Tribune6/1/974 min
      chicagotribune.com

      This is a good read indeed, I've been thinking of it regularly in the past few weeks, and I've been wearing sunscreen!

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      commented3 months ago

      I guess I’ve had some form of recycled water already, but just didn’t know it. As long as it’s tested to be safe and doesn’t taste too weird, I’m fine with it :) especially when it saves the environment!

      It would be interesting to see graph of the water sources distribution per country/city, I’ve seen those before for types of electricity sources and the compositions are vastly different.

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      Intending to watch soon! This article (written before the first episode aired last Sunday) gave interesting context about the prior activities of the directors, and the relation to the main GoT story.

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      commented3 months ago

      Interesting to read this while touring the US, and seeing great examples of single-family housing zones myself!

      In terms of car dependence and walkability, faster electric bikes & scooters also open up a new avenue in the middle to live a little further from a downtown area while minimizing the negative effects of car transportation.

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      Good context for the other article in the AOTD regarding the nuclear fusion ignition breakthrough: it’s still technology for the second half of this century.

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      The AtlanticIan Bogost8/8/227 min
      The Atlantic

      I appreciate that knowing to drive a manual car well is rewarding in the sense that rollerblading or skateboarding is rewarding: your body has to precisely respond to complicated stimuli from experience. But I’m personally fine seeking those experiences elsewhere!

      I like adaptive cruise control and modern safety features on recent cars (lane centering etc.). Since I got my license five years ago, I haven’t owned a car and I also don’t intend to at the moment. But I’ve driven and rented a large range of cars, both manual and automatic: big vans, tiny hatchbacks, hybrid sedans, family cars, SUVs.

      Every time I enter back in a manual, it takes some getting used to. For an irregular driver like me, shifting properly is a mild attention drain, and the less attention I have to spend on operating the car, the better & safer I think.

      I’m now traveling through the US for the first time. I’m noticing a difference in the offering of rental car companies. In Finland, most cars available will still be manual, and automatic cars are rented for a small premium. In the US I haven’t seen a single manual car in listings. I wonder why!

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      commented3 months ago

      I can see that a massively old population poses a decades-long issue, hopefully China can reach a new balance afterwards.

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      attentionsettings.comWelf von Hören11 min
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      I love how Welf’s Attention Settings concept takes a serious stab at the persuasive tech issue with a comprehensive set of concrete, actionable interventions.

      Philosophizing on what Meta etc could do to make their product more respectful of attention is wishful thinking. This however is a plausible approach, with huge obstacles nonetheless.

      This concept doesn’t solve the root problem of misaligned incentives due to the advertising-based business model

      It doesn’t, and that is the largest obstacle. But if Apple/the EU could force big tech to give users control, as increasingly happens with “privacy” settings, then big tech will have to adapt to keep their revenue stream going: they have to ask money to compensate for enabled Attention Settings, or deny access to (parts of) apps otherwise.

      Such a regulated environment could lead into an “organic food for the rich, GMO food for the relative poor” type of situation. And regardless, it would hit big tech’s bottom line. But I think those are better problems to have than the status quo, where for-profit corporations steer attention in semi-essential public technologies, with all ensuing negative effects.

      Very large platforms like Facebook and TikTok represent the primary social environment for a whole generation of teenagers. Their current design is a serious threat to this generation’s mental health, yet opting out of the service entirely comes at great social cost and exclusion.

      People have to pay for cellular service, water and electricity. That one isn’t allowed to pay for social media on one’s terms is an extant failure of regulation.

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      This is impressive. We still have a 2009 iMac in daily use here, but it's stuck on an old OS. Which might lead to security issues. I've been looking into installing a modern Linux distro on it, or a hacked macOS upgrade. All those procedures come with caveats: certain hardware might not be supported anymore, or trying the installation will take time.

      Maybe the ease of these installs is worth the telemetry that ChromeOS will send to Google 👀

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      Damn… what’s worse is that these inhuman situations in trailers are not unprecedented. Google “Essex lorry deaths”, 39 suffocated when being smuggled from Belgium to the UK in 2019.

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      The Motley FoolHoward Smith6/24/211 min
      The Motley Fool

      So, the last dip was mainly caused by China. If a government can wipe out about 70% of global Bitcoin miners, then decentralization of the coin is limited in reality. China’s perspective on tech is interesting. Here’s a podcast explaining other types of control they do.

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      commented5 months ago

      Very impressive feat! I have to admit I’m also a little weirded out, I had no idea such transplantations were possible.

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      hq.getmatter.com5 min
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      Interesting to say the least! Matter is scrapping social features and basically becoming Pocket 2.1; by making the article “Queue" their default tab, but being far more ambitious on the experience of article sourcing and organization.

      It's cool what they’re doing.

      But, I have concerns about Twitter not being an ideal "conversation layer of the internet", especially when it comes to commenting on articles. I'm also still wondering what their business model will be (maybe they are too?).

      Readup is very far from perfect and likely will never be the social reading layer of the internet, but this move might just have given Readup's niche more legitimacy.

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      The Daily BeastMatt Lewis6/14/226 min
      The Daily Beast

      Interesting development; I read a long analysis here recently on how Biden was the “probably yes” option with Harris as the most likely alternative, this is decidedly rejecting both.

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      The Daily BeastMatt Lewis6/14/226 min
      The Daily Beast

      Interesting development; I read a long analysis here recently on how Biden was the “probably yes” option with Harris as the most likely alternative, this is decidedly rejecting both.

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      DYNOMIGHTdynomight12/14/2110 min
      DYNOMIGHT

      Even more interesting are plans that work best if you yourself don’t understand them. For these, your best hope is that you inherit a culture that’s figured them out for you […]

      Interesting to reflect on.