‘F*ck Them. We Need a Law’: A Legendary Programmer Takes on Silicon Valley
A conversation with legendary programmer Richard Stallman on the real meaning of “privacy rights” and why he only ever uses cash.
Via #HN :
Interesting data points on the web bloat associated with online surveillance
Against an Increasingly User-Hostile Web https://www.neustadt.fr/essays/against-a-user-hostile-web/
the mass defunding of higher education that’s yet to come
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Mark Zuckerberg 'tours' flooded Puerto Rico in bizarre virtual reality promo
The Facebook CEO’s cartoon avatar visited the hurricane-damaged island in a tone-deaf livestream that was part disaster tourism, part product promotion
Interesting discussion on HN
HTTP is obsolete. It's time for the Distributed Web (2015)
This thread on the Pause Pod (like a tent, but for hipsters with anxiety disorders and no spatial awareness):
OUR OPEN-PLAN OFFICE FAILED, SO WE’RE MOVING TO A TOWERING PANOPTICON
interesting (cynical) angle on #ubi motivations:
>>... the Silicon Valley elite has done relatively little for the country’s lagging productivity or to create broad-based opportunity. The information sector has overall been a poor source of new jobs—roughly 70,000 since 2010—with the gains concentrated in just a few places...
The rich, that is, have gotten richer, in part by taking pains to minimize their tax exposure. Now they are talking grandly about having the government provide all the now “excess” humans with a guaranteed minimum income. The titans who have shared or spread so little of their own wealth are increasingly united in the idea that the government—i.e., middle-class taxpayers—should spread more around.<<
Rainy day debugging, reading Charlie Stross's 2013 #bitcoin piece.
Forget Equifax. Facebook and Google Have the Data That Should Worry You
(submitted by adventured)
From the Atlantic:
Break Up the Tech Giants? No, Just Level the Field
Some interesting Teddy Roosevelt quotes in the comments
The ‘internet of things’ is sending us back to the Middle Ages
"The underlying problem is ownership"
>> Our fish tanks, smart televisions, internet-enabled home thermostats, Fitbits and smartphones constantly gather information about us and our environment. That information is valuable not just for us but for people who want to sell us things. They ensure that internet-enabled devices are programmed to be quite eager to share information.<<
If this quote from the Restoration Hardware CEO is representative of #adtech, wow:
"we've found out that 98% of our business was coming from 22 words. So, wait, we're buying 3,200 words and 98% of the business is coming from 22 words. What are the 22 words? And they said, well, it's the word Restoration Hardware and the 21 ways to spell it wrong, okay?"
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