Herr Bischoff

Scratchpad for September 6 2020

What is the Small Web?
An interesting suggestion for a fundamental change in how to approach content on the internet. I don’t think it will succeed but it will probably lay some of the groundwork for what comes after it.
HyScale
Kubernetes is so fundamentally complex that some people feel it needs a framework glued on top that adds even more complexity to keep its complexity in check.
Why Johnny Won’t Upgrade
I’m getting defensive about upgrading too and I know how to work around limitations or rolling back. Imagine what this does for regular users’ trust. It’s the exact opposite of what you want.
Facebook Employees Are Outraged At Mark Zuckerberg’s Explanations Of How It Handled The Kenosha Violence
You know what, Facebook employees: instead of being complicit and complaining without changing anything, just quit.
Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers’ privacy
This is so rich that it’s overflowing.
Facebook Rated Top Buy As Stock Outperforms Market And Investor Expectations
This just highlights how pathologically disconnected the stock market is from objective reality.
Chinese-Made Smartphones Are Secretly Stealing Money From People Around The World
The latest example of how cheap Chinese smartphones take advantage of the world’s poorest people.
This Is What Your Unsolicited Advice Sounds Like
Spot. On.
Coronavirus re-infections raise concerns about immunity
At this point my prediction is that we’re not going to get this virus under control before major societal structures collapse.
So you want to roll your own crypto?
Very good advice to follow, namely: don’t.
Alice in Wonderland and the theft of the public domain
There are many, many arguments against the current system of copyright and this one illustrates it plainly.
Noam Chomsky: ‘There’s never been a moment in human history’ like this one
It’s not just you.
7 Versatile Vim Commands That Are Easy To Memorize
Good overview of the most important ones.
Facebook, The PR Firm
Whatever happens, Facebook wins.
Banksy funds refugee rescue boat operating in Mediterranean
Kick ass. I just wish this would be framed as a fundamentally humanitarian action, not as "[…] anarchist at its heart, meant to bring together a variety of struggles for social justice, including for women’s and LGBTIQ rights, racial equality, migrants’ rights, environmentalism and animal rights". But then again, I’m a dude, not a female feminist.