Links - Sun, Nov 17, 2019

John Carmack: I’m going to work on artificial general intelligence (

Brave launches 1.0 (

Facebook says a bug caused its iPhone app’s inadvertent camera access (

We shouldn’t blame ourselves for the Linux desktop’s microscopic market share (

How Google uses blacklists, algorithm tweaks and contractors for search results (

If you're busy, you're doing something wrong (2011) (

Build Your Own React (

PayPal stops payouts to models on Pornhub (

Common Workflow Language (

Cooling off your Raspberry Pi 4 (

Wait Wait Tell Me: The Psychology of Loading Screens (

Jimmy Wales' news site WikiTribune has relaunched as WT:Social, a donor-funded social networking and “news sharing” site where users can edit almost everything

Jimmy Wales has quietly launched a Facebook rival (

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales launches Twitter and Facebook rival

Wikipedia co-founder says WT:Social is effort to combat ‘clickbait’

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has quietly launched a rival to Facebook and Twitter that he hopes will combat “clickbait” and misleading headlines. 

WT:Social, his new social-networking site, allows users to share links to articles and discuss them in a Facebook-style news feed. Topics range from politics and technology to heavy metal and beekeeping. 

WT:Social, his new social-networking site, allows users to share links to articles and discuss them in a Facebook-style news feed. Topics range from politics and technology to heavy metal and beekeeping.

While the company is completely separate to Wikipedia, Mr Wales is borrowing the online encyclopedia’s business model. WT:Social will rely on donations from a small subset of users to allow the network to operate without the advertising that he blames for encouraging the wrong kind of engagement on social media.

While Facebook and Twitter’s algorithms ensure that the posts with the most comments or likes rise to the top, WT:Social puts the newest links first. However, WT:Social hopes to add an “upvote” button that will allow users to recommend quality stories.

WT:Social is also operating a wait-list for new users, which donors can pay to skip.

Several well-meaning alternatives to Facebook have come and gone over the years, from Ello to Diaspora. Even Snapchat, with more than 200m daily active users, is considered small by the standards of the giant networks owned by Facebook and Google. But Mr Wales said he believes the time is now right for a new venue that is free from what he calls “clickbait nonsense”. 

WT:Social is a spin-off from Wikitribune, the “collaborative media” site that Mr Wales started alongside co-founder Orit Kopel two years ago.

Wikitribune was launched with a high-profile crowdfunding campaign in 2017 but it ultimately failed to attract a large audience. A year ago, Mr Wales was forced to lay off the dozen reporters and editors that it had hired to work alongside “citizen journalist” contributors, as well as some technical staff. 

One flaw in Wikitribune was its attempt to cover stories that appealed to readers all over the world. Instead, WT:Social hopes to build smaller, niche communities that can sustain themselves. These include “SubWikis” about beekeeping or board games, alongside more serious news. 

That includes relying on WT:Social’s community of users to police potential abuses of the site. While Facebook has hired thousands of moderators to help it tackle manipulation, fake news and bullying, Mr Wales said he believed that model was “not scalable”. 

“Almost everything on the platform is editable,” he said. “That alone gives a huge incentive for good behaviour because if you say something obnoxious, someone will just delete it.” However, while this approach has succeeded on Wikipedia, it is largely untested on a social network.

Coffee may have hastened the Ottoman Empire’s demise (

The article doesn’t seem to deliver on its headline. It seems plausible that urbanisation, economic growth and the emergence of a wealthy class with sufficient leisure time to hang out and discuss might also have had something to do with the spread of ideas about political freedoms. The article doesn’t touch on these at all, and doesn’t provide a compelling reason why the mentioned historic events wouldn’t have occurred without coffee. It seems more like a spurious correlation.

Firefox’s Fight for the Future of the Web (

How to Build a Blog with Gatsby and Netlify (

It amazes me that these things are not as easy as Medium or Blogger or Wordpress.

There should be a Digital Ocean script that sets up a basic personal blog on Github pages/Gitlab pages/Netlify. The server let’s me pick a theme, a host, I set up the blog.

I never know if the static pages use Gatsby or Hugo or Jekyll or Pelican.

Use of a CLI would be strictly optional. It might even give me the option of porting my pages, posts and structure from one vendor to another.

Show HN: A Markdown Notepad App (

The Value in Go’s Simplicity (

Craig Silverman, a talk radio host on the conservative Colorado station KNUS, says he was cut off mid-show and fired after segment criticizing President Trump

another reason:

KNUS vice president and general manager Brian Taylor said Silverman's show was not taken off the air because of the impeachment coverage. Instead, it was because he mentioned a recent appearance on a competing station that KNUS had asked him not to speak on, though Silverman said he is an "independent contractor" for the station.

"We asked Craig to avoid appearing there, since we consider him an important part of KNUS," Taylor said in an email to CNN Business. "He decided it was important for him to appear across town, and said so on his program Saturday. That is what prompted our decision to take him off the air ... The notion that he was relieved of his program because he criticized President Trump is absolutely untrue. We have never told Mr. Silverman the position to take on Trump and impeachment."