Links - January 2020

Every Google result now looks like an ad (twitter.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22107823

I've been in this A/B test for a couple of months now, so I've had time to adjust, and I still hate it. I've just become so used to seeing the complete URL in green. The complete URL! If you hover over the results, you'll see that they like to take bits like numeric components or the query string out.

This is part of Google's attempt to de-prioritise the URL. Their destructive AMP service confusingly shows you Google's domain instead of the website's — and as they can't fix that without losing out on tracking, they're trying to change what the URL means.

Thanks for ruining the Web, Google.

Reply:

google amp is a plague on the internet and should have been shutdown by regulators. it is definitely anti-competitive. i am sick and tired of our government completely slaving to the big tech companies when it comes to regulations and anti-competitive behavior.

google amp on mobile overrides behavior on mobile, even on android, so instead of web links opening up in the respective and selected default app, it opens up the amp link within google search or the browser. there is no way to turn off this feature on any browser, chrome or not.


The main post is from the fall of 2019. I read it back then. I enjoyed the author's thoughts. It's a good read. It's a good conversation starter. The HN thread, however, started this month.

Web of Documents (2019) (blog.danieljanus.pl)
http://blog.danieljanus.pl/2019/10/07/web-of-documents/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22121462


“This is why I use ad blockers and a pi-hole server” (twitter.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22124929

82nd Airborne unit told to use Signal or Wickr on government cell phones (militarytimes.com)
https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2020/01/23/deployed-82nd-airborne-unit-told-to-use-these-encrypted-messaging-apps-on-government-cellphones/#.XinQapgtOkY.twitter
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22129436

What can you use instead of Google and Facebook? (bbc.com)
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50460712
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22139743

https://runyourown.social/ - good read, even if it's Mastodon-related. i like the design of the page.

More nurturing reading environment may stimulate brain development in children (cnn.com)
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/16/health/child-brain-reading-books-wellness/index.html
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22128611

How much longer will we trust Google’s search results? (theverge.com)
https://www.theverge.com/tech/2020/1/24/21079696/google-serp-design-change-altavisa-ads-trust
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22139421

https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/felicia_sonmez_kobe_bryant_washington_post.php

Building personal search infrastructure for your knowledge and code (beepb00p.xyz)
https://beepb00p.xyz/pkm-search.html
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22160572

An Update on Bradfitz: Leaving Google (bradfitz.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22161383

Scotland to use 100% renewables on time to host 2020 climate summit (reneweconomy.com.au)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22165616

Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers (eff.org)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22165568

https://lineageos.org/

https://www.datprotocol.com/

HTTP static server one-liners (gist.github.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22082585

Indiana's Oldest State Worker Is Retiring at 102 (npr.org)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22082292

How is search so goddamn bad? A ‘Case Study’ (svilentodorov.xyz)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22091944

Standalone WebAssembly games using I/O devices (medium.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22083757

https://decrypt.co/17341/hacker-noon-a-popular-tech-site-goes-on-the-blockchain
https://hackernoon.com/2019-year-in-review-at-hacker-noon-c35s3za8

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/22/substack-builds-multi-author-support-into-its-hybrid-publishing-newsletter-service/
https://on.substack.com/p/new-on-substack-publishing-tools

https://monday.micro.blog/2020/01/20/micro-monday-transcript.html

https://billbennett.co.nz/journalism-tools/

post from 2018
https://alistapart.com/article/webmentions-enabling-better-communication-on-the-internet/

[x] https://newrepublic.com/amp/article/156096/death-good-internet-inside-job-decade-hell

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/press-releases/from-judy-woodruff-longtime-pbs-newshour-anchor-and-co-founder-jim-lehrer-has-passed-away

https://www.niemanlab.org/2020/01/heres-how-the-new-york-times-tested-blockchain-to-help-you-identify-faked-photos-on-your-timeline/

https://open.nytimes.com/can-publishers-use-metadata-to-regain-the-publics-trust-in-visual-journalism-ee32707c5662

https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/why-creating-a-news-media-cartel-would-hurt-local-news/

DigitalOcean is laying off staff (techcrunch.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22076212

http://www.toledoblade.com/opinion/columnists/2020/01/17/jon-stainbrook-back-lucas-county-republican-party-2020-election-toledo-commentary/stories/20200116107

Ask HN: Are compiler engineers still in demand, and what do they work on?
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22096628

Mir: A lightweight JIT compiler project (redhat.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22098399

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/01/eff-statement-on-greenwald-charges
https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/aclu-statement-glenn-greenwald-charges

Whatever Happened to the Semantic Web? (twobithistory.org)
https://twobithistory.org/2018/05/27/semantic-web.html
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18023408

DuckDuckGo Traffic (duckduckgo.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22114540

Ending Support for macOS and Linux (rocketleague.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22133431

23andMe lays off 100 people as DNA test sales decline (cnbc.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22130088

My Emacs Productivity Tricks/Hacks (mycpu.org)
http://www.mycpu.org/emacs-productivity-setup/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22129636

Does Your Domain Have a Registry Lock? (krebsonsecurity.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22140399

Clayton Christensen has died (deseret.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22141299

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-26/aircraft-slams-into-hillside-explodes-in-flames-near-calabasas
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-30/kobe-bryants-helicopter-didnt-have-terrain-alert-system-would-it-have-made-a-difference
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7931909/Kobe-Bryant-dies-Calabasas-helicopter-crash.html

why only email? why not cut back or end connecting to the internet? uploading videos and photos over the web is probably more harmful than using email. email would be less destructive if it never supported html-based messages. email should have stuck with text/plain. this sounds like clickbait trash.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cut-back-email-want-fight-090036673.html

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7929735/Prince-Charles-flew-16-000-miles-just-11-days-proudly-posing-Greta-Thunberg-Davos.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/01/26/edward-snowden-trump-has-created-global-playbook-attack-those-revealing-uncomfortable-truths/


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/26/opinion/greenwald-brazil-reporter.html
https://twitter.com/snowden/status/1221809909131550720

The most essential journalism of every era is precisely that which a government attempts to silence.

Into the Personal-Website-Verse (2019) (matthiasott.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22156868 - many commenters posted URLs to their websites
https://matthiasott.com/articles/into-the-personal-website-verse

SQLite Is Serverless (sqlite.org)
https://www.sqlite.org/serverless.html
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22151153

Why the BBS is still awesome in 2020
http://lunduke.com/posts/2020-01-27/

https://daringfireball.net/2020/01/the_ipad_awkwardly_turns_10

https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2020/revolutionary-a-hit-a-miss-in-any-case-tony-hailes-scroll-has-launched-at-last/
https://scroll.com/
Hah! Hilarious.
https://scroll.blog is blank with JavaScript disabled. The irony.

https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/times-sunday-times-launch-own-ad-free-digital-talk-radio-station-times-radio/

https://www.cjr.org/local_news/is-the-quest-for-profits-and-clicks-killing-local-news.php

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/28/flipboard-expands-into-local-news/

http://www.toledoblade.com/opinion/editorials/2020/01/27/apps-invading-privacy-online-activity/stories/20200122016

https://www.toledoblade.com/sports/outdoors/2020/01/18/unless-you-live-it-curb-your-environmentalism/stories/20200119045

Threads Are a Bad Idea for Most Purposes (1995) [pdf] (stanford.edu)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22165193

Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers (eff.org)
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/01/ring-doorbell-app-packed-third-party-trackers
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22165568

Thunderbird’s New Home (thunderbird.net)
https://blog.thunderbird.net/2020/01/thunderbirds-new-home/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22170786

The iPad Awkwardly Turns 10 (daringfireball.net)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22166421
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22169117

Ask HN: What are some interesting projects to reuse your old devices?
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22167121

Hundreds of workers defy Amazon rules to protest company's climate failures (theguardian.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22167858
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jan/27/amazon-workers-climate-protest

https://www.instagram.com/jasonpolan

Friend of a Friend: The Facebook That Could Have Been
https://twobithistory.org/2020/01/05/foaf.html
http://www.ldodds.com/foaf/foaf-a-matic
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2004/feb/19/newmedia.media

http://www.extremedemocracy.com/chapters/Chapter18-Hynes.pdf

https://programmingisterrible.com/post/39438834308/distributed-social-network

http://lists.foaf-project.org/pipermail/foaf-dev/2003-July/005463.html

https://twobithistory.org/2018/05/27/semantic-web.html

https://matthiasott.com/articles/into-the-personal-website-verse

https://alistapart.com/article/nothing-fails-like-success/

https://seldo.com/posts/are_we_making_the_web_too_complicated


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/29/business/media/warren-buffett-newspapers.html
https://mediagazer.com/200129/p6#a200129p6
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22180166
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-29/warren-buffett-throws-in-the-towel-on-his-newspaper-empire

Buffett, who got a job delivering papers as a teenager and invested in the industry to capitalize on its one-time local advertising stronghold, said last year that most newspapers are “toast.”

Stronghold, as in monopoly or near monopoly on local advertising by local newspapers.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-23/warren-buffett-sees-most-newspapers-as-toast-after-ad-decline


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-13/after-rare-buffett-misstep-a-maine-shoe-town-tries-to-rebuild

https://www.mainesole.com/


https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/1/29/21113130/barstool-sports-penn-national-deal-450-million-dave-portnoy-chernin
https://mediagazer.com/200129/p1#a200129p1

Jim Weber / @jimmweber: To put this in perspective, the Washington Post — the 2nd leading newspaper in the country and the one that broke the Watergate story — was sold to Jeff Bezos for $250 million.


https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jan/29/guardian-to-ban-advertising-from-fossil-fuel-firms-climate-crisis

Next step: ban ads from businesses that USE fossil fuels.


https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-future-of-democracy/what-happens-when-the-news-is-gone

https://www.toledoblade.com/a-e/tv-radio/2020/01/15/seven-local-iheartmedia-radio-on-air-employees-laid-off/stories/20200115114

https://keithjgrant.com/posts/2019/01/low-friction-workflow-for-notes/

http://www.toledoblade.com/business/technology/2020/01/12/tierra-del-mar-oregon-facebook-town-residents-battle-tech-giant/stories/20200112027

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/01/13/tornado-intercept-vehicle-ryan-shepard-colorado-storm-chasing/

https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/health/want-live-longer-art-museums-may-the-key-study-suggests/p7MFFirkuR2t9y1jeqMAUP/

http://www.toledoblade.com/business/development/2020/01/13/promedicas-plan-to-redevelop-the-colony-pushed-back-but-still-on-track/stories/20200113133

https://www.toledoblade.com/local/environment/2020/01/15/climate-change-2019-one-of-warmest-wettest-years-in-history-great-lakes-region/stories/20200115138

Thank HN: You helped me get a new job
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22050802

A global reforestation project is how we fix climate change (medium.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22052110

The new Microsoft Edge is out of preview (windows.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22055976

Mozilla lays off 70 (techcrunch.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22057737

Autocomplete as an Interface (benkuhn.net)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22064390


https://askubuntu.com/questions/928750/how-do-i-access-ios-camera-pictures-on-ubuntu

Open the iDevices Documents folder in Nautilus.

Press CTRL+L to get the real address which will look like afc://YOURSERIAL:3/

Remove trailing colon and number and press ENTER (i.e. it should just read afc://YOURSERIAL)

You should now see your iDevices system folders, including DCIM.


Let it Crash - Elixr
https://iambismark.net/post/1541134133/

https://www.chadly.net/

https://jmac.org/

https://unicyclic.com/indieweb/

https://www.chadly.net/embracing-the-indieweb/

https://www.chadly.net/purpose-built-software/

Hipmunk Says Goodbye (hipmunk.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22048427

Show HN: Write a private diary using good old email (diaryemail.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22045053

GoatCounter – Simple web statistics, with no tracking of personal data (goatcounter.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22044854

Stack-Oriented Programming (wikipedia.org)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22048358


Building a more private web: A path towards making third party cookies obsolete (chromium.org)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22046094

Mmm. The altruistic idea seems suspicious.


Writing Software to Last 50 Years (yingw787.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22042186


Better technology means higher expectations, which creates more work (theatlantic.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22033536

Excerpts from the top comment:

This is part of the reason I feel like I am turning into a luddite, as someone who once considered himself a futurist and built most of his life around computers and technology.

You have to work hard to find time to slack off -- everyone and everything around me is always creating more work to do. How does anyone like this? A perfect life to me would be spent goofing off and working on art, but achieving that and maintaining the expected level of success is in itself a lot of work. Press articles always talk about how some new innovation is going to make my life easier, but all I see is how it's going to create more maintenance headaches for me (because I care about how it is going to work -- if you don't care maybe life actually is easier?) and how it is going to create more data for someone else (who isn't me! wtf?!) to monetize.

I would happily roll back the last 10-to-20 years of technological innovation if it meant I could make software that didn't shackle me with continuous maintenance again, that I could happily disconnect from society at will again, and that social objectives (like dating, or finding friends) reverted back to a model of local scarcity of options rather than this model of app-driven stacked ranking that enhances the top 10% while leaving everyone else fighting over scraps.


Ask HN: Where do you put your blogs?
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22046854


Please make your products work with URLs (anderspitman.net)
https://anderspitman.net/16/please-work-with-urls/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22038065

great post:
https://anderspitman.net/17/#curlable

https://anderspitman.net/19/#netcatable


https://eev.ee/release/2019/12/01/doom-text-generator/

DuckDuckGo Is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU (searchenginejournal.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22030083

https://increment.com/teams/code-less-engineer-more/

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22013703
https://www.npr.org/2020/01/10/795218092/australias-wildfires-spark-disinformation-battle-as-they-take-a-tragic-toll

Peer-to-Peer Based Social Networks: A Comprehensive Survey (arxiv.org)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.02611
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22000939

Mozilla says a new Firefox security bug is under active attack (techcrunch.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22011592
Security vulnerabilities fixed in Firefox 72.0.1 and ESR 68.4.1 (mozilla.org)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21995055

Things that I think will be important in the next decade (facebook.com) - by Mark Z
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22006939

Managing my personal knowledge base (tkainrad.dev)
https://tkainrad.dev/posts/managing-my-personal-knowledge-base/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22000791

https://www.axios.com/e-scooter-startup-lime-shuts-in-12-markets-lays-off-around-100-d25d44e4-c0f1-4713-9a89-868f4da40e03.html
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22003832

Work on these things (marginalrevolution.com)
https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2019/12/work-on-these-things.html
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22000126

Ring fired employees for watching customer videos (vice.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22002340

Who Would Defend Harvey Weinstein?
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/01/harvey-weinstein-rape-trial-lawyers

How to Exit Vim (github.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21988968 - nearly 400 comments!


“So, RSS fans, particularly those who wish google hadn't shuttered reader: what would you pay to have it back as an indieweb project?”

Chri's reply:

https://boffosocko.com/2020/01/07/55763758/

Autocompletely - Managing your attention is a full-time job
https://evhead.com/autocompletely-5a29de03581b?gi=290d21f2c666

http://heckyesmarkdown.com/

https://joplinapp.org/


Famed Gees Bend, AL quilters

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Boykin,+AL+36720/@32.1012414,-87.3047407,11.87z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x888f96eaaed0634d:0x7de9d050870b7dda!8m2!3d32.0779234!4d-87.28138
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boykin,Alabama#Quilterslawsuits
http://www.blackbelttreasures.com/visiting-gee-s-bend.aspx
https://www.al.com/living/2014/06/gees_bend_quilts_reflect_amazi.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlEQZgOB93w

https://ijnet.org/en/story/citizen-journalism-platform-uses-bluetooth-bring-news-media-dark-villages-india

https://www.ohiowatershed.org/ohio-river-beekeeper-video.html

Vegetation is expanding at high altitudes in the Himalayas (bbc.com)
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51050456
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22053798
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth

Video Gaming Will Take Over (matthewball.vc)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22048271
https://www.matthewball.vc/all/7reasonsgaming

https://tuxphones.com/2020-everything-running-linux-smartphone-guide/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22054455

Coding Interview Problems with Detailed Solutions, Test Cases, Program Analysis (hoanhan101.github.io)
https://hoanhan101.github.io/2020/01/06/101-challenges
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21975463

Half of the websites using WebAssembly use it for malicious purposes (zdnet.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21984146

Arduino Goes Pro at CES 2020 (arduino.cc)
https://blog.arduino.cc/2020/01/07/arduino-goes-pro-at-ces-2020/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21981390

Ask HN: Joining Big Tech in One’s 40s
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21981923

Disinformation for hire: how a new breed of PR firms is selling lies online (buzzfeednews.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21979662

For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity (startribune.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21971545

Store the proof of a webpage saved with SingleFile in Bitcoin (woleet.io)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21970779

Pegasus Mail, 30 Years On (pmail.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21975087

Products I Wish Existed (eladgil.com)
http://blog.eladgil.com/2020/01/products-i-wish-existed-2020-edition.html
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21969774

Notes on Technical Writing (mkaz.blog)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21955306

Promiscuous cookies and their impending death via the SameSite policy (troyhunt.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21955739


Hello World (drewdevault.com)
https://drewdevault.com/2020/01/04/Slow.html

Let’s say you ask your programming language to do the simplest possible task: print out “hello world”. Generally this takes two syscalls: write and exit. The following assembly program is the ideal Linux x86_64 program for this purpose. A perfect compiler would emit this hello world program for any language.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21954886

What is this post supposed to prove? It certainly is not supposed to prove that a hello world is a representative real-world program, from which one could infer that writing and debugging a real-world program in Julia is 835 times as complex as writing a real-world program in assembly, since the former makes 835 times as many syscalls as an assembly program.


A serverless email server on AWS using S3 and SES (github.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21953960


Ask HN: A New Decade. Any Predictions? (2010) (ycombinator.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1025681 - jan 1, 2010
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21936234 - jan 3, 2020

All: this thread is about predictions that HN users made 10 years ago. Note the year in the title above.

If you want to make a new prediction, a new thread has gotten started: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21941278.


The Light Phone (thelightphone.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21943649

i considered buying one a year ago and two years ago.


Vivaldi Webmail (vivaldi.com)
https://vivaldi.com/webmail/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21950624

Vivaldi aslo makes a web browser that uses the Chromium web rendering engine.

HN comment:

Trying to check it out but they insist on me giving my phone number. I got some spam issues in the past, so right now sorry, but my phone number is a private detail that I share only with physical people that I want to engage with and with whom I have a certain degree of trust.

I wish we had in Europe something similar to what mintemail.com is to email addresses...

businesses make money by selling user information.


Maybe the area where Arne and Carlos live.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vang,_Oppland

https://www.google.com/search?q=vang+oppland+norway+weather&gbv=1&sei=jfkOXte7L8q3tAbjp6XgBw


https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/12/we-reclaim-a-public-good/


What a shock.

"Former Google Exec: Company Put Profits Over Human Rights"

https://news.yahoo.com/former-google-exec-company-put-184238352.html


https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-threatens-to-fire-workers-who-are-outspoken-on-its-environmental-policies/

Don’t Get Too Nostalgic About Old Media
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/don-t-too-nostalgic-old-130035007.html

A retrospective look at a decade in journalism, from a Gawker alum who reported on media and is now unemployed after Splinter's closure
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/02/journalism-power-media-gawker-hamilton-nolan


Group M: spending on outdoor ads to overtake newspaper ad sales in 2020 for the first time, with $40.6B spent on outdoor ads, ~$4B more than on newspapers
https://www.ft.com/content/b7ad26fa-2360-11ea-b8a1-584213ee7b2b

https://mediagazer.com/200102/p2#a200102p2

Discussion:
Robert Ward / @robertalanward: The extraordinary resilience of billboard advertising vs continued decline of print ads. Some striking figs. Outdoor advertising market poised to eclipse newspapers via @FT https://giftarticle.ft.com/...
Alec MacGillis / @alecmacgillis: Newspaper advertising is falling so far that it's about to be overtaken by spending on billboards and bus-stop ads. https://www.ft.com/...


https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/a-deep-dive-into-the-apollo-guidance-computer-and-the-hack-that-saved-apollo-14/


I enjoyed programming with TCL back in the late 1990s and early aughts. I used TCL for web programming and to create command-line utilities.

Who Says Tcl Rules? (tcl-lang.org)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22181906


The Effect of Cold Showering on Health and Work (2016) (plos.org)
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0161749
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22167687

During my running and cycling days back in the early and mid 1990s, I would occasionally take cold showers after exercise, but I only did that in the summer. My legs felt great after blasting them with a cold shower. I heard that horse trainers would hose down horses with cold water after the horse had a workout. I might have read about runners doing this in a magazine. Anyway, I tried it and I liked it.

I take cool but not quite cold showers after exercising now, but again, only in the summer. In our current home and in the home that I lived in back in the 1990s, the houses did not have air conditioning. Last summer, I did not install our two small window AC units, and it was hot summer. After exercising in our home in the evenings last summer, I was hot. I barely turned the shower beyond the coldest setting. If the water felt warm, I turned it back. The cool showers felt better, but that's partly because my body temp had to be high.

Back in the 90s, I ran after work, and in the summer, the outdoor temps would sometimes still be 85 to 90 degrees in the early evening. Cold showers cooled me down. Last summer, cool showers did the same.

I'll have to try cool and not cold showers now, during the winter. It will make for a quick shower, which is good. But I need to switch my exercise period from the evening to the morning. I have always exercised in the evening for some reason. Exercising in the morning would eliminate it as a task that weighs on my mind as something I need to do. Get it over with.


Monoliths Are the Future (changelog.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22193383

Off-Facebook activity (facebook.com)
https://www.facebook.com/off_facebook_activity/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22178917

HN comment:

Clearly I need to step it up. I was (unsurprisingly) surprised at what I've observed they've managed to correlate. I run standard pi-hole, resist fingerprinting, and normally go through a VPN (mainly because I'm on public wifi half the time when travelling). I haven't logged into facebook in about four years, just did it for the first time today to see what's been correlated.

Aside the mountain of irrelevant notifications, here's what I've observed in this report that's concerning.

  1. Albeit some data has been correlated properly (banking applications which is scary on it's own part it's sending data to facebook, imgur, Xbox, my telco provider, and a few misc blogs I've visited a handful of times per year), it's correlated a significant amount of data that may not belong to me (good thing, I suppose?)

  2. Why the heck are banking applications sending data to Facebook as "CUSTOM", with no context? For example, RBC bank in Canada sends "CUSTOM" data (haven't been with them for over two years, but all interacts labelled CUSTOM) and Facebook will not give any more context on the exact data it received. Little scummy, Facebook.

Well, time to sweep this up and resist tracking more. Let's see how it works this time round.


Scrolling through past posts at Low Tech Magazine, turned of articles of interest.

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2012/12/how-to-make-everything-ourselves-open-modular-hardware.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2012/02/basketry-the-art-of-producing-sustainable-consumer-goods.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2011/05/bike-powered-electricity-generators.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2011/05/history-of-pedal-powered-machines.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2011/05/pedal-powered-farms-and-factories.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2011/02/body-insulation-thermal-underwear.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2016/11/why-the-office-needs-a-typewriter-revolution.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2015/10/how-to-build-a-low-tech-internet.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2015/10/can-the-internet-run-on-renewable-energy.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2020/01/how-sustainable-is-a-solar-powered-website.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2020/01/solar-powered-website-in-other-languages.html

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2019/12/the-printed-website-is-complete.html


https://mediagazer.com/200131/p10#a200131p10

Maryland's 165-year-old Montgomery Sentinel has shut down; circulation of the editions serving the state's two largest counties fell from 200K in the 90s to 5K

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-end-comes-for-another-local-newspaper-165-years-after-it-began/2020/01/30/47c40b20-3647-11ea-bb7b-265f4554af6d_story.html

As usual, the technological illiterate media falsely blames Craigslist, Google, and Facebook.

The Sentinels starved to death for all the usual reasons, said their publisher, Lynn Kapiloff. Once-bounteous display ads from local merchants — the kind from pizza joints and car dealers — began drifting away to the Google-Facebook duopoly a decade or so ago. Help-wanted ads were vaporized by Craigslist and others offering an unbeatable price (free!). The only thing left was legal ads, and those didn’t cover the cost of the staff and all the stringers.

Technological evolution happens.

Duopoly? I'm guessing that this local paper, like many local newspapers long ago, held a monopoly or near monopoly on local advertising, and did the newspaper complain about its stranglehold on its local ad market?

Advertising follows the people, and the people use Facebook and Google. It's not hard to understand. Clearly, users find more utility from Facebook and Google than its local newspaper.

It's not Craigslist fault that local newspapers earned 50 to 75 percent of its revenue from classifieds. That sounds like a house of cards.

Allegedly, the Toledo Blade newspaper has not made a profit, since the early 1980s, about eight years before the web was invented, and 13 years before Craigslist started.


https://superorganizers.substack.com/p/the-man-who-reads-1000-articles-a

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