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“Another path was to take the company public. What a disaster that would have been. Even public companies with good intentions are under too much pressure to create short-term gain at the expense of long-term vitality and responsibility.”

patagonia.com/home/

Spotted in Hacker News comments in a thread about why Facebook is spiraling the drain:

“Everyone is complaining, surely there is a replacement out there? Like FB from 10 years ago. Any suggestions?”

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3

I have never been more excited. :blobaww:

Optometrist: How many hours a day do you spend looking at screens?

Me: All of them. All of the hours.

“The policy choice to unshackle American business from the duty to make things created a wave of financialization that saw the country’s most productive businesses dismantled and converted into exotic financial instruments whose only productive output was bubbles and financial crises.”

doctorow.medium.com/sound-mone

What the hell? Apparently non-profits can apply (and get accepted to) Y Combinator?

What on earth is the point of doing that?

Hacker News has an interesting poll running right now that has (anec)data on software contractor/consultant rates:

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3

3D printing is magical! :blobaww:

I can design A Thing, press a button, wait a bit, and then That Thing appears in The Real World!

This never ceases to amaze me.

rant, profanity 

Email spam is out of control. Even respectable organizations are guilty. They provide opt-out links, but naturally the opt-out process doesn't actually work. Because who cares if it does? No one wants you to actually get off the email list. Except you, but no one cares what you want.

They even have the audacity to warn you beforehand that they don't even care if the opt-out works or not.

If you think I'm turning off my ad blocker on a publisher's website, you can get fucked.

Whoa, speak of the devil… Google is apparently cutting down on spammy sites appearing in the search results.

blog.google/products/search/mo

Except visitors going to ad-free instead of ad-packed sites will almost certainly make Google’s shareholders unhappy, so I have a hard time believing this will actually work.

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Wow, sometimes inspiration just comes all at once in a rush. I never seem to get any advance warning either.

Another day in the software mine, digging for new code, and somehow still not finding the right stuff. :blobhajshocked:

Whoa, I just had a crazy idea. What if there was a search engine for the web, but it only indexed sites that didn’t use any ads or visitor tracking?

It would let us see all the things that Google is economically incapable of showing.

As always, the Hacker News comments thread is a gold mine full of opinions of how Facebook failed at its professed mission, and ideas for how to do better.

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3

I’m delighted many of the ideas here echo my own thoughts on the topic. That gives me encouragement that I might be on the right track here!

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This is brilliant! People are finally starting to believe that Facebook is dying, but they still want the thing that Facebook originally promised: to keep in touch with friends and family.

reb00ted.org/tech/20220727-end

I think we all know that Facebook can’t provide that anymore. Now there’s a chance that something else can. And maybe do it better too.

Update: been using Linux Mint 21 for a few days now and it’s glorious! I’m never going back to Arch again, as long as my hardware is old enough for the LTS kernels.

There are So. Many. Little. Things. that work so much better now. I hadn’t even noticed how many papercuts I picked with Arch until I switched to a desktop environment that was carefully designed by someone who knows what they’re doing. :110: :a_plus:

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Amazon recruiter: "I'd like to chat about your career goals."

Me: "My career goals are to not work for Amazon."

I have to say. The postfix syntax for `await` in is very nice! :blobheart:

Much better than the prefix syntax in Javascript.

On the other hand, Sway was very nice. 10/10 would recommend.

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Linux Mint 21 is out (yes, it’s 2022, I guess they’re slow) and I’m pretty excited! :blobaww:

It will be nice to use something a bit more stable than Arch again. It had gotten to the point I was afraid to even run pacman anymore because it usually broke something I was using. I’m looking forward to using a distro that just works out of the box again.

My hardware is older now and the distros have caught up with using updated kernels, so I can go back to work instead of fussing with the OS.

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