scary article on how bad outsourcing has gotten at telcos and how badly this has affected their competence and security https://berthub.eu/articles/posts/5g-elephant-in-the-room/
For real like Bandcamp is exactly the kind of service we *hoped* the internet would give us: “hey, people make things, they set their own price inc. free, we provide the storefront, you buy it and the money goes to the creator, you get it in a DRM-free format and can play it however you want, we just make money to keep going & improving and aren’t a VC-funded nightmare company of rampant reckless growth that will do something nightmarish and implode.”
We need more media platforms like that.
friends are reminiscing that 30 years ago, madonna made a video where she hooked up with a sexy black jesus and now nobody even remembers it but it's still a surprisingly great song https://youtu.be/79fzeNUqQbQ
Excuse me but "Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg won’t talk to the Guardian. So we fed everything he says into an algorithm, built a Zuckerbot, and interviewed it" has got to be the best take. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/dec/22/zuckerbot-mark-zuckerberg-facebook-botnik
i don't have anything to say about jack's sad attempt to get attention by declaring that he'd like to reinvent the fediverse.
the eng team pushed hard for federation and openness *10 years ago* internally, but jack & the business bros were convinced that emulating facebook and pushing ads was the way to countless riches. all the good people left.
now that ads aren't actually profitable, and the site has earned a toxic reputation, it's too late for them to change course. they're just desperate.
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