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Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either)
The way you improve your iPad isn't to figure out how it works and making it better. The way you improve the iPad is to buy iApps. Buying an iPad for your kids isn't a means of jump-starting the realization that the world is yours to take apart and reassemble; it's a way of telling your offspring that even changing the batteries is something you have to leave to the professionals.
2010  opinion  hardware  surveillance  centralisation  corporate  walled-garden 
february 2019 by bignose
jwz.org: LOL Github
The Clown is just someone else's computer and they can and will fuck you. If it's not on your computer, it's not under your control. Why do you all keep doing this to yourselves??

Stop hitting yourself. Seriously, stop it.
2018  blog  corporate  walled-garden  opinion  advice 
january 2019 by bignose
There Is No Excuse to Keep Using Facebook – Member Feature Stories – Medium
The writing is on the wall. Facebook is detrimental to global discourse, has harmed democracies around the world, and, because of its dependence on advertising, has responded to criticism by making only minor, cosmetic changes. Mark Zuckerberg and his team will continue to allow the social network to be a haven for fake news, hoaxes, threats, and much, much worse. It’s gotten to the point that Zuckerberg said this summer that Holocaust deniers won’t be removed from the platform, and pages of known hoax or hate purveyors like InfoWars aren’t getting booted until the damage is long done.
social-media  walled-garden 
october 2018 by jchris
Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it. - The Washington Post
"But make no mistake, the $250 Amazon Key isn’t just about stopping thieves. It’s the most aggressive effort I’ve seen from a tech giant to connect your home to the Internet in a way that puts itself right at the center.""Even worse, that happened during an Amazon delivery. Fortunately, the driver kept trying until the door actually locked. Amazon said it thinks my lock is not properly installed. I also might have had a better experience with one of the two other compatible smart locks, whose designs are bulkier.""When you add Amazon Key to your door, something more sneaky also happens: Amazon takes over.

You can leave your keys at home and unlock your door with the Amazon Key app — but it’s really built for Amazon deliveries. To share online access with family and friends, I had to give them a special code to SMS (yes, text) to unlock the door. (Amazon offers other smartlocks that have physical keypads).

The Key-compatible locks are made by Yale and Kwikset, yet don’t work with those brands’ own apps. They also can't connect with a home-security system or smart-home gadgets that work with Apple and Google software.

And, of course, the lock can’t be accessed by businesses other than Amazon. No Walmart, no UPS, no local dog-walking company.""But Amazon is barely hiding its goal: It wants to be the operating system for your home. ""Amazon Key did give me some peace of mind about delivery theft. But the trade-off is giving more power over your life to a company that probably already has too much."
Amazon  privacy  security  walled-garden  surveillance 
december 2017 by jschneider
Slack, I’m Breaking Up with You – UX of User Onboarding
I’ve stopped using you entirely over the past couple days, and it’s honestly been remarkable to see both how hard it’s been to disentangle from you from a social perspective, and how amazingly helpful doing so has been from a productivity one.
2016  blog  opinion  social  instant-message  walled-garden 
may 2017 by bignose
Slack is quietly, unintentionally killing IRC
Slack, the messaging tool for business that’s changing the way people talk at work, is gaining traction in areas that even the company itself didn’t anticipate: it’s quietly killing Internet Relay Chat (IRC).
2015  article  walled-garden  data-freedom  communications 
july 2016 by bignose
Lost user questions and GitHub
"These are people who contact us instead of contacting you," GitHub's Rachel Berry said. "These are questions about your projects."

Looking at those requests, some common threads emerge. The first is that 57% of the project-related questions come from people without GitHub accounts—a number that she and several in the audience said was surprisingly high.

The question-askers break down into three broad groups, she said: the people who cannot figure out how to contact you, the people who have contacted your project but have never heard back, and the people who are either too embarrassed or too intimidated to contact your project.
2016  article  analysis  social  walled-garden 
may 2016 by bignose
What Comes After Apps - WSJ
Updated Feb. 22, 2016

The first and most intriguing alternative to apps is chat. This is hard to understand for anyone who hasn’t spent time in Asia or at least read about the dominance of WeChat and its competitors, but in China chat apps are used for everything from hailing a car to paying for your Coke at a vending machine.

Kik, a chat app that doesn’t get as much attention as rivals but for U.S. teens is on par with Facebook Messenger and Snapchat in terms of users and importance, will roll out similar functionality within six months, says Chief Executive Ted Livingston.

A growing share of these commercial chats take place with so-called chat bots—interactive computer programs that prompt users to select from among several options, for example. Imagine scanning a chat code on the back of the seat in front of you at a ballpark and having a brief conversation with a chat bot about how many and what kind of beers you want to order.

Chat, says Mr. Livingston, could manage most of the real-world interactions that previously would have required us to visit a mobile Web page, download an app, or—in some cases—give up in frustration with a phone’s constraints. Chat apps won’t solve the walled-garden problem of apps, but they could at least create lightweight interactions with services that happen in seconds and don’t require us to spend time downloading or loading anything.

A TechCrunch article in January indicated that Facebook will soon reveal similar technology within its Messenger app. At least at first, building chat bots that work on any chat app should be easier for developers, because they have similar interfaces. Chat, in other words, could become the new Web browser.
bots  chatbots  mobile_applications  Facebook  Kik  WeChat  messaging  walled-garden  lightweight_interactions  Christopher_Mims 
february 2016 by jerryking

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