Politicians in favor of upload filtering get channel deleted by upload filtering
I'm not sure if it would we a screw up. I mean, I actually liked early 2000-s, when Internet was kind of place of reigning anarchy as if there was no government and evil corporations, but let's just face it: it's long gone. Maybe there will be something else to offer the same kind of experience in the future, but it will never be the Web again, it's dead, taken by the enemy. Parents are home again. So, speaking about the least evil, you know, I would be actually glad, if Facebook (as it is now) would never enter the EU — and maybe somewhere across the ocean whole nations would be enslaved by it, I wouldn't care, because I don't have to use it, since my friends, local businesses and events don't force me to.

In fact, it seems that it's finally the case when people around might have to be "protected", since they cannot make the right choice themselves, and push me to it, as a consequence. So, being quite a libertarian myself, given the imperfect situation I find myself in, I'm not sure I mind some government interference.

I actually hate all these pop-up banners warning me about the cookie usage, and I'm not sure if GDPR (being vague and undefinitive it is) will turn out to be a good thing, and I sure hate this copyright filters thing. But I kind of like EU trying to force Internet-businesses to behave.
forum-posts  hackernews  netcritique  facebook  socialmedia  law  eu 
23 hours ago
Massive Attack’s Mezzanine and the death of the multicultural dream
Following its 20th anniversary and with a new book about the Bristol band on its way, we look back on their fraught third album
history  music  articles  hiphop 
Flytta på er! Här kommer JAG!
En annan avdelning ägnas de dövas och hörselskadades rätt till ett eget språk. Också här finns en historisk tragik då användandet av teckenspråk förbjöds och bestraffades långt in i modern tid. Här hamnar utställningen i den egendomliga slutsatsen att också moderna tekniska hjälpmedel kan ses som ett sätt att ta ifrån de döva deras eget språk. De blir ett medel för att enligt utställningstexten ”korrigera döva genom teknik och kirurgiska ingrepp”. Detta hävdas i samma nutid som Hörselskadades riksförbund kräver att cochleaimplantaten (som förenar kirurgi och teknik) borde erbjudas mångdubbelt fler än de cirka 3 000 som fått hjälp i Sverige hittills.
museum  reviews  exhibitions  swedish  sweden  history 
A Handmade Web
In today's highly commercialised web of multinational corporations, proprietary applications, read-only devices, search algorithms, Content Management Systems, WYSIWYG editors, and digital publishers it becomes an increasingly radical act to hand-code and self-publish experimental web art and writing projects. The more proprietary, predatory, and puerile a place the web becomes, the more committed I am to using it in poetic and intransigent ways.

— J. R. Carpenter, March 2015.
netcritique  internet  blog-posts  homepages  quotes 
Organization after Social Media
Organized networks are an alternative to the social media logic of weak links and their secretive economy of data mining. They put an end to freestyle friends, seeking forms of empowerment beyond the brief moment of joyful networking. This speculative manual calls for nothing less than social technologies based on enduring time. Analyzing contemporary practices of organization through networks as new institutional forms, organized networks provide an alternative to political parties, trade unions, NGOs, and traditional social movements. Dominant social media deliver remarkably little to advance decision-making within digital communication infrastructures. The world cries for action, not likes.
blog-posts  socialmedia  books  netcritique 
2 days ago
Lemming Suicide Myth, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
[…] the lemming scenes were faked. The lemmings supposedly committing mass suicide by leaping into the ocean were actually thrown off a cliff by the Disney filmmakers. The epic "lemming migration" was staged using careful editing, tight camera angles and a few dozen lemmings running on snow covered lazy-Susan style turntable.
animals  behavior  television  history  nature  articles 
4 days ago
Wasteland — All Versus All review at JazzTimes
Wasteland is a pair of electronic-music producers: DJ Scud (Toby Reynolds) and I-Sound (Craig Willingham). Reynolds boasts what I gather to be a sterling resume in the realm of dance music; Willingham is apparently more experimentally inclined. Regardless of their background, it’s obvious that they’re both creative, intrepid musicians. They combine electronic ambience and programmed rhythms in any number of ingenious ways, creating a sound world that’s alternately serene and scarifying, funky and fractured.
music  reviews  breakcore 
6 days ago
The Story Behind Susan Kare’s Iconic Design Work for Apple
“I was just not sure what a ‘feature’ looked like … so I was thumbing through a symbol dictionary and I came across this symbol (⌘). In the back of the book, it said it was for an ‘interesting feature’ at Swedish campgrounds. I thought it was maybe a little abstract, but it worked.”
apple  history  design  sweden  articles  icons 
6 days ago
I already prevented any possible compromise of the OS. I am not capable of compromising it anymore so no form of coercion can make me do that. It's very unfortunate that things ended this way and now I guess the little money I earned from this will go to legal fees, etc.
os  android 
6 days ago
World Sticks to Cash as Sweden Heads Alone Into Cashless Future
When it comes to abandoning cash, Sweden is going it mostly alone. While cash in circulation in the Nordic region’s largest economy has dropped rapidly in recent years, the amount of notes and coins has risen in most of the rest of the developed world since the global financial crisis, according to a report from the Bank for International Settlements. Data from the BIS’s Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures for almost 50 countries showed that overall cash in circulation rose to an average of 9 percent of gross domestic product in 2016, from 7 percent in 2000. In Sweden, on the other hand, it slumped to just 1.4 percent from 4.4 percent. That’s the lowest level among all the countries surveyed.
money  sweden  economics  articles 
6 days ago
Sweden Tries to Halt Its March to Total Cashlessness
A key committee of Swedish lawmakers wants to force the country’s biggest banks to handle cash in an effort to halt the nation’s march toward complete cashlessness. Parliament’s Riksbank committee, which is in the process of reviewing the central bank law, proposed making it mandatory for banks to offer cash withdrawals and handle daily receipts. The requirement would apply to banks that provide checking accounts and have more than 70 billion kronor ($8 billion) in deposits from the Swedish public, according to a report. The lawmakers said there needs to be “reasonable access to those services in all of Sweden," and that 99 percent of Swedes should have a maximum distance of 25 kilometers (16 miles) to the nearest cash withdrawal. The requirement doesn’t state how banks should offer those services, and lenders can choose whether to use a third party, machines or over-the-counter services. The move is a response to Sweden’s rapid transformation as it becomes one of the most cashless societies in the world. That’s led to concerns that some people are finding it increasingly difficult to cope without access to mobile phones or bank cards. There are also fears around what would happen if the digital payments systems suddenly crashed. [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17286207 ]
articles  sweden  money  economics 
7 days ago
Families In A Maya Village In Mexico May Have The Secret To Getting Kids To Do Chores
"But replicating the approach isn't easy in our society. It's not a slam-dunk," he adds. "We have to slow down what we're doing. We have to make allowances."
children  work  articles  culture 
7 days ago
Clincher vs. Tubular Bike Tires
Tubular tires look the same as clinchers on the outside, but work in a very different way. Tubulars are completely round, so there is no open part of the tire that needs to clinch. There is also no tube needed – -the tube is basically sewn into the tire and is part of it. As a result, the tubular is just one piece, whereas the clincher is two pieces (tube and tire). Tubular tires are often glued to the rim, because without some glue they tend to move around a bit.
tyres  cycling  bikes 
9 days ago
Wikipedia.org: Hotline Communications
Hotline Communications Limited (HCL) was a software company founded in 1997, based in Toronto, Canada, with employees also in the United States and Australia. Hotline Communications' main activity was the publishing and distribution of a multi-purpose client/server communication software product named Hotline Connect, informally called, simply, Hotline. Initially, Hotline Communications sought a wide audience for its products, and organizations as diverse as Avid Technology, Apple Computer Australia, and public high schools used Hotline. At its peak, Hotline received millions of dollars in venture capital funding, grew to employ more than fifty people, served millions of users, and won accolades at trade shows and in newspapers and computer magazines around the world.
history  internet  wiki  filesharing  software  server 
10 days ago
Save Your Internet – Delete article 13
The European Commission and the Council want to destroy the Internet as we know it and allow big companies to control what we see and do online. Should Article 13 of the Copyright Directive proposal be adopted, it will impose widespread censorship of all the content you share online. The European Parliament is the only one that can step in and Save your Internet.
eu  copyright  politics  law 
11 days ago
Capitalism Has Failed, and Jay-Z’s Streaming Scandal Is Proof
Hip-hop has evolved from talking about street-level drug deals and buying rope chains to discussing real estate investments, purchasing high-brow art, and travel by private jet. The culture has always been about “getting money,” but along the way, hip-hop became hyper-capitalist. In this way, it may be the most quintessentially American art form.
streaming  business  articles  music 
11 days ago
I left Mastodon yesterday
Or, the Unfortunately Long Story of Another Badly-Managed Open Source Project that Pushes People Away.
blog-posts  open-source  socialmedia  development 
11 days ago
Behind the Messy, Expensive Split Between Facebook and WhatsApp’s Founders
After a long dispute over how to produce more revenue with ads and data, the messaging app’s creators are walking away leaving about $1.3 billion on the table​.
business  facebook  instant-messaging  articles 
11 days ago
platforms have taken “custody” of the Internet: Content moderation at the major platforms matters because those platforms have achieved such prominence in the intervening years.As I was writing the book, one news item in 2015 stuck with me: in a survey on people’s new media use, more people said that they used Facebook than said they used the Internet. Facebook, which by then had become one of the most popular online destinations in the world and had expanded to the mobile environment, did not “seem” like the Internet anymore. Rather than being part of the Internet, it had somehow surpassed it. This was not true, of course; Facebook and the other major platforms had in fact woven themselves deeper into the Internet, by distributing cookies, offering secure login mechanisms for other sites and platforms, expanding advertising networks, collecting reams of user data from third-party sites, and even exploring Internet architecture projects. In both the perception of users and in material ways, Facebook and the major social media platforms have taken “custody” of the Internet. This should change our calculus as to whether platform moderation is or is not “censorship,” and the responsibilities of platforms bear when they decide what to remove and who to exclude.
books  netcritique  internet  facebook  socialmedia  blog-posts 
12 days ago
Producenten efter metoo-programmet: ”Uppdrag granskning utsatt för samordnade attacker”
Taktiken att vantolka och sprida lögner om ett program som Uppdrag granskning känns igen – inte minst från Donald Trumps USA, skriver Axel Gordh Humlesjö, producent.
articles  swedish  journalism  feminism 
12 days ago
Wikipedia.org: History of the bicycle
Vehicles for human transport that have two wheels and require balancing by the rider date back to the early 19th century. The first means of transport making use of two wheels arranged consecutively, and thus the archetype of the bicycle, was the German draisine dating back to 1817. The term bicycle was coined in France in the 1860s.
cycling  bikes  history  wiki 
13 days ago
Facebook Fabricates Trust Through Fake Intimacy
How design can make you forget what you’re signing up for
netcritique  socialmedia  facebook 
13 days ago
Rivendell Bicycle Works — Hunqapillar
Our most extravagant, screw-the-expense bike was the off-roady Bombadil, and the Hunqapillar is a budgetated version of that bike—only slightly short-cutted to make it a lot more affordable and barely less heavy duty than it’s much more expensive big brother. But still—the Hunqapillar is extremely labor-intensive bike by any standards, you pay more for it than you will for a welded bike. (Not a jab at welded bikes, just a fact.)
bikes  frames  cycling 
13 days ago
Welcome to the Basitar & Guitbass Page
The basitar and guitbass were introduced to the world by Chris Ballew and Dave Dederer (respectively), who at the time were members of The Presidents of the United States of America.
guitars  instruments  music  composing 
14 days ago
Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections.
facebook  articles  netcritique  mobile 
14 days ago
700c 28er - same as 29er?
As usual, Sheldon's got the answers.

ISO 622 is the unambiguous way of referring to the following rim sizes:

700c (you see this marketing on road, hybrids; this is from the French system; the c is often dropped, but there are rare a,b sizes)
29"x decimal (you see this on mountain bikes; usually only applied to wide rims)
28"x decimal (particularly in Germany)
28" x some fractions (seems to be a rare Canadian / northern European thing).

700 mm is roughly 27.5 inches, so if you mounted a reasonable tire on it, you'd get around 28 inches (hence the name 28"). For mountain bikes, you'd get a bigger tire giving an outside diameter of 29"+.

In theory, any tire which can be mounted to a rim marked as any above sizes can be mounted to the others, but in practice you want the rim width to be appropriate to the tire size you're mounting.

In terms of which way you should refer to this wheel size, ISO 622 is unambiguous. If its being used on a road bike or hybrid, 700c is also a good way to refer to it. If its being used on a mountain bike with a big tire, 29" is also a good way to refer to it.
tyres  bikes  cycling  forum-posts 
15 days ago
Dune Legacy
Dune Legacy is an effort by a handful of developers to revitalize the first-ever real-time strategy game.It tries to be as similar as possible to the original gameplay but to integrate user interface features most modern realtime-strategy games have like selecting multiple units.
open-source  games  software  strategy 
15 days ago
Donnelly X'Plor MSO 40mm tire review
If your gravel bike sees commutes to work, road spins at lunch, and dirt road adventures on the weekends, the X'Plor MSOs fit the bill.
reviews  tyres  cycling  bikes 
15 days ago
Wikipedia.org: Cuvier's beaked whale
In 2014, scientists reported that they had used satellite-linked tags to track Cuvier's beaked whales off the coast of California, and found the animals dove up to 2,992 m below the ocean surface and spent up to two hours and 17 minutes underwater before resurfacing, which represent both the deepest and the longest dives ever documented for any mammal.
animals  ocean  wiki 
15 days ago
China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other - Apartheid with Chinese characteristics
Totalitarian determination and modern technology have produced a massive abuse of human rights.
politics  china  religion  articles 
16 days ago
MenuMeters for OS X El Capitan 10.11 and later
It's a port to OS X El Capitan 10.11 and later of our beloved utility MenuMeters by Alex Harper, at http://ragingmenace.com. As he has not yet released the port to OS X 10.11 El Capitan, I made a minimal modification to the source code he has kindly made public so that it runs fine.
software  menulets  apple  osx  open-source  cpu  network  stats 
18 days ago
Germany Is Still Obsessed With Cash
The national disdain for plastic has become a proxy for profound concerns about trust, privacy and the role of the state.
money  economics  germany  articles 
22 days ago
Comparing New Antihistamines
In chronic idiopathic urticaria, two studies found levocetirizine was superior to desloratadine for improving symptoms, and a single study found loratadine was superior to cetirizine (but there was no difference in quality of life). […] Of the newer antihistamines, cetirizine and levocetirizine are more sedating than loratadine and desloratadine, and possibly more sedating than fexofenadine.
allergy  science  medicine  drugs 
24 days ago
Drug Class Review: Newer Antihistamines
Eleven short-term trials (1 good quality, 1 fair) showed no significant difference in comparisons of cetirizine to fexofenadine and loratadine, fexofenadine to loratadine and desloratadine, levocetirizine to loratadine, and azelastine nasal spray to desloratadine and olopatadine nasal spray.
science  allergy  medicine  drugs 
24 days ago
Boo at Super Mario Wiki
[…] the most distinctive characteristic of the Boos is their shy personality, where they cover their faces when someone looks them directly at the face. They will uncover their faces once the subject turns around.
games  wiki  nintendo  snes  console 
25 days ago
'A banker, a worker and an immigrant' cookie joke is resonating with Facebook users
A banker, a worker, and an immigrant are sitting at a table with 20 cookies. The banker takes 19 cookies and warns the worker: “Watch out, the immigrant is going to take your cookie away.”’
articles  humour  politics 
25 days ago
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