<p class="postguide">All From Dave Winer</p>


Sometimes he just hits it ….

Everyone should know how to run a web server

I know what he means – but wow – when you come to understand that most people don’t know how to use Word or EMail properly – that is one hell of a stretch …. but yes – definitely a goal. I have don’t that – as a learning function. It still sits there … though I no longer put content there …. sorry Dave. (It was his software I installed and continue to run).

I’ve been advocating teaching journalism students to run servers. because it’s so central to freedom of the press these days, to not be controlled by techies. And techies love to control users. If the journalists knew what was possible and weren’t scared of running a server, they might be able to just do things for themselves without waiting for permission. I’ve seen very powerful things created with gutsy users who didn’t like to hear NO from devs. 😉

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The inadequacy of online payments

It is amazing that after twenty years – this is still a problem. I have my own problems – no single place to point the finger – it is everywhere.

She had to spend the money at Amazon in the US, which meant shipping costs to the UK would have been huge. They didn’t say this up front, or I would have used Amazon UK to give the gift. We’ve been using the web for commerce for 20 years. These glitches should have been worked out long ago.

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Posterity

This one was so good – it is getting it’s own post.

            <p class="postguide">Couldn't Happen To A Nicer Chap</p>

Via Mike Allen and Axios : Travis Kalanick faces a lawsuit

Axios business editor Dan Primack landed a monster scoop this afternoon: former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick faces a lawsuit from an early Uber investor:

Benchmark Capital is suing the former Uber CEO for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

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            <p class="postguide">Is It Seriously A Question?</p>


Crunchbase reporting this morning …

SoftBank’s Son to invest in Uber…or Lyft

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son told investors that he wants to invest in either Uber or Lyft as part of the firm’s strategy for the U.S. ride-hailing market. Son’s statement comes amid a period of high-level flux for Uber, which is still without a CEO as founder Travis Kalanick reportedly explores ways to reassert control at the company.

Well – you know who I am routing (sic) for.
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            <p class="postguide">But it gets worse ...</p>


… because, with those maps will be all kinds of information about you, your family and how you all move in and around your house. As Nathan Yau writes …

But does the general public care? I don’t think they do. It seems like they don’t.

This is from September 2015 …

iRobot Brings Visual Mapping and Navigation to the Roomba 980

NO – the public don’t care. They actually have no idea it is happening at all – and so Roomba and its ilk will continue down their path and continue to get away with it until they are stopped … I am not holding my breath.

Gizmodo’s take.

Maybe that doesn’t unnerve you, but it probably should. This is all part of the larger quest for a few major companies to hoover up every bit of data about you that they can. Now, they want to know all about your living space. Going through the iRobot terms of service, you can see just how much data is already being collected on a daily basis just by clicking like on a Facebook page or visiting a corporate website. And that data will likely be just as insecure tomorrow as it is today.

            <p class="postguide">Bigly</p>


It’s sad that this should happen to Snopes – but if ever there was a lesson to be had about controlling your own digital presence – this has to be close to number one.

We had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for Snopes.com. That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the Snopes.com web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the vendor will not relinquish the site’s hosting to our control, so we cannot modify the site, develop it, or — most crucially — place advertising on it. The vendor continues to insert their own ads and has been withholding the advertising revenue from us.

I don’t’ know exactly what is going on – (though the Atlantic has a great read on it) but to me it bottoms out to the fact that the Snopes team did not have a secure way to handle the admin access to their site and the people that do have it are not handing it over. Legal arguments aside, if they still controlled their own DNS – they wouldn’t be in this position …. would they?
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            <p class="postguide">It’s A Particle And A Wave</p>

It’s a little deep for the weekend, but what the hell..

I read this today …  and to quote Dave;

I’d like to have a channel that’s for serious releases only. If something is a maintenance release, or just the beginning of an idea, it wouldn’t be thought of as important. However, when a technology has matured and is ready for other minds to consider it, there ought to be a way to get it looked at.

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