Study finds that e-bike riders get as much exercise as riders of regular bikes www.treehugger.com I’m e-bike-curious. Have been for many years.
Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors, Sit Down. “Going to what few plantations remain, your job is to go with respect and homage and light.” afroculinaria.com
iOS 13 Lets You Delete Apps Right From the Update List www.macrumors.com
Convenient. I try a lot of apps, and often don’t remember they’re on my phone until I get an update notification. “I need to remember to delete that,” I tell myself, but then I never do.
Apple II ad, 1980s advertisingpics.tumblr.com
15-year-old girl is an internet hero for using a refrigerator to tweet after being grounded by her Mom. Why does a refrigerator need social media connectivity? www.theguardian.com
What reading a web page used to be like:
*find page; read page*
What it’s like now:
*find page; accept cookies; decline newsletter; turn off weird video that’s randomly started; close pop-up ad; decline survey request; get fed up; leave without reading*
— Smita Jamdar (@smitajamdar) August 10, 2019
kurtis innocently bought a fraudulent iTunes gift card and was locked out of his Apple account for two months. He lost access to $15,000 worth of media and apps amassed over 15 years. qz.com
At first, it seemed like a mild inconvenience, but I soon found out how many apps on my iOS and Mac devices couldn’t be updated, not to mention how I couldn’t download anything new. When I had to take a trip for a family emergency, the JetBlue app wouldn’t let me access my boarding pass, saying I had to update the app to use it. It was the first time I’d flown with a paper boarding pass in years. I couldn’t even pass time on the flight playing Animal Crossing on my phone, because I got a similar error message when I opened the game.
I couldn’t use my HomePod to stream anything from my vast music collection I’d spent 15 years building; I couldn’t watch purchased movies or shows on my Apple TV; and I couldn’t download apps needed for my work at Quartz. As we anticipated the July 4th holiday in a team meeting, a manager recommended we all uninstall Slack for the holiday to truly disconnect and enjoy some time away from work. I wanted to, but I knew that if I did, I wouldn’t be able to reinstall it.
Several customer service representatives seemed friendly at first and said they’d help, but then they shut him down without explanation. Finally, after writing to Tim Cook, he got his access restored.
This whole ordeal made me wonder if I want to continue using Apple products. The more I consider it, the more I realize it’s not just a question of choosing one product over another. The truth is that Google or Microsoft (or Nintendo, or Samsung, or Sony, the list goes on) could just as easily cut off a customer for no stated purpose and without recourse.
Do we think enough about the rights we as consumers have when skimming over those long, unwieldy terms and conditions documents we sign to get access to the gadgets and products we buy every day? How much are we really buying, and how much are we just renting for a while?
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte returns Aug. 27 – that’s in two weeks. www.businessinsider.com
Prison inmates routinely die “under circumstances that are every bit as absurd and negligent as those surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s death.” boingboing.net
Dope sun hat. 1950s reddit.com
59 years ago vs. today reddit.com
With a relatively small investment of ‘several hundred million’ dollars, CenturyLink plans to bring a fiber network with 5 msec latency to 98% of US enterprises – ideal for emerging categories of edge workloads. By me at www.lightreading.com
Reliance Jio & Microsoft Launch ‘Comprehensive’ 10-Year Cloud Team-Up (Me/Light Reading): Reliance Jio and Microsoft are joining forces to bring cloud services to India, and the telco giant will also build data centers for Microsoft on that subcontinent.
Art Frahm was a midcentury illustrator whose signature drawings feature pretty, doll like women whose panties have fallen down while they are wearing dresses. www.messynessychic.com
The women look startled, and men around them look pleased. The women frequently carry paper grocery bags with celery sticking out the top.
It’s ok to have a fetish but it’s a tough life if your fetish is really, really specific.
Meet Mr. Spudnut, 1949 advertisingpics.tumblr.com
Toni Morrison, writing in November 2016, days after Trump won: “Making America White Again” (The New Yorker): “So scary are the consequences of a collapse of white privilege that many Americans have flocked to a political platform that supports and translates violence against the defenseless as strength. These people are not so much angry as terrified, with the kind of terror that makes knees tremble.”
For example, Peter Thiel, who wanted to flee the US and build a floating libertarian Utopia on international waters, and later became a citizen of New Zealand, is now terribly, terribly concerned that Google might be enabling China against the US. Thiel is on the board of Google rival Facebook.
Automattic Acquires Tumblr, Plans to Rebuild the Backend Powered by WordPress (Sarah Gooding/WPTavern)
Following Tumblr’s acquisition by Automattic, the company that operates WordPress.com, will move to a WordPress back end and open source client, but the frontend user experience will be consistent with what it is now.
Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg did a Slack Q&A after his company announced plans to acquire Tumblr from Verizon, for a “nominal sum,” much less than the $1 billion Yahoo paid or Tumblr. (I’ve seen widespread estimates that Automattic paid about $20 million, and at least one credible estimate that it was something like $3 million. Peanuts compared with what Yahoo paid.)
WordPress is an open source web operating system that can power pretty much anything, including Tumblr.com, but it’s also a large property so will take a bit to figure out and migrate,” Mullenweg said.
Automattic doesn’t currently have plans to change the frontend Tumblr experience. Mullenweg said the Tumblr mobile app gets 20x more daily signups than the WordPress app….
Tumblr changed its adult content policy in December 2018, banning pornographic content which reportedly accounted for 22.37 percent of incoming referral traffic from external sites in 2013 when it was acquired by Yahoo. Automattic has a similar content policy in place for WordPress.com and Mullenweg confirmed that the company does not plan to lift the ban on adult content.
“Adult content is not our forte either, and it creates a huge number of potential issues with app stores, payment providers, trust and safety… it’s a problem area best suited for companies fully dedicated to creating a great experience there,” Mullenweg said in response to questions on Hacker News. “I personally have very liberal views on these things, but supporting adult content as a business is very different.”
Facebook has hired Daniel Povey, the professor who Johns Hopkins fired after he stormed a building occupied by protesters (CNBC): “White males in this environment seem to be expected to constantly atone for their existence by telegraphing their exclusive concern for every demographic group but their own, like a neutered puppy-dog or some Justin Trudeau man-child,” Facebook’s newest hire said on leaving his previous job.
Seeing reports that WordPress paid $20M or even $3M for Tumblr. Either way, that’s way less than the $1B Yahoo shelled out.