I missed this great news from a couple of months back. The EU has standardised what #repairability means. Soon we might see score (on scale from A to E) when buying electronics evaluating its repeatability. https://de.ifixit.com/News/35879/repairability-standard-en45554 (https://nest.jakl.one/notes/2020-06-28-oydke/)
I really love podcasts. Not only do they provide great entertainment value as an alternative to audiobooks, but they are also one of the last open ecosystems on the web. Anyone can start a podcast by publishing an RSS feed on their website without having to rely on a central platform (thus nobody can “ban” your podcast). Once published listeners can consume their favorite podcasts from any RSS reader, including many specially made for podcasts like PocketCasts and Overcast.
This arrangement is beneficial to creators because it gives them full freedom of expression without having to worry about the censors on platforms like YouTube, and it gives them complete freedom of choice on how to monetize their work. It is equally beneficial to consumers who get to choose among hundreds of independently developed podcast apps to find the one with the best features for them. If a consumer wants to switch podcast players they can also do so while taking their subscriptions with them.
However, over the last few years Spotify has been making moves that could threaten this open ecosystem.Embrace
In 2015, Spotify started embracing podcasts by enabling users to discover and subscribe shows right in the Spotify app. The feature works just like any other podcast client and scrapes RSS feeds found on the web.
Later in 2019, Spotify acquired the podcast networks Gimlet Media, Anchor FM, and Parcast. However, they did not limit access to podcasts produced on those networks so users could still listen using their client of choice.Extend
In May 2020, Spotify announced that it acquired an exclusive license to The Joe Rogan Experience (a popular comedy podcast) for $100 million dollars. Starting in September 2020, Joe’s podcast will be removed from all 3rd party podcasting apps and made available only in Spotify’s own podcasts section.
If the Joe Rogan license is a commercial success then it seems likely that the shows from the other podcast networks that Spotify owns will also be made exclusive to their own apps.Extinguish
If Spotify chooses to continue on their current path of exclusive content it will break interoperability with other podcast apps and force listeners of those shows to use the Spotify podcast client. I suspect that many listeners will also transfer their existing subscriptions into Spotify to avoid needing two separate podcast clients.
If Spotify gains enough market share then it will effectively become the de facto gatekeeper of podcasts (similar to how Google Play is the de facto gatekeeper of Android apps despite side loading and alternative app stores). Once that happens many of the benefits of podcasts will be destroyed. Creators will no longer have full creative freedom as they risk annoying the Spotify censors and having a large portion of their audience taken away from them. Consumers will no longer have choice in podcast clients if they want to listen to shows that are exclusive to Spotify.
I really hope that Spotify’s attempt to centralize the podcasting ecosystem around their apps is a colossal failure, however, the Embrace, Extend, and Extinguish strategy is quite effective and thus I fear they may succeed.
As a small and feeble attempt to protest this direction that Spotify is moving I have decided to cancel my Spotify Premium subscription.
> "I think it is wrong to teach maths without teaching programming. We all learn to use calculators at school. This was an innovation of the 20th century. Now it is 2020 and it is time to move on." --- Alex Kurz (https://nest.jakl.one/notes/2020-06-16-338je/)
Normally countries would find their own ways to regulate TV, radio, press, etc. from foreign influence. However, what do you do when #BigTech takes their role and gives you no real oversight or even monitoring capabilities? I like that the #EU is now demanding clearly what it wants, instead of just unpredictably suing the Big Tech companies and hoping that they will somehow get better. Of course we have to be vigilant and make sure that while we're fighting… https://nest.jakl.one/notes/2020-06-05-ryvg3/
"From now on, all IT solutions developed by and for the EU institutions will first need to be assessed against the possibility of using Open Source solutions." https://european-pirateparty.eu/european-parliament-strongly-recommends-any-software-developed-by-and-for-the-eu-institutions-to-be-made-publicly-available-under-free-and-open-source-software-licence/ #eu #policy #publicCode #FreeSoftware #OpenSource
Year 2020 is the year of #Linux desktop! Just not the way anybody imagined it https://blogs.windows.com/windowsdeveloper/2020/05/19/developing-for-all-1-billion-windows-10-devices-and-beyond/ :-) (https://nest.jakl.one/notes/2020-05-20-brb0f/)
Another day, another "bring back Google Reader" article that does not acknowledge Reader's extremely robust social features.
These features allowed someone to, for example, share an article they liked to their friends and spawn a private mini-forum to discuss that article. It was similar to sharing an article with friends on Facebook, but based on your RSS curation rather than whatever you got from Facebook's awful news feed.
This is interesting. Having access to the internet is becoming "a right" as The House Passed Legislation to Keep People Online (https://nest.jakl.one/notes/2020-05-19-acysf/)
You read that right! Now to find the list of all people who were badgering me to set-up a Keybase account...
Just signed the Declaration of Digital Independence. I'm not sure if it changes anything but it's definitely the right thing to do.
Introducing Inkscape 1.0! After a little over three years in development, we're excited to launch this long-awaited version for Windows and Linux (and the macOS preview) Watch the release video (inkscape.org/release-video-1-0) and download it here: https://inkscape.org/release/inkscape-1.0/
Note: If the download link doesn't work, check back a little later. The files are being propagated across our CDN.
Attempting to institutionalize backdoors into private encrypted communication should be unconstitutional. This happens over and over again. For example now in the Congress, see https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2020/04/15/signal-well-be-eaten-alive-by-earn-it-acts-anti-encryption-wolves/ (https://nest.jakl.one/notes/2020-05-04-pr99b/)
Managed to export my Mastodon posts to my website, in order to keep my content under my control #indieweb. All that was needed was a short #Haskell script. For details see https://nest.jakl.one/posts/2020-04-30-exporting-mastodon-posts/ (https://nest.jakl.one/notes/2020-05-03-eu4xp/)
ActivityPub can be confusing and/or hard to test or develop against.
I started a new side project called FediDB to help Pixelfed and other implementations debug federation issues.
It will be launching soon, need to test DMs and Federated Stories in Pixelfed 😅
I'm eager to work with other projects on this!
So today we announce that thanks to a partnership with @Fairphone we have been able to port /e/OS to the Fairphone 3, and that we can now sell /e/-Fairphone 3 in the EU!
The #deGoogled OS on the #ethical smarpthone!
#ungoogled #android #privacy #mydataismydata
GNOME files defense against patent troll (to fight for us all)
I've written an article explaining why the upcoming copyright directive is about to fundamentally break the internet: https://tomas.jakl.one/blog/2019-03-24-the-problem-with-the-latest-copyright-directive
Please help to stop it, contact your MEPs and ask them to vote against it in the upcoming week. https://saveyourinternet.eu/
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