Web Excursions 2022-03-11
I remember Google Reader. I remember how good it felt to be a thinking person who liked to read on the internet.
I remember being able to follow my favorite writers and read them at length,
where their arguments could be made calmly,
where there was a point in aiming for beauty.
One of the most interesting things in the initial set-up workflow is [the user is offered an option to turn off the email delivery]
instead of being an email service, Substack becomes a content app on your phone or iPad.
That’s a huge paradigm shift — and a big gamble for Substack
this option turns your Substack-based newsletters into yet another app competing for your attention.
The social media company is also temporarily allowing some posts
that call for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko
according to internal emails to its content moderators.
The calls for the leaders' deaths will be allowed
unless they contain other targets or have two indicators of credibility,
such as the location or method, one email said, in a recent change to the company's rules on violence and incitement.
In the email recently sent to moderators, Meta highlighted a change in its hate speech policy pertaining both to Russian soldiers and to Russians in the context of the invasion.
"We are issuing a spirit-of-the-policy allowance to allow T1 violent speech that would otherwise be removed under the Hate Speech policy when:
(a) targeting Russian soldiers, EXCEPT prisoners of war, or
(b) targeting Russians where it's clear that the context is the Russian invasion of Ukraine (e.g., content mentions the invasion, self-defense, etc.)," it said in the email.
"We are doing this because we have observed that in this specific context, 'Russian soldiers' is being used as a proxy for the Russian military.
The Hate Speech policy continues to prohibit attacks on Russians," the email stated.
Emails also showed that Meta would allow praise of the right-wing Azov battalion,
which is normally prohibited, in a change first reported by The Intercept.
The Short Version: The company behind elementary OS has been losing money for quite some time.
Two co-founders are not pleased with each other and are attempting to part ways and it is getting messy.
Tweets by elementary founder Daniel Foré.
sales have really struggled since COVID hit and haven’t really recovered
elementary has been losing a significant amount of money
at the beginning of the year, we agreed to a 5% cut
Cassidy [other elementary co-founder] called me to let me know that he had accepted a full-time position somewhere else.
followed up later with an email that he didn’t want to give up his shares in the company.
This lead to a lot of arguing and basically not only is there no way there could be an amicable business relationship, but there’s no way there could be a friendship here either.
If I can get control of the company, I’ll do my best to reshape it to be sustainable again
Otherwise, I might take some time off from Linux or join another community maybe
deleted tweets archived by Archive.org
I offered an even split of the company’s assets
Which at that time was about $26,000.
At about week 3 we seemed to agree that I would keep the company and Cass would take the money
a few days later I get an email from Cassidy’s lawyer that he wants $30k now, $70k over the next 10 years, and to keep 5% share
Keep in mind that the author is not neutral here: Since he's expressed his position against trans people, and by doing that parted ways with Danielle Foré before (who previously identified as Daniel Foré and participated in his youtube videos), and also you can see that it refuses to use the actual name for Danielle; it's not surprising that he wants to reach a conclusion against her.