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774 words (15726 total) on Enshittification (a nonfiction book about platform decay)

Support me this summer on the Clarion Write-A-Thon and help raise money for the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop!

https://clarionwriteathon.com/members/profile.php?writerid=293388

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Today's threads (a thread)

Inside: How to design a tech regulation; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/20/scalesplaining/

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    TONIGHT (June 20), I'll be live onstage in LA to record the Go Fact Yourself podcast:
    https://laist.com/events/go-fact-yourself-live-with-aida-rodriguez

    On Friday (June 21), I'm doing an online reading for the @Locusmag Awards at 16hPT.

    On Saturday (June 22), I'll be in Oakland, CA for a panel and a keynote at the Locus Awards:

    https://locusmag.com/2024-locus-awards-weekend/

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    Support me this summer on the Clarion Write-A-Thon and help raise money for the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop!

    https://clarionwriteathon.com/members/profile.php?writerid=293388

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    It's not your imagination: tech really is underregulated. There are plenty of avoidable harms that tech visits upon the world, and while some of these harms are mere negligence, others are self-serving, creating shareholder value and widespread public destruction.

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/20/scalesplaining/#administratability

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    “‘If it’s hot outside, we can raise the price of water and ice cream. If there's something that’s close to the expiration date, we can lower the price — that’s the good news,’ said Phil Lempert, a grocery industry analyst.”

    https://www.opb.org/article/2024/06/19/a-supermarket-trip-may-soon-look-different-thanks-to-electronic-shelf-labels/

    Imagine saying the first bit and ending it with “that’s the good news.”

    The Phil Lemperts of the world are the reason we can’t have nice things.

    Via @BlackAzizAnansi

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    753 words (14523 total) on Enshittification (a nonfiction book about platform decay) #DailyWords

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    774 words (13747 total) on Enshittification (a nonfiction book about platform decay) #DailyWords

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    "If it don't bounce back, you go hungry."

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    Today's threads (a thread)

    Inside: It's been twenty years since my Microsoft DRM talk; and more!

    Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/18/greetings-fellow-pirates/

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    On Thursday (June 20), I'll be live onstage in Los Angeles for a recording of the Go Fact Yourself podcast:
    https://laist.com/events/go-fact-yourself-live-with-aida-rodriguez

    On Friday (June 21), I'm doing an online reading for the @Locusmag Awards at 16hPT.

    On Saturday (June 22), I'll be in Oakland, CA for a panel and a keynote at the Locus Awards:

    https://locusmag.com/2024-locus-awards-weekend/

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    It's been twenty years since my Microsoft DRM talk: It looks like you're trying to avert the DRM apocalypse...

    https://mamot.fr/@pluralistic/112638622882677902

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    @CassandraVert awww thanks

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    This week on my podcast, I read my June 17, 2004 Microsoft Research speech about DRM, a talk that went viral two decades ago, and reassess its legacy:

    https://craphound.com/msftdrm.txt

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/18/greetings-fellow-pirates/#arrrrrrrrrr

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    @pluralistic burnt out, disillusioned and muzzled tech worker here. How do I keep my conscience alive and well-fed, given where tech is headed? Working in open source has left me even more jaded. Jobs that sponsor visas are hard to come by. And speaking out is far too risky, given the potential consequences. Trying to find ways to turn my experiences into something that's actually of value to the world...

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    @lochlomondwhiskey I'd start with Bruce Schneier's collection of "public interest technologist" resources:

    https://public-interest-tech.com/

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    Today's threads (a thread)

    Inside: Bankruptcy is very, very good; and more!

    Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/17/lovilee-jubilee/

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    On Thursday (June 20), I'll be live onstage in Los Angeles for a recording of the Go Fact Yourself podcast:
    https://laist.com/events/go-fact-yourself-live-with-aida-rodriguez

    On Friday (June 21), I'm doing an online reading for the @Locusmag Awards at 16hPT.

    On Saturday (June 22), I'll be in Oakland, CA for a panel and a keynote at the Locus Awards:

    https://locusmag.com/2024-locus-awards-weekend/

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    There's a truly comforting sociopathy snuggled inside capitalism ideology: if markets are systems for identifying and rewarding virtue, ability and value, then anyone who's failing in the system is actually unworthy, not unlucky; and that means the winners are not just lucky (and certainly not merely selfish), but actually the best and they owe nothing to their social inferiors apart from what their own charitable impulses dictate.

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/17/lovilee-jubilee/#debts-that-cant-be-paid-wont-be-paid

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    @fanf42 Aww, thank you.

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    Coding is not a crime

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    @aardvark yup

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    Wore something like this until I was four

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    "We do not guarantee steaks cooked medium well or above"

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    "We Politely Decline Ingredient Substitutions"

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    I'm impressed that Cory Doctorow's (@pluralistic) critiques of late-stage capitalism have made their way in the minds of so many disparate people.

    Here is a YouTuber noticing the shift in value delivery from customers to shareholders & calling it enshittification. Might not be an exact match for the platform/intermediary model of Cory's that specifically calls out middlemen who deliver almost no inherent value, but still it is a significant spread of the concepts.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCh31fDxtQw

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    Father's Day 2024: wife outdid herself on the envelope for her card; kid likewise on the illustration on her card. Breakfast in bed, and someone else is taking out the trash and doing the laundry today. Heaven!

    A greeting card envelope on our wrinkled bedsheets. The address reads: Herr Professor Professor Doctor Doctor Doctorow Left-hand side pillow Our bed #stole the covers, Big bedroom, Bouncy bouncy, USA

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    @pluralistic I recently read The Lost Cause, and found it profoundly relevant and valuable.

    Out of all the ideas of the future (and present) that you presented, there were two that I particularly liked as relevant to social media

    1: community social media is most healthy and stable if communities are largely separate with little crosstalk

    2: engaging with disinfo storms should be intentional and coordinated, and it is deeply draining to the body and mind.

    Thank you for writing this book.

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    @katanova thank you

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    Today's threads (a thread)

    Inside: Sphinxmumps Linkdump; and more!

    Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/15/disarrangement/

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    On Thursday (June 20), I'll be live onstage in Los Angeles for a recording of the Go Fact Yourself podcast:
    https://laist.com/events/go-fact-yourself-live-with-aida-rodriguez

    On Friday (June 21), I'm doing an online reading for the @Locusmag Awards at 16hPT.

    On Saturday (June 22), I'll be in Oakland, CA for a panel and a keynote at the Locus Awards:

    https://locusmag.com/2024-locus-awards-weekend/

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    Welcome to my 20th Linkdump, in which I declare link bankruptcy and discharge my link-debts by telling you about all the open tabs I didn't get a chance to cover in this week's newsletters. Here's the previous 19 installments:

    https://pluralistic.net/tag/linkdump/

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/15/disarrangement/#credo-in-un-dio-crudel

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    807 words (12142 total) on Enshittification (a nonfiction book about platform decay)

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    Today's threads (a thread)

    Inside: Microsoft pinky swears that THIS TIME they'll make security a priority; and more!

    Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/14/patch-tuesday/

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    On June 20, I'll be live onstage in Los Angeles for a recording of the Go Fact Yourself podcast:
    https://laist.com/events/go-fact-yourself-live-with-aida-rodriguez

    On June 21, I'm doing an online reading for the @Locusmag Awards at 16hPT.

    On June 22, I'll be in Oakland, CA for a panel and a keynote at the Locus Awards:

    https://locusmag.com/2024-locus-awards-weekend/

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    @ErickaSimone @Locusmag It will be!

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    As the old saying goes, "When someone tells you who they are and you get fooled again, shame on you." That goes double for Microsoft, especially when it comes to security promises.

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/14/patch-tuesday/#fool-me-twice-we-dont-get-fooled-again

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    @CptSuperlative Thanks!

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    Today's threads (a thread)

    Inside: The health industry's invisible hand is a fist; and more!

    Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/06/13/a-punch-in-the-guts/

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    On June 21, I'm doing an online reading for the @Locusmag Awards at 16hPT.

    On June 22, I'll be in Oakland, CA for a panel and a keynote at the Locus Awards:

    https://locusmag.com/2024-locus-awards-weekend/

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    The US has the rich world's most expensive health care system, and that system delivers the worst health outcomes of any country in the rich world. Also, the US is unique in relying on market forces as the primary regulator of its health care system. All of these facts are related!

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    @RuthODay "Market forces" are synonymous with "profit motives."

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    @RuthODay The orthodox Chicago view of market forces and monopoly (as laid out in Bork's Antitrust Paradox, the Bible of neoclassical econ) is that monopolies that are inefficient will spur new market entry that will erode the monopoly. This is the entire basis for antitrust policy since the 1970s.

    The prior view - articulated, for example, in the legislative debates of the 1880s leading to the Sherman Act - was that the profit motive, absent regulation, inevitably produced monopoly.

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    Hey Britons living abroad!

    Our independent financial advisor wants to shove us off his books because we no longer live in the UK and Brexit makes it onerous for him to invest our pensions.

    We're looking for a pension platform where we can stick the money into a low-load index tracker. MyExpatSIPP looked promising, but they've been a nightmare.

    Anyone have PERSONAL EXPERIENCE (e.g. not something you've heard) with a platform or IFA that'll deal with expats?

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    @mikebroberts Ooh, thanks! Are you still abroad? Have they been cool about the fact that you're not in the UK if so?

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    @mikebroberts Fantastic - just emailed 'em

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