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  • May 05, 2022 @ 08:11am

    Seven Layer Cake

    I can't believe you dragged the ISO seven layer cake model out of the closet to explain "platforms" versus "applications". The Internet has never been coded or properly explained using this model. I know of only one attempt, over thirty years ago, to develop code according to this model. Yes, there is a physical, network, and internet layer, but all else is just "application". Creating a "platform" is creating an application under another application. Creating platforms is better understood as a process of standardization and decentralization of control. Like the difference between Twitter and a Twitter API. The layer cake doesn't help or explain anything.

  • Oct 06, 2021 @ 06:51am

    Move Two Factor Authentication to Google Voice

    Don't use your mobile phone for 2FA to your most important web sites (bank, investment, email, ...).
    Create a new Google account and access it on a different browser than you normally use. I normally use Firefox, but I use Chrome for my Google accounts.
    Setup Gmail and Google Voice and use that GV number for your 2FA phone.
    Then you can use your laptop to access your bank and get your OTP six digit code.
    Google Voice is accessible on all your devices. Depending on your mobile phone is too risky because you have no backup if you lose it. For the same reason I switched from Google Auth to Authy because I could more easily setup backup access.

  • Jul 28, 2021 @ 09:05am

    Problem with tip jar

    I wanted to leave a $50 tip via Paypal, but the receipt indicated $100, so I canceled it.

    I'll try again later. I've read Techdirt for years and don't want it to go away.

  • Jan 27, 2021 @ 09:10am

    You criticize retail investors for doing what Wall St does?

    Wall Street is a casino. Whoa, what a revelation!

    So now some retail investors have a communication channel and hundreds of them can do what one or two big investors always try to do: squeeze short plays. A hedge fund is hurt. Dozens of retail investors win big (for now). Chamath is laughing. I don't see the harm, in fact this is more entertaining than Bernie's mittens.

  • Sep 26, 2019 @ 08:12am

    No Snowden documents in Russia

    "That's why he and a ton of sensitive documents headed to Russia via Hong Kong."

    Everyone involved has always said that Snowden secretly disclosed documents in Hong Kong and that he got rid of his copies before leaving for Russia. Snowden never publicly disclosed documents, that is what the journalists were for.

  • Aug 22, 2019 @ 06:47am

    The changes are irreversable

    Eighty years ago, most American corporations were led by engineers, they were located in a community where workers and managers lived and they felt a social responsibility to that community and they supported schools, playgrounds, and the opera. I know it sounds far-fetched but look up the story of George Westinghouse.
    But by the seventies, finance types were taking over chief executive roles, and vulture capitalists (eg, KKR) were beginning to buy up corporations, dump their civic duties, and load them up with debt.
    Then they started compensating CEOs with stock options so they would obsess over the short-term.
    Now every corporation lies, commits fraud, manipulates stock and cheats on taxes. We expect all corporations to be hostile to customers and no one expects them to do anything but make money.
    What is democracy with this sort of psychopathic capitalism?

  • May 18, 2019 @ 09:09am

    Thanks for asking

    I don't know why I read that article, as it looked like old news, but when I saw that you had outstanding legal bills and were asking for help, I couldn't say No. I renewed my Friend of Techdirt status (which had lapsed. Why didn't you ding me?)

    Anyway, I hope my contribution can help keep you going. There is nothing else on the Internet for copyright and patent issues like Techdirt and I read RSS from Techdirt every day.

  • Dec 12, 2017 @ 06:56am

    There is only one free thing in a free market

    We won't get anywhere in this country until people understand what is free about the free market. The only thing that is free is the freedom of the buyer and seller to find each other and strike a deal at a price they choose. Everything else has to be regulated: free roads, enforcement of contracts, anti-collusion, anti-trust, blocking of competitors, cartels, ... The list is endless.

    Without rules, the freedom of the market is lost. You can argue that government should stay out, but then you are responsible for describing to us what institution will make the rules for the market. There is no "free-market" as a singular thing. There are markets and then there are markets with rules that make them free in the sense I described above: buyers and sellers freedom to deal.