the net generation will call them …

Gamestoppers they are the ones who face reality with the POV of a shooter, don’t move without the company of the posse met on the shittiest server of that box game, nothing moves them more than defending a meme or trope o childhood memory

you are trying to get rich not working and check on reddit7stockpicks, you see your beloved childhood brand being destroyed by a short seller, I mean tha place where you would swap used disks and get rebates on your old console. How dare they?

you shortsquezze them with your reddit buddies and of course, 19th century sotckmarket meets a videogame mob of last generation, who wins?

so you deserve to be the gamestopper, I am sure that bodes well for the future, your older brothers complain that boomers fucked the planet for them, you will stop their games, WTF it is videogame mob of last generation against thos 20th century types. And the fund they call them Citron, losers

and because it is cool now in tech world to quote the most ridicuolous book of the last century, Fukuyama end of history, I quote it, this is the hyperthymic generatiopn, google the term and you know what to expect

maybe you want to read the facts not the rant https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-22/gamestop-tug-of-war-gives-reddit-army-a-win-on-record-volatility

Shortcuts

oggi si insedia Biden, contro tutte le attese. Trump era il favorito ma sta lasciando la casa bianca. la causa, interamente la disumana risposta di trump alla crisi del covid.

Il Covid, uno “shortcut” al successo elettorale, dicui si è avvataggiato biden. shortcut come nella terminologia dei videogames

“passaggi/livelli tortuosi che apparentemente non servono a niente, solo a mettere in difficoltà il giocatore e, forse sulla via, aumentare la sua esperienza.Spesso alla fine di questi “livelli” c’è un porta o un accesso che avvicina due luoghi altrimenti lontani. Si trovano frequentemente presso siti di grande difficoltà per il giocatore, ad esempio alle porte di una stanza del boss.” 8hochiesto ammiofiglo9

Insomma lo shortcut alla Presidenza lo ha preso Biden. Ma il Covid ha anche offerto uno shortcut al successo economico

.Il successo economico, un tema così complesso e dibatutto che a più di 2 secoli dal primo libro di economia “ever”, quello di Adam Smith  “The Wealth of Nations” ancora non c’è un ricetta sicura vrso la ricchezza delle nazioni

Ma in pandemia Covid la ricetta c’era, test6trace, distanziamento, soppressione del virus mantenendo l’conomia apertail più a lungo possibile. Loshortcut al successo economico l’hanno preso la Cina e il Vietnam, con metodi e gradazioni diversi anche altri paesi

Non l’Italia, moratlità e calo del pil tra i peggiori, l’economia italiana di nuovo buttata indietro di un decennio. oggi conte, forte de unamaggioranza relativa al senato,insediail suo terzo mandato,o si considera ancora il conte 2′. ancora una volta una occasione mancata, una riprova della crisi di un paese di un sistema, a tutti i livelli, politica, amministrazione pubblica, società civile,laddove invece poteva diventare una più 2facile2 occasione di riscatto, unoshortcut al successo.

Libertarian orthodoxy

is guarded by Tyler Cowen

Say you trade crypto, eat paleo, do not wear masks because you are libertarian, be awre that Milton Friedman once said “significant neighborhood effects justify substantial public health activities: maintaining the purity of water, assuring proper sewage disposal, controlling contagious diseases”. Don’t be a bad neighbour, you can be at once libertarian and a good neighbour, wear your mask. More insights from Tyler:

The ideological shift of the libertarian movement on pandemics

Twitter kicked out Trump and maybe you think this is ahgainst freespeech, let’s not get into the specific matter, Tyler remarks that “Robert Nozick called for an archipelago of polities, each autonomously setting their own rules. Isn’t Twitter’s action quite consistent with this vision? Is the optimal libertarian equilibrium really one that adds centralized government regulation of tech platform speech codes?” More questions here:

Should Twitter have banned Trump?

taleb chips in on a read Hayek remark https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1351044387111890948

Trump e il sacco del Campidoglio

ciao ragazzi, oggi tutta l’attenzione è su internet, come ha permesso di creare i fenomeni Qanon, Proudboys etc e aggregare razzisti e neonazisti intorno a Trump fino al sacco del Campidoglio del giorno dell’epifania. Ma quello che ha fatto Trump per provocare gli eventi è nel copione del populista da tanto tempo. Per esempio in Citizen Kane di Orson Wells.

Citizen Kane nel comizio promette di mettere in galera il rivale “Lock her up!” campagna 2016 contro Hillary Clinton centrata su presunti crimini commessi (Her emails)

quando è sconfitto il suo giornale pubblica “Fraud”

Nel corso degli anni si è molto discusso se Trump fosse fascista di fronte ai vari indizi che lo fosse. Adesso possiamo dire che lo è e che che la democrazia è in pericolo. A uno storico che ha studiato il passato questo deve essere stato chiaro durante tutto il processo, ad esempio Snyder

che oggi scrive un articolo sul NyTimes, The American Abyss https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/09/magazine/trump-coup.html

In rete intanto si parla molto del ban di Trump da tutti i maggiori social network, eccoli

e anche di amazon che butta fuori dai suoi server Parler

molti dicono che queste decisioni sui politici le dovrebbe prendere la politica, ma è sbagliato. Ogni SN a i propri TOS e se non si rispettano il ban è giusto quando sei un asshole

Cercando di capire l’argomentazione opposta, credo che molti vogliano vedere Facebook come l’elenco telefonico della terra e quindi attribuirgli una funzione pubblica, ma a dispetto delle economie di rete, diversi SN con diverse sensibilità e TOS ci darebbero una molteplicità e pluralità che altrimenti perderemmo. Ma sarebbe meglio ragionare di protocolli e non di piattaforme, per il bene di internet.

Mike Masnik in “Protocols not Platforms” ” (..) build protocols, not platforms. To be clear, this is an approach that would bring us back to the way the internet used to be. The early internet involved many different protocols—instructions and standards that anyone could then use to build a compatible interface.” https://knightcolumbia.org/content/protocols-not-platforms-a-technological-approach-to-free-speech

Poi c’è da differenziare cosa fa Amazon dagli altri: il brand amazon non è associato a Parler come quello Facebook a Trump, Amazon da infrastruttura e non content management, l’azione di Amazon è grossolana, può solo permettersi l’opzione “nucleare” su Parler, come l’ha usata un’altra votla su Wikileaks anche in un contesto completamente diverso, assenza di azione giudiziaria. Amazon ha esagerato.

Anche Twilio (messaggistica per 2FA) ha fatto lo stesso, e questo ha permesso a degli hacker di guadagnare ruolo di admin sulla piattaforma e scaricare tutto, tutto, tutto, sembra, Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ParlerWatch/comments/kuqvs3/all_parler_user_data_is_being_downloaded_as_we/

real slim shady

the real slim shady please stand up 1; Amazon, a guy develops a tripod business worth 3,5 mio usd on amazon, amazon clones it with essential. Bad amazon, but it delivers 30% discount to consumers. The guy just designed and produced in china, no moat. Amazon replicates a good design and prodiuces in the same chinese plant, cheaper because of size. In the end that is the beauty of internet and globalization but an old ordoliberist like ne says “chinese wall” because it is the ugly of a company setting up a trap for you producer.

the real slim shady please stand up 2: Stihl does not advertise on facebook but chinese knockoffs do: Stihl complains but Facebook does nothing. Who are you kidding FB? Your admin panel can search Stihl keywords in no time and block the Chinese knockoffs. Likewise, if you had cared for your users instead just money, you could have searched and discovered the messages organizing the killings in Myanmar, just if wished it. So anyone out there, bring your justifications for saying Zuck is in the right, like free economy, profit is legal bruahahaha, I will look for any proof he is in the wrong because he is, customers come first and Facebook first customers are users and they come first of the first, call it stakeholder instead of shareholder value, Facebook could have built itself to stop genocides while it did not, facebook is in this respect criminal in his exploitation of users and must be stopped

Facebook, antitrust, Reagan, Bork

better understand Facebook antitrust case by looking back at Reagan times when the antitrust law was reinterpreted to restrici it to “consumer harm”

the whole sotry is told by Doctorow https://pluralistic.net/2020/12/10/borked/#zucked

“For instance, in a 1979 decision, the Supreme Court, quoting Bork’s Antitrust Paradox and relying on his fabricated account of congressional intent, stated “Congress designed the Sherman Act as a ‘consumer welfare prescription.’”” https://promarket.org/2019/09/05/how-robert-bork-fathered-the-new-gilded-age/ Bork re-interpretation steered antitrust law toward ant-collusion and makes possibile to use it against workers “colluding” to protect themselves

the key to facebook case is demonstrating that democratic harm is indeed consumer harm

“In 2019, Dina Srinivasan published a landmark paper: “The Antitrust Case Against Facebook,” which made incredibly clever arguments showing that FB’s democratic harms were also consumer harms, meaning FB could be sued without first undoing Borkism.

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3247362

2 letture per il giorno di festa, distopia e golpe

Noah Smith propone una distopia, plausibile ma secondo lui non la più probabile. Al centro sempre la Cina con il mix di autoritarianismo e tecnologia, il partito che si arma di intelligenza artificiale per controllare ogni piccolo evento della vita dei cinesi, allenando tutto sulla oppressione degli Uiguri https://noahpinion.substack.com/p/the-super-scary-theory-of-the-21st

Zeynep Tufekci sociologa USA di origine turca, lamenta che laddove in Turchia ci sono diversi termini per descrivere ogni tipo di golpe, in USA ne hanno uno solo e non riescono a cogliere in pieno il rischio del ridicolo comportamento di Trump dopo le elezioni, che giunge dopo anni di occupazione e imbastardimento della politica americana, gerrymandering etc.

Anche Napoleone III era un pagliaccio che fu portato al potere proprio per essere una macchietta, salvo poi prenderselo e farsi imperatore , per lui Marx disse “Hegel says somewhere that that great historic facts and personages recur twice. He forgot to add: “Once as tragedy, and again as farce.” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/12/trumps-farcical-inept-and-deadly-serious-coup-attempt/617309/

Chad

nel 2000, durante le lezioni che videro l’elezione di Bush, stavo ad Atlanta, avevo un amico di nome Chad e mi faceva ridere il fatto che la contesa sulle elezioni USA fosse sui chad delle schede elettorali in Florida.

Quando Gore concesse lo sentii come una presidenza scippata, ero imbevuto dell’ottimismo degli anni 90 e anche avere il figlio di Bush alla presidenza americana mi dava la netta sensazione di una china pericolosa, la fine di un’epoca. E infatti

Ero ad Atlanta e cercavo di vendere alla CNN la mia idea di internet newsgathering. Non riuscii mai ad incontrare nessuno di CNN, non riuscii ad andare oltre Cartoon Network e a ripensrci, dovevo considerarlo un segno sulla mia prima startup. L’ho fatta lo stesso tornando in Italia, dove ho poco dopo visutto il malanimo politico del g( di genova, poi sono arrivate le torri gemelle e, visto che le impressioni di Atalanta erano giuste.

Nel 2003 fornimmo a FreespeechTV la copertura via web di tutte le manifestazioni europee contro la guerra in Iraq, internet newsgathering era una realtà.

Facebook break-up would be hard? Think again

Facebook break-up would be hard

but really it would be soft, a software problem and in the world of clouds and API’s what can’t be done with software ?

Pun intended, Facebook breakup isn’t hard, it is soft, it’s a matter of designing it and can be done. This is Dave Winer proposal, perfectly doable and sensitive. http://scripting.com/2020/10/07/001200.html?title=breakingUpTechCompanies

I quote in full:

“Find the component of the company that really is open tech. Something that was open before they came along, that they foreclosed on, and used their monopoly to put everyone else out of business.#That’s where you draw the line of separation. The core should be spun off into a new company that’s well funded, with a charter to commercialize the tech while maintaining zero lock-in. Totally replaceable. Defined APIs that don’t break.#If the company is viable with these constraints, great. If not, they have enough money to plan their own demise. The key thing is they cannot use their dominance to launch new products. Just the open tech.#You would find people willing to staff such a company, there are lots of idealistic developers, still, who believe in the open internet.#In Microsoft’s case, in the 90s this would have meant spinning out the browser. #Today with Facebook it would mean spinning out the open graph.#With Google, it would have to be at least the core search engine. If Alphabet wanted to run ads on search, they’d have to get in line and compete with others who did. This is the price they pay for trying to use their dominance in search to control everything.#Google would also have to spin out Chrome, same way Microsoft would have spun out MSIE in the 90s.#That’s the basic idea. Look for the old open tech buried in the company, that is the source of their monopolistic control, and extract it. Hopefully it’s very painful, to keep successors from tying to do it in the future.#

other ideas: by law hardware and software in different hands, cloud companies that host service companies. Google and Facebook give up datacenter and related competencies. They only own whatever service they can build on software, government can ask to recombine

Ben Evans https://www.ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2020/8/10/would-breaking-up-big-tech-work

(he plays down the effect of Standard Oil and At&T sorto I am smarter you do magical thinking, but comes out at times justificationist and argue with things: since copper network don t get replicated, what let you think that splitting MS will have more OS created, physical natural monopoly mixed up with digital network effect. In the end lots of cues, he says don’t break up, unbundle services like for example Telecom DSL at the local loop. He’s on poimnt showing we will be dealing with local regulations on global networks)

Stratechery here https://stratechery.com/2020/anti-monopoly-vs-antitrust/ and here https://stratechery.com/2019/tech-and-antitrust/

Recombine services why: deliver more values to the customer (free me from crappy Linkedin algo for example)

but also delivering more innovation in tech and services, a Facebook not just obsessedn with spamming advertising with 90% gross revenue, what could do of new and wonderful with the 90% cumulated in their coffers once it is told to unbundle and become more companies

the strange feeling of these days: everybody talking about the new wave of bundling and unbundling on the web, and in absence on any hard science explaining the come and go of the bundle fashion, we are left to quote somebody saying “companies bundle, and then unbundle”. Management science explained.

What if we frame the break-up issue as unbundling, give it the same timeframe companies usually takes to do it, of course we have to come up with a design for the facebook group of companies. How many things are bundled there together?

Start from the privacy stratigraphy offered by Alex Stamos https://galley.cjr.org/public/conversations/-LsHiyaqX4DpgKDqf9Mj

Another issue, too big to break-up, stock market will suffer, wealth will be destroyed, poor microsoft missed things during it antitrust trial

Surely this argument will be used, so it is necessary to develop and prove a counterargument showing that innovation will deliver more benefits in the longer run. Antitrust will have to deal with innovation not just the customer

not hack? Kludge

I just now realized hack has an opposite in kludge, both originating in programming (but surely hack has a story before modern programming, in hard world)

there’s also called Kludgenomics that, once you realize kludge is contrary to hack, you also undestrand what is the problem of government messed up by too many rules badly designed, or designed with the purpose of being quick, badly designed fix. For exampe see this https://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/kludgeocracy-in-america

it all comes from reading Robin Hanson on Paternalism as a way to force rules on masses that were norms of elites. https://www.overcomingbias.com/2020/09/rulesy-folks-push-paternalism.html

this is the first time I get to the bootm of an Hanson post and this is what captured me as the best way to explain why paternalism: “The key idea is that there are many “rulesy” people in the world. (Think of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory and Dwight from The Office.) These people specialize in learning of and even creating rules, so that they can then find and reveal violations of these rules around them. This allows them to beat on their rivals, and also to raise their own status. It obviously raises their dominance via the power they wield, but they prefer to be instead seen as prestigious, enforcing rules whose purpose is more clearly altruistic. And what could be more altruistic than keeping people from hurting themselves? “