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Elias Mårtenson
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This is the most nonsense article I have had the questionable opportunity to read in a very long time.

To save yourselves the effort to read it, it makes the claim that the "gig economy" could not have happened without blockchains.

They then proceed to give exactly zero examples of that actually happening. Oh wait, they did mention that IBM might be working on something related to that.

I find blockchain articles to be extremely fascinating reads. They are mostly like this, it's just that this one was even more nonsensical than the regular ones.
How blockchain is bringing staffing innovation http://tnw.me/IRlAqFc
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Say no thanks to MeWe

I do not understand the enthusiasm with which many users being abandoned by a "good" corporation's closed garden are running toward a newbie startup corporation's closed garden.

Oh sure - a startup promises everything and seems very responsive to the customers. They all do. They're not being funded by the customers, they're being funded by VC cash. They try to lock you in while they can, so they can extract value from you later. This is what always happens, because sooner or later the VC's always want their money back and then some (a LOT some).

And you know what? MeWe is going to fail. I mean...there's a small chance it won't, but most startups fail. From the VC's perspective, that's just the price of doing business. Most investments fail, but you get a big payoff from the one that doesn't. That's cool for the VC's, but what good is it for the end users?

For the most part, the end users aren't stupid. For the most part, we avoid getting in deep with dubious startups, and just try to take advantage of freebies while the getting's good. But with this MeWe mass migration, it's like a form of mass stupidity.

The hard truth is that there weren't enough G+ users to justify Google continuing to invest in G+. In terms of raw numbers, there weren't enough of us to keep a Facebook wannabe afloat. Even if we all migrated to MeWe, it would still be a struggling Facebook wannabe.

In contrast, far smaller numbers flooding into diaspora are enough to breath new life into the project. It doesn't have to live or die on high stakes venture capital. Diaspora and Friendica and Mastodon etc have been around through tough times...but without greedy VC's looking to cash the chips in, they have plodded onward rather than folding. The open interoperability means that it's not a closed garden. You can shift from one option to another if one goes down or stagnates.

If you want something future-proof, I'd recommend Hubzilla. It already federates with both the diaspora world (Federation) and the Mastodon world (Fediverse). It offers a unique capability to migrate from one pod to another live - no export/import process required (such as its predecessor, Friendica). Multiple "clones" can be live across pods, meaning that even if one pod goes down you're still up - your followers/followees see no downtime. It's not 100%, since followers/followees in diaspora/Mastodon are pointed to your "clone" on a specific pod, but it's as good as it'll get.

The bottom line is that you'll be part of an open system which has been around the block, and which is resilient to the loss of pods. Your followers/followees don't need to make the same choice as you do - they can use diaspora or Mastodon or whatever.
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This seems to be a good opportunity to tell people that my main place where I post things is on Mastodon. If anyone is interested, you can follow me here: https://functional.cafe/@loke
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Google Maps really wants my personal information

Why is it that when it turn off location history (which supposedly is only available to me) Google Maps removes all possibility to save locations where I often go?

There is no technical reason why they wouldn't expose this simple bookmark feature, so the only explanation is that they want to punish people who has the gall to not want to keep track of everywhere I've been and share it with others.

There are words that describe such behaviour and they are not nice.

I've switched away from Google Maps now, mostly in disgust. Good way to keep your users happy, Google.
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Interesting. My Huawei watch I use for biking is getting old. Perhaps this is the one to get?
Mobvoi might be able to do more than Samsung, LG and Qualcomm for the revitalization of Google's Wear OS platform:
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