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Bookmarked: 'Apple and Google seem spooked by bill requiring more app stores and sideloading | Ars Technica'

Bill would make iOS and Android more open to 3rd-party stores and sideloaded apps.

https://arstechnica.com/?p=1786775

This seems like exactly what I've wanted for a while. Now we have to wait and see if it makes it into law, and how much of it survives. Then,if it passes, we'll have to wait through years of litigation as both of these behemoths try to implement this in the most consumer-unfriendly way possible to defend their respective monopolies.

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Bookmarked: Steam Deck is Valve’s Switch-like portable PC, starting at $399 this December | Ars Technica

Preorders kick off on July 16, but you'll need an older Steam account.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/07/steam-deck-is-valves-switch-like-portable-pc-starting-at-399-this-december/

I really hope this does well. I'd love a portable gaming machine without having to deal with Nintendo's hamstringing. And running a Linux-based OS is an added bonus

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I made a small change to my site, so that bookmarks don't show up in the main feed unless I've commented on them. I tend to bookmark a lot of pages, so this will keep them from clogging up the home page. Plus, it clarifies the difference between bookmarks and boosts/reposts. Now, boosts are posts I don't have anything to add to, but still want to show up on my home page. Bookmarks are pages I want to save for later, but may have something to say about once I read them.

Bookmarked: Five new bills aim to break up Big Tech platforms, force them to play nice | Ars Technica

Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon would struggle to evade new regulations.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/06/five-new-bills-aim-to-break-up-big-tech-platforms-force-them-to-play-nice/

These bills seem very promising. Each bill seems designed to tackle one major issue and they're all scoped to only huge companies. I'll be watching them closely.

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In reply to https://doubleloop.net/2021/05/29/indieforums-looks-nice-seems-like-it/

Yea that looks like a cool site! I hope it catches on, but we also have IndieNews and Indieweb.xyz and those have never really had huge usage.

I wonder if we just don't have a large enough community, yet, to sustain a forum like this. Or maybe showing the replies inline, like IndieForum, is what the other two were missing. That does make it much easier to follow a conversation.

In reply to https://adhoc.systems/boosts/4b76d4c7-5d36-4f5d-84f0-31576b21e7fb

This makes me think about the die-hards who are against the Web as an application platform. They always say the Web was intended as a document platform and therefore shouldn't be used for applications. But Fielding modeled the REST architecture on the Web, and he and others working on the initial tech considered it to be a large, distributed application. So by that line of thinking, the Web as an application platform is nothing new. These separate web apps are just sub-features of the World Wide Web application.

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Boosted: Should we rebrand REST?

In this blogpost I argue the case for consigning the term "REST API" to history. In its place we should adopt the terms "HTTP API" and "hypermedia API", which better differentiate two distinctive design conventions for the programmatic interfaces of web services.

https://kieranpotts.com/rebranding-rest/

Fielding's thesis was a kind of retrospective on the design decisions that led to the World Wide Web — a distributed hypermedia-driven information retrieval system — becoming the runaway success it was.

I've read about Fielding's REST dissertation (never actually read the dissertation itself), but this is an interesting way to think about it. I've tried to explain the ideas behind REST to colleagues before, but I don't think I've ever been successful. Describing it with the Web as an example of the architecture makes it much more tangible.

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