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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.

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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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Bookmarked: Sony reverses course, keeps legacy PlayStation online stores open | Ars Technica

PS3 and Vita stores will remain available, but PSP will sunset as planned.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/04/sony-reverses-course-keeps-legacy-playstation-online-stores-open/

We don't need it, but here's more evidence that digital-only media is a bad idea. When people talk about the all-streaming future for gaming, this is why I dread it.

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Boosted: Mozilla plans to remove the Compact Density option from Firefox's Customize menu - gHacks Tech News

Mozilla plans to remove the Compact Density option from the Firefox browser's customize menu, which allows users to reduce the size of the browser chrome.

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/03/14/mozilla-plans-to-remove-the-compact-density-option-from-firefoxs-customize-menu/

I don't understand why #Mozilla is so intent on ruining their users' attitude toward them and Firefox. They're just going to slowly take away every useful feature in Firefox until it withers away to nothing.

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Boosted: Google-free /e/ OS is now selling preloaded phones in the US, starting at $380 | Ars Technica

If DIY flashing isn't your thing, refurbished Samsung devices are now available.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/03/google-free-e-os-is-now-selling-pre-loaded-phones-in-the-us-starting-at-380/

This is pretty cool. Now there's at least one viable alternative phone I can buy if my current one reaches its end-of-life. I'm still holding out hope for the #PinePhone and other #nix based smartphones. Getting a convergent Linux onto smartphones that can serve as a daily driver would be killer. But until then it's great that there's a choice that isn't a giant Silicon Valley silo.

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Boosted: Netflix acquires the rights to all 22 Redwall books, plans film and series

The film will be written by Over the Garden Wall's Patrick McHale.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/02/netflix-will-adapt-brian-jacques-redwall-into-feature-film-tv-series/

I loved the Redwall series as a kid so this is really exciting. But I can't shake the dread that Netflix will just cancel it after dropping the first half-season and that'll be the end of the series on TV.

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