Fang Talks

Is that a joke about my length?
25 09 17

Degradation

This could be a post about reliable long-term storage, but it isn’t.

Instead, it’s about how computers are becoming less and less like tools and more and more like products. It’s about how I’m getting increasingly confused with the working of my mother’s iPhone. It’s about how certain problems have gone unaddressed for years, while features that helped with coping got removed. It’s about planned obsolescence. It’s about working for third parties instead of the people.

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24 09 17

Nowhere near old

I’m so happy I’m not in my forties already.

It’s not at all unlikely that we’ll see technological changes and impacts of unprecedented scale within our lifetimes. …Assuming “we” will live for like fifty more years. That’s a good margin to maintain, for both waiting on things to happen, and taking your sweet time watching them play out. After all, what’s the point of living in the future if you’re dead the very next day?

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23 09 17

Bad rep

As great as a tool might be, if it’s used in silly ways it’s a lot more likely to be abandoned.

Some of the response to Urbit’s move to use Ethereum for its PKI has been pretty negative. And you can’t really fault everyone for that. Ethereum has a long history in the foundation of cash-grabby ICOs and shitcoins.

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I’m only just now starting to realize how much I missed chatting online with people while I was away.

While I had plenty of in-front-of-the-screen-time in the states, I was very much slacking in the chat department. I’d look over every now and then, but I didn’t engage as much or as actively as I did back home. There was a seemingly better alternative right in front of me, after all: I could speak to people face to face.

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21 09 17

Defending image

When Urbit posts an update and the news makes the rounds, the comments are always interesting.

On the one side you have people who are excited about what we’re working on, or just curious and asking questions. On the other side, you have people that mention how unnecessarily arcane the entire thing is, and that surely it’s all either a joke or grand political scheme. At least, that’s what the comments feel like sometimes. I try to always be open and friendly in clearing up misunderstandings, but there’s only so much I can do in the face of things that very closely resemble slander.

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