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    Here’s a funny thought in terms of performance: don’t get attached to apps. I recently compared mail apps on mac. I’ve ran Thunderbird, Apple Mail and Outlook, and surprisingly the first two were really inadequate with large inboxes (gigabytes, 50K+ messages). Outlook crunches them without a problem. Oh and Thunderbird just hangs up when you try to use unified inbox with large accounts - you can’t even start it after the crash, you need to remove the data files in the Finder. (The same happens on Linux…) PS. Having a gmail tab opened for 8 days is thrilling. Also, it may be a good idea to remove yourself from Google services ;)

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      The author works at Google.

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        Then he would be a pioneer.

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      A bit off topic, but I think we tech people worry too much about the word of law. Looking back at the history of tech industry, the best of it was built by pirates who bent or broke the laws, not abide them blindly.

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        Lots of small suppliers were destroyed or had much profit taken by copyright and patent law. One company sold a Hercules-based system for moving people off IBM mainframes. IBM’s lawyers said it was infringing copyright. Target said one supplier is antitrust violation. IBM won. They disappeared. In Oracle vs Google, they fought for years at a cost of millions of dollars over what came down to a few lines of code. Oracle also got ruling saying API’s were copywritten with massive implications. In Microsoft vs Android suppliers, Microsoft pulled in over a billion dollars from patents they claimed covered Android. The company the article is about used the saw to coerce those payments.

        The law is definitely important since big players will use it to take your money or freedom away from you. You want to watch out for common traps.


          I wish more countries would go the route of New Zealand where they outlawed software patents years ago.

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            If you think the law is what will save us from big players taking our money or freedom… think again. History shows us that our own witty actions are our biggest advantage. Look at how Microsoft came to be. In 1980, Gates and his small software house was approached by IBM to create a new OS for the IBM PC. He redirected them to CP/M and Gary Kildall, who didn’t put much focus into it. When IBM had to ask Gates again, Bill promised an OS without anything in development. Instead, he licensed 86-DOS and adapted it for IBM hardware into PC-DOS. Kildall found it to infringe CP/M code, but didn’t decide to sue! Later on, CP/M faded away and PC-DOS dominated. And 15 years later, Microsoft grew so much it could go directly against IBM, granting it Windows’95 licensing just 15 minutes before official launch, putting IBM at a disadvantage against Compaq, HP and other PC manufacturers – all because of a feud over IBM Lotus office software (since Microsoft wanted Word, Excel and PowerPoint to dominate). Apple, Facebook, Google, and others have similar early bold moves in their biographies. And these big players will too be out-witted by the next generation of wannabes.

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            A bit off topic, but I think we tech people worry too much about the word of law.

            Let’s please not purposefully start campaigning to end up on n-gate.

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            This story is totally a viral marketing stunt and probably has nothing to do with “AI” except an algo that finds an exit from a maze. But hey, maybe it lands them some business.

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              This, together with recent massive pishing through a google docs app really shows that clever social engineering is as effective as it was in the Mitnick-era. No need to be a prodigy programmer, just connect the dots ;)

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                I think Let’s Encrypt is an awesome service, and providing certs for free is really great for admins, but… I can imagine a scenario where, after LE grows substantially and for example, renews 100,000+ certs per day, a serious havoc spreads through the web when their renewal service goes offline for a good portion of a day, and the 100K+ websites use expired certs. What will their millions of visitors do? Add exceptions? Browse elsewhere? I have no good solution in mind. Maybe it’s just the hidden cost of LE. Not that using other cert authorities is any better (it’s worse).

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                  I don’t believe that’s an issue. LE certificates are valid for 90 days, but most clients are set up to renew them after only 60 days. Consequently, the LE servers would have to be down for a full month before certificates start expiring.

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                    Ah, forgot about that. You are correct, 30 days would be enough to sort things out.

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                  Aside from the clickbait title, the article is nice. Microsoft’s decision is correct. Looking at how restricted iOS compares to loose Android, I can see the point. It makes sense to give regular users a restricted Win S that maybe finally will put an end to the malware infested debacle called Windows. And for the savvy ones, Win Pro is a click away.

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                    At least WikiNews could be an additional source.

                    In general, you only provide links with the headlines as text. That should be fine for all the other sources as well.

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                      Yes, it should. But I had a problem with correct filtering of crappy news or clickbait headlines. With your weighting approach it would be easier. Additionally, for context cross-reference, I’m relying on wikipedia keywording for now, but with additional sources I would have to implement keywording based on, for example, parts-of-speech dissection (verbs).

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                      The general idea seems to be like Google News, but without the tracking and the Google and images. I like that and I made a similar site in german.

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                        This looks cool! How do you aggregate news links from different sources? A combined feed?

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                          It is essentially a feed reader with manual weights for ordering.

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                            Nice idea with weighting by tag and source quality, I didn’t think of it like that.

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                        • Cool idea.
                        • Thank you for not loading a bunch of unrelated crap and for respecting our privacy. :)
                        • You don’t show the backend code anywhere on your Github it seems. Like, the Perl scripts you use to munge data don’t seem to be in your public repos.
                        • You posted a project here without previously engaging in our community and without showing the code that makes it work (as opposed to the markup that code generates), and your Twitter is mostly just reposts of reposts. So, please stay around a while and do more than just drive-by your project! Comment on other stuff too. :)
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                          Thanks for the comments:

                          • I wanted the Context to be crap-free, cool you noticed :)
                          • So far, the Perl scripts are on my private repo, I want to see how this project evolves. I first focus on releasing the crunched data publicly.
                          • I was a daily reader for a long while now, but got the invite only today. I plan to engage more from now on. My Twitter is more like my bookmark list, but I do reply quickly.