The point of BlueSky is not to build a decentralized network.
The point of BlueSky is to suck air out of decentralized networks, by pretending to build one, in a way such that it looks like a decentralized network but is still in all the really meaningful ways controlled by a single entity.
It's an attempt to keep the monopoly / roach-motel model going even though people start demanding decentralization.
Quite a few of you are a bit too young to have been on this merry-go-round before. This is a bit that VCs and the punditry do: hype up a new startup, drive its valuation up, "it's the revolutionary next thing"—as opposed to being a second tier feature on existing platforms
The mistake Clubhouse did was not to sell at the peak of the hype curve.
(This is what's called 'hubris'. The other link I just posted is already relevant).
"So the Hyperloop, for example, [Musk] admitted to his biographer that the reason [it] was announced—even though he had no intention of pursuing it—was to try to disrupt the California high-speed rail project and to get in the way of that actually succeeding."
Your regular reminder that @ProspectUnion is an excellent Trade Union for people working in tech.
Covers private and public sector workers. Has professional & friendly advisors.
With much of Europe facing record levels of heat right now it feels like a good time to remind all my trans, nonbinary, and GNC friends:
If you take estrogen you are more sensitive to heat and more prone to heatstroke.
If you also take an SSRI like Citalopram or Sertraline you are even *more * sensitive.
Stay cool and safe, but do NOT stop taking your meds!
The crypto space in a giant cargo cult for geeks.
They mimick the real world, hoping it will finally work.
Crypto currencies is cargo cult of money, NFT is a cargo cult of art market. Web3 is a cargo cult of the web.
None of this work.
Also, way too many people in tech (devs, designers, managers, etc.) seem to firmly believe that affordances === clutter, which means that the UX of the apps they work on can never rise above "abysmal".
On the "blockchain isn't decentralized" thing, technically a #blockchain system is distributed redundant storage of a single database. It's not a decentralized database system. But this kind of subtlety in distinction gets lost easily within hype-laden tech journalism.
By sheer volume of hype, blockchain systems were able to appropriate the word "decentralized".
Electricity used to mine bitcoin plummets as crypto crisis widens
> Consumption down by third since 11 June, with even sharper falls among other cryptocurrency networks
I am very okay with this. More of this please.
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