But I have an even more radical position. I think that all software must be taught somehow. After all, there is nothing natural about software. Software is composed of entirely invented abstractions. We might design it to closely approximate ideas that people are familiar with from the world, but even still, these approximations aren’t perfect, which requires people to reason about the edge cases. And while some people are perfectly capable of and willing to guess how software might work, and correct their theories when they are wrong, this process of discovering how to operate software is essentially a form of self-teaching.
…nd creative community that contributed some amazing ideas about how they wanted to use the Arweave. We had people creating Arweave graffiti, Arweave dApp creators building prototype applications, and archivists digitising vintage Soviet magazines and newspapers that were thought to be have been gone forever!
For the first year many maintained hope that Microsoft would make good on its promise to “look into” the issue and consider a less contentious, less already taken name. It appears, however, that this dream will never be realized. Earlier this year, Microsoft closed all issues on GitHub issues related to the name change (three separate users created issues), and closed the pull request where someone had painstakingly written scripts to change the name for the entire codebase to any name Microsoft elects.
Control of this last mile is something that should be in the hands of people, and not centralized inside a corporate structure. Imagine an internet experience where you could never leave the walls of Facebook, or you couldn’t watch a movie, or a video, or even see a picture, outside of something with a ubiquitous Google logo in the corner.
Yet somehow arguments grounded in production code are rare. Few people seem willing to lift the curtain on such codebases, which is a damn shame. Because that’s where the real wisdom is buried. That’s where people have been forced to make actual trade-offs between competing patterns and practices. It’s those trade-offs and the circumstances around them that are valuable.
At the Archain project, we believe that mass-market appeal will be the key to growth and adoption of decentralised application platforms. It is with that in mind that we are proud to present the alpha of the second major application built on top of the Archain network: ‘ArchiveIt!’ (working title). ArchiveIt! provides zero fuss, permanent file archiving and recall facilities, at l…
t be altered or removed. We envisage th…ally verified message storage and the use of Archain as a platform for hosting social applications. Archain is a distributed, immutable and cryptographically verified store of digital information on a paranet. Once information is stored on the Archain it cannot be altered or removed. We envisage that many social applications will be built on the Archain, for example a permanent and decentralised email replacement, making use of this technology.
ting…ut I didn’t come here to get rich. (Every subsequent decision I’ve made since then bears this out.) I came here because the internet was new. It was exciting. It felt like punk rock for publishing on a global scale. We could make things and just tell the world. We didn’t need permission, we were gonna build a new way of communicating and everyone was gonna have a voice in this new world.
…nline spheres consistently promotes vital conversations about identity politics. On the other hand, those who choose to remain aggressively anonymous online often do so for the more sinister purposes of engaging in cyberbullying or spewing hate speech. Yet, at one time, the username was a different kind of mask.
As a result, the path to profit is to manufacture attention more cheaply than what you get paid for it. This is not a dramatically different formula than the media business has historically run on. However, attention is now tracked, commodified, and rewarded in a way that has huge implications. Attention is rewarded, regardless of quality, context, or whether it was earned by conscious choice.