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Published: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:48:48 GMT

Last Build Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:04:34 GMT


Pissing in Comcast's pool

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:48:48 GMT

So the ISPs are going to be able to sell our browsing history, so maybe we ought to do something to scramble that for them to remove much of the excess value. 

Let's say you and I both agree to pool resources, and we set it up so that when you want to visit a site, it looks to my ISP like I'm visiting it, and vice versa. And then we get a bunch more people to do it and completely randomize it. That's fun, then we can make it work in waves, where all the porn requests go through Comcast on Tuesdays, and all the Breitbart requests go through Verizon on Sundays. On Mondays all the wingnuts turn into eleet libruls and start reading Mother Jones. 

I think if we wanted to, if we derived pleasure in thwarting their primacy over us poor slobs, we could make the data they mine pretty worthless. 

RSS for the desktop for 2017

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:24:39 GMT

Electric River is starting to flow, starting right now.. 

I'd like to test it first with people who have a little experience using River5. Basically because the first thing I want to know is if I've done a correct job of delivering River5 in a new context.

This is supposed to be compatible at the cloning level. It's exactly the same software that you download from GitHub, but accessed through an easier UI than the Unix command line. 

I was aiming for the functionality of Radio UserLand's aggregator, which ran on the desktop, back in the days before we had centralized RSS readers.

The anthem

It's my belief that we have to radically increase the number of news flows out there, to provide the kind of diversity we need in news. We got in trouble because news has become a monoculture with powerful gatekeepers. Rather than stay decentralized, we took a detour by turning over all our news gathering to Silicon Valley tech companies, with disastrous results. We don't have to depend on them for news. I don't. Everyone who uses River5 doesn't. 

Electric River is a statement. "One of the most patriotic things you can do is to upgrade the quality and breadth of the news you read. Invest in your personal news flow."

That's what I want to implement. Will you work with me on that? 

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I don't even know how to describe this

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:50:28 GMT

At some point in the evolution of the web someone invented the idea that you could leave the protocol off of a URL in a