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Antidepressants or Tolkien character? antidepressantsortolkien.now.s More difficult than I’d have guessed.

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I have been listening to podcasts since the early days of the idea and became enamored of RSS and all the cool possibilities that it brought. Now with Spotify and Audible making a play to gobble up a bunch of "A-List" podcasters, I worry that the open podcast ecosystem may start to get locked behind the walls of Big Media

We Lose A Lot When Podcasts Go Closed Instead Of Open

Just last week, Ben Thompson's excellent Stratechery site had a great post describing the important - 1/2

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Spotify is buying up all the popular podcasts and removing them from the commons in order to drive you to their platform.

Podcasts have somehow stayed open access, built on standards, and just (mostly) work. Moving them to a proprietary platform just so a few people (ie: not you) can make money is bad for everyone who isn't making money. (ie: you.)

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RSS never disappeared, it just became a bit forgotten about as people got sucked into proprietary platforms. I have used many different RSS apps and services and have come back to hosting my own (apps.nextcloud.com/apps/news) but Feedly, Inoreader and Tiny Tiny RSS are all good alternatives.

It's Time to Get Back Into RSS | Daniel Miessler

danielmiessler.com/blog/its-ti

I'm never going to make these, but quite interesting to see how Scottish morning rolls are made (and that they can be made at home) youtube.com/watch?v=kvE5MXApVE

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BREAKING: 'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' Series With Pike, Spock And Number One Headed To CBS All Access 

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😱 cabal:// is now registered with the International Assigned Names and Numbers Authority!!!

iana.org/assignments/uri-schem
Ctrl-F cabal

Does anybody know why SETI stopped doing their distributed computing?

setiathome.berkeley.edu/

"We are no longer distributing tasks. The SETI@home message boards will continue to operate, and we'll continue working on the back-end data analysis. Maybe we'll even find ET!
Thanks to everyone for your support over the years"

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uk pol, benefits, ++ 

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24 hours from now we'll be live on matrix.org/open-tech-meetup/ for the second edition of Open Tech Will Save Us, with Eugen (@Gargron) from Mastodon and @mhoye from Mozilla, PLUS big updates on the state of Dendrite #meetup #decentralization

The author of Children of Time (one of the best books in the last 10 years in my opinion) Adrian Tchaikovsky, just released a new sci-fi book called Firewalkers: amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B084TB

@Nimmy youtube.com/watch?v=G0mncEl4nV Check this video out - How Game of Thrones should have ended. I think he nailed it.

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I stopped using Spotify and replaced it with #Funkwhale a couple of years ago because Spotify suddenly stopped offering an album I'd had in my collection for a long time with no notice nor explanation.

Now I'm hearing that a bunch of podcasts are going Spotify exclusive as well, meaning that they are no longer actually podcasts and are not accessible to people in countries which Spotify does not serve.

Kill Spotify dead, frankly. Just the worst example of art distorted by tech.

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I've been working on a project called openEngiadina (openengiadina.net/), using ActivityPub for "local knowledge".

We have an initial demo: openengiadina.net/geopub/

It's still very rough, but I hope enough to demonstrate how events, points of interest, local organizations and businesses can be created, shared and be discovered on the Fediverse.

A longer explanation of the demo and some background: inqlab.net/2020-04-06-geopub-a

This work has been supported by @NGIZero.

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