Linked List Archive

The Initial Charge Linked List is a collection of notable links and brief commentary, with entries regularly added throughout the week.

Every ISP in the US Has Been Ordered to Block Three Pirate Streaming Services ➝

I expect we’ll see more of this in the future. And I’m not convinced it’ll stop at just piracy-related sites.

(Via Michael Tsai.)

➝ Source: arstechnica.com

IndieWebify.Me ➝

I recently did a bit of tinkering with my homepage, mdrockwell.net, which is built on LittleLink. I added my Last.fm profile and generally did a bit of tidying to reduce the number of requests when loading the page.

Along the way, I was reminded of IndieWebify.Me and decided to implement some h-card markup as well. This service lets you validate your markup and makes recommendations of additional tags to add. If you’re looking to add support for microformats2, this is such a great resource.

➝ Source: indiewebify.me

Department of Homeland Security Introduces ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ ➝

Dan Frieth, writing for Reclaim the Net:

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the formation of the board to the House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee on Wednesday, saying: “Our Undersecretary for Policy, Rob Silvers is co-chair with our Principal Deputy General Counsel, Jennifer Gaskell, in leading a just recently constituted misinformation disinformation governance board. So we’re bringing – the goal is to bring the resources of the department together to address this threat.”

Mayorkas said that the new board would fall under the Biden’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships and it would have no authority to crack down on disinformation directly and will instead funnel funds to various causes it thinks are impacted by disinformation.

Nina Jankovicz, the woman named as head of the board, made public statements in 2020 that indicate that she “would never want to see the executive branch have these sorts of powers.” And yet, here we are.

We should never give our government powers that we wouldn’t want our opposition party to have access to. I always try to think of government initiatives through that lens because your preferred representative isn’t always going to win elections.

The bottom line is, this is an absolutely awful idea. And feels like a not-so-thinly-veiled attempt to subvert the first amendment.

➝ Source: reclaimthenet.org

European Union Joins Mastodon Social Network ➝

I can’t imagine ever following anyone on an instance like this, but I’m glad it exists. Other countries should follow suit.

➝ Source: pcmag.com

Hello to All the New Mastodon Users ➝

Michael Harley, welcoming all the newcomers to Mastodon:

I hope everyone coming over to give it a try can give it an honest try. While the two microblogging platforms have similarities, I think people are better served to think of Mastodon as it’s own thing and not just “not Twitter”.

I remember really struggling to find interesting people to follow when I first started and that was probably the hardest part for my own transition. So, I want to share some of my favorite people to follow on Mastodon.

It’s a great list of folks.

➝ Source: obsolete29.com

Apple, App Store, and Government Meddling ➝

Jesper:

iOS and the App Store has not been a truce. It has been a destructive, abusive, lopsided, mistrustful relationship; a relationship that has allowed access to a platform advantageous enough to make you close your eyes and think of multi-touch. It has been an insult to history, an exercise in attempting to redefine away the fundamental facts of the market and of their existing user base and developer ecosystem in a puff of malevolent marketing.

I don’t see governments as the best arbitrators of required features in hardware or software, but they sometimes have a strong connection to what’s fair for the customer, and ain’t nothing about the App Store that’s fair.

I don’t want governments to get involved. Apple should do the right thing and allow the installation of apps from outside of the App Store without the need for any intervention.

Regulations, no matter how well intended, will have unexpected consequences. And in this case, I would guess it would somehow make it more difficult for competitors to get off the ground. But maybe that’s what Apple actually wants. Maybe they know it’s inevitable — they know they’ll be forced to allow installation of apps from elsewhere and their angling for it to be done in such a way that manages to more deeply cement themselves and Google as the only game in town.

➝ Source: take.surf

Elon Musk to Acquire Twitter ➝

From the press release:

Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately held company.

If you thought the coming attractions were entertaining, get your popcorn ready, this is going to be hilarious.

On a related note, although there were already plenty of reasons to leave Twitter, if this is what pushed you over the edge and you end up on an ActivityPub-powered service, you can follow me @mike@libertynode.net. And if it’s a Mastodon instance, I shared some thoughts late last year about my experience and some of the tools I’ve found useful.

➝ Source: prnewswire.com

Mastonaut Is Now Open Source ➝

Bruno Philipe, writing on Mastodon.technology:

I’ve recently decided to make Mastonaut open-source. I no longer have the time and energy needed to maintain the app, and it has started to lag in features and functionality when compared to the Mastodon web client and other apps.

The app is now free at the App Store.

I don’t often check Mastodon from my Mac, but Mastonaut is by far the best Mastodon app on the platform. It’s a shame Bruno had to stop working on the project, but I’m glad it’s now open source so others can use it as a base for something better.

➝ Source: mastodon.technology