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Phones without headphone jacks suck

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Techcrunch's Greg Kumparak started agitating for phones to have standard 3.5mm jacks in the 2000s, rejoicing when the original Iphone shipped with one; now, two years after Apple took away the phone jack (and after most of the major phone manufacturers followed suit), he's still lamenting the loss: my original Pixel finally died (I can no longer find charging cases to make up for its limping battery) and I've ordered a Pixel Three and the stupid dongle that lets you charge your phone while plugging in standard headphones -- it hasn't arrived yet and I already hate it. As a heavy traveler who is very reliant on a phone for translation, itinerary management, mobile hotspot, etc, the last thing I needed was another dongle to manage, another device-class to charge, another charger to carry, and another hard-to-source component to lose or break while I'm between cities. (Image: Bribass)

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lukeburrage
25 days ago
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Does Cory Doctorow like anything anymore? Or are only complaining blog posts shared on NewsBlur?
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jhamill
25 days ago
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Does Cory Doctorow know that there are other Android phones that have a headphone jack? It's not like there's only 2 phones (iPhone & Pixel) in the world.
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tingham
25 days ago
Any sufficiently complex software application will eventually become a slow, bug ridden, half-implemented version of "angry dude on the internet." ;)
jhamill
25 days ago
It seems that many of the people who were "thought leaders" at the beginning of the rise of the internet have delved into "angry dude on the internet" because things have changed. Like they can't handle that people have different opinions on what the normal should be.
tingham
25 days ago
Indeed.
rocketo
25 days ago
This of all the hills to die on

Hate To Break It To You, But The Amazing Glitter Bomb Package Video Is Pretty Much Staged

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This is disappointing but I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising:

Hey there, I’m back. This time with sort of sad but, “welp, obviously because it’s still 2018” news. Like most pure things, the fun, satisfying, viral video of a former NASA engineer pranking package thieves, which made the entire internet feel vindicated, is not what it seems.

Earlier this week, Mark Rober, an inventor-turned-YouTuber who worked on NASA’s Curiosity rover, among other impressive things, published an 11-minute video detailing how he spent six months creating the ultimate revenge contraption after someone stole an Amazon package off his porch. He called it his “Magnum Opus,” and it went mega, mega-viral, garnering more than 38 million views in three days, and elicited a collective “HELL YES” of joy and satisfaction from everyone who has ever had their stuff taken.

But shortly after the ode to all the packages we’ve lost before swept across the media landscape, viewers on the internet did what they do best: pick it apart.

They noticed some strange coincidences, like how one of the porch bandits seemed to live directly next door to Rober’s friend, Cici, and that the car used in one of the heists, a black Ford Focus with a rosary hanging on the mirror, was parked right in front of her house in Pittsburg, California.

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lukeburrage
29 days ago
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Lesson 1: don’t make prank videos. Lesson 2: don’t watch prank videos. Lesson 3: be extra wary of videos which are mostly laughing at the reactions of poor people.
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Supercut of cliched Instagram travel photos

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Now that leisure travel is widely accesible, the internet connects everyone, and most people have connected cameras on them 24/7, one of the side effects is that everyone’s vacation snaps look pretty much the same. Oliver KMIA collected hundreds of travel photos from Instagram, grouped them together by subject — passport shot, Mona Lisa, side mirror selfie, Leaning Tower, ramen bowl — and assembled them into this two-minute video of our collective homogenized travel experience. And it’s not just travel…vast swaths of Instagram are just variations on a theme:

Of course, my Instagram feed has no such cliches*ahem*. (via @choitotheworld)

Tags: Instagram   photography   travel   video
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lukeburrage
354 days ago
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This great! I love that travel and sharing travel photos is one of the things that the whole world can share in. It’s like one small thing that brings the world together. No matter where you are from or what you believe, a photo of the wing of a plane, holding a passport, or leaning against the Tower of Pisa is something we all do! I see nothing negative about this video, only coolness.
duerig
353 days ago
A similar project with an interesting variation: https://mymodernmet.com/hundreds-of-tourist-photos/
acdha
353 days ago
Yeah, it's neat how well the photos work as a reminder that there's this global custom millions of people are following
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DMack
352 days ago
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put ads on airplane wings
Victoria, BC

Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it

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This week, word broke of the final, ultimate demise of the Pebble smartwatch, with current owner Fitbit announcing that it would be ending support for the scrappy crowdfunded smartwatches this coming June.

And while that moment will go down as the death of an era of Kickstarter successes and a dream of a true third-party smartwatch alternative to Apple and Google’s own smartwatch platforms, the end of the Pebble era will hold a different sort of significance to me: the death of hardware buttons.

Because unlike an Apple Watch or Android Wear device, Pebble watches worked completely with physical buttons. The whole point of a smartwatch was supposed to be that you can use it instead...

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lukeburrage
359 days ago
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Don't tell him that 99% of headphones now come with buttons for controlling music playback!
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Stop Twitting Yourself

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Six months ago I quit Twitter. It happened in a moment that combined the deepest loathing (both self- and other-directed) and the brightest clarity, and I have not looked back since. Apart from the actual quitting of Twitter, the thing I am most proud of is not having written an essay about it, so I am not going to make this into a whole narrative, but I have been fairly evangelical with friends (because there is nothing worse than watching the people you love destroy themselves by choice) and I want to share a couple of lessons I’ve learned. I know that many of you will defend your use of Twitter as something you are forced to endure for work (journalists, for example, use Twitter for the invaluable purposes of promoting their stories, showing how connected they are and finding out what other people are saying about them) so let me just tell you up front that if what you do for a living requires you to dip your head into a polluted stream twenty times a day and take a big sip before you personally defecate in the water you either need to find another career or admit to yourself that there is something about you that enjoys drinking from the same river where you shit. The other excuse I’ve heard is that it is important to stay on Twitter to know what is happening in the world, so this is where I want to pass along the valuable knowledge I’ve gained from avoiding it: 1) There is nothing important that happens on Twitter that you will not learn about eventually. 2) There is nothing you will eventually hear about from Twitter that will make you think, “Gosh, I wish I knew that earlier.” You are not missing anything. You do not need to march in the mediocrity parade of frustrated comedians trying to make the same stupid joke a fraction of a second before anyone else. Your image does not need curation, because all you are doing is broadcasting your desperation. No one is cool on Twitter. It is a giant assemblage of sad people trying too hard in real time. You do not need to do anything in front of an audience. Remember email? You probably don’t, because no one uses it anymore, but it was amazing because you could have a conversation with someone without either one of you trying to show off for a pitiable collection of the needy and hopeless, whose craving for validation would be comical if it weren’t as tragic as your own. Your desire to play to the crowd is both symptom and expression of the sickness unto death. All social media is poison, but Twitter is a particular type of toxin because it takes the lack of nuance that makes the Internet in general so abrasive and it dissolves it down to its ugliest essence. Everything that happens on Twitter is a nightmare, and every time you turn away from your screen and wonder why you feel like you want to die that’s why. Stop using Twitter. Here endeth the lesson.

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lukeburrage
360 days ago
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I love Twitter. Does this author know that you choose who you follow and what you see? Of what you see is toxic, it’s because YOU decided to keep following toxic people. I follow friends, sportspeople, some podcasters, etc... and it’s great! Nothing toxic at all.
rocketo
357 days ago
It must be nice not having anyone target you for harassment on a site you can choose to use. Not everyone on Twitter has the luxury of enjoying it.
lukeburrage
357 days ago
Yes, harassment is a big issue, but that blog post isn't about harassment. It's not even mentioned. It's about self image and following unfunny comedians. The easiest thing: don't post much and only follow friends and small groups. I've blocked Donald Trump too, so he doesn't show up in retweets.
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cjmcnamara
360 days ago
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nick carr shot, alex balk chaser
rocketo
360 days ago
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“if what you do for a living requires you to dip your head into a polluted stream twenty times a day and take a big sip before you personally defecate in the water you either need to find another career or admit to yourself that there is something about you that enjoys drinking from the same river where you shit.”
seattle, wa

Infrequent Site Stories is the blog reader we need

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Launching today on all three platforms—web, iOS, and Android—is the new Infrequent Site Stories view. This configurable river of news offers a view of stories only from the blogs that publish less often than 1 story per day.

Most of what you see in your day-to-day feed is news that’s up to the minute and is probably stale within a day. Even 8 hour old news can be a problem. But sometimes what you want is an overview of the news that isn’t exactly news. It’s stories from the blogs who have individual authors, or blogs that publish only a few times a month. And missing out on those stories is a tragedy because it is those blogs that pushed you to invest in an RSS reader in the first place.

Today I’m happy to introduce a new feature that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s called Infrequent Site Stories and you can find it at the top of your feed list on the web, on iOS, and on Android.

Infrequent Site Stories is the river that captures stories from those authors who aren’t pulling from the firehose. These are the stories that are more thoughtful and more relevant days, weeks, months, or even years down the line. These stories are not to be missed. And the best thing about these stories is that there are far fewer of them than there are of your normal full river from All Site Stories.

You can also configure the Infrequent river to be more or less inclusive of content that is more or less frequently published by changing the filter anywhere from 5 to 90 stories per month.

These options are also available on all three official NewsBlur platforms and will let you perform a filter similar to how Focus mode reduces your number of unreads. It’s great to dip into Infrequent Site Stories and get stories you would ordinarily miss out on.

Try out the new Infrequent Site Stories feed, available only to premium subscribers. If your experience is anything like mine, it’ll be one of the new must read feeds in your reader.

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lukeburrage
406 days ago
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Please can you put the box with the link to this down with "read stories", or at least not in the same place as the "All Site Stories" is. I've clicked it five or six times already by accident. At least put it above the All site stories link.
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JayM
406 days ago
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Yeap. Nice.
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freeAgent
406 days ago
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This is a very cool feature.
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StatsGuru
406 days ago
Agreed, I like it.
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