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Notes From An Emergency

And please regulate, regulate, regulate this industry, while you can.
Maciej Cegłowski

Nicola D’Agostino linked to me to the text version of Maciej Ceglowski talk given on May 10, 2017, at the re:publica conference in Berlin.

Worth every second the time you’ll need to read this … especially if, like me, you live in Europe, and then share it everywhere you can!

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Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future

In just a few months from now, at bitcoin’s current growth rate, the electricity demanded by the cryptocurrency network will start to outstrip what’s available, requiring new energy-generating plants. And with the climate conscious racing to replace fossil fuel-base plants with renewable energy sources, new stress on the grid means more facilities using dirty technologies. By July 2019, the bitcoin network will require more electricity than the entire United States currently uses. By February 2020, it will use as much electricity as the entire world does today.

This is an unsustainable trajectory. It simply can’t continue.
Eric Holthaus

In these days dealing with Bitcoin frenzy, this is a nice read to add to the pile to be a conscious and correctly informed person.

My 2017 in music

December marks the time of the year when you make outlays of what you have done through the year. And so many different on-line communities creates tools where you can generate infographics or plain stats of your activities while using them…

On 2017wrapped.com, for example, Spotify creates a vivid website with details on your listening habits. And here’s mine!

Spotify - 2017 summary

Aside Stevie Wonder I’ve got no particular emotional feeling with the rest of the hits, which are more the fruit of some strict rotation of music playlist and genres that of my own will or desires.

Spotify 2017 - details

Overall I do not feel of having actually discovered so many genres or new artists, since I cannot really mention artist’s or album names or even song titles. And this is probably my main issue with Spotify … the lack of variety and new proposals when I choose a mood or a listening ‘style’.

Fourteen years ago Last.fm made me discover a lot of new music, which I still listed today when I’m on my own, offline, with the iPod Classic… And this is why I’ve subscribed a 3 months test premium profile on Deezer, hoping in some more playlist curation.

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Three months after the latest, here it is again a selection of nice reads I want to share with you. Hope you’ll enjoy it!

Designers and programmers are great at inventing software. We obsess over every aspect of that process: the tech we use, our methodology, the way it looks, and how it performs.
Unfortunately we’re not nearly as obsessed with what happens after that, when people integrate our products into the real world. They use our stuff and it takes on a life of its own. Then we move on to making the next thing. We’re builders, not sociologists.
This approach wasn’t a problem when apps were mostly isolated tools people used to manage spreadsheets or send emails. Small products with small impacts.
But now most software is so much more than that. It listens to us. It goes everywhere we go. It tracks everything we do. It has our fingerprints. Our heart rate. Our money. Our location. Our face. It’s the primary way we communicate our thoughts and feelings to our friends and family.
It’s deeply personal and ingrained into every aspect of our lives. It commands our gaze more and more every day.
Jonas Downey

The best laptop ever made

The best laptop ever made

I recently returned to the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro after a year away.
[…]
I thought it would feel like a downgrade, or like going back in time. I feared that it would feel thick, heavy, and cumbersome. I expected it to just look impossibly old.

It didn’t.

It feels as delightful as when I first got one in 2012. It’s fast, capable, and reliable. It gracefully does what I need it to do. […]
It feels like a professional tool, made by people who love and need computers, at the top of their game.
[…]
It helps us perform our work, rather than adding to our workload.

This is the peak. This is the best laptop that has ever existed.

I hope it’s not the best laptop that will ever exist.
Marco Arment, 14 Nov. 2017