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Updated on December 12, 2020 in General Stuff
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I remember reading something a couple weeks ago about hardware advancements are gradually topping out and the really big news is the increases in software efficiency as we can now rewrite software for a major company in something like 3 months. Means that you can now do something like Facebook on a fairly decent computer on your kitchen table. The theory is that given that the massive tech oligarchs are built on massive fixed cost server farms they now automatically become the high cost producer vulnerable to low cost competition that will destroy them.

Now that you’re the next generation tech oligarch Jeff, what do you think?

 
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This forum exists, in part, because I think the dominant tech oligarchies are on the other side of the curve. The Big Lie from Twitter etal is that individuals can look at their pages and see a representative snapshot of public opinion. We now know all we are seeing is what their algorithm wants us to see.

A topic is trending? Says who?

Some post gets 10,000 likes? Says who?

Etc, etc.

At least with traditional media, the bias is obvious, and obviously the product of the publishers.

With social media, the publishers are able to fraudulently represent their bias as if it is public opinion.

So I’m out.

The tech for this forum was trivial to set up. I had the url from years ago, sitting idle. I created a new account on the virtual server I already had, installed WordPress, installed the forum theme, and that’s it. The whole thing took maybe an hour and cost me $50.

It’s designed to be a “throwback” to the days before the big tech companies aggregated everything. Back to the days of independent sites and webrings and Geocities and all that.

The only chink in my armor is that all this is hosted on AWS. I suppose that creates a level of vulnerability.

(Has anyone noticed that the people clamoring for “Net Neutrality” are the same people endorsing YouTube’s decision to censor election commentary?)

But in general, I agree that the cost to business of tech has become negligible. Whether you’re setting up a tech company from scratch, or just deploying tech to operate your business, it’s silly cheap.

The big platforms advantage is purely a QWERTY effect. They are on top largely because they “won” 10+ years ago.

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PS: Back in the day, we would set up our own actual servers, in server rooms inside our own buildings.

Eventually, that largely went away. Now a handful of companies (the previously mentioned AWS being the biggie) control it all.

Its curious how that all came about. In the early days, we thought of distributed computing creating more robust (anti-fragile, in Taleb’s terms) systems. Today, things are infinitely more fragile than they were 30 years ago.

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Yeah, I’ve gotten decidedly more Luddite as I get older. Surprisingly, I think it does more to make me better at the things I do because I don’t rely on machines to do it for me. Pieces of Malarkey is just me, my 40 year old guitar and equally old amp, and a pedal not programmed by a keyboard. Also a 12 year old Windows 7 computer and an 8 year old camera. I’m the same way at work. A 30 year old calculator and a company computer that I can only use about 10% of the whole thing. However, if the computer crashes I can still default to pen and paper. Wouldn’t know how to get to the cloud if my life depended on it.

“Atlantis ceased to wear its prosperity with moderation.”

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I plan to tell my daughter about your creation of this forum, I don’t mean to invite her, I mean that she has many friends and I know they’d enjoy an alternative to Facebook.  I think they have all already turned to Instagram, which I think you fan set to be free from prying eyes, but I don’t know.  She’s likely to say, “Okay, dad,” translation: “Okay, boomer.”

Anyway, it’s reassuring that you were able to do this w/o the government or FB’s permission.

Presumably anyone can search “Fauxmaha” or “robjh22”, my username of which at least has left a footprint all over the web, and find our posts here. Right?

 

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