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Colin Walker makes a statement I personally profoundly disagree with when discussing social networks

With the best will in the world, and despite our best efforts to be authentic, we all play a roll online - just as we have to offline depending upon the circumstances we find ourselves in.

I do not play a roll online or offline. I am myself in both places. I may think more before I post online (sometimes) than I do when I speak to someone in person offline. But, I do not play a roll.

Of course, that's not to say people don't play rolls in life. It just says that I find it tiring and do not engage in that behavior.

Once again John Gruber shows he still doesn't understand why the Justice Department went after Apple for eBooks in 2013

Time for the Justice Department to investigate Apple’s music business.

The monoploy that the Justice Department sued Apple for was because they were price fixing ebooks in the iBooks store with the largest publishers, not because they had more customers for digital books than Amazon.

It is not serprising that Amazon can scale services better and faster than Apple; they have been doing that for years.

A whole lot of people don't like Google. Those people do generally praise Apple and see the worst in Google. The latest example is Genius claiming Goolge "stole" their lyrics.

K.Q. Dreger sums his thoughts up

But ultimately, this points back to Google’s enormous control over the traffic, and often financial wellbeing, of sites whose content it decides to scrape and surface via Knowledge Panels or Featured Snippets.

However, Google licenses the lyrics already so they can't be stolen in the legal sense. People don't click through to websites because the Featured Snippets load faster and better than the over bloated websites that hosts the info.

Better page loading isen;'t huge control, just better strategy.

A short summary of the timeline

The Wall Street Journal published Lyrics Site Accuses Google of Lifting its Content with an update on June 16.

The internet freaks out because "Look Google is stealing stuff!"

On Monday June 17 John Gruber at Daring Fireball shares his thoughts

It’s preposterous that Google is denying that they did anything wrong here. They truly were caught red-handed.

Of course Google is wrong because they're Google, they lie, cheat, and steal to try to beat Apple. <-- my summary of Gruber's thesis

On Tuesday June 18 Mike Masnick at Techdirt

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about Google, but the fact that its properly licensed lyrics matches someone else's properly licensed lyrics, doesn't seem like one of them.

This is just a freak out because Google is always bad. <-- my summary of Masnick's thesis

Today Mike Masnick at Techdirt shared an update

But a totally misleading and ginned up story that does not accurately portray the situation or the law is not helping anything but the outrage machine.

My question is simple:

Will the outraged people accussing Google of stealing check their outrage now that Microsoft and Amazon are doing the same thing? Especially since they've legally licsensed the lyrics from the labels anyway?

My gut answer is simple:

I highly doubt it.

This summary

" propose that over the next several years, we transfer a lot of federal employees out of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, to parts of the country that aren’t doing so well economically. This would provide a boost to places like Buffalo, New York, or Quincy, Illinois, or Fresno, California, while getting federal bureaucrats out of the D.C. bubble.

from Cultural Offering does not sum up Glenn Reynolds orignal artile correctly.

While the idea may be the point of the short essay the theme of the piece is the dystopian economic outlook of the country and how to fix that by moving the buracraxy away from Washington D.C. to areas that are struggling because it used to be cheaper to live and work and play in D.C. before Nixon exploded the regulations of the government.

It's a cultural clash piece disguised as a move the government around piece. If you are worried that D.C has become more extravagant than Hollywood because of lobbyists and lawysers and that etravagance is pushing working people out of the city then moving the working people away is definitely not going to change the extravagance. It will do the opposite.

Not to mention the Hunger Games remark in there; what does moving the working class to areas that are stuggling economically sound like to those that have seen the movies or read the book?

Moving people from Distrct 1 to Distrcit 4 because they aren't Capital worthy. Sounds very un American but, hey, if we're going to boost economically challanged areas by moving government agencies then I'm all for giving it a try.

I imagine that there is a significantly large group of people who are angry with the current United States administration for not holding to the norms of governing that have been part of American governance more than the actual policies of the curent United States govenment.

If the Drumpf administration held daily, or weekly, press briefings as has been the norm for decades, I imagine that some of the outrage surrounding this administration would not be there. The access to the workings of the administration that press briefings give are one reason why the "leaks" of infighting and back-stabbing in the administration are so prevelant. How do you build and maintain a strong message around specific topics if you have nobody who can step in a fill the role of message point person. Of course it doesn't help that the Tweeter in Chief can't control himself like he's a five year-old in a candy store.

If the Drumpf administration nominated and sent nominees to the Senate to get confirmed rather than letting department heads leave and filling with a temporary unconfirmed individual then much of the outrage at empty or vacant positions wouldn't be there. If the top position of a department is nominated and not confirmed then that's a bit of a black eye on the administration, but its a lot better than the body blows of having a substantional amount of churn and temporary head's of agencies that have little to no idea of how long they will be in positions.

The biggest thing that is different about the Drumpf administration is Donald Drumpf's use of Twitter to be a spoiled man-baby. If he could stop being the whiny self obssessed ecomaniac who has to be correct and show some self control then much of the outrage about his ideas would be weighed and depated in a more normal way on the cable news channels. It is the way that this man acts that is causing much of the outrage at the American government, not what policies are enacted.

Don't believe me? How much outrage have you seen about Mitch McConnell have you seen in the past two years?

He is by far worse than Donald Trumpf in enacting policies that hurt people and help corporations, engaging in political tricks to get what the DOP wants, obstructing the way the American government is supposed to work, and yet from day to day, week to week, the outrage is about what Donald Trumpf tweeted, not what Mitch McConnel allowed to come to a vote in the Senate.

If the current administration acted like the previous administration when it comes to governmental nurms then most of the outrage about the current administration would not exist.

Nicholas Bates has some Good Advice for your personal money.

Alex Svanevik writes on Medium about switching away from Evernote which starts off with this summary

As a consumer, I would much rather support a product that continues to innovate and impress customers rather than one that has become complacent.

I disagree with this thinking. I like to try out new and interesting apps and services, but I would much rather rely on apps that have a history of being solid and reliable rather than the new hotness that people are gushing over.

I disagree that taking the time to focus on stability rather than introducing new features makes a product that is complacent.

I am fully aware that Evernote has had issues with communication of features and pricing and marketing. I am not here to say that everyone should be using Evernote because their product is better than anything else that you can find. I am simply saying that just because another product introduces features doesn't mean that the product you are leaving is complacent.

And then there is always the possibility that Evernote will collapse and Notion will be the nest default note storing app that we have to use. Who knows, that's the nature of business.

Despite it's flaws, I am happy with how Evernote works. I do not feel the need to switch just because there is some other product that has "better" features.

Quoderat at [Technology as Nature](

) shares his thoughts on a Twitter thread about a research expedition to the Amazon

"The wild" is now racist? Huh. I go to the wild areas of Florida all the time. I plan to keep calling them that no matter how racist it might be. If an area has a bunch of animals, trees, and not that many buildings, it’s wild.

I think he misses the point by a mile. This response is what the hubbub is about

Not that "the wild" is a racist term. But the terms used in the announcement are structured as a continuation of white men colonialism and that part needs to stop.

swissmiss posted a quote about how someone took their hobby and opened an Etsy and started selling their jewelry in addition to their regular job.

What was leisure became labor

I have had this same conversation with people before. I know a retiree who likes to wood work and it has been impossible to explain to him that he does not have to take orders online if wants to sell pieces that he has made.

There is the idea out there that once you start selling stuff from your hobby it becomes a business and you have to start operating like a business. I do not agree with that at all.

Much like the retiree, if I wanted to turn woodworking into a hobby and I had extra pieces I would sell them, but I would not take orders from people to make pieces to sell. It doesn't seem hard for me to separate the hobby from the business but I might be thinking of them in the wrong way.