Debian 10 “buster” is released!
I always appreciate Charlie Munger’s bluntness in his interviews. It’s quite the contrast to Warren.
So it’s been a while since I last purchased something using Bitcoin and I wanted to see if the process had become any less painful today. I decided that I was going to purchase a $10 item at a shop that accepted Bitcoin.
I head on over to my Coinbase account and purchase $10 of Bitcoin. Due to fees the amount I actually got was only worth $8. Okay, I buy some more to make it $10, then I try to send the money to the address I was given by the shop. Turns out that Coinbase doesn’t actually let you send Bitcoin to non-Coinbase users anymore unless you wait 12 days after you purchase it. Even if I could send the money, the estimated fee was over $3 (30% of the transaction).
I ended up paying with PayPal and have asked Coinbase for a refund on my Bitcoin purchases.
I recently learned about a new messaging app called Delta chat. It is based on top of SMTP/IMAP and works with an existing email account so you can chat with anyone who has email already (everyone?) regardless of if they have Delta chat.
Basically, it is an email client that uses a UI similar to most chat apps. I think this is better than something like a Jabber client because nobody actually has Jabber accounts anymore, but email is still ubiquitous.
There are some problems I foresee:
- Many free email providers limit messages to 200-300 per day, which may be a problem for some.
- Depending on the email server messages can sometimes take quite a long time to be received.
This isn’t the first version of this idea that I’ve seen. There are other apps like MailTime but Delta chat is open-source at least and has mobile and desktop clients.
It seems to me that if you use these services as advertised (bookmarking articles you don’t have time to read at the moment) then you are going to end up with a library large enough that you will never have enough time to read it all. Additionally, most news content is only relevant for a couple of days or less, so I suspect it would just end up sitting in your bookmarks never getting read.
Just found out about the 402 HTTP status code: Payment Required. I wonder if it could be used for a server and client to negotiate payment for a particular page.
Perhaps a site could display a paywall notification with 402 status code asking visitors to pay a one time fee to access the page.
There are lots of sites that try to push you to use their mobile apps, Quora is one of the most egregious offenders that I have seen. If you try to browse more than a single page, they block you with a non-dismissable pop-up telling you to install their app.
Why even bother having a mobile website if they don’t allow people to use it.
On the desktop they have a similar pop-up that forces you to sign in to a Quora account to keep browsing. Very user hostile behavior. Additionally, they use social media logins which I’ve previously stated my distaste for but that’s only a minor complaint.
The /e/ Foundation is going to start selling refurbished Samsung phones with their operating system pre-installed. I’ve thought about doing something like this in the past using old OnePlus devices with Lineage OS.
We’ll have to see how it plays out, I’m not sure that there is a very large market for them yet but it’s nice to have a simple online store to buy phones with no Google Play services.