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This is a photo from a series of mock ups I have been working on. To style, I generally place my props down and then grab my camera or phone. I use the viewfinder to look at different crops until I find an interesting composition I like, like this one. I really like this photo because it is simple but elegant, and I tend to find myself drawn to minimalism. Hope you enjoy!
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“No one can buy a decent life with only two pennies a mile in profit.”
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19532841
Posted by DyslexicAtheist (karma: 11680)
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Driver and strike organizer Nicole Moore speaks during a one-day strike against Uber and Lyft in front of an Uber office.
Driver and strike organizer Nicole Moore speaks during a one-day strike against Uber and Lyft in front of an Uber office on Marine Avenue in Redondo Beach, California, on Monday.
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On Monday, hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego went on strike. They were demonstrating for higher pay and better working conditions, as their employers—that is, the companies that pay them but refuse to classify them as employees—prepare for their highly anticipated initial public offerings. Uber’s market value is being pitched to investors at about $120 billion, and Lyft is seeking a valuation of about $23 billion. While many of the people who are actually classified as employees at the two companies will become millionaires overnight (and some workers who have been driving for a long time will be able to buy small amounts of stock), the drivers complain their wages have been cut and that they’re not making a living wage ahead of the IPOs. Last week in the Los Angeles area, Uber reduced what it pays drivers per mile by 25 percent, slashing the rate from 80 cents per mile to 60 cents.
As independent contractors who can’t unionize, drivers are isolated from one another. But that hasn’t stopped them from organizing by creating worker groups to advocate for their collective demands. In Los Angeles, drivers picketed outside the Uber Greenlight Hub, a driver assistance center in Redondo Beach. In San Francisco, drivers demonstrated in the rain outside the Omni Hotel, where potential investors were slated to meet ahead of Lyft’s IPO. But the meeting was moved, unannounced, to the Olympic Club, an ultraexclusive private club and golf course in San Francisco.
In separate phone calls, I interviewed two driver-organizers, Tyler Sandness of Los Angeles and Rebecca Stack-Martinez of San Francisco, to ask why they halted their labor on Monday, how their working conditions have changed, and what they hope the increased pressure will accomplish. Our discussions have been edited for length and clarity.
Slate: How long have you been driving for Lyft or Uber?
Tyler Sandness: I drive for Lyft, and I’ve been driving for about seven months.
Rebecca Stack-Martinez: I’m a full-time driver for both, and I’ve been driving about a year and a half. [After this article published, Stack-Martinez clarified that while she has driven for both Uber and Lyft, she is currently only driving for Uber.]*
Are you able to make ends meet with how the apps pay you? Are you supporting a family?
“No one can buy a decent life with only two pennies a mile in profit.” — Tyler Sandness
Sandness: It’s full time and it barely, barely pays enough. I’m already having anxiety about being able to pay my taxes this year because as a 1099 worker, you have to squirrel away money for taxes. But you make so little, you have to dip into that just to be able to pay the bills. So right now, looking at it, I can’t say for certain that this is economically viable, and I’m pretty sure that I’m losing money at the end of the day. And I’m not supporting a family.
Stack-Martinez: Barely—it’s getting harder and harder. I mean, I live in San Francisco. We all know this is the most expensive city in the U.S. I have a husband and a dog, but no children. As Uber and Lyft continue to cut our rates, it’s getting harder and harder to make a living. About a year ago, if I did 100 rides in a week, I could get an extra $225 to $250 as a bonus. This week, if I do 100 rides I’ll get $50 [as a bonus]. A lot of drivers depend on that bonus to supplement the rest of our rides to increase our profit margins to make sure we’re earning a decent living.
How much do you work a week?
Sandness: I work about 35 to 40 hours a week, and it runs between eight to 10 hours a day.
Stack-Martinez: I just took on another part-time job that has more guaranteed wages, two days a week. I drive currently 35 to 45 hours a week. But I used to drive about 60 to 70.
Why are you striking today?
Sandness: What Lyft and Uber are doing to the people who work for them is ridiculous. We’re generating so much value, and we provide a service that everybody needs here in Los Angeles, but we’re not sharing in those profits. Instead, Lyft and Uber have seen it fit to subsidize their IPOs on the backs of the drivers. They want to generate as much profit right now as possible to make them look really attractive to investors, but they’re not doing that responsibly. Uber is now dropping their rates down from 80 cents a mile to 60 cents a mile. And to give context, the IRS says it takes about 58 cents a mile to operate a vehicle, so Uber is handing down basically a two-penny-a-mile profit to their drivers. No one can buy a decent life with only two pennies a mile in profit.
Stack-Martinez: Well, there are supposed to be Lyft executives inside the building we’re outside of having a fancy lunch with potential investors. We wanted to make sure that the investors knew what kind of company they really were investing in and how they treat their drivers. So that’s the overall goal of today. But the broader goal is to give us back the dignity and respect that we deserve.
What are your demands?
Sandness: The point of the protest today is to win a $28-an-hour minimum wage here in Los Angeles. That’s something that was won by Uber and Lyft drivers in New York City a couple of years ago. We calculated it, and getting paid $28 an hour would equal to about $17 an hour in take-home pay after expenses. It’s still not great for one of the most expensive cities on Earth, but it’s a lot better than what we’re making now. So, we think that that’s a reasonable amount for the company to pay out for doing an essential job.
Stack-Martinez: The first demand is a living wage. The second is transparency—whether that’s around the policies or around the way that they pay us and how that impacts our daily lives. Third is benefits. We’re looking at workman’s compensation for protection if we’re injured on the job and are unable to work. Health insurance. Unemployment insurance. And the fourth is a voice at work—to be able to have an organized association of drivers who can come together and discuss the potential impacts that are coming down the pipeline, and have a say in how those are rolled out and what happens to us with this company.
There’s no way for drivers to connect through the app. How were you able to connect with other drivers to organize and how many people showed up today?
Sandness: I’m with Rideshare Drivers United Los Angeles. We’re a group of drivers. We use Facebook ads and we reach out through some other in-house technology that we have that allows us to reach out to drivers. But I don’t want to go into the specifics of that tech. [When pressed, Sandness refused to elaborate.] I’d rather talk about the traditional models that we then pair that with. We use the tech to get in touch with them, and then an organizer will place a phone call and discuss the issues and try to recruit people that way. The estimated number that’s being thrown around is like between 310 or 320 or so who were able to attend [the demonstration] today. We’ve had a very big turnout for this!
Stack-Martinez: I’m with Gig Workers Rising. It’s actually for all gig workers: Instacart drivers, handymen, and dog walkers. Right now, a large chunk of us are ride-share drivers because of the stuff that’s been happening in the last year. I’m a full-time driver and I’m actually a driver leader for the organization. I help organize the drivers whom we’re working with. We had about 100 drivers show up today.
There is no directory of who or how many drivers are in the city of San Francisco, right? We do the traditional organizing where it’s word of mouth, talking to other drivers. Media outreach: Get the name out there and let others know what we’re doing. Social media. But we’ve also done petitions and actions. We delivered two different petitions, one to Uber and one to Lyft. Through those petitions we had people sign on, and we were able to capture some contact information and reach out to over 10,000 signatures between those two petitions. We found out if they’re drivers by calling and contacting them. And we have a closed Facebook community group for drivers only, and there we also disseminate a lot of information.
With many jobs it’s possible to go use the restroom when needed. But that must be harder as a driver. How do you manage taking breaks?
Sandness: Finding a bathroom can be difficult. Sometimes you have to go to a grocery store, but oftentimes you just have to hope that there’s somewhere out there for you to be able to go to.
Stack-Martinez: Well, it’s tough. If you’re a female, you can’t exactly go in a bottle like some of these men can. So you have to drive around for a café that will allow you to use the restroom, and that’s really hard to come by here. By the time you actually drive around, find parking, and then do the potty dance up and down the street till you find somebody to let you use the restroom, that’s a good 30 to 45 minutes just there that you have to stop and shut off just to do that.
[Uber]also does these things in the morning and evening during peak times that they call “consecutive trip bonuses,” meaning if you do three trips in a row they’re going to throw you, like, $10. But the caveat is that you cannot deny or cancel any rides and you cannot log off. If you have to go to the bathroom and you’re in the middle of this consecutive trip, you either have to log off and miss the bonus or you have to hold it and wait till you’re done with those three trips. Sometimes that third and last one could take you another hour and a half to two hours to get that ride because the market is so saturated with drivers. So I’ve done it where I finished my second trip at 9:30 in the morning and I didn’t finish my third trip until 11:30. And I have to go to the bathroom, but I don’t want to risk missing or losing [the third ride] because I went into the bathroom.
Have you met any drivers in the course of your organizing who are homeless?
Sandness: I know a driver who lives out of his car. He’s a person whose financial fortune kind of really turned topsy-turvy on him and this is the only way that he can afford to live now, which is ridiculous. No one should be working 40 to 50 hours a week in America and be homeless. That’s just not right.
Stack-Martinez: You can go to the airport lots, where a lot of drivers congregate to wait for rides, and as you talk to them you’ll meet a good bunch of them who sleep in their cars. Some are from Sacramento or Fresno. Some of them are from L.A. and come up here to drive. They sleep in their cars for three or four weeks at a time and then maybe go home and spend a week with their families and then come back. Some live in their cars permanently. And every once in a while, if they have a good week, they’ll rent a hotel room.
Correction, March 27, 2019: This article quoted Rebecca Stack-Martinez as saying she is a full-time driver for both Uber and Lyft. She currently only drives for Uber.
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Having trouble accessing Facebook or Instagram Wednesday afternoon? You weren't alone.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19381520
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Facebook platform users hit Twitter with #facebookdown Wednesday, after losing access to Facebook, Instagram and Messenger across the world. Wochit, USA TODAY
Having trouble accessing Facebook or Instagram on Wednesday afternoon? You werenʼt alone.
The massively popular social network started having problems at around noon Eastern time, with issues popping up across Facebook proper, Facebook Messenger and Instagram around the world.
Some users of Facebook-owned WhatsApp reported having issues sending photos on the popular messaging app.
As with nearly every Facebook outage, users headed to Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown quickly becoming the top trending topic in the United States.
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Downdetector.com, which monitors websites, showed the company experiencing issues across a large portion of the U.S. and Europe in addition to reported problems in parts of South America, Asia and Australia.
Down Detector seems to show Facebook issues all over the world, particularly in U.S. and Western Europe. #facebookdownhttps://t.co/EsbvrT2tcdpic.twitter.com/frb1KGCO10 — Eli Blumenthal (@eliblumenthal) March 13, 2019
It is not immediately clear what caused Wednesdayʼs issue. Some users reported seeing a message saying the site was down for "required maintenance," while others were able to get the social networks to briefly load before discovering that functionality was limited.
"We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. "We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible."
In a tweet at 3:03 p.m. ET, the company reiterated that it is still working on a fix. Facebook also confirmed that the outage was not the result of any distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack.
Weʼre focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack. — Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019
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Table of contents This post is hard to write, both in the emotional sense but also in the “I would have written a shorter letter, but I didn’t have the time” sense. Hence, please assume the best of…
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This post is hard to write, both in the emotional sense but also in the “I would have written a shorter letter, but I didn’t have the time” sense. Hence, please assume the best of intentions when reading it — it is not my intention to make anyone feel bad about their contributions, but rather to provide some insight into why my frustration level ultimately exceeded the threshold.
Debian has been in my life for well over 10 years at this point.
A few weeks ago, I have visited some old friends at the Zürich Debian meetup after a multi-year period of absence. On my bike ride home, it occurred to me that the topics of our discussions had remarkable overlap with my last visit. We had a discussion about the merits of systemd, which took a detour to respect in open source communities, returned to processes in Debian and eventually culminated in democracies and their theoretical/practical failings. Admittedly, that last one might be a Swiss thing.
I say this not to knock on the Debian meetup, but because it prompted me to reflect on what feelings Debian is invoking lately and whether it’s still a good fit for me.
So I’m finally making a decision that I should have made a long time ago: I am winding down my involvement in Debian to a minimum.
What does this mean?
Over the coming weeks, I will:
* transition packages to be team-maintained where it makes sense * remove myself from the Uploaders field on packages with other maintainers * orphan packages where I am the sole maintainer
I will try to keep up best-effort maintenance of the manpages.debian.org service and the codesearch.debian.net service, but any help would be much appreciated.
For all intents and purposes, please treat me as permanently on vacation. I will try to be around for administrative issues (e.g. permission transfers) and questions addressed directly to me, permitted they are easy enough to answer.
When I joined Debian, I was still studying, i.e. I had luxurious amounts of spare time. Now, over 5 years of full time work later, my day job taught me a lot, both about what works in large software engineering projects and how I personally like my computer systems. I am very conscious of how I spend the little spare time that I have these days.
The following sections each deal with what I consider a major pain point, in no particular order. Some of them influence each other — for example, if changes worked better, we could have a chance at transitioning packages to be more easily machine readable.
Change process in Debian
The last few years, my current team at work conducted various smaller and larger refactorings across the entire code base (touching thousands of projects), so we have learnt a lot of valuable lessons about how to effectively do these changes. It irks me that Debian works almost the opposite way in every regard. I appreciate that every organization is different, but I think a lot of my points do actually apply to Debian.
In Debian, packages are nudged in the right direction by a document called the Debian Policy, or its programmatic embodiment, lintian.
While it is great to have a lint tool (for quick, local/offline feedback), it is even better to not require a lint tool at all. The team conducting the change (e.g. the C++ team introduces a new hardening flag for all packages) should be able to do their work transparent to me.
Instead, currently, all packages become lint-unclean, all maintainers need to read up on what the new thing is, how it might break, whether/how it affects them, manually run some tests, and finally decide to opt in. This causes a lot of overhead and manually executed mechanical changes across packages.
Notably, the cost of each change is distributed onto the package maintainers in the Debian model. At work, we have found that the opposite works better: if the team behind the change is put in power to do the change for as many users as possible, they can be significantly more efficient at it, which reduces the total cost and time a lot. Of course, exceptions (e.g. a large project abusing a language feature) should still be taken care of by the respective owners, but the important bit is that the default should be the other way around.
Debian is lacking tooling for large changes: it is hard to programmatically deal with packages and repositories (see the section below). The closest to “sending out a change for review” is to open a bug report with an attached patch. I thought the workflow for accepting a change from a bug report was too complicated and started mergebot, but only Guido ever signaled interest in the project.
Culturally, reviews and reactions are slow. There are no deadlines. I literally sometimes get emails notifying me that a patch I sent out a few years ago (!!) is now merged. This turns projects from a small number of weeks into many years, which is a huge demotivator for me.
Interestingly enough, you can see artifacts of the slow online activity manifest itself in the offline culture as well: I don’t want to be discussing systemd’s merits 10 years after I first heard about it.
Lastly, changes can easily be slowed down significantly by holdouts who refuse to collaborate. My canonical example for this is rsync, whose maintainer refused my patches to make the package use debhelper purely out of personal preference.
Granting so much personal freedom to individual maintainers prevents us as a project from raising the abstraction level for building Debian packages, which in turn makes tooling harder.
How would things look like in a better world?
1. As a project, we should strive towards more unification. Uniformity still does not rule out experimentation, it just changes the trade-off from easier experimentation and harder automation to harder experimentation and easier automation.
2. Our culture needs to shift from “this package is my domain, how dare you touch it” to a shared sense of ownership, where anyone in the project can easily contribute (reviewed) changes without necessarily even involving individual maintainers.
To learn more about how successful large changes can look like, I recommend my colleague Hyrum Wright’s talk “Large-Scale Changes at Google: Lessons Learned From 5 Yrs of Mass Migrations”.
Fragmented workflow and infrastructure
Debian generally seems to prefer decentralized approaches over centralized ones. For example, individual packages are maintained in separate repositories (as opposed to in one repository), each repository can use any SCM (git and svn are common ones) or no SCM at all, and each repository can be hosted on a different site. Of course, what you do in such a repository also varies subtly from team to team, and even within teams.
In practice, non-standard hosting options are used rarely enough to not justify their cost, but frequently enough to be a huge pain when trying to automate changes to packages. Instead of using GitLab’s API to create a merge request, you have to design an entirely different, more complex system, which deals with intermittently (or permanently!) unreachable repositories and abstracts away differences in patch delivery (bug reports, merge requests, pull requests, email, …).
Wildly diverging workflows is not just a temporary problem either. I participated in long discussions about different git workflows during DebConf 13, and gather that there were similar discussions in the meantime.
Personally, I cannot keep enough details of the different workflows in my head. Every time I touch a package that works differently than mine, it frustrates me immensely to re-learn aspects of my day-to-day.
After noticing workflow fragmentation in the Go packaging team (which I started), I tried fixing this with the workflow changes proposal, but did not succeed in implementing it. The lack of effective automation and slow pace of changes in the surrounding tooling despite my willingness to contribute time and energy killed any motivation I had.
Old infrastructure: package uploads
When you want to make a package available in Debian, you upload GPG-signed files via anonymous FTP. There are several batch jobs (the queue daemon, unchecked, dinstall, possibly others) which run on fixed schedules (e.g. dinstall runs at 01:52 UTC, 07:52 UTC, 13:52 UTC and 19:52 UTC).
Depending on timing, I estimated that you might wait for over 7 hours (!!) before your package is actually installable.
What’s worse for me is that feedback to your upload is asynchronous. I like to do one thing, be done with it, move to the next thing. The current setup requires a many-minute wait and costly task switch for no good technical reason. You might think a few minutes aren’t a big deal, but when all the time I can spend on Debian per day is measured in minutes, this makes a huge difference in perceived productivity and fun.
The last communication I can find about speeding up this process is ganneff’s post from 2008.
How would things look like in a better world?
1. Anonymous FTP would be replaced by a web service which ingests my package and returns an authoritative accept or reject decision in its response.
2. For accepted packages, there would be a status page displaying the build status and when the package will be available via the mirror network.
3. Packages should be available within a few minutes after the build completed.
Old infrastructure: bug tracker
I dread interacting with the Debian bug tracker. debbugs is a piece of software (from 1994) which is only used by Debian and the GNU project these days.
Debbugs processes emails, which is to say it is asynchronous and cumbersome to deal with. Despite running on the fastest machines we have available in Debian (or so I was told when the subject last came up), its web interface loads very slowly.
Notably, the web interface at bugs.debian.org is read-only. Setting up a working email setup for reportbug(1) or manually dealing with attachments is a rather big hurdle.
For reasons I don’t understand, every interaction with debbugs results in many different email threads.
Aside from the technical implementation, I also can never remember the different ways that Debian uses pseudo-packages for bugs and processes. I need them rarely enough to establish a mental model of how they are set up, or working memory of how they are used, but frequently enough to be annoyed by this.
How would things look like in a better world?
1. Debian would switch from a custom bug tracker to a (any) well-established one.
2. Debian would offer automation around processes. It is great to have a paper-trail and artifacts of the process in the form of a bug report, but the primary interface should be more convenient (e.g. a web form).
Old infrastructure: mailing list archives
It baffles me that in 2019, we still don’t have a conveniently browsable threaded archive of mailing list discussions. Email and threading is more widely used in Debian than anywhere else, so this is somewhat ironic. Gmane used to paper over this issue, but Gmane’s availability over the last few years has been spotty, to say the least (it is down as I write this).
I tried to contribute a threaded list archive, but our listmasters didn’t seem to care or want to support the project.
Debian is hard to machine-read
While it is obviously possible to deal with Debian packages programmatically, the experience is far from pleasant. Everything seems slow and cumbersome. I have picked just 3 quick examples to illustrate my point.
debiman needs help from piuparts in analyzing the alternatives mechanism of each package to display the manpages of e.g. psql(1). This is because maintainer scripts modify the alternatives database by calling shell scripts. Without actually installing a package, you cannot know which changes it does to the alternatives database.
pk4 needs to maintain its own cache to look up package metadata based on the package name. Other tools parse the apt database from scratch on every invocation. A proper database format, or at least a binary interchange format, would go a long way.
Debian Code Search wants to ingest new packages as quickly as possible. There used to be a fedmsg instance for Debian, but it no longer seems to exist. It is unclear where to get notifications from for new packages, and where best to fetch those packages.
Complicated build stack
See my “Debian package build tools” post. It really bugs me that the sprawl of tools is not seen as a problem by others.
Developer experience pretty painful
Most of the points discussed so far deal with the experience in developing Debian, but as I recently described in my post “Debugging experience in Debian”, the experience when developing using Debian leaves a lot to be desired, too.
I have more ideas
At this point, the article is getting pretty long, and hopefully you got a rough idea of my motivation.
While I described a number of specific shortcomings above, the final nail in the coffin is actually the lack of a positive outlook. I have more ideas that seem really compelling to me, but, based on how my previous projects have been going, I don’t think I can make any of these ideas happen within the Debian project.
I intend to publish a few more posts about specific ideas for improving operating systems here. Stay tuned.
Lastly, I hope this post inspires someone, ideally a group of people, to improve the developer experience within Debian.
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#Israel: Orthodox Jews violently attack Feminists
Several thousand #Orthodox #Jews and 150 #women clashed at the #WesternWall in #Jerusalem.
Thousands of #Orthodox women arrived on Friday morning at the #WesternWall plaza to protest against the #feminist group #Women-of-the-Wall, who were at the site to demand #equal-rights at #access to the #Kotel (Wailing Wall).
It was reported that over 10,000 Orthodox women, and 150 women from Women of the Wall were at the plaza just after 7 a.m. on Friday. #Insults were reportedly exchanged between the two sides during the #clashes, as the #stand-off continued.
#Police were on site to separate the two #groups. They designated a small area with barriers at the #plaza, however the large Orthodox #crowds surrounded it and began shouting #abuse and #slurs.
A large contingent of #ultra-Orthodox #men were also at the site to protest Women of the Wall. Groups also crowded and tried to #block the #entrances to the Western Wall plaza in a bid to stop members of the #controversial #women's #group from entering the area.
In a statement, #Rabbi of the Western Wall, #ShmuelRabinowitz appealed to the groups saying “that the Western Wall plaza is not a demonstration area and asked [for attendees] to refrain from #provocations, and to guard the Western Wall as a unified place, and not a place of division."
“On Rosh Chodesh Adar II (Friday), I urge everyone to refrain from bringing their #war to the #Wall,” he said. “Please - the Western Wall is not a platform for ideas and #not a #platform for holding #demonstrations.”
He pleaded that the #women should #back #down and that…
#WomensDay #NotTheOnion #jews #jew #equal #rights #rofl #humor #fun #lol #funny
When we publicly demanded that Facebook stop messing with users’ phone numbers last week, we weren’t expecting the social network to double down quite like this: By default, anyone can use the phone…
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Deeplinks Blog by India McKinney, Gennie Gebhart | March 4, 2019
In back-to-back hearings last week, the House and the Senate discussed what, if anything, Congress should do about online privacy. Sounds fine—until you see who they invited. Congress should be seeking out multiple, diverse perspectives. But last week, both chambers largely invited industry advocates, eager to...
[IMG]Press Release | February 28, 2019
San Francisco - Technology is supposed to make our lives better, yet many big companies have products with big security and privacy holes that disrespect user control and put us all at risk. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is launching a new project called “Fix It Already!” demanding repair...
Today we are announcing Fix It Already, a new way to show companies weʼre serious about the big security and privacy issues they need to fix. We are demanding fixes for different issues from nine tech companies and platforms, targeting social media companies, operating systems, and enterprise platforms on...
Deeplinks Blog by Hayley Tsukayama | February 27, 2019
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I awoke this morning to a barrage of messages from fans of mine wondering where my content had gone. I checked my channel and sure enough…
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I awoke this morning to a barrage of messages from fans of mine wondering where my content had gone. I checked my channel and sure enough, it had been removed from YouTube.
I run an amateur gaming channel, with about 15,000 subscribers at the time of it being terminated. Fairly small, but a notable achievement, and the videos I’ve made make decent money. I love making content and interacting with the community I’ve built.
Here’s the problem. My handle is Vice. I’ve gone by Vice on the internet for forever, it’s been my gamertag for years, and when I made my YouTube channel I didn’t think to change it. I was aware there was already a channel under the name, but it’s a fairly common word, and I didn’t think I’d find as much success as I did. Before I knew it, it was too late to change as it was already a big part of my branding in the Rust community.
The worst I thought I’d have to deal with was never showing up in search results, always being flooded out by a large media company. But as I’ve learned, apparently I’m a threat to them.
Now, this isn’t one of those cases where it’s a blatant misuse of trademark law, like in 2016 where the same VICE Media tried to force a band named ViceVersa to change their name. ViceVersa were in the clear there. Me, less so. My YouTube name is the same as theirs, save for it not being capitalized:
Google Cache from a week ago. Currently, my channel is inaccessible.
As much as I personally believe this is a misuse of the trademark system, as my channel and brand is entirely different from theirs save for sharing four letters, the law is the law, and I’m (probably) in violation.
But what normally happens with trademark infringement is that you are sent a cease and desist, telling you to remove their branding or they will take you to court. Had I been served one of these, I would have changed my name, albeit begrudgingly so. I would also have the option to fight them in court if I so desired.
But on YouTube, the systems they’ve set in place don’t always align with the law. YouTube, acting on a trademark infringement claim from VICE, removed my channel entirely. Without contacting me, or giving me any option to change my name before deletion.
The exact clause my channel was terminated under was “Channels dedicated to a policy violation”, with that violation being impersonation:
Apparently I’m “dedicated to impersonation”.
Had I been operating my own website under my Vice name, and hosting the videos myself, VICE Media would have had to go through the same legal process of filing a cease and desist as they did with ViceVersa, to which I would have been able to respond to and sort out the problem.
But YouTube allows them much more freedom. Under pushback from VICE, YouTube can delete my channel without giving me the option to defend myself, or even oblige with their request to rebrand. There’s an option to appeal, but if the YouTube trademark system is anything like YouTube’s copyright system, VICE Media will be the deciding party on the appeal, not YouTube.
I received no email or any other contact from VICE or YouTube prior to deletion, despite my contact information being readily available. I haven’t heard back from YouTube yet on the appeal I submitted.
I’ve had my channel for nearly a year now with this name, but this decision comes right after my channel saw a huge boost in traffic this month. I’m assuming one of my recent videos found its way to a search page for “Vice”, which alerted someone in the company.
I’m not sure if Adsense will even pay me for the month of February.
And while this was clearly the worst possible time I could have had my channel deleted, what’s worse is my content is gone completely. I edit my videos on a MacBook with 250GB of storage, each video uses about 40GB just to edit, so I don’t keep backups of my content. I’ve lost everything, and can’t even reupload.
So I’d like my channel back YouTube. I don’t know how all this trademark stuff works. I’m not a lawyer, and these laws are pretty complicated anyway. If I’m in violation, I’ll change my name. I just want my community back. And perhaps an answer as to why you deleted it in the first place without even talking to me first. And to any other YouTuber out there with a name that might infringe someone’s trademark, make sure you back up your videos.
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Design your web UI, then use the design directly from code. No more time wasted translating mockups to JSX and CSS. Using Pagedraw is like adding another React developer to your team.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19273403
Posted by jameslk (karma: 2675)
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We want to give one last, big thank you to all our users, supporters, and investors. It’s been An Incredible Journey. We’re moving on, but We’re very proud of the technology we’ve built. We’re releasing it open source both so you can keep using it, and so we can share our ideas about how to build UI tools.
Ultimately, we think Pagedraw is the wrong product. We think you can get 90% of the benefits of Pagedraw by just using JSX better. Our findings on this will be controversial, as they go entirely against the current “best practices,” so we’ll save them for a later blog post.
As promised, you can simply stop using Pagedraw— all the generated code already lives in your repo! If you’re using Pagedraw in production, contact us if you’re worried about a more complex migration pathway. You’ll be able to download your .pagedraw.json files from our servers and use them with the newly released, open source, desktop app. The web version will stay up through April so you can migrate at your convenience.
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The Hayabusa-2 probe descended to the Ryugu asteroid to try to collect a sample from its surface.
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#HackerNews #asteroid #down #hayabusa-2 #japan #spacecraft #touches
By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website
Computer graphic shows Japan Aerospace Exploration Agencyʼs Hayabusa 2 probe touching down on an asteroid Image copyright Reuters Image caption Artwork: Hayabusa-2 successfully touched down on asteroid Ryugu
A Japanese spacecraft has touched down on an asteroid in an attempt to collect a sample of rock from the surface.
The Hayabusa-2 probe was trying to grab the sample from a pre-chosen site on the asteroid Ryugu just before 23:00 GMT on 21 February.
The spacecraft reached asteroid Ryugu in June 2018 after a three-and-a-half-year journey from Earth.
It is expected to return to Earth with the rocky material it has cached in 2020.
During sample collection, the spacecraft approached the 1km-wide asteroid with an instrument called the sampler horn. On touchdown, a 5g "bullet" made of the metal tantalum was fired into the rocky surface at 300m/s.
The particles kicked up by the impact should have been be caught by the sampler horn.
"We made a successful touchdown, including firing a bullet," said Hayabusa-2 project manager Yuichi Tsuda.
"We made the ideal touchdown in the best conditions," he said.
Image caption There were celebrations in the control room in Sagamihara, Japan
The spacecraft began descending from its "home position" of 20km above the asteroidʼs surface in the early hours of 21 February (GMT) - several hours later than planned.
Ryugu belongs to a particularly primitive type of space rock known as a C-type. The near-Earth asteroid (NEA) is a relic left over from the early days of our Solar System.
Image copyright JAXA et al
Image caption The red arrow shows the location of the target marker on the surface
Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, from Queenʼs University Belfast, told BBC News: "We think we understand how carbon-rich asteroids migrate from the asteroid belt to become near-Earth asteroids, but the samples from Ryugu will allow its history to be explored.
"After the Rosetta mission, itʼs now clear that most of Earthʼs water did not come from comets in the early days of the Solar System. We believe carbon-rich (C-type) asteroids may have significant amounts of water locked up in their rocks. Itʼs possible such asteroids may have brought to Earth both the water and the organic material necessary for life to start.
"These samples will be crucial in investigating this possibility."
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[TD1-L08E1] 2/22 at 8:42 JST. The following has been confirmed at Gate 5: ・Projectile was command to fire.・Normal sequence.・Spacecraft state is normal. Based on this, we determined touchdown was successful! A detailed analysis will now be done. — HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) February 22, 2019
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Hayabusa-2 had earlier dropped a small, reflective, beanbag-like "target marker" on to Ryugu. This was used as a guide as the spacecraft descended to the rough surface of the asteroid.
Controllers were aiming for the centre of a circle, some 6m in diameter, located about 4-5m away from the target marker.
The Japanese space agency (Jaxa) had originally planned to carry out the touchdown operation in October last year. But the asteroidʼs surface was found to be much more rugged than expected, with numerous, hefty boulders making it hard to find a location that was large and flat enough to sample.
Controllers had hoped they would have an area of about 100m in diameter to target. But because of the surface properties, this had to be reduced to a 6m circle for what team members are calling a "pinpoint touchdown".
The sampler horn that extends out from the bottom of the spacecraft has a length of 1m. Itʼs therefore vital that there are no boulders more than 50cm in height at the landing site, to reduce the chances that the body of the spacecraft could hit a rock.
Image caption The sampler horn will be used to collect material for delivery to Earth in 2020
Unexpected surface properties also have the potential to affect the amount of material collected. Before arriving at Ryugu, researchers had expected the surface to be covered in a powdery layer of fine-grained material - the regolith.
In fact, the upper layer turned out to be akin to gravel, consisting of rocky chunks that are centimetre-sized or larger.
Prof Fitzsimmons told BBC News: "This was a surprise, as other near-Earth asteroids we have visited previously have shown areas dominated by small particles.
"It might be due to the carbon-rich composition, as the previous NEAs are composed of silicate rock, which are more Earth-like. But the shape of Ryugu also implies it was spinning much faster in the past, so itʼs possible this could have affected the particlesʼ sizes in some fashion."
Scientists carried out additional tests in Japan to determine whether the sample material could still be gathered by the spacecraft.
They used a container of artificial gravel with a similar size distribution to that on Ryugu. In a vacuum chamber, they fired a tantalum bullet identical to that used by Hayabusa-2 into the gravel.
According to Jaxa, the results of the test exceeded expectations, with the tantalum projectile yielding fragments of rock in size ranges that should easily pass through the sampler horn.
This suggests that Hayabusa-2 should have been able to collect a sample.
In September, Hayabusa-2 deployed two robotic "hoppers" that propelled themselves across the surface of Ryugu, sending back images and other data.
Then, in October, the "mothership" despatched a French-German instrument package called Mascot to the surface.
Later this year, perhaps in March or April, Jaxa plans to detonate an explosive charge that will punch a crater into the surface of Ryugu.
Hayabusa-2 would then descend into the crater to collect fresh samples of material that have not been altered by aeons of exposure to space.
"We know that the surfaces of asteroids are changed over time by bombardment with energetic particles from the Sun and interstellar space," said Alan Fitzsimmons.
"Yet studies with telescopes show that this ʼspace weatheringʼ affects the surfaces of carbon-rich asteroids differently to those mostly made from more rock-like silicate minerals. We donʼt know why this is, and the fresh sub-surface samples from Ruygu will play a very important role in understanding how this happens."
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Blackmailers use false copyright claims to shut down victims' Youtube accounts, offer to lift them in exchange for Bitcoin
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19065859
Posted by Keverw (karma: 787)
Post stats: Points: 110 - Comments: 39 - 2019-02-02T21:31:53Z
\#HackerNews #accounts #blackmailers #claims #copyright #down #false #shut #use #victims #youtube
Youtubeʼs ContentID system allows rightsholders to upload video and audio and block videos that contain their works (or put ads on those videos and take the revenue they generate), and to have the accounts of repeat copyright offenders permanently deleted, along with all their videos.
ContentID is badly flawed. On the one hand, it routinely catches things that arenʼt copyright infringements (like birdsong, white noise, or home-recorded performances of classical music).
On the other hand, the system has few checks and balances. While Youtube requires that people who want to make ContentID claims go through a vetting process, the process is very lightweight and allows all kinds of bad actors in, who can then steal creatorsʼ revenues by falsely claiming copyright over their videos.
No one expects Youtube to be perfect, but it also fails with a remarkable lack of grace. The small number of humans available to review contested claims means that people who fall afoul of machine error, sloppiness and criminal mischief are often unable to get a fair hearing or justice. This phenomenon is familiar to anyone whoʼs had a complaint against one of the big platforms: unless your story makes the news, youʼre likely to get stuck in an email loop where your complaint keeps getting sent back with irrelevant, semi-automated responses that make it seem like no one has even paid enough attention to understand whatʼs going on.
That lack of human oversight creates the perfect conditions for all kinds of fraud and malice, and criminals have noticed.
A Youtuber called ObbyRaidz, who makes videos about Minecraft, has found himself having received two copyright "strikes" on Youtube from a blackmailer calling themselves VengefulFlame, who has demanded "$150 PayPal or $75 btc (Bitcoin)" or equivalent "goods/services" to have the strikes removed. If ObbyRaidz doesnʼt comply, VengefulFlame could send one more complaint to Youtube and have ObbyRaidzʼs account -- and all the videos heʼs created -- permanently deleted.
ObbyRaidz says heʼs been unable to get any help from Youtube, despite repeated complaints and entreaties.
The extortion attempt is a timely reminder of whatʼs at stake in the fight over the EUʼs Copyright Directive, which mandates a much broader version of ContentID, but for every service and every type of copyrighted work, from tweets to Minecraft skins. Under the proposal, anyone could add anything to the databases of blocked content, and get anyone elseʼs work censored; while this could be used simply to suppress information that a fraudster doesnʼt like (say, reports of political corruption or complaints about a scammy business), they could also be used as fuel for extortion.
Like many YouTubers, ObbyRaidz says he’s worked “really hard” on his channel but with no help from YouTube, he’s scared he’s going to lose his entire channel due to these bogus complaints. “It’s not fun and i’m gonna be really sad to see if my channel gets terminated. Then I have to go through the process of getting in contact with YouTube and stuff. YouTube is very broken and I want to see if they can fix their system so this doesn’t happen to other content creators,” he says.
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It’s no secret that Google planned to pull life support from the consumer version of Google+, its failure of a social network, in April. Until now, though, we didn’t know the exact date. That date,…
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It’s no secret that Google planned to pull life support from the consumer version of Google+, its failure of a social network, in April. Until now, though, we didn’t know the exact date. That date, Google announced today, is April 2.
On that date, Google will start deleting all content, including Google+ pages, photos and videos, and everything else on the site. If you were one of the last few Google+ users — or you just feel nostalgic about the stuff you posted there — now is the time to download all of that data.
If your company uses Google+ (and there must be some companies that do), then rest assured you will still be able to use it for the foreseeable future. Google is only shutting down the consumer version, as well as all Google+ APIs. Indeed, those APIs, which turned out to be major security liabilities, will shut down on March 7.
And there you have it. That’s the curtain call for Google+, the social network that could’ve been, from an era when Google desperately tried to catch up with Facebook and Twitter and integrated Google+ into every conceivable product. It even went so far as changing its sacred search results based on social signals (which really didn’t work all that well). The result was a bit of a disaster for Google and it took a while to right the ship.
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Google+ to shut down after coverup of data-exposing bug
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Facebook Research paid users $20 gift cards for near total access to data on their phones
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19033451
Posted by flylib (karma: 1102)
Post stats: Points: 119 - Comments: 87 - 2019-01-30T08:00:16Z
\#HackerNews #app #controversial #down #facebook #for #ios #its #market #research #shut #will
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Facebook will end a controversial market research program that violated Apple developer guidelines in order to harvest user data from the phones of volunteers. The company said early Wednesday evening that the Facebook Research app, which offers volunteers between the ages of 13 and 35 monthly $20 gift cards in exchange for near-total access to the data on their phones, would no longer be available on iOS. It will apparently continue to be available for Android users.
TechCrunch reported on Tuesday that the company has been paying the gift cards to people aged 13 to 35 in exchange for installing an app called Facebook Research on iOS and Android. The app monitors their phone and web activity and sends it back to Facebook for market research purposes.
Facebook previously collected similar data using Onavo Protect, a VPN service that it acquired in 2013. The company has used the data to identify up-and-coming competitors, then acquire or clone them. Facebook removed the app from the App Store last summer after Apple complained that it violated the App Store’s guidelines on data collection.
The Research app requires that users install a custom root certificate, giving Facebook the ability to see users’ private messages, emails, web searches, and browsing activity. That’s in apparent violation of Apple’s system-level functionality, which is intended to grant employers access to employees’ work devices. The policy prohibits developers from installing the certificates on customers’ phones.
In a statement, Facebook objected to parts of TechCrunch’s report.
“Key facts about this market research program are being ignored,” the company said. “Despite early reports, there was nothing ‘secret’ about this; it was literally called the Facebook Research App. It wasn’t ‘spying’ as all of the people who signed up to participate went through a clear on-boarding process asking for their permission and were paid to participate. Finally, less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate in this market research program were teens. All of them with signed parental consent forms.”
The company also denied that Facebook Research was intended to replace Onavo, although it did not respond to evidence that the apps shared similar code.
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Dutch bike manufacturer VanMoof got fed up with how often U.S. shippers damaged its products—so they got creative
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Post stats: Points: 175 - Comments: 57 - 2019-01-26T21:01:10Z
\#HackerNews #2017 #bike #box #company #damages #down #its #put #shipping #went #when
VanMoof Bike Box
Sometimes, to make a product truly great, a company must think outside the box. But for Dutch bike manufacturer VanMoof, thinking about the box itself solved a major problem when it came to shipping.
According to CNN, the company reported that more than 25 percent of its bikes were damaged before even being delivered last year. The problem was especially bad when shipping to the U.S.
"Your covetable products, your frictionless website, your killer brand — they all count for nothing when your delivery partner drops the ball," Bex Rad, Vanmoofʼs creative director, wrote in a Medium post last year.
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The solution? Reconsider the packaging. "We asked ourselves, what do Americans really love? What would prompt couriers to be delicate with a parcel?" VanMoof co-founder Taco Carlier told CNN.
A TV was the obvious answer.
A big-screen TV box is roughly the same size and weight as a bike box. So to convince shippers to handle its products with more care, VanMoof began printing photos of TVs on its packaging. The boxes still depicted the bike, too, but at a glance it does look like you would find a massive widescreen TV inside instead of a high-end commuter bike.
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Damages dropped by 80 percent since then, according to the company. Even after a Wall Street Journal reporter spilled the beans by tweeting about the deception last year, the drop in damages has reportedly stayed consistent. (Learn the secrets to bike upkeep in Rodaleʼs Guide to Bicycle Maintenance & Repair.)
genius idea alert: @vanmoof bikes had problem with shipping damage. So it put flat TVs on its boxes. Problem solved. pic.twitter.com/dsomNATUoY — Jason Gay (@jasongay) September 4, 2016
The "cheeky" bike box was so successful, in fact, that VanMoof began talking it up nearly as much as it did the bikes inside."The pared-back VanMoof TV box comes with a free bike box inside, making it a great addition to your house for children, pets, or grown-ups," its website reads.
Cyclists who have suffered shipping woes in their personal lives may wish to take heed.
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Mark Zuckerberg’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today (paywalled, but summarized here) relies on all-too-familiar refrains to explain the dubious principles and so-called “facts” behind Facebook’s…
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On-demand food delivery startup Munchery is ceasing operations effective immediately, the startup announced in an e-mail to customers on Monday.
Founded in 2010, the San Francisco-based business had raised a total of $125 million in venture capital funding, reaching a valuation of $300 million with an $87 million round in 2015, according to PitchBook. Munchery was backed by Greycroft, ACME Ventures (formerly known as Sherpa Capital), Menlo Ventures, e.Ventures, Cota Capital, M13 and more.
“Since 2010, we have been committed to bringing fresh, local, and delicious meals into your homes along with all our customers across the country,” the company wrote in today’s e-mail announcement. “We’ve been delighted to work with world-renowned chefs, experiment with diverse and unique ingredients and recipes, and be a part of your holiday feasts and traditions. We have also enjoyed giving back to our community through meal donations, volunteer service, and so much more.”
The news comes as little surprise considering Munchery laid off 257 employees, or 30 percent of its workforce, in May after shutting down its Seattle, Los Angeles and New York operations. At the time, the company said it planned to double down on its biggest market, San Francisco, which would help it “achieve profitability on the near term, and build a long-term, sustainable business.”
Munchery, however, failed to deliver on those promises. On top of the 2018 layoffs, Munchery for years struggled to navigate the challenging plains of on-demand food delivery. To stay afloat, the startup shape-shifted quite a bit from originally launching as a ready-to-eat meal delivery service to delivering meal-kits to creating an $8.95 a month subscription plan for repeat customers and finally, opening up a shop inside a San Francisco BART station in a bid to win over the commuter crowd.
Munchery is just the latest in a line of food delivery startups to shutter. Doughbies, an on-demand cookie delivery business, closed its doors in 2018. Sprig, Maple and Josephine are amongst the others to falter under the pressure of a crowded market.
Munchery didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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