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Manton Reece
I created Micro.blog. I also have two podcasts: Core Intuition and Timetable.
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This article in The Washington Post about AI energy use has a lot in it, but still seems to paint an incomplete picture. Not a single mention of Apple? If Apple can roll out AI in millions of devices and still use 100% renewable for servers, should be within reach for others too.

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Finished reading: Blood Over Bright Haven by M. L. Wang. This was excellent. It must’ve been a challenging book to write, fascinating magic and ambitious take on society. Really something special. 📚

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@aeryn I haven't seen it in years but I remember it leaving quite an impact. Great film.

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@gregmorris Which post? I see the hats one from today on Threads. Should be working if you were able to enable the feature in Micro.blog.

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Great post by Anil Dash on how the board of directors for an organization actually works. I learned a lot. The timing of this post could not be more perfect for me right now.

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Still no option for me to submit our Threads feature to Meta for review. Tried contacting developer support but that submission fails for unknown reasons. The issue seems to be that the Meta dev dashboard is not recognizing all the successful API calls we are already making.

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@jsonbecker Yeah. I'm not even sure what the attack is that couldn't be better solved with something like rate-limiting. Sometimes it feels like the Mastodon world can't decide if they want an open web or private accounts. Gets muddled in the middle.

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I really dislike the Mastodon setting to require HTTP signatures for everything. It makes basic features like just grabbing some JSON for an actor more difficult. The user’s profile is on the public web anyway! We need apps that work natively with the web on its own terms, not more protocol layers.

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@TheMacPsych Just invited you, thanks.

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@joshua Okay, I've added you.

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Perplexity CEO addresses the recent questions about crawling, but I don’t think his answers are going to satisfy anyone. He is partially correct, though, that there is confusion about crawling to train models vs. ad-hoc downloading web pages. New info is that they outsource some crawling, which seems bad i... www.manton.org
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“I only came back to myself when I decided something: all emotions are just energy, just potential fuel for action. Everything I felt about what I saw—the guilt and the terror—wasn’t poison. It was power.” — from Blood Over Bright Haven 📚

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On this week’s Core Int, we talk about the latest AI controversy including with Perplexity and how we think about robots.txt. Then Daniel gives an update on Swift Concurrency.

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@jsonbecker I wonder if the DMA is starting to get a reputation of being more vague than it actually is. Some things (like AI) couldn’t have been spelled out when it was drafted. The intent of the App Store sections is fairly clear to me, at least.

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@pratik Cars and roads are easier to define in some ways, although you do have the somewhat subjective “reckless driving” too.

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Great collection from Michael Tsai of posts on a range of reactions to Apple blaming the DMA for delaying Apple Intelligence in Europe. I don’t feel too strongly about it, but we know Apple is frustrated with the regulation, could be slow-rolling it as a tactic.

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@kaa What’s your Threads username? It doesn’t appear to be kaa. When I add it, you’ll also need to go to Threads settings → Website Permissions to accept it.

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@stupendousman @pratik That fix last week was mostly the delay right after pressing the post button. It’ll still sometimes get hung up actually publishing… I’ll keep improving it. It’s unique to Micro.blog because of how we send everything through the Hugo pipeline.

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@bryan You’re right, I’m seeing that too. Will fix for the next mobile app version.

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John Gruber blogs about how Trump personally measures up to the Ten Commandments that he apparently now supports showing everywhere. (Also can we add an 11th commandment to not post in all caps? Trump increasingly sounds deranged.)

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@ChowWi Not yet but it’s almost ready. We’re going to post a beta and then submit it to Google to review.

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Randomly stumbled on an old clip of Steve Jobs, thanks (no thanks) to the Threads algorithmic timeline distracting me. There still hasn’t been a tech leader in the last decade with his stage presence. One of a kind.

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@t3mujin Added. 👍

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@jaffe Added, thanks.

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@drose Just invited you.

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@Parag Try now, doesn't look like it was added the first time.

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@Denny Sorry, I must've missed your username. Invited just now, thanks!

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If you sent me an @-mention yesterday about automatic Threads cross-posting, I’ve invited you on Threads and enabled the feature for your account in Micro.blog. Here’s a quick video on YouTube about it. Don’t forget to accept the invite too, under your Threads account → Settings → Website Permissions.

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@toddgrotenhuis @thedimpause Yeah, the invite prompt is buried on Threads, and I think that error message is outside our control too. Hopefully Threads improves this.

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I don’t travel as much as a bunch of people I know, but the combination of road trip and flight over the last couple of weeks has left me kind of unmoored with work. My brain is still catching up to the fact that we’re 2/3 of the way through June already. Way behind in email.

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@iPabloSB My understanding on Perplexity is that it will be enough to stop the model training, but not for the web page requests that Perplexity does on demand to get info. I'm expecting Perplexity to update this since there has been so much negative press about it.

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@kaa FYI, it's not letting me add that username.

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I tried this AI-based social network Butterflies and it’s as bizarre as you’d expect. It’s more like a game. I don’t see this kind of thing taking off in “real” social networks. Infinite content will just reinforce the infinite algorithmic feed, which is unhealthy enough already.

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@Mtt Not intentional, we do include "controls" in other places... I think I somehow thought the closing tag was optional. I'll fix it everywhere.

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@markstoneman Yeah, I never expected a full API because they don't want to give up ad revenue by letting third-party apps have control over the app experience. But I'm just generally disappointed that they haven't done more.

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Forgot to mention if you’re sending me your Threads username… You will have to go to your Threads account settings → Website Permissions to approve the tester invite for Micro.blog.

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@pratik Not in the initial release. Right now I'm not sure how much more I want to invest in Threads beyond the basics, but we'll see.

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Micro.blog cross-posting to Threads is a bit in limbo because I’m not even sure how to submit the app for review. But we can have 500 testers! Reply with your Threads username if you’d like to be added. I will process any requests later today and “Add Threads” will show up on Account → Edit Sources.

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Working with the Threads API reminds me of how frustrating it was to work with Facebook’s main app API years ago, and any silo API that requires manual approval like the App Store. The bureaucracy is at odds with Meta’s claim of supporting the open web and fediverse.

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Rough Point. This view brought to you by a contribution from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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Last night in Newport. Another lighthouse, with the sunset at Castle Hill.

A lighthouse stands at the edge of a body of water with the sun setting on the horizon.
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The New York Times: Biden gives legal protections to undocumented spouses. Biden’s administration has been effective and consequential. All he really needed to do was get us out of the pandemic, but there’s been a lot more. He deserves our vote. 🇺🇸

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The upcoming Zelda where you can play as Zelda looks fantastic. Love the design and approach to solving puzzles.

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Because of the recent pushback against AI bots, I’ve added a help page to Micro.blog with details about how to block crawling of your blog.

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Congrats to the Celtics. The NBA finals had a couple good moments, but the result never seemed that much in doubt. Only watched a little of game 5 tonight because for some reason this hotel TV has lots of channels but not ABC? I’m sure there’s a reason, can’t be a good one. 🏀

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I get the distrust of AI bots but I think discussions to sabotage crawled data go too far, potentially making a mess of the open web. There has never been a system like AI before, and old assumptions about what is fair use don’t really fit. But robots.txt still works! No need to burn everything down yet.

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Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket.