Tumblr 打算要支援 ActivityPub

Tumblr 現在的老大 Matt MullenwegTwitter 上提到了 Tumblr 打算要支援 ActivityPub 的消息:

如果支援的話,對於 ActivityPub 這個圈子會是個大消息,等於是有個大平台跳進去支援...

南韓最高法院也對 Web Scraping 給出了類似美國的判例

也是上個禮拜在 Hacker News 上看到的新聞,南韓最高法院對於 web scraping 也做出了類似美國 HiQ Labs v. LinkedIn 案的判例:「Korean Supreme Court Provides Clarity on Web Scraping and Violation of the Relevant Korean Laws, including the Copyright Act and Information Protection Act (Supreme Court, 2021Do1533, May 12, 2022)」,原文似乎已經被 paywall,但可以從 Internet Archive 的「這邊」與 archive.today 的「這邊」讀到原全文。另外在 Hacker News 上的討論「The Supreme Korean court says that scraping publicly available data is legal (lexology.com)」。

hiQ 的案子之前有寫過,可以參考「hiQ 爬 LinkedIn 資料的無罪判決」這邊。

南韓最高法院認為這次的抓取公開資料不違反南韓的法令:

On May 12, 2022, the Korean Supreme Court held in Case No. 2021Do1533 that scraping publicly available data from a competitor’s website does not violate the asserted laws, including the Copyright Act and the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection (“Information Protection Act”).

比較特別的是在講刑事責任的第三點提到了 read only,不確定是不是反駁原告的立論:

The Supreme Court also found Defendants not guilty of violating the Criminal Code in light of the following findings: (i) the Defendants’ act of scraping did not interfere with information processing on Yanolja’s API server; (ii) the Defendants’ act of scraping did not interfere with Yanolja’s booking business; (iii) the Defendants did not interfere with Yanolja’s business, because its scraping did not modify data within Yanolja’s API server; and (iv) the Defendants lacked mens rea for criminal interference with business, as the Defendants merely intended to collect accommodation information from Yanolja’s API server.

整體看起來是被告的大獲全勝?

美國人使用社群媒體的情況

在「Social Media Usage by Age」這邊看到的文章,把美國人使用社群媒體的情況做成圖,資料來源是 Pew Research Center 的「Social Media Fact Sheet」這裡。

很明顯的可以看到 Google (Alphabet) 基本上就是 YouTube 一個產品吃天下,而 Facebook (Meta) 有三個產品在滲透,包括 Facebook、InstagramWhatsapp

LinkedIn 在出社會後會開始用,另外 Pinterest 這麼多老人家在用到是很驚奇 XDDD

DigitalOcean 買下 CSS-Tricks

Hacker News 首頁上看到的消息,DigitalOcean 買下 CSS-Tricks:「CSS-Tricks is joining DigitalOcean!」,DigitalOcean 的公告在「CSS-Tricks joins DigitalOcean, expanding our commitment to community」,而 Hacker News 上對應的討論在「DigitalOcean acquires CSS-tricks (css-tricks.com)」。

不知道 DigitalOcean 的想法,有人猜算是買媒體的一種,也有人猜是因為 css-tricks.com 的 SEO 分數超高。

對 css-tricks.com 這邊來說,基本上就是脫手賣掉?不過沒看到金額...

Twitter 的 Tor Onion 位置

Hacker News 上看到「Twitter is now available on Tor (help.twitter.com)」這篇,講 Twitter 官方的說明裡面有提到 Tor 的 Onion 服務:「About twitter.com supported browsers」。

會用到的網址分別是:

看起來這些開頭為 twitter 的 domain 是撞出來的... 不過還是討問題,如果已經可以用 Tor 的話,exit node 應該夠用?

BBC 這次拿出短波廣播...

Hacker News Daily 上看到的,BBC 這次戰爭拿出短波廣播發送訊號,讓烏克蘭地區的人,以及一部分俄羅斯的人可以收到 BBC 的新聞:「BBC resurrects WWII-era shortwave broadcasts as Russia blocks news of Ukraine invasion」。

The BBC says its shortwave broadcasts will be available on frequencies of 15735 kHz from 4PM to 6PM and 5875 kHz from 10PM to midnight, Ukraine time. News will be read in English, which the BBC says will be available in Kyiv as well as “parts of Russia.”

主要還是用到短波廣播可以傳很遠,以及難以封鎖的特性,相較於 internet 容易被牆掉所以被拿來用...

另外 BBC 也提供了 Onion 的版本,讓俄羅斯的人可以翻出來看 BBC 的新聞:

The BBC’s current onion domain is: https://www.bbcnewsd73hkzno2ini43t4gblxvycyac5aw4gnv7t2rccijh7745uqd.onion.

不過有 Tor 的話基本上可以直接從 exit node 看,好像沒有必要特別用 Onion 位置...

把中央社的 App 裝起來... (來推廣一下好了)

看到之前同事在 Twitter 上提到中央社的標題算是比較正常的,不是 clickbait (誘餌式標題) 走向,就裝起來收通知看一下國內的新聞:

到今天算是用了三四天,目前看到的標題都還不錯,從標題大概就可以抓到重點,不過好像沒看到付費的項目可以贊助 (也許可以提供 app 內去廣告?),寫一篇文章來推廣好了...

另外一個有付費的是 WSJ,USD$5/m,主要是桌機可以直接看內容,不過手機上也是讓 app 推播標題...

Reddit 的前 EM 提到 Reddit 用的 Dark Pattern

Hacker News Daily 上看到「Reddit's disrespectful design」這個,在講 Reddit 用到的 dark pattern, 不過我覺得更棒的是在 Hacker News 上的討論:「Reddit’s disrespectful design (ognjen.io)」。

討論裡面出現了之前在 Reddit 裡面負責這塊的 EM (engineer manager),wting

I was the EM for Reddit's Growth team around this time. I am responsible for / contributed to a few features like the current signup flow, AMP pages, push notifications, email digests, app download interstitials, etc.

然後他提到他當初拒絕實做其中一些 dark pattern,然後在經過 [0] 的事情後,他決定換團隊:

There was a new product lead who joined with many good ideas, but some of them were dark patterns that I heavily protested. After a few months of this, it was obvious that I was going to be reigned in or let go[0]; I immediately transferred to a different org.

其中 [0] 的部份是,公司把他 reporting line 改成到 product lead XDDD

0: They changed it so I would report to the product lead, which is odd for an EM to report into a product chain and the only instance within the company ever.

另外他也講了一個事情,就是強姦使用者是有用的,而且超級有用:

Now let me explain the other side of the story. 4 years later, Reddit's DAU, MAU, and revenue have all grown at ridiculous rates[1]. Yes, power users complain—and still continue using the site—but the casual user does not. These dark patterns have been normalized on other websites.

These practices are done because it works.

1: Many friends are startup founders and I've been at a few startups myself—a byproduct of being in the Bay Area—and Reddit's growth numbers are impressive. As a former employee, I am quite happy about my equity growth.

這幾乎是共識了,dark pattern 看起來很邪惡沒錯,但他就是有用...