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  1. James says:

    Jamie, please share your opinion on NewsBlur. I haven't been looking for a Google Reader alternative for a few years because I visit blogs less than I did ... when ... Google Reader was a thing. But you have quite a few previouslies on it, and last time I looked about 4-5 years ago it was really disappointed, but this is open source self-hostable. So at least there's that.

    Also do you like NextDoor.com? I just sent you an invite.

    Man there was some other site I was going to ask you about I can't remember now. It will come to me.

    • James says:

      Oh, yeah, I was going to ask you to see whether ads on NextDoor.com work better than facebook. I bet you $150 they do.

    • Pavel says:

      I'm not Jamie, but I saw your comment via Newsblur, which I use and pay for, and have found it to be a suitable replacement.

      I haven't used any of its social mechanics, but I never used that in Reader, either.

      • James says:

        Thanks.

        How long do you think it will be until e.g. Mail-in-a-Box will be a reasonable Gmail alternative? I foresee a great decentralization as the IoT morphs the cloud into ubiquitous surfaces.

        • Pavel says:

          No opinion on that, I'm still firmly latched onto that particular Google teat.

          • James says:

            The cloud is just someone else's computer.

            It's 2018, if you're not compatible with the worm ecosystem between the client-side cryptocurrency mining journalism business model and the IoT interplanetary cortices, then you're memetic essence will have no host to inhabit when scanned from your corpsicle.

            • Pavel says:

              Please, I've got three books queued up that I want to finish, don't make me want to re-read Charles Stross right now...

              • James says:

                your* memetic essence.

                How do you feel about Shroeder's Lockstep?

                • Pavel says:

                  What did I just say about having a bunch of books lined up to read? And here you go and give me another one I gotta add to my "to-read" list in Goodreads...

                  The description reminds me a little bit of Marooned in Realtime, but even more of a series of Orson Scott Card stories, the name of which escapes me at the moment. There's a very similar thing, where the reigning monarch of a stellar empire effectively spends a day out of a year awake. (Which _also_ reminds me of one of the later sequels to the OZ books - or maybe just the Russian copycat version - where seven kings are rotated through their kingly duties, spending their meanwhile asleep. And of course, when they wake they've got the mind of a baby, and it takes most of a year - coincidentally, the length of their reign - to bring them back to adulthood...)

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