That doesn't come across as "privacy-protecting" at all to me.
I’m actually happy that, for once, money is going back to the critical projects that need it so much.
Thanks to PIA and Carlie for the work that went into this deal.
But LJ seemed to have disappeared from the magazine rack even before recent events. So what's the deal? Is it a distribution problem, or ???
Funnily enough, the article announcing that was subtitled "Introducing Linux Journal 2.0"... so this new one should be 3.0 really. :-)
is actually "specifically, by the hackers who run Private Internet Access (PIA) VPN, a London Trust Media company" which does not sound like a sustaining solution and absolutely not like the community of readers.
Check out http://www.businessinsider.com/history-of-the-michelin-guide...
I have no relationship with PIA. I have written two articles for LJ a few years ago, and they very much struggled to pay me afterwards.
(Long-time subscriber, gonna renew my subscription and tune in and find out just what the PIA to the LWN is gonna mean to .. what I consider .. a Mighty Fine Publication.)
It was a great magazine and one of the few ones with good technical content related to UNIX like OSes.
Lately there was little difference to the pile of Linux Something magazines that are still being printed, or blogs and technical journals scattered around the Web.
So it remains to be seen if the 2.0 changes will be enough to save it. We already lost DDJ and The C/C++ Users Journal.
And JDJ and Java Report (AFAIK, last saw them years ago - in print versions).
/ddj waaa! :(
You sign up for single site and can support 100's of people and get rewards like a digital subscription.
You would be surprised how much more donations can pick up if you eliminate even one form field let alone the entire form. People are lazy, they are even more lazy when they are giving money, the easier you make it the better
A few years ago I had a sustaining membership to a very popular public radio program. I dunno if it was a dark pattern, an oversight when overhauling their webpage, or what, but when I had to update my credit card number because it changed and I could not figure out how. None of the email contacts got any response. I eventually cancelled the old number and I've been hesitant of reoccurring transactions since.
Conversely, I would use PayPal to manage other reoccurring donations. I've adjusted the amount, updated my credit card, and canceled without issue. I was never a fan of PayPal and closed my account a few years ago, and this activity seems to have migrated to Patreon.
The web is weird and surprisingly still lagging cash and brick & mortar in many areas. People are soured to the experience of buying music and merchandise from a variety of sources and have been funneled to specific retailers like iTunes and Amazon.
It is more convenient for the individual subscriber to have 1 Patreon account to support many people, than for them to have many many accounts with many individuals sites. Where they have to manage their CC info, update expiration dates, etc
Even with something like PayPal ask anyone that has ever done Reoccurring translations on PayPal and they will tell you what a nightmare it is to get people to update their CC Info
Any time you can lesson the pain it takes for someone to give you money the better
>Any time you can lesson the pain it takes for someone to give you money the better
I see Patreons base model as to get people to sign up and forget about it. Maybe I'm a bit cynical, but it's just.. ick.
And I generally despise the concept of having to actively think about things like this, I want to sign up for it and forget about it
I also sign up for automatic bill pay, and put most of my bills on a reoccurring schedule when ever possible.
Out of a sea of "private, no logs" VPN services, PIA donations to the projects that you might also be interested in makes them really stand out. That (together with Ubuntu support) made all the difference when I was pursing a VPN provider.
Has this ever been verified in any way?
I work for an ISP and have toyed with the idea of offering a "private, no logs" VPN service. As someone running such a service, what would it take to convince you that I wasn't logging information that could be used to identify you?
(Obviously, there would be logs of some stuff -- just not the kind of things that would allow you to be individually or personally identified.)
I've read a little about zero knowledge proofs, but don't really know much about the subject to know if it could be used to verify these sorts of claims.
Maybe PIA should do the same since that's their biggest differentiating claim.