Yes, this is the problem. The article suggests: try to fix it.
And the model where some patrons receive a reward encourages transactionalism and disappointed patrons when they don't get the reward they expected.
Liberapay's model seems much more sustainable - donations only, no rewards; Liberapay fund themselves via Liberapay because they actually believe their system works.
As in they are also funded by donations, or do the creators themselves pay for entry?
> How is Liberapay funded? Are there fees?
> Liberapay does not take a cut of payments, the service is funded by the donations to its own account. However there are payment processing fees.
Huh? So does Paypal by taking a cut of payments. It does not work by people donating to Paypal. Does that mean Paypal doesnt work? The proposition does not make sense...
More than that, I don't think Patreons will ever be able to compete in a world where Netflix/Max/Disney exists just by making content.
For example, if you consider the $10 tier of The Command Zone, you'd have to weight that in against something like the Disney+ catalog, which I think is even cheaper and definitely has a lot more content?
In 500 years the idea that we ever burned our most valuable manufacturing chemical to keep warm is going to seem crazy. Petrochemicals are incredibly useful for making things.
Cement needs lots of heat to make it - from coal too. Also, cement is made from CaCO3 (limestone, the shell of ancient microorganisms). It releases the CO2 it contains when transformed into cement.
Carbon in form of coal is currently used for three purposes in steel production:
1) Heat up the ore to high temperatures
2) Reduce iron oxide to iron.
3) Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon.
Only for the third of these carbon is essential, and that requires some tens of kilos carbon per ton of steel as opposed to more than 2 tons carbon per ton of steel. The two first ones can be replaced by electrical heating and hydrogen respectively. There are currently being built some factories in northern Sweden for doing this, using hydrogen produced by hydropower. Without sufficient tax on carbon or customers willing to pay the extra for "green steel", it is not cost competitive for now.
However, the processing of the limestone might be more difficult. But then again, that also seems like insignificant emissions when the other ones are taken out, no?
Well, there's the problem: large-scale and social are incompatible. Humans evolved to be sociable with maybe a few hundred people.
No-one has ever made a good restaurant by inventing a system to deliver millions of calories per second to each diner.
To take your restaurant comparison that'd be like saying McDonalds is an average sized restaurant, which might be true for each individual McDonalds, but not for the entire system of the McDonalds chain of restaurants.
There are other clients for Bluesky that do the same thing as the bsky.app web app: https://docs.bsky.app/showcase?tags=client
This is the key.
If you have enough enthusiastic, loyal, (rich and/or generous) devotees, then you can make a living from their donations (e.g. Liberapay) or subscriptions (e.g. Patreon). If you're doing something worthwhile or even just fun, you've probably got some.
But if you don't — and this going to sound harsh about a labour of love — then evidently other people aren't (yet!) willing to pay you to focus solely on it. Maybe there's enough to cover some or all of the costs, or even make a surplus (but not a living), and you can carry on as a hobby/part-time/side-project.
But for the thing to continue existing, someone (maybe you!) has to care about it enough to pay for it, and Google certainly doesn't. Google doesn't know anything about the unique service you provide; it only knows about the words on your website, and it can get those same words ten-a-penny from other websites.
If Google's killing your site now, that means Google's been keeping it on life support since… whatever your previous strategy was. They're selfish money-getters, they never promised you page views or ad revenue, and you're not useful to them any more.
That is by having scammers feed of the keywords of your product and selling shitty bullshit/scams siphoning the people that were told 'word of mouth' yet use browsers like chrome.
If an app has been removed from the “Play Store”, that means it's been removed from the repo, and a different front-end to that repo won't include it.
This morning at work when I opened Firefox, instead of a blank tab it showed a popup advert saying “New device in your future?”. I found this string on bugzilla.mozilla.org, and apparently it's supposed to be an advert for setting up a Mozilla Account.
This is too stressful. I need a tool I don't have to second-guess all the time.
I've used Firefox for 20 years. I wish it would go back to behaving like a not-for-profit I can trust.
(Also, if anyone from Fedora is listening, please consider whether having this sort of user experience in an app installed by default harms your reputation more or less than GNOME Web would.)
I'd like for there to be a well-stocked Flatpak repo with policies like F-Droid's: they insist on rebuilding everything themselves, and they enthusiastically label potential anti-features. But that doesn't have to be Flathub, because using several Flatpak repos at once is easy. (This is really my only objection to Snap.)
Come to think of it, what I'm describing is a traditional Linux distro, so maybe Fedora and PureOS's existing Flatpak repos already fit the bill.