Archive for March 11, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Awesome macOS Command Line

Marcel Bischoff (via Isle of the Kakapo):

A curated list of shell commands and tools specific to OS X.

“You don’t have to know everything. You simply need to know where to find it when necessary.” (John Brunner)


Update (2020-03-12): Matt Reagan:

You might also check out Bash Snippets… It’s a short, curated list of macOS command-line tips and commands I’ve found useful in the past.

Update (2020-04-17): See also: Apple’s list of Keyboard shortcuts in Terminal on Mac (via Marnin).

Update (2022-12-14): See also: Hacker News.

Reverting From Apple News Format to RSS

Federico Viticci:

If you use News, our @macstoriesnet channel is back to being a standard RSS one. Performance of the Apple News Format plugin for WordPress was horrible and not worth our time improving it. Luckily, News Support reverted us to the old system quickly.

Wow, I didn’t think reverting was even possible. The WordPress plug-in has been working OK for me, but it probably wasn’t worth all the effort to set it up and customize it. I had heard that using Apple News Format would cause the app to drive more traffic to my articles, but nearly two years later the analytics show that almost no one is finding my posts via Apple News. Twitter, RSS, searches, and random links from the Web are all far more effective.


Explaining Copyright Broke the YouTube Copyright System

NYU (via Hacker News):

This is a story about how the most sophisticated copyright filter in the world prevented us from explaining copyright law. It doesn’t involve TikTok dance moves or nuanced 90s remixes featuring AOC. No, it involves a debate at a law school conference over how and when one song can infringe the copyright of another and how exactly one proves in a courtroom if the accused song is “substantially similar” enough to be deemed illegal. In the end, because it was blocked by one of the music companies who owns the song, it also became a textbook study in how fair use still suffers online and what it takes to pushback when a video is flagged. A copyright riddle wrapped up in an algorithmic enigma, symbolic of the many current content moderation dilemmas faced by online platforms today.


my brother tried to stream a violin recital from his living room on Facebook Live and […]

Apparently this recording by this particular “artist” isn’t a song at all, but just an upload of that same washing machine jingle that’s been on YouTube for nearly a decade. So, some rando records his washing machine jingle, uploads it to YouTube, then registers it with ContentID, and goes around demonetizing other YouTube videos where the jingle plays. And, because of how ContentID is policed — or not —, none of this is caught by anyone at all.