Pluralistic: A link-clump demands a linkdump (05 Nov 2023)

Today’s links A link-clump demands a linkdump: Fit the ninth. This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading A link-clump demands a linkdump (permalink) Cometh the weekend, cometh the linkdump. My daily-ish newsletter includes a section called “Hey look at this,” with three short links per day, but sometimes those links get backed up and I need to clean house. Here’s the eight previous installments: https://pluralistic.net/tag/linkdump/ The country code top level domain (ccTLD) for the Caribbean island nation of Anguilla is .ai, and that’s turned into millions of dollars worth of royalties as “entrepreneurs” scramble to sprinkle some buzzword-compliant AI stuff on their businesses in the most superficial way possible: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2023/08/ai-fever-turns-anguillas-ai-domain-into-a-digital-gold-mine/ All told, .ai domain royalties will account for about ten percent of the country’s GDP. It’s actually kind of nice to see Anguilla finding some internet money at long last. Back in the 1990s, when I was a freelance web developer, I got hired to work on the investor website for a publicly traded internet casino based in Anguilla that was a scammy disaster in every conceivable way. The company had been conceived of by people who inherited a modestly successful chain of print-shops and decided to diversify by buying a dormant penny mining stock and relaunching it as an online casino. But of course, online casinos were illegal nearly everywhere. Not in Anguilla – or at least, that’s what the founders told us – which is why they…Pluralistic: A link-clump demands a linkdump (05 Nov 2023)

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