MP3 Is Dead, Long Live MP3 # ht @marcoarment

illustration of an mp3 player by
Illus­tra­tion by Car­o­line —

Nice arti­cle here explain­ing how the real sto­ry is that MP3’s patent has expired, mean­ing that it’s now more acces­si­ble than ever.

MP3 is sup­port­ed by every­thing, every­where, and is now patent-free. There has nev­er been anoth­er audio for­mat as wide­ly sup­port­ed as MP3, it’s good enough for almost any­thing, and now, over twen­ty years since it took the world by storm, it’s final­ly free.”

MP3 is dead” missed the real, much bet­ter sto­ry –

Six points explain “How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail” via @SciAm

It seems like, between this article and another I recall reading, asking dissenters to explain their viewpoints in as much detail as possible usually leads to more middle ground rather than less. Thoughts?

If corrective facts only make matters worse, what can we do to convince people of the error of their beliefs? From my experience, 1. keep emotions out of the exchange, 2. discuss, don't attack (no ad hominem and no ad Hitlerum), 3. listen carefully and try to articulate the other position accurately, 4. show respect, 5. acknowledge that you understand why someone might hold that opinion, and 6. try to show how changing facts does not necessarily mean changing worldviews. These strategies may not always work

Why we need the best tools on Chromebooks and Raspberry Pi — @headmelted

Great arti­cle and project here. Quick read with a bit of fun com­put­er his­to­ry and an inspir­ing tone.

These devices have a real oppor­tu­ni­ty to intro­duce a great many more young (and not-as-young) minds to our field, but let’s not have their expe­ri­ence be a restrict­ed, blink­ered view of tech­nol­o­gy.”

Why we need the best tools on Chrome­books and Rasp­ber­ry Pi