"The old promise of the internet — niche communities, human connection, people exchanging ideas, maybe even paying each other for the work they’d made — never really lost its appeal, but this year it came back with a miniature vengeance."

Tiny, weird online communities made a comeback in 2017 - Tiny, weird online communities made a comeback in 2017 - theverge.com/2017/12/28/167950

First look at the new soul-absorption feature of the iPhone X

Whoever perpetrated 9/11 made all US citizens "political". To swallow the official story and demand allegiance while saying "no politics" engages in politics.

Read the NIST report about WTC7. NIST won't release its model or "data" behind conclusion that fire took down steel framing at free fall. This is enough to cry foul & demand a real investigation.

The way 9/11 and then Amerithrax (US-based whether Ivins or someone else) were used to justify invading Iraq stinks.

Someone lied us into war.

The initial "c" is silent.

> Because the ctenophore invented brains and muscles using a set of proteins and genes so different from any other animal that has ever been studied, it provides a unique opportunity to explore some enormous questions: how divergent can nervous systems be? Do we truly understand how life senses its surroundings and behaves?


/via https://twitter.com/cstross/status/893791017257889792

Relevant, spotted in Console:
"Chrome does not support the Push API in incognito mode"
"There is deliberately no way to feature-detect this, since incognito mode needs to be undetectable by websites."


Does anyone else judge the difficulty of a problem by how many tabs you close once you've solved it?

Y'know, like Sherlock Holmes' "Three pipe problem" - "This was a six tab problem" or the like.

People who love Apple for its privacy-protecting ways should really try setting up an iPad from scratch these days. I think I basically had to give it a sample of my mum's blood before it was usable.

If you're not familiar with POC||GTFO you're in for a treat - alchemistowl.org/pocorgtfo/ is where you can find it.

Also note: most of the editions have...easter eggs. Like, one of them, when passed to a ruby interpreter, is a webserver that serves itself.

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@BryanLunduke@mastodon.rocks @sil It's a token with utility, no one controls. See stats.brave.com/dashboard#dail -- the big light blue slice is the user growth pool, 300M tokens, to be given as initial grants to users adopting the model.

The dark grey (0x67fa...) slice is the BAT development pool 180-day lockup smart contract address.

Remonetizing users was my number one motivation for doing a token. I've studied alt-money theories for years; was inspired by Social Credit.

@shellkr @sil Blockchain is good for low-trust/most-decentralized protocols. Anything to do with atomic user data must stay on device, and aggregating with diff-privacy is tricky.

So we're building opt-in-only, private ad matching (browser downloads list ad URLS + metadata per URL, local M/L matches) for ad placement in user-private slots. To confirm ads, we're extending the ZKP anonize.org-based ledger system I mentioned a minute ago.

We want ZKP-on-blockchain when feasible; not yet.

TIL that the latin abbreviation viz ["see:"] derives from "videlicet", a contraction of videre licet ["to see, it is allowed"] with, specifically, the 'z' deriving from a specific shorthand representation of 'et'


The 'Tironian' abbreviations are still used for some words today, and this is one of them.

@BrendanEich Spent an hour this morning with an [insurance industry] client setting up a load of write-only reports. It ain't just banks.

Oooh. Interesting.

Per twitter.com/doctorow/status/86 at birbsite, certain tethering blocks are defeatable by changing MAX_MTU

I wonder what this will do to other kinds of packet shaping and QoS schemes.

Hilarious escapade doing online application at great pain (form validation bugs, inconsistent state in app UX vs. data model), only to find after traveling that ink-on-paper signature needed. Printed whole thing, signed. Hotel-provided Epson could not scan, it used 10-year old "USB" tech. Front desk scanned whole double-sided, ink-on-paper signed printout, sent me two PDFs: first odd pages, then reverse order even pages.

Institution requiring this is happy now, even with the split/reverse, lol.

This is why I am against biometrics as a sole identifier:


There's no biometric sign that is uncloneable. It's OK as a username-equivalent, but it is unforgivably bad as an authenticator.

@RickByers @Rushyo How would you fix it? The degree and kind of compatibility required to compete is not determined by the browser vendors alone, but the set of sites users prefer to visit, and their owners paying for maintenance and upgrades. We are seeing more "break the web" now, e.g. WICG with Chrome (yourself on point ;-) leading, or ad/tracker blocking by default as in Brave. But it is hard for other than market leader and small share browsers to do this.

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