what is the "analogue loophole"? why do people say that removing the headphone jack would allow companies to restrict your ability to listen to music? (long, serious) Show more
the "analogue hole" refers to the idea that no matter how hard you try to make sure nobody can make illegal copies of videos, music, or text, there's always a "hole" in the protection that occurs when it's no longer digital. digital content can be protected - video files can be encrypted, music players can limit you to five devices - but analogue signals can't be. for example, itunes can disallow you from putting a song on more than five computers, but if you play the song through your speakers and record it, what you do with it is beyond apple's control.
one of the few remaining analogue outputs on a modern device is the audio jack. this is where you connect your headphones or speakers. your laptop only knows that something's plugged in. it doesn't know what's connected. you could be playing it through earphones or a massive speaker system and it wouldn't be able to tell. meanwhile, HDMI is a digital output format. it can tell if it's been plugged into a TV or a recording device, and can automatically disable output if you're recording it to make it harder for you to make copies of movies.
if the audio jack is replaced by USB-C or bluetooth, it becomes possible to tell what you're connecting to the laptop or phone. your phone might disable audio playback on anything but headphones to prevent you from hosting a public event with the music. it could also detect a recording device that you're using to (for example) make a copy of a song you're listening to on spotify and turn off the playback.
of course, at some point, digital needs to become analogue. humans can't watch electrical pulses, we need to see patterns of light. we can't listen to streams of 1s and 0s, we need vibrations in the air. this means that it's impossible to truly defeat the analogue hole - no matter what you do, someone can always just point a camera at their TV. it'll have worse quality, but it can never be stopped.
the analogue hole is one of many ways to circumvent DRM, or digital rights management. you can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analog_hole
Btw, I've totally stolen @aral's "Bullshit Tree" analogy on a comment I recently did on Reddit. But the subject is practically the same subject. Especially within an industry like Esports, that are more than plagued by #VentureCapitalism and #SurveillanceCapitalism.
A study shows that 3 people in a conference room can result in a CO2 levels that can impair cognitive functioning in just 2 hours.
Any decisions made at the end of the meeting are made in a mentally deficient state.
I had semi impromptu meeting with Portland's Smart City Open Data Director and he is so cool! They are taking a privacy forward approach to the smart city approach, very inspiring.
"From 1985 to 2009, the average size of an American’s social network—defined by the number of confidants people feel they have—has declined by more than one-third. We may have hundreds of friends on Instagram, but evidence is mounting that those connections are not the ones that provide us the social balm we need, which is human contact." https://qz.com/1570179/how-to-make-friends-build-a-community-and-create-the-life-you-want/?utm_source=parIC&cid=sf01002 #community #socialmedia
In these cases, I am always thinking about the poor guy(s) who just happened to go on their long-planned-n-hard-earned 6 month offline timeout into the Amazon forest (not bookstore :P) and then come back to deleted account(s).
IMHO, these kinds of procedures should FIRST give a 3-month notice about deactivating accounts into a restorable state, and then when deactivating, start a 6-month countdown towards deletion with a second email warning.
The ever-increasing #informationOverload means it is becoming crucial for everyone to be able to save as much time as possible, even on the #desiSeconds scale. #Multiidentity is one of several means of helping everyone to both handle own and filter external contents with maximum #efficiency. This is about #ITstrategy, and the #platforms of the #fediverse and related tools should cater for the needs of various groups of people, not only one use case. For example, we should be able to use this platform in #collaboration efforts regarding improvements to #democracy such as #transparency. Suitable #flexibility in #voting and #moderation are good examples of what such platforms should provide. And in particular #discussion #processes towards collective #decisionMaking is something the world simply is lacking and has never seen efficient and trustworthy #solutions for yet (ever...).
The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/03/hottest-chat-app-teens-google-docs/584857/
Happy to see Panopticlick testing with real trackers now. Second screenshot is the result with @better
However, not unblocking trackers that honor Do Not Track should not be a negative. DNT is fundamentally broken unless, under GDPR, it is interpreted as valid communication of lack of consent for all tracking (which it should be).
#5yrsago Tony Benn, secret mounter of illegal Parliamentary plaques https://boingboing.net/2014/03/14/tony-benn-secret-mounter-of-i.html
Amazon Lobbied More Government Entities Than Any Other US Company Last Year
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WhatsApp cofounder tells students to delete Facebook https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/whatsapp-brian-acton-delete-facebook-stanford-lecture
US cops took more stuff from people than burglars did in 2014
assets seized usually (85% of the time) go to departments that target communities of color
cops love taking people's stuff and defend the practice constantly, promoting the idea of market policing
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