If you're new to Mastodon, here's @bethskw with a primer piece. https://lifehacker.com/a-beginner-s-guide-to-mastodon-1828503235
Warner Koch has a good analysis on the PGP and S/MIME efail issue - https://lists.gnupg.org/pipermail/gnupg-users/2018-May/060315.html
I say the media is full overblown by this, and responsible encryption is still a great tool.
As Tax Day approaches, another reminder that Intuit (owners of TurboTax) & H&R Block have lobbied for years to make tax filing even more difficult and complex.
They’re about to deliver a ultimate win in banning the gov’t from free and simple filing. https://www.propublica.org/article/congress-is-about-to-ban-the-government-from-offering-free-online-tax-filing-thank-turbotax
Today is a truly dark day in the history of the Internet as the European Union has voted to kill the open Internet with the help of corporate lobbyists. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/03/eus-parliament-signs-disastrous-internet-law-what-happens-next
I fear for the future when censorship will reign supreme and you can thank Big Publishing, Big Telecom, Big Tech, Big Media, Big Music , and Hollywood for rubber stamping this.
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If you live in the EU, please get out there and raise some hell this weekend and in the coming days. The future of the Internet is at stake. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190321/11190641843/sites-warn-eu-users-just-how-bad-article-13-will-be.shtml
Want to listen to the #NetNeutrality court arguments? Go here! https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/sixtyday.nsf/mastercalendar?SearchView&query=(%5BEntryDate%5D%3E=02/01/2019%20AND%20%5BEntryDate%5D%3C=02/01/2019)&tab=1&SearchMax=1000
Here’s a primer. So much at stake here in terms of the Internet’s future in the United States. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/net-neutrality-advocates-confident-about-beating-fcc-as-case-heads-to-court/
RIP Windows 10 Mobile, and with that it’s the end of the Windows Phone era (for good this time). https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/18/18188054/microsoft-windows-phone-windows-10-mobile-end-of-support-updates
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This is great news for voting rights in New York, which was basically much like deep red states before today. https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/NY-Legislature-passes-sweeping-electoral-reforms-13532415.php
Remember when USB-C headphones would replace the now gone jack? Looks like it’s already on life support and closer to death. https://www.soundguys.com/usb-c-headphones-dead-ces-2019-21475/
2018 wasn't just about hacks, breaches, and unauthorized bad guys breaking into systems. Instead, 2018’s worst privacy actors were the tech companies themselves. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/data-privacy-scandals-and-public-policy-picking-speed-2018-year-review
Happy New Year, fediverse!
Here’s to working towards more freedom, justice, and equality in 2019. It’s not going to get any easier. It’s probably going to get harder. All that matters is we keep chipping away at the problem and working on the solutions. Every little thing we do, whether it’s raising awareness or reducing harm or creating ethical alternatives… it all matters.
Heck, the fact I can write this on the fediverse is reason enough to be hopeful.
Lots of love to you all
2018 wrap up:
Third full year freelancing, some highs and lows but mostly good enough to be satisfied.
Went to two weddings this year which is a rarity.
Got a few board games and a few console/PC ones.
Started a relationship which I hope can last long.
Went on a few summer road trips.
Our democracy is still in danger but it got a lifeline this year.
Overall grade despite I want this year to be in flames: B
Very depressing piece on the state of web browsers and we have a clear winner that takes all which is Chrome/Chromium. This is a scary present and future which Google will determine the direction of the web. http://bit.ly/2QgYZGP
Reasons why Tumblr is now officially irrelevant Show more
Welp, Tumblr as we know it it is dead for three reasons IMO:
1) Years and years of Yahoo and now Verizon's mismanagement of the platform and failure to go after hateful content.
2) Apple and it's influence on the App Store.
3) Kamala Harris, the creator of SESTA/FOSTA.
Not at all surprised by this. Corporations are just acting like we all expect them to be. https://mastodon.ar.al/@aral/101142670476984157
Wow, Reuters, 1984 was meant to be a warning, not an instruction manual, you absolute muppets.
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