I guess I should do an #introductions post to pin.
I'm Jacob, I'm a privacy advocate who works in IT/security. I do not lean particularly liberal or conservative, I find both parties in the US relatively distasteful.
I am a co-host on two podcasts: Pentagonal (a privacy/security podcast from @standardmedia) and Biomassed (a gaming podcast which you can find at biomassed.net).
Google stole footage for The Selfish Ledger video, refuses to pay for it. https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/24/17388140/google-selfish-ledger-copyright-philip-bloom
Silicon Valley has gone too far https://www.cnet.com/news/would-you-wear-this-muzzle-around-the-office-for-private-calling/
@HerraBRE I don't hate the cis one bit. I hate the assholes who seem driven by nothing but hate to keep trans people down, and I hate the amount of ignorance our society has re trans people. But blaming an entire demographic of people is not constructive nor helpful.
Oh, the joy of watching US tech CEOs defend their re-implementation of a brutal class system by claiming that unions are the ones trying to re-implement a brutal class system and they are merely glorious defenders of liberty.
This is how you lead on privacy: Doing GDPR even where you don't have to. Google is not going to do this.
I think it's really interesting to follow Dave Winer (inventor of RSS) on Twitter - he's very concerned about the current push towards HTTPS.
He's afraid raising the secrity bar will make the web less open and less accessible. And he's right; adding technical requirements favours the entrenched big players with big budgets.
Dave also fears for the historic web, in the (unlikely?) event that browser vendors actually deprecate HTTP.
I don't agree with everything he says, but the POV has value.
The one thing that's absolutely awful about Android phones is that the manufacturer doesn't fucking bother to make OS updates. I'm out here stuck on 4.4 and can't even use Tusky because of it
This is what true happiness looks like.
Last night my friend informed me I have a headlight out. After being mystified why so many people seem to drive around with one headlight so often... this means my obligation is clear: No matter what else I do or do not accomplish today, replacing that headlight before it gets dark is compulsory.
"[ #GDPR ] was written with the express purpose to rein in some of the worst violations of the #privacy of EU citizens during their online activities. If becoming compliant with the law will cause your business to go under that is more or less the same as saying that your business is built on gross privacy violations. So if that’s your business model then good riddance to you and your company." https://jacquesmattheij.com/gdpr-hysteria
Pretty neat site, though an unfortunate number of services' solutions essentially equate to "write them a letter asking for it": https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/19/my-data-request-lists-guides-to-get-data-about-you/
But this may be a good place to be on the lookout for automated download tools.
once again : writing down all your passwords in a notebook isn't inherently bad. it's a lot better than using the same password for everything, especially if that one is your dog's birth date.
A lot of people's threat model means it's a very good method, actually.
(It's interesting I guess that you need a hashtag to search by for posts, other sites generally will let you search generic terms. I guess it keeps the search index reasonable.)