Eugene Wei's posts about TikTok and social media behaviour algorithms are both fascinating and terrifying https://www.eugenewei.com/blog/2020/9/18/seeing-like-an-algorithm
(Terrifying part is mostly unexamined in his posts, specifically what it does to people when you optimise for feeding the algorithm like this.)
Why you should never post photos of your airline boarding passes online, a morality tale illustrated with former Australian Prime Ministers:
"Just because there is now a multi-billion-dollar industry based on the abject betrayal of our privacy doesn’t mean the sociopaths who built it have any right whatsoever to continue getting away with it"
Shared via pocket: The cult of the free must die https://quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2020/08/the_cult_of_the.html
Nineteen. Freaking. Seventy. Seven.
And in 128 KB of RAM.
Reminder: Springer has released a lot of digital textbooks for free in the last few months, and their special offer is ending on July 31st. There is no need to sign up to download the PDF and ePub files.
This lovely page has the full list of available titles: https://hnarayanan.github.io/springer-books/
Quiet afternoon watching the General Magic documentary. About the early 1990s consumer technology company that almost-kind-of-would-of made the modern smartphone... https://vimeo.com/ondemand/generalmagic
Remember reading that Windows' filesystem implementation is simply bad at anything with many small files, because this is not traditionally how Windows applications store data.
Hence abominations like C++ "Unity Builds" exist (concatenate all the source files and put them through the compiler one time only.)
TBH what I've never heard is how much faster it is to work with large files on Windows' filesystem, or why Windows never improved the performance with many small files...
Computer user: "Delete this directory of files, please."
Most operating systems: "OK... done!"
Windows: "Time to shine! This is a Big Deal so I'm going to show you this windows with some statistics of just how many files I'm deleting and how many minutes it's going to take to do it. And I'm going to graph it in real time for you, so you can see just how much deleting I'm doing! I look forward to showing you this awesome information for at least ten minutes."
covid, hardware, privacy
Singapore government asked four open source & privacy advocates to come and tear down their newly announced COVID-19 contact tracing hardware tokens. This seems like a pretty good step!
(Part I missed when reading all four blogs is how the data gets off the token. Read into a phone and from there treated the same as an app, I suppose?)
1994 news report about Technomad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC5ACV4JTY4
Steven Roberts' internet connected nomadic bike project, back when the future of internet was so bright...
"Computers as I used to love them" - Tonsky: https://tonsky.me/blog/syncthing/
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