The recent Google Home drama and related news shows how easily and effectively you can put a smokescreen in front of people's concerns by making them feel smart and informed. “Of course humans are listening to what you say! You see, that's how the AI is being trained! How did you think speech recognition is programmed, you privacy freak? It needs human input!” – they say. Damn, those ML experts are sure smarter than those hysterical journalists!
Mozilla is shutting down their IRC servers and moving to Discord, a proprietary chat service.
Hey Mozilla, aren't we forgetting something here? Our very own "Mozilla Pledge for a Healthy Internet” states:
> Principle 2 The internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.
> Principle 6 The effectiveness of the internet as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.
I blogged about not using apps. Let me know what you think! https://blog.tadzik.net/steering-away-from-apps.html
Response from official Berlin.de website on user tracking without consent: "Just too complicated and too much effort to ask for consent" : privacy - https://www.reddit.com/r/privacy/comments/bb6avz/response_from_official_berlinde_website_on_user/
In hindsight, just amazing to see, in 2010 (just 3 yrs ahead of '13!), Google and S. Valley was still perceived as innovative, pro-human rights & net freedom. I fully understand it was a natural conclusion based on the info available, and was what I once held.
But just think about it, it's still surprising to realize the speed things are changing... We were using Gnome 2.2, Firefox 3.5, systemd didn't exist. And geohot's iPhone bootrom exploit wasn't a thing.
Thank god the entire industry hasn't decided to revolve around Blink/Chromium for 95% of the web's browser traffic, or else Google would have an unlimited ability to push forward whatever bullshit standard they wanted.
Wait hold on, my producer is telling me something [places finger on my ear piece]
So I retired my T430 and got an A485. I'm now in the "intel sucks" club too, hah!
And as silly as I find the "the last good thinkpad was the one *I* have" meme... mechanically and engineering wise, I think this one's a downgrade. Of course, the hardware is new and performance is magnificent, but no lid latch, no rooom for the 2nd HDD... yes it's significantly thinner, but was it worth it?
Also, somehow the speakers sound even worse than T430's. That's is seriously motherfucking impressive :o
Fun fact: vCard supports freeform text for gender specification: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6350#section-6.2.7
I wrote a switch for Python. I'm not sure if I should be proud. https://github.com/tadzik/switch4python
Watching https://media.ccc.de/v/35c3-9941-how_facebook_tracks_you_on_android/. Both eye-opening and terrifying, but only if you know why tracking like this is actually harmful. Is there a list somewhere, *not aimed at tech people* that would explain why you would not want to have data gathered about you? Maybe we should start one, what do you say, fediverse?
For example (is that accurate?): Would you like to have a loan denied to you because your friends are poor and their existence lowers your credit rating?
^ stuff like that
I reviewed Artifact, the dota card game: https://steamcommunity.com/id/ProbablyAlligator/recommended/583950. Takes some effort to get comfy in it, but is definitely the best computer card game I've played.
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