RIP Randy Seuss, who was a co-creator of the first(?) BBS system: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/technology/randy-suess-dead.html
The article repeatedly makes statements calling BBSes "an early version of facebook or twitter" because that's apparently the only way anyone understands online interaction in 2019, but they don't make the distinction that local BBSes were almost always for-fun, non-profit hobby ventures that were 100% about fostering local community, not surveilance capitalist hellscape advertising platforms
Beyond evil: This month Facebook started to scrape sites that use 'pixel' for all kinds of information. Including personal information about the visitors. People could be identified even without cookies by name or email. This affects also non FB Users. https://developers.facebook.com/docs/facebook-pixel/advanced/advanced-matching/
Seems to be currently live on booking.com and airbnb.com. Here personal information like name, email and phone number is sent to facebook during registration at airbnb.
Have you heard about Silicon Valley’s unpaid research and development department? It’s called the EU.
Who should you thank for Facebook’s Libra?
• “One of the UK’s leading privacy researchers”
• University College London
• The DECODE project
And, if you’re an EU citizen who pays their taxes,
Surprised? Don’t be.
https://openlogos.org/ is an example that made me really happy. if you’re a graphic design student, teacher or hobbyist, why not make every one of your projects address an open source project that has no visual identity?
"As an artist that stores their art on twitter and a lot of art related sites. This troubles me deeply. Imagine if Twitter or even Youtube did this. Every video gone forever."
And just holy yikes, y'all. This gave me palpitations.
Please don't think of uploading/sharing stuff as "storing" it on any of these sites--twitter/tumblr/etc. There's no good retrieval process, you don't control compression, etc. It's nice to access stuff one's shared for resharing but not storage.
“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.
Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.
Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.
"Do your part" energy conservation plans, like turning lights off when you leave the room, are great for your energy bill, but their job as part of "lowering carbon footprints" is to deflect from the big corporations that actually use the vast majority of the power.
For example, the average US stand-alone home uses ~11,000 kWh per year.
The VERY MOST EFFICIENT roadside LED billboard uses ~61,000 kWh per year. That number rises to ~323,000 kWh at the top end.
But one of our biggest newspapers is owned by the same guy that owns our biggest retail monstrosity.
And the rest of our news media, more or less, are owned by equally or more unsavory characters.
Everyone has an agenda, and everyone's agenda is to hurt us.
And that sounds like some kind of hyperbole, but when your media is controlled by Jeff Bezos and Rupert Murdoch, when your local news is actually just a puppet for Sinclair Broadcast Group... it stops being hyperbole.
Winter holidays will be put to good use: deep revamping of my accountancy / billing system, deep thinking about communication & information channels, how I use them and how much time they swallow without my consent.
But most important: I decided to give up on my beloved iPhone and switch back to a circa-2005-dumb-phone. Yes, a phone that can only handle calls and SMS. No GPS, no gizmos, no social media, no emails. I already wrote a new email signature to inspire friends & clients:
A Finnish cs student.
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