'I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything'
"The more frequent effect of the Google block though is that the internet itself slows down dramatically for me.
"Most of the websites I visit have frustratingly long load times because so many of them rely on resources from Google... On Airbnb, photos won’t load... Because I’m blocking Google, Dropbox thinks I’m not a real person and won’t let me sign in."
"The Legacy of Firefox OS" by Ben Francis https://medium.com/@bfrancis/the-legacy-of-firefox-os-c58ec32d94f0
KaiOS looks neat. It's a shame they're planning to switch from Gecko to Chromium.
"Your TV Is Now a Computer, but Not in a Good Way" by Alexis C. Madrigal https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/01/smart-tvs-are-dumb/581059/
Dumb TVs FTW. I'm never going to buy a "smart" TV if I can avoid it.
hey portland tech workers!
the Tech Workers Coalition is holding a meeting at Cider Riot tonight at 6!
i'm going to be there! meet me there and we can talk about organizing :D
Facebook, capitalism Show more
This story by Reveal (nonprofit outlet similar to ProPublica) adds to the pile of dark stories about Facebook from the last few months, but it's very much worth the read.
Facebook exploited minors' access to their parents' accounts (for spending $$$ in addictive games) for financial gain. They rejected internal recommendations long adopted by other platforms (e.g., re-renter password or CC # before a charge is approved) because - profits.
Check out our Distinguished Technologist, Bradley Kuhn's talk on "Preventing the IOT Dystopia with Copyleft" also from linux.conf.au (actual link this time) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1o42faNg8k&t
Whoa... There's going to be an update to the MIDI standard? https://www.elektormagazine.com/news/midi-2-finally-announced
For anyone interested, I published it science fiction story about solidarity economics, a collectively-owned AI and cooperative hurricane-preparedness in the face of climate change at The Verge. Check it out if you got a minute: https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/23/18175285/cadwell-turnbull-sci-fi-story-common-ai-climate-change-better-worlds
Which router brands can you recommend me to install #OpenWRT in? I'd like to have one at home.
Plz boost, thx
Story of my life: "no luddite could ever op out; only a dedicated hobbyist ever could do this." https://medium.com/@natematias/https-medium-com-natematias-quitting-facebook-google-aaf8f4c80fbf
data-mined by your own apartment/landlord Show more
I make some exceptions sharing twitter threads when it’s something important.
More and more businesses are realizing they can add surveillance to where it wasn’t possible before. Landlords are pushing hard for this in order to gain more control, to sell your data (extremely private data). The IoT devices are a boon for amoral corps, allowing them to perpetuate _massive_ land grabs to tip the status quo.
Recently reading about deer being introduced into Australia reminded about how African Oryx were introduced into the region where I grew up: https://www.nps.gov/whsa/learn/nature/african-oryx.htm
What I wasn't aware of until I read that article was that people also introduced two other foreign species. We're always going on about invasive species, but seem to give a pass to the ultimate invasive species. 🤔
I made a little thing on Glitch for making blackout poetry, so you can be emo on the internet faster and more efficiently https://blackoutpoetry.glitch.me
The New York Times killed their behavorial advertising integrations in prep for GDPR and... it went fine! Their revenue actually increased:
(Edited to note: This only applied to their pages served in Europe, as far as I can tell.)
What the...? Archive.org has a "webamp skin" (which looks a lot like winamp did at one time) for audio playback? An example:
The amount of remixing of all these digital artifacts frequently surprises me.
Interests: programming languages, open platforms, art, craft, diy, and justice. #nobot
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