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Answers a lot of my questions about why ransomware attacks are so successful, most notably: depending on the size of your off site backup it could literally take months or even years to restore.

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Popular webcomic "The Oatmeal" no longer asks people to follow them on #Facebook, #Twitter, #instagram etc. Here's their explanation as to why (contains minor swearing):

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PS Currently if you want to follow them, visit here:

Am I the only person who didn't know sending links to Google tanks deliverability?

In a desperate act of procrastination I have moved my blog from Ikiwiki to Hugo:

I'm really enjoying a podcast that tells the story of a lot of the software I use or have used, like SQLite and CVS (remember that one?).

 "A world free of email might sound like bliss, but let’s be more specific: the ideal world is one without work."
In defence of email:

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"While there are big differences between Italian fascism, British colonialism and pro-slavery groups in the US, all have contributed to a fantasy idea about Rome’s whiteness that’s still a feature of Western civilisation...

"As white supremacists storm the centres of Western governance, this is not just a niche issue. It could play a vital role in strengthening our democracies."

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U.S. Healthcare Is So Trash This Game’s Localization Needed Changing

The American healthcare system is so uniquely terrible among developed countries that a localization team translating a recent indie game had to completely replace a line about crowdfunding an emergency medical procedure because it wouldn’t make sense to players outside of the United States.

Linda Thurston - Rest in Peace. Radical activist and technologist. You are deeply missed.

If you buy a phone is it yours? Or can Apple use it for other purposes? I like reading about the hacking going in, but it seems like the real story with AirTags is: who can use your phone?
Vice: Hackers Are Having a Field Day With AirTags -

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I just published an interview with Alfredo Lopez, founder and long-time board member of May First, a co-op serving the technology needs of leftist movements. He talks about May First's vision, goals, governance, and more.

Listen or read here:

Basecamp is really stepping in it. Their generous severance package for people who disagree with their politics feels like a real political purge.

Does anyone have experience using with Seems like a well supported cross poster between mastadon and twitter. I'm looking for a way to ween mayfirst from our twitter account but I don't want to run afoul of any rules against bots.

This twitter thread seems to confirm that the header is needed in case your site pulls in any iframes that have FLoC enabled.

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Hmmm. Maybe if your web site has a "like on Facebook" widget which might contain the FLoC business, sending the header would prevent it?

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I'm trying to understand this FLoC business. I'm hearing people say we should set a header indicating that our site does not want to participate. Sounds good! But is that necessary? This site ( suggests that a page will only be included if it has javascript that calls document.interestCohort(). If that is true, why do we need the header?

The campaign is like a game of whackamole. Intercept: LexisNexis to Provide Giant Database of Personal Information to ICE -

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