The weirdest thing about constructing things is that mastery makes things look effortless despite them really taking a massive amount of effort. You'll have to carry out a lot of research, then you'll have to not use most of it. Be it writing manga or research papers, that seems to be unavoidable.
Facebook is embedding tracking data inside the photos you download
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Physical (de)centralization of XMPP servers – we took 1000+ XMPP servers and looked at their hosters:
– about 50% of these servers are hosted by only 7 companies in 3 countries
– logical decentralization obviously doesn't imply physical decentralization
– more than 50% of servers are hosted in Germany, followed by the USA (10%) and France (7%)
Capability URLs for login
Using URLs as capabilities doesn't work super well with browsers. People are too likely to accidentally share them. But I think it makes sense to use a capability URL as a second (really first) factor for an email-based login system.
If you have a cookie already, using the capability URL would be a no-op. If you don't, it would email you a URL and code to confirm it's really you, then set a cookie.
re: Adblocking, old man yells at cloud
@syme Ghostery found and blocked 77 elements on his page. All of them were loaded from external URLs, and slowed it way the hell down.
People do put up with it, though. They blame the browser, usually.
Google admitted that contractors can access recordings made by Assistant, after some of its recordings were leaked.
Been absolutely refusing to use any of these devices for precisely this reason. Google and Amazon have both been very quiet on how data is kept and access to it. The recent NHS direct news, teaming up with amazon to give medical advice, horrified me for exactly this.
Both companies have had data breaches, they should be allowed nowhere near NHS services
Google contractors are secretly listening to your Assistant recordings
"VRT, with the help of a whistleblower, was able to listen to some of these clips and subsequently heard enough to discern the addresses of several Dutch and Belgian people using Google Home — in spite of the fact some hadn’t even uttered the words “Hey Google,” which are supposed to be the device’s listening trigger."
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." — H. L. Mencken
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.