Last Week on My Mac: Apple quietly pre-announces major change in macOS 10.14.4 – The Eclectic Light Company Swift will be integrated into future versions of macOS. Also, I’d forgotten about Object Pascal being the cornerstone of early Mac software development.Continue reading
The Eclectic Light Company: I was asked why some PDFs would only display properly when opened in Adobe Acrobat, not in Preview or any other third-party PDF viewer on a Mac. Surely PDF is a standard, so why can only one vendor’s products handle those documents properly? The answer to that question is, as you …Continue reading "Last Week on My Mac: Problems of PDF"
Jack Morse, Mashable: This is the future we deserve. Owners of the newly released $350 Nike app-connected Adapt BB self-tying shoes have taken to the Google Play store to complain that an update left their fancy kicks bricked. That’s right, the self-lacing shoes reportedly no longer connect to the accompanying app — essentially transforming them …Continue reading "Nike just bricked its self-lacing shoes by accident"
Cooper Quentin, EFF: DarkMatter, the notorious cyber-mercenary firm based in the United Arab Emirates, is seeking to become approved as a top-level certificate authority in Mozilla’s root certificate program. Giving such a trusted position to this company would be a very bad idea. DarkMatter has a business interest in subverting encryption, and would be able …Continue reading "Cyber-Mercenary Groups Shouldn’t be Trusted in Your Browser or Anywhere Else"
A very long article by data analyst Apenwarr explaining how all the profiling in the world is for naught if your algorithms are useless, and how smarter decision-making upfront when designing your system (he cites Pandora as a good example), or even building a direct relationship with your customers, can often deliver better results.Continue reading "Forget privacy: you’re terrible at targeting anyway"
Terence Eden describes the saga of an Android remote control app for his sound system that suddenly insisted that it needed to know his location. He ends with this summary of the current system of app permissions: Users don’t want to have to think about this. App stores don’t want to police the apps they …Continue reading "Why does my remote control need to know my location?"
Sergui Gatlan at BeepingComputer: According to the initial bug report filed by Google Project Zero’s Ivan Fratric on November 26: In Microsoft Windows, there is a file C:\Windows\system32\edgehtmlpluginpolicy.bin that contains the default whitelist of domains that can bypass Flash click2play and load Flash content without getting user confirmation in Microsoft Edge. The current version of …Continue reading "What part of “No Flash” doesn’t Microsoft understand?"
Richard Murphy argues that the case of Shamima Begum, the UK girl who ran away to Syria to join Daesh and now wants to return, and UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to deprive her of her UK citizenship, has more to do with a cynical desire to break the link between citizenship of a …Continue reading "Citizenship is not a commodity"
Invoicing day is always a good day. 🙂Continue reading