Don’t Play in Google’s Privacy Sandbox Bennett Cyphers at EFF: The Sandbox isn’t about your privacy. It’s about Google’s bottom line. At the end of the day, Google is an advertising company that happens to make a browser. In other words, just new ways to do Business As Usual.
And yet, as the journalist Emily Chang documents in her 2018 book Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley technology companies have deliberately spent the last couple of decades progressively narrowing their culture. To a large extent, she blames the spreading influence of the Paypal Mafia. At Paypal’s founding, she writes,Continue reading “Business Monoculture”
Twilight of the Cloud Czars The bottom line is this. In the world of Moore’s Law, everything is temporary. Everyone can be disrupted. What took $1 billion a decade ago may cost just $100 million today. Eventually, the disruptors will themselves be disrupted.
Woke up this morning to find a crime scene on the road outside my house. Which, it turns out, is now possibly a murder scene. Area cordoned, forensic team working. Three cars written off. Road may be blocked for up to two days.
Credit card privacy matters: Apple Card vs. Chase Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Geoffrey A. Fowler, writing in The Washington Post: I recently used my credit card to buy a banana. Then I tried to figure out how my credit card let companies buy me. You might think my 29-cent swipe at Target would be justContinue reading “Oh, the places a banana will go in the sprawling card-data economy”
The Online Abuse Playbook There’s a well-defined pattern to how marginalized people are attacked online. If we can understand it, we can help stop each other from participating. From 2016, but still relevant.
Space Colony Art from the 1970s Three space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA Ames in the 1970s. A number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made. These have been scanned and are available here as small, medium, large, and publication quality jpeg images. Scans by David Brandt-Erichsen. Images are not copyrighted. PleaseContinue reading “The Future Looked Great Back In The 70s…”
As usual, Charlie Stross’s take on the news that Boris Johnson is going to ask the Queen for permission to shut down Parliament for six weeks (for reasons which, according to him, have nothing whatsoever to do with stopping Parliament from stopping him driving through No-Deal Brexit, oh no, not at all) is long andContinue reading “Hell in a Hand-Basket…”
Gadget Graveyard: Dot-Matrix Printers I owned a couple of dot-matrix printers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Inkjet printers may be (a bit) quieter and (slightly) more reliable, but we pay through the nose for the inks!
Turning to Android to fill in missing Mac OS apps in Windows 10 / Boing Boing I’d forgotten about Bluestacks, it appears to have improved a lot over the last few years. Admittedly, this isn’t a solution I’d reach for, but it’s nice to have more options.