An Experiment

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Oct 262018
 

To all zero of my readers,

Actually writing things seems to be something I can’t muster up the will to do.

So I hacked up an rss plugin for wordpress last year to repost excepts from my tt-rss shared feed, but have left the posts it generates private. Since it’s OK if not ideal, I’m just gonna set the plugin to post publicly for now to see if it works out, and maybe as motivation to hurry up and finish tweaking the format, or writing a fresh plugin from scratch that only does what I need.

For now it will post every time I update my shared feed from tt-rss; I am leaning toward modifying it so that it collects all posts and makes a single daily entry, but I’ll see how this works first.

Jun 092021
 

Ring gets a lot of criticism, not just for its massive surveillance network of home video doorbells and its problematic privacy and security practices, but also for giving that doorbell footage to law enforcement. While Ring is making moves towards transparency, the company refuses to disclose how many users had their data given to police.
The video doorbell maker, acquired by Amazon in 2018, has partnerships with at least 1,800 U.S. police departments (and growing) that can request camera footage from Ring doorbells. Prior to a change this week, any police department that Ring partnered with could privately request doorbell camera footage from Ring customers for an active investigation. Ring will now let its police partners publicly request…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/06/08/ring-police-warrants-neighbors/

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Jun 092021
 

If the majority of council members get what they want, this year’s municipal election would be delayed until November 2022. Not every council member is onboard.

External feed Read More at the Source: https://indyweek.com/news/wake/the-raleigh-council-wants-to-ask-the-legislature-for-an-extra-year-in-office-due-to-pandemic-driven-census-delays/

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Jun 092021
 

Ring gets a lot of criticism, not just for its massive surveillance network of home video doorbells and its problematic privacy and security practices, but also for giving that doorbell footage to law enforcement. While Ring is making moves towards transparency, the company refuses to disclose how many users had their data given to police.
The video doorbell maker, acquired by Amazon in 2018, has partnerships with at least 1,800 U.S. police departments (and growing) that can request camera footage from Ring doorbells. Prior to a change this week, any police department that Ring partnered with could privately request doorbell camera footage from Ring customers for an active investigation. Ring will now let its police partners publicly request…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/06/08/ring-police-warrants-neighbors/

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Jun 022021
 

Left turns are dangerous and cause a lot of unnecessary traffic. Chris Jongkind/Moment via Getty ImagesTo reduce travel times, fuel consumption and carbon emissions, in 2004, UPS changed delivery routes to minimize the left-hand turns drivers made. Although this seems like a rather modest change, the results are anything but: UPS claims that per year, eliminating left turns – specifically the time drivers sit waiting to cut across traffic – saves 10 million gallons of fuel, 20,000 tons of carbon emissions and allows them to deliver 350,000 additional packages. If it works so well for UPS, should cities seek to eliminate left-hand turns at intersections too? My research suggests the answer is a resounding yes….

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theconversation.com/sick-of-dangerous-city-traffic-remove-left-turns-161397

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Jun 012021
 

A May 23 report prepared by the human rights organization Justicia y Paz stated that fascistic paramilitary groups, which operate in concert with the far-right and US-backed regime of Colombian President Ivan Duque, have created torture sites and mass graves in an attempt to suppress protests in the city of Cali, which has been the epicenter of continuing countrywide demonstrations.

The post Torture sites and mass graves reported in Colombia appeared first on PopularResistance.Org.

External feed Read More at the Source: https://popularresistance.org/torture-sites-and-mass-graves-reported-in-colombia/

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Jun 012021
 

Postgres has had “JSON” support for nearly 10 years now. I put JSON in quotes because well, 10 years ago when we announced JSON support we kinda cheated. We validated JSON was valid and then put it into a standard text field. Two years later in 2014 with Postgres 9.4 we got more proper JSON support with the JSONB datatype. My colleague @will likes to state that the B stands for better. In Postgres 14, the JSONB support is indeed getting way better. I’ll get into this small but pretty incredible change in Postgres 14 in just a minute, first though it is worth some summary disclaimer on the difference between JSON and JSONB. JSON still exists…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://postgr.es/p/55g

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Jun 012021
 

Today’s links

Canadian telco monopolists run the show: The CRTC just put Teksavvy out of business.

Google cheats on location privacy: Part of the attribution con.

The antitrust case against Prime: The dotted line to higher prices.

This day in history: 2006, 2010, 2016, 2020

Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading

Canadian telco monopolists run the show (permalink)
If there’s one lesson you’d hope governments would take away from the pandemic and the lockdown, it’s that good internet policy – universal access at fair prices, managed in the public interest – is a prerequisite for all good policy.
Canada didn’t get the memo.
Last week, the CRTC – Canada’s telecoms regulator – released its long-awaited decision on the wholesale prices paid…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://pluralistic.net/2021/06/01/you-are-here/

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May 302021
 

Ten years ago I began
the olduse.net exhibit,
spooling out Usenet history in real time with a 30 year delay.
My archive has reached its end, and ten years is
more than long enough to keep running something you cobbled together
overnight way back when. So, this is the end for olduse.net. The site will continue running for another week or so, to give you time to
read the last posts. Find the very last one, if you can! The source code used to run it, and the content of the website have
themselves been archived up for posterity at
The Internet Archive. Sometime in 2022, a spammer will purchase the domain, but not find it to be
of much value. The Utzoo archives that…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://joeyh.name/blog/entry/the_end_of_the_olduse.net_exhibit/

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May 302021
 

It may seem overwrought, but The Drama of Metal Forming actually is pretty dramatic.
This film is another classic of mid-century corporate communications that was typically shown in schools, which the sponsor — in this case Shell Oil — seeks to make a point about the inevitable march of progress, and succeeds mainly in showing children and young adults what lay in store for them as they entered a working world that needed strong backs more than anything.
Despite the narrator’s accent, the factories shown appear to be in England, and the work performed therein is a brutal yet beautiful ballet of carefully coordinated moves. The sheer power of the slabbing mills at the start of the film…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2021/05/29/retrotechtacular-the-drama-of-metal-forming/

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May 302021
 

joust.life is where you may engage in multiplayer deathmatch Joust. Just jump in and start bouncing and jousting around. It’s Joust, but feels weirdly like playing Defender after the planet explodes. Remember: higher wins. At Hacker News, creator Jason Kester writes:

Most of this code dates back to 1998, when I built a little 2 player Joust game to push the bounds of what you could do with Div (and at the time Layer) tags in the latest browsers such as IE4 and Netscape 3.

Read the rest

External feed Read More at the Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/05/29/multiplayer-deathmatch-joust.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=multiplayer-deathmatch-joust

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May 292021
 

Ten years ago I began
the olduse.net exhibit,
spooling out Usenet history in real time with a 30 year delay.
My archive has reached its end, and ten years is
more than long enough to keep running something you cobbled together
overnight way back when. So, this is the end for olduse.net. The site will continue running for another week or so, to give you time to
read the last posts. Find the very last one, if you can! The source code used to run it, and the content of the website have
themselves been archived up for posterity at
The Internet Archive. Sometime in 2022, a spammer will purchase the domain, but not find it to be
of much value. The Utzoo archives…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://joeyh.name/blog/entry/the_end_of_the_olduse.net_exhibit/

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May 282021
 

Late last month, it was discovered the United States Postal Service was operating a social media surveillance program. The “why” of this was never explained. Apparently, the USPS has time and money to blow, so it has something called an “Internet Covert Operations Program” (iCOP) which it uses to investigate crimes that definitely are not of a postal nature.

According to the two-page bulletin first reported on by Yahoo News, iCOP was trawling social media looking for “threats.” And the “threats” observed in the report shared with the DHS and its many, many (mostly useless) “Fusion Centers” was that the threats weren’t credible.

Great, I guess, but why is the Postal Service surveilling communications that aren’t being sent…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210522/12130546847/us-postal-services-social-media-surveillance-program-uses-clearviews-facial-recognition-tech.shtml

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May 282021
 

Inkscape is an amazing piece of open source software, a vector graphics application that’s a million times more lightweight than comparable commercial offerings while coming in at the low, low price of free. The software also has plenty of extensions floating around on the Internet, though until now, they haven’t been organised particularly well. The MightyScape project aims to solve that, putting a bunch of Inkscape plugins into one useful release.
The current MightyScape release has a whole bunch of useful stuff inside, for tasks as varied as laser cutting, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, as well as improvements on areas where Inkscape is a bit weak out of the box – like CAD, geometry and patterning. The…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2021/05/27/one-inkscape-plugin-collection-to-rule-them-all/

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May 282021
 

The Washington Post’s website — owned, of course, by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — became a giant native ad Tuesday for Amazon. Bezos is using the paper as his personal megaphone to push back against criticism over wages and working conditions.
Jeff Bezos using native advertising on the homepage of the Amazon website to portray itself as a devoted supporter of a higher federal minimum wage. (Daniel Oberhaus, 2019 / Flickr) A few years after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, he said it was because it “is the newspaper in the capital city of the most important country in the world” and “has an incredibly important role to play in this…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/05/washington-post-jeff-bezos-amazon-minimum-wage-native-advertising/

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May 282021
 

Two years ago, Google proposed Manifest v3, a number of foundational changes to the Chrome extension framework. Many of these changes introduce new incompatibilities between Firefox and Chrome. As we previously wrote, we want to maintain a high degree of compatibility to support cross-browser development.  We will introduce Manifest v3 support for Firefox extensions. However, we will diverge from Chrome’s implementation where we think it matters and our values point to a different solution.
For the last few months, we have consulted with extension developers and Firefox’s engineering leadership about our approach to Manifest v3. The following is an overview of our plan to move forward, which is based on those conversations.
High level changes

In our initial response…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2021/05/27/manifest-v3-update/

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May 222021
 

How many instructions do you need to successfully compile C code? Let’s see, you’d need some jump instructions, some arithmetic functions, and — of course — move instructions, right? Turns out you only need the move instruction, which — on x86, at least — is Turing complete.
While the effort is a bit tongue-in-cheek, we have to admit that if you were trying to create your own CPU, this would make for a simple architecture and might have power or complexity advantages, so maybe someone will find a practical use for it after all. If you wanted a C compiler for a simple CPU, this wouldn’t require much to emulate at a byte-code level, either.

How does it…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2021/05/21/one-instruction-to-rule-them-all-c-compiler-emits-only-mov/

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May 222021
 

This week I have another exciting new UI element to present: KCommandBar! You might have gotten the impression by my fawning over KHamburgerMenu that we care more about casual or novice users today… not so! KCommandBar is an expert-focused UI element implementing a HUD-style popup that aggregates all of the actions in a KDE app’s full menu structure, so that you can quickly activate features at the speed of thought! It’s like a KRunner inside your apps. You can also use it as a search, if you think a feature may exist somewhere but you don’t know where.
Hmm, does kate have a Block Selection mode? How do I activate it?

Oh, like that!
Notice how it shows you…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://pointieststick.com/?p=8531

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