This dangerous proposal in Congress would throw out one of our most important defenses against patent trolls. https://act.eff.org/action/tell-congress-we-don-t-need-more-bad-patents-8941b5c6-5bb1-4d93-9ca1-a2da87c4458e
Just watched #TheGreatHack on #Netflix. What I appreciated about this #documentary on #Facebook and the whole #CambridgeAnalytica scandal, is that it's one of the few #privacy #documentaries to get that protecting personal data isn't just about not seeing personalized ads for stuff you're more likely to want. It's about protecting ourselves from mass psychological manipulation and behavior modification techniques. These are techniques that actually work *best* when people believe they don't.
Reports about some ISPs of Kazakhstan forcing people to install root certificates, resulting in MITM attacks:
– people get SMS informing them about the need to install government-issued root certificates
SURFnet bv hosts 2 Mastodon servers: ['mastodon.utwente.nl', 'idf.social']
It looks like noone is tooting about #DH2019, but I'm here!
The new Firefox 68 release notes are quite educational:
- They added a bunch of extension quality features: clearer permissions, recommended extensions program, reporting. THIS IS WHAT CHROME SHOULD HAVE DONE!
- cryptomining and fingerprint protections
- WebRender rolling out to more users by default
- camera and microphone access requiring HTTPS
Firefox is really making the case for being the browser that has its users best interest at heart.
The Dutch consistently rank amongst the happiest in the world.
Could that have to do with cycling?
Yes, say 86% of Amsterdammers; it is the second most important factor after the beauty of their city: https://www.parool.nl/amsterdam/amsterdammers-zijn-gelukkig-met-hun-stad~be093baa/
Cycling makes cities more human (Rotterdam scene)
We use the word "boilerplate" a lot at work. It's such a strange phrase that seems like it's probably traveled far from its original meaning, so I looked up what that meaning was.
It goes back to newspapers. Large advertisers and content syndicates would distribute ready-to-go printing plates to local newspapers that could easily just go onto the press and be ready to print without any modification. These plates resembled rolled steel that was used to make boilers.
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