#Snips is an upcoming open privacy-friendly alternative to invasive voice assistants like Siri or Alexa.
Instead of sending your voice to be processed elsewhere, the processing happens offline on the device itself:
It's not yet ready for ordinary users, but there's an official site for developers/hobbyists who want to have a go at making their own Snips device:
Nice to see solid progress being made on Mastodon's cross-instance account migration feature: https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/issues/177#issuecomment-455547349 -- essential for it to be considered truly decentralised imo.
The "hot backup" solution is even more interesting, but not holding my breath on that one...
This might well be the creepiest #Google page ever: All the purchases a user has ever done. If the user receives a confirmation email for a purchase they made, the user is not notified that Google collected and displays this piece of information in this page. There is no explanation why they are collecting all the purchases in one page, and apparently there is no way to opt out of this or even delete the purchases from the list.
The year is 2019 and I can’t buy a good majority of consumer technology because we lack privacy legislation and consumer protections. Example: it’s absurd that my TV came with spyware that can’t be turned off or avoided; I had to stop it from phoning home at the network level. It also came with an arbitration clause and a clause waiving the right to a class action lawsuit.
Not too keen on the Microsoft monoculture that's been forming in frontend dev. Write code in a MS language (TypeScript) using a MS editor (VSCode) and publish to a MS platform (GitHub).
Each of these brings very powerful network effects, making it harder for competitors to enter the market, even if they're open source.
Puts too much power in the hands of Microsoft, and is just paving the way for anticompetitive behaviour a couple of years down the line.
“How many ad blocks could an ad slinger block if an ad slinger could block blocks?
Google engineers have proposed changes to the open-source Chromium browser that will break content-blocking extensions, including various ad blockers … Adblock Plus will most likely not be affected”
PS. Guess who gets millions from Google not to block Google?
Hint: A_block _lus.
It's interesting how many of my areas of knowledge are based on one intensive period of study, often many years ago. Even if it's something I put into practice daily, once the habits and mental models have been created, there's often no imperative to revisit the learning material, or keep up to date with changes in the field. Good for breadth, but concerning in some ways.
Still boggles my mind: Toss a coin 256 times, noting if it's heads or tails, and convert the result into a binary number.
Congratulations, you've generated a Bitcoin private key, enabling you (after running it through a few more mathematical functions) to send and receive funds from anywhere in the world, with no central authority, no ties to your identity, no one to trust to keep your keys secure, and not even the requirement of an Internet connection. Just pure maths and cryptography...
Black Mirror? Gatwick Airport shut down and 100,000+ passengers' flights cancelled as unidentified drones are spotted flying across the airport. Military involved to try and track down the pilots, but no luck even after 24 hours. "Every time Gatwick tries to reopen the runway, the drones reappear".
"Amazon inadvertently sent 1,700 audio files containing recordings of Alexa interactions by a customer to a random person [...] “Using these files, it was fairly easy to identify the person involved and his female companion; weather queries, first names, and even someone’s last name enabled us to quickly zero in on his circle of friends,” according to the report. “Public data from Facebook and Twitter rounded out the picture.”"
Google has access to 70% of credit and debit card transactions in the United States through various third party partnerships. https://blog.google/products/marketingplatform/360/powering-ads-analytics-innovations-with-machine-learning-xp/
this is amazing. https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=1663 "Logitech Keyboard opens WebSocket server with no authentication"
Creative use case for micro-targeted ads. Was wondering what other unethical uses of this technology we'd see outside of politics.
Other "packages" offered include: "Influence your colleague to find a new job", "Influence your loved ones to stop eating meat", "Influence your ex-partner to settle the divorce out of court".
Company A makes a product used by 60% of the world.
This, rightly, worries people. When Company C’s product (used by 3% of the world) switches to using the core of Company A’s product folks suggest people use Company B’s product (used by 5% of the world).
Plot twist: Company B gets ~all its money (hundreds of millions of $) from Company A.
Welcome to the sewer of monopoly, institutional corruption and surveillance capitalism we lovingly call The Web circa 2018.
"Whether one takes a hit of heroin to ease their suffering or compulsively checks social media, so long as the reward circuits of the brain are stimulated, an addiction can form."
5 years ago: Digital Feudalism and How to Avoid It
The one thing I’d change is to replace “open source” with “ethical technology” and “free (as in freedom)” in my words.
"The results were striking: individuals who completed these tasks while their phones were in another room performed the best, followed by those who left their phones in their pockets. In last place were those whose phones were on their desks."
Jack of all trades, master of some.
Step away from the walled gardens of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, whose raison d'être is to sell your data to the highest bidder, harvest your attention with addictive dark patterns, and bury the content you wanted to find in an "algorithmic" feed packed with ads.
Return to the pure intentions of social networks with the nologo.social Mastodon instance, which will always remain decentralized on top of open protocols, community-owned, and ad-free.
Like with email, you can follow and communicate with users across other Mastodon instances, so the network is not under the control of any single centralised entity.
Not sure which Mastodon instance to sign up to? Don't worry - solid progress is being made on an account migration feature for Mastodon, allowing you to move your account and followers to a different instance.
Our name is a homage to Naomi Klein's 1999 book No Logo, which explores the dangers of corporatism.