The dry season has finally started and only 10 weeks late. The first cane train has just passed the house. They will run 24/7 until December. It's a small diesel loco pulling approximately 50 trucks each filled with about 10 tonnes of harvested sugar cane. Some quick mental arithmetic says that's ... a fuck load of diabetes and tooth decay.
An Analysis of WeChat’s Realtime Image Filtering in Chats:
Clever but evil.
Optus gained exemption to store metadata unencrypted:
‘Fishyleaks’ website hopes to land those guilty of overfishing:
The father of modern computing: Alan Turing's legacy:
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Facescan, No Service: Welcome To 21st Century Convenience Store Shopping:
Alan Turing is the new face of the £50 note:
It's about time.
KDE userbase, the wiki where users can learn about everything KDE, gets a makeover: It is now cleaner, clearer and easier to use.
Someone has recently discovered unique tracking data inserted into pictures by Facebook but it this has been known about for several years:
A 21st century version on photocopying's yellow dots.
"Online piracy authority MUSO said that making popular sporting events freely available to watch is a major blow to digital pirates, as cricket fans will no longer need to go through illegal channels to watch the match for free."
No fugging shit, Sherlock. Has the penny finally dropped?
The headline you thought you'd never read:
So that's in-between Egypt and Venezuela then.
This is what tea will be like in The Simulation
Everyone's favourite Nazi scumbag gets a new t-shirt:
Eminent primatologist Jane Goodall in 2016:
“In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.”
She was analysing Trump for The Atlantic.
Adblocking, old man yells at cloud
I grew up on dialup. 1200bps, max. I remember what it was like to get anything done at that speed, and now that it's no longer a thing I wouldn't inflict it upon anyone. That's why I try to keep my stuff as lightweight as possible, with as few deps as possible.
Treat others as you'd want to be treated, right?
A couple of years back I went to an HTML5 meetup and hung out with a bunch of web developers. I suck at web design (so much so that I didn't bother to try to write a new theme for my website, I used one that someone else made and tweaked it a little). One of the webdevs noticed that I use a couple of adblockers and yelled at me for taking money out of his mouth. That one cannot eat money, and that he gets paid a (much larger) salary (than I do) is beside the point.
So I put my laptop on the local network (Windbringer had been tethered to my mobile - OPSEC, ya' know) and asked him for the URL of the website he works on. He gave it to me. I opened it in a bare Firefox profile (no addons, no config tweaks, new right out of the box). His precious website loaded fully after just under three minutes.
Then, to make things fair, I rebooted Windbringer, got back on the local wireless, and opened it in my usual Firefox profile, with all the adblockers turned on. His website loaded in about five seconds.
"Your website loads so much tracking garbage up front that your page won't load in less than three minutes. I don't have time for that." And I left.
Unsurprisingly, I haven't been invited back, but my point stands - too much crap means your page won't load in a reasonable period of time.
The upgrade to @kde neon 15.6.3 has gone flawlessly but then it always does. Thanks
Facebook, whose CEO in April declared, "The future is private," has applied to patent a system of coordinated finger-affixed cameras that allow wearers to live stream a panoramic view of their surroundings:
Prediction: The porn industry will be enthusiastic early adopters.
Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers:
One of the things I like about @kde is that I discover new features on a daily basis. It's like an OS combined with an adventure game.
Putin: Wind turbines harm worms:
"[Wind turbines] shake, causing worms to come out of the soil. This is not a joke,"
Oh yes it is.
The eagle flies low over Krakow tonight.
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