"Software below the poverty line" by André Staltz https://staltz.com/software-below-the-poverty-line.html
This is a pretty eye-opening and damning piece. There's so much money sloshing around in our industry, but not a lot of it is going to our open-source commons.
I wrote a post that wildly speculates about how Apple’s new offline device tracking feature works. https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2019/06/05/how-does-apple-privately-find-your-offline-devices/
"The economics of package management"
Possibly the most important piece on JS/web dev you're likely to read this month.
And it isn't just about package management but how easy it is to co-opt FLOSS while still sticking to the letter (and license) of FLOSS
Today I learned that I'm a tech vegan. Who knew? (https://nolanlawson.com/2019/05/31/tech-veganism/)
Facebook‘s attorney: „There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy“.
Just gonna leave this here. #DeleteFacebook
Google Just Gave 2 Billion Chrome Users A Reason To Switch To Firefox https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2019/05/30/google-just-gave-2-billion-chrome-users-a-reason-to-switch-to-firefox/
"Cake or death: AMP and the worrying power dynamics of the web"
"Akin to a street robber that has convinced himself that people just randomly like giving him their money"
Yeah, well Aral’s my name as a human being and my petroleum company namesake can go take a flying fuck because trademark law does not apply. First time I’m seeing this notice. The Internet is for people not corporations. Maybe it’s time we remembered that and starting implementing laws to ensure it before we lose it altogether.
What’s worse? I Want My Name showed it to me as taken when it wasn’t. WTF, folks? Going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it’s a bug.
Get off of Twitter
Nolan Lawson doesn’t mince his words.
Write blog posts. Use RSS. Use micro.blog. Use Mastodon. Use Pleroma. Use whatever you want, as long as it isn’t manipulating you with algorithms or selling access to your data to advertisers. https://nolanlawson.com/2019/05/29/get-off-of-twitter/
Tails 3.14 is out: https://tails.boum.org/news/version_3.14/ with mitigation of the MDS attacks (RIDL, Fallout, and ZombieLoad) and more.
Google stored business customers’ passwords in plaintext on its servers… for 14 years
Well, that’s one way to out-do Facebook, I suppose… https://businessinsights.bitdefender.com/google-stored-business-customers-passwords-in-plaintext-on-its-servers-for-14-years
Eric Schmidt says Google’s new search engine for China, which filters our queries for things like “human rights”, “student protests” and “Nobel prize”, will make China more open. https://theintercept.com/2019/05/14/google-search-china-eric-schmidt-comments/ Who knew, censorship tools could help make governments more open, thanks for clearing that up, Eric!
"Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry" by Paul Ford https://www.wired.com/story/why-we-love-tech-defense-difficult-industry/
I consider myself a disillusioned techno-optimist, and this piece does a good job of capturing some of that heartbreak. Paul Ford is a great writer.
A supergroup of security researchers around the world found a new speculative execution attack against Intel chips that lets an attacker who can run code on a victim machine, even from inside VM or browser, steal all the data the CPU touches. https://www.wired.com/story/intel-mds-attack-speculative-execution-buffer/
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