Facebook doesn’t want to tell us how its systems work. Amazon doesn’t want to tell us how its systems work. These companies are data mining us, sometimes in concert, to make uncomfortably accurate connections but also erroneous assumptions. They don’t want to tell us how they do it, suggesting they know it’s become too invasive to reveal. Thank god for leakers and lawsuits https://gizmodo.com/amazon-and-facebook-reportedly-had-a-secret-data-sharin-1831192148
I never thought I'd see Microsoft throw in the towel on their browser engine. Or that, by the time it happened, I'd see that as a bad thing. Monoculture is still a problem, no matter who runs it. Firefox is going to be even more important in the future.
take me down to parallax city where the back moves slow and the front moves quickly
Better Blocker for iOS 12 is now live.
Two weeks ago, I wrote that we wanted to radically simplify Better and widen its reach (https://ar.al/2018/08/27/better-blocker-two-year-review-and-thoughts-on-the-future/). With this release, we took the first steps towards that goal. We distilled the app to its essentials (taking it from 44MB to 11MB in the process) & lowered the price to the lowest tier on the App Store ($0.99/£0.99/€1.09).
Here’s to bringing the Better web to more people.
#Mozilla begrudgingly implements tracking protection by default, after being shamed into it yet again by Safari, the DuckDuckGo browser, and Gnome Web (just the ones I know who implemented it first) and talks a good talk while still having Google as its default search engine and continuing to get hundreds of millions from Google/Alphabet, Inc. – the largest surveillance capitalist in the world. (Mozilla Corp is ~entirely funded by surveillance capitalism.)
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@imavca My thoughts are we live under surveillance capitalism and if we can safely use the PR efforts of surveillance capitalists (like open source tools) against their interests, we should. Turn off telemetry. Use it. Build something that makes Microsoft irrelevant in some way 😎
@aral I’m currently using Atom as my text editor, but I’ve been following your posts about VSCode and I want to try it! I just want to know your thoughts about using a Microsoft app as your main editor (maybe it’s just the anti-Microsoft in me overthinking it)
Dependent Developers https://medium.com/charlie-and-the-cocoa-factory/dependent-developers-c0a0bec7db39
As with most such things, culture is one of a company’s most powerful assets right until it isn’t: the same underlying assumptions that permit an organization to scale massively constrain the ability of that same organization to change direction. More distressingly, culture prevents organizations from even knowing they need to do so.
iOS/Mac developer and Beatles fan
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