Firefox is grouping cookies together per website you visit, making it much harder for tacking companies to follow you around the internet.
"Firefox 86 Introduces Total Cookie Protection"
Let's build centralized mainframes and have minimal terminals connected to them!
No wait, CPU is cheap and everyone can have a powerful computer: let's do distributed computing!
No wait, bandwidth is cheap and ubiquitous and servers can autoscale and stuff now. Let's centralize computing and use the browser and mobile apps as terminals!
No wait, that means all my software is subscription and held hostage by the provider and I have less control of my data…
And around and around we go
Good Job Firefox, cracking down on cross website tracking.
Every time the US has a change of administration, EFF staffers - lawyers, policy analysts, activists - create a "transition memo": a series of one-page briefings on the tech policy issues the new admin should take up. The Biden memo is *great*.
It opens with a section on surveillance, with three subsections:
I. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
II. Facial Recognition Technology
III. Border Search and Immigration Surveillance
“The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML“
When all you have is a PSP and someone else’s WiFi, you’ll be pretty happy that someone thought of you and their website at least works.
How “engagement” made the web a less engaging place
I'm just thinking about this blog post I wrote in 2018. Because even when Twitter makes a good decision, the first sentence comes to mind: Why does the entire world have to wait on the CEO of one US company to make a decision?
What is the difference between the US Capitol and Mordor?
One does not simply walk into Mordor.
"Don’t use URL shorteners. And if you click on a link from a URL shortener, [use] tools like the Temporary Containers Firefox extension to limit the scope of ad tracking."
Ruby 3.0 was released on Christmas as usual.
> "With Optcarrot benchmark, which measures single thread performance based on NES’s game emulation workload, it achieved 3x faster performance than Ruby 2.0!"
Facebook says it fights for small businesses—but studies on the shadow business of behavioral advertising show that this is just not true. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/12/facebooks-laughable-campaign-against-apple-really-against-users-and-small
Battle tested, mature, robust technology usually beats out whatever new technology is trending this month.
Remember there are a lot of people using "old" technology that works for them, since it just works they don't necessarily talk about it every day.
"Old is Solid; New Gets Talked About"
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