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To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life. ~ Jill Bolte Taylor

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"

blog.mozilla.org/security/2021

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Write your website like your user has a 300KB/s connection because millions of us do

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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

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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*.

eff.org/wp/eff-transition-memo

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

eff.org/wp/eff-transition-memo

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“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.

shkspr.mobi/blog/2021/01/the-u

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What's clear from the reaction to this most recent privacy policy change is that WhatsApp shares much more information with Facebook than many users were aware, and has been doing it since 2016. eff.org/deeplinks/2021/01/its-

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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?

blog.joinmastodon.org/2018/03/

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What is the difference between the US Capitol and Mordor? 

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"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."
ylukem.com/blog/url-shorteners

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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!"

ruby-lang.org/en/news/2020/12/

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Facebook says it fights for small businesses—but studies on the shadow business of behavioral advertising show that this is just not true. eff.org/deeplinks/2020/12/face

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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"

css-tricks.com/old-is-solid-ne

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