@tychi I don't know of a single go-to reference, but if you haven't already then searching for "differential privacy" might help you with some good sources, examples, and explanations of the (sometimes surprising) ways in which seemingly anonymous data can very quickly allow identification once correlated.

I only just found out about this
@Kickstarter to open source the Sciter HTML engine - it has <48 hours to go but I think we can do it! kickstarter.com/projects/c-smi

Boris vs Covid (music remix)

A Cassetteboy production, in association with Privacy International, @privacyint.

youtu.be/ISxL-3GSKVA

A British solicitor (lawyer) is tidying up the affairs of a wealthy businessman who had left lots of money but no one knew what happened to his heirs in a distant american branch of the family. The solicitor spends days researching, finds the cousin, flies across the Atlantic, takes a taxi to the guy's house in his suit and bowler hat. Gets out of the taxi, walks up to the house to ring the bell -- there's a sign "no solicitors". Stops a beat, turns around and gets back in the taxi.

The end.

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As of 2018, the US birth rate is approximately 0.455 Miles per hour.

Data source: ssa.gov/oact/babynames/limits.
H/T 🐦️ lunasorcery

tweet thread transcript 

Tweet thread by Tom Scott: In the last few days, there's been a trend of kids photoshopping me into video games. It's uncomfortable for me: I'd really prefer it wasn't a thing. But I know it's in good faith, it's likely legal under fair use, and I made similar things when I was young. Here's the odd thing: I was actually planning to do a video in Minecraft a couple of months ago. It would have been about publicity stunts, media fact-checking, and how a good story can often have a great impact even if it's not true. The video failed because of the players. The Minecraft world in question was set up by a charity — I won't name them for obvious reasons. So I got a copy of Minecraft, set a screen recorder going, and joined the server. 15 seconds after I connected, the first racial slur appeared in the server chat. I spent about 45 minutes connected, and I saw every stereotype about unsupervised kids on video games, every cliché about what happens when you give anonymity and an audience to people with undeveloped empathy. All on this charity's server, which they claimed was "moderated". I can't ignore that. I can't point people to a server where that's happening. So the whole video fell apart. I did ask the charity about it, and they said — rather brusquely — that they had a limited budget and couldn't be expected to moderate their server all the time. Which raises the question: why do they still have the server? Well, I'd guess most of the people writing about it won't have bothered to log in, so it continues to be a good source of publicity for them. Which would have worked perfectly for my story, but couldn't use it. So no, I'm not making anything about video games soon, and that's also why being co-opted by the kids who play them feels uncomfortable. I don't want to be even tangentially associated with that. If you're a parent, make sure you keep an eye on what your kids are playing.

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Medium have unveiled their new logo. Its the same as the old one, the black-white old-style font, but now with shorter serif extensions on the letter M.

Oh, and they squeezed a bubbly sex toy in front of it. Because, it's 2020 and we are not afraid!

(Alternatively, I've also heard people see a James Bond intro, sunset film strip, or even ellipsis…)

daringfireball.net/linked/2020

I love Sir Ian McKellen, never shy of an on-brand pun! (via him on bird site)

#english #puns

RT @MozDevNet@twitter.com

Today we are launching the second edition of the MDN Web Developer Needs Assessment! 🎉

Web developers and designers, we need to hear from you.

This is your opportunity to tell us about your needs and frustrations with the web.

💻: surveygizmo.com/s3/5897636/Moz

🐦🔗: twitter.com/MozDevNet/status/1

@legoktm @danielhglus

I concur, a lot of fun indeed!

iafisher.com/projects/cities/u

- 8/9 biggest cities.
- 10/50 capitals. I didn't know these as capitals, though.
- 23/50 states, of which 10 I've visited.
- most cities entered (31/61) in one state: California. You can tell where I've spent most of my time (and used public transport enough to remember common stops and terminus).

Open Letter to Apache OpenOffice: Today marks 20 years since the source code to OpenOffice was released. And today we say, LibreOffice is clearly the future of the suite (see the timeline). Let's all get behind it, for the benefit of all users: blog.documentfoundation.org/bl

wind turbine fail, 30s video 

Took place in a suburban area near Djursland, Denmark in 2008.

courtesy of YouTube recommending this 12 year old video to everyone today: youtu.be/oAWMpxX60KM

"Translation .. of Microsoft’s ‘10 Principles for the Store on Windows’" by John Gruber.

TL;DR:
- We own Windows, a general purpose system. (Apple has one too, macOS.)
- iOS is closed, we don't like this because we don't own it.
- We do own Xbox, equally closed, and we don't plan on changing.
- To the public: please demand that iOS become general purpose.

I hope all this pile-on leads to something good, but so far Fortnite and Microsoft have been rather pathetic.

daringfireball.net/2020/10/mic

Do, a loop until a while
Ray, a vector made of light
Me, a reference to myself
Faq, a common query list
Foo, a type name in a doc
Bar, a name to go with foo
C, a language taught in schools
And that will loop us back to do.

"In-App Purchase Rules" by Marco Arment, creator of the Overcast app.

This post summarises the 17-clause conditional that is effectively Apple's App Store policy.

I think this article makes clear just how desperately Apple is trying to hold its grasp after having mitigated disaster after distaster with extremely narrow exemptions that make little sense - especially when read like this, free of the incident context that introduced each additional patchwork rule...

marco.org/2020/09/11/app-revie

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