“Apple’s New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair on New MacBook Pros - Motherboard” https://motherboard.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/yw9qk7/macbook-pro-software-locks-prevent-independent-repair?__twitter_impression=true
Underrun is a fantastic little WebGL shooter in just 13 KB of code and assets 😱 You can play it at https://phoboslab.org/underrun/ and read a "making of" article at https://phoboslab.org/log/2018/09/underrun-making-of.
Tip to new Mastonians: Change your profile picture, write a few words about you AND post a couple of toots BEFORE you start following people!
Otherwise, people you'd follow would only see an empty account and would have no reason to follow back... :/
Meanwhile, over at Firefox, somebody knows how to motivate:
“Microsoft has added support for WebP in the Edge 18 Preview Release.”
PIA has had to remove the ad/malware/tracker blocking MACE feature from the Play Store version of their Android app.
They've confirmed MACE will continue to be available in the direct download version on their website: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/installer/download_installer_android
This was a good read. I am a user of ProtonMail and I truly view it as a viable alternative to Gmail or any other provider. TL;DR switch to ProtonMail if you care about privacy.
‘Eyes Above The Waves: The Danger Of GMail’s “Smart Replies”’ https://robert.ocallahan.org/2018/09/the-danger-of-gmails-smart-replies.html
Variable fonts are one of the coolest innovations in web typography, and they're now supported in all major browsers! They offer designers huge amounts of flexibility without bogging down pages with megabytes of font files.
Mozilla posted a brief intro to variable fonts at https://hacks.mozilla.org/2018/09/variable-fonts-arrive-in-firefox-62/ and you can see some in action at https://v-fonts.com/
Firefox Focus is about to swap over to the new GeckoView rendering engine. Hopefully Firefox for Android will follow shortly after 🦊
Noticed that Battery Saving mode was enabled on my Pixel 2 last night, which was weird because I'd just charged it up. Turns out I hadn't switched it on accidentally. Google had switched it on remotely 😒
Sorry to see Inbox getting shuttered - I really liked the task-based "inbox-zero" approach it takes to managing email:
Today, Europe Lost The Internet. Now, We Fight Back. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/today-europe-lost-internet-now-we-fight-back
#Article11: Linking to the news using more than one word from the article is prohibited unless you're using a service that bought a license from the news site you want to link to. (3/6) https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/not-our-name-why-european-creators-should-oppose-eus-proposal-limit-linking-and
#Article13: the Copyright Filters. All but the smallest platforms will have to defensively adopt copyright filters that examine everything you post, and censor anything judged to be a copyright infringement. (2/6) https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/how-eus-copyright-filters-will-make-it-trivial-anyone-censor-internet
Today Members of the European Parliament adopted three terrible proposals in the new #CopyrightDirective and rejected every good one, setting the stage for mass, automated surveillance and arbitrary censorship of the Internet. (1/6) https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/today-europe-lost-internet-now-we-fight-back
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