- Spot-on: @RickPerlstein and @HenryFarrell understand the widespread falsified video/audio that are about to cause major havoc: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/opinion/hacking-politics-future.html (c.f. http://www.rants.org/2017/01/forecasting_faked_kompromat/ FWIW)
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- This article by Christine Peterson (@lifeext) on how she coined the term "open source software" is unexpectedly fascinating reading: https://opensource.com/article/18/2/coining-term-open-source-software
- TFW when you look closely at browser URL referral policies and are suddenly surprised and disturbed: http://www.rants.org/2018/02/a-mystery-firefox-and-user-privacy/
Tyng-Ruey Chuang likes this."Why would the site author get to decide what the value should be?"I didn't realize site's more liberal referrer policy could override, but the common use case for site specifying a restrictive referrer policy is an intranet where existence of a URL might leak info, including to competitors.I'd like Mozilla to be more aggressively pro-privacy and free software than it is on all the things, but I don't think there's anything unusually nefarious going on here, just the normal level. I recall in the 1990s everyone knew the full URL was sent as referer, didn't give it a second thought or have privacy even cross our minds, and built applications expecting to utilize the referer. I'm pretty sure I did that several times. I was naive for sure. I guess that some applications still rely on that behavior and that turning it off abruptly would cause users to be frustrated and Firefox to lose market share. Same winning argument as for supporting encumbered media formats and DRM. Sigh.Oh, I meant to reference JanKusanagi's comment. This isn't about the current WWW being worse than in the past (there are plenty of other things making that case), but holdover/bad decision from the old WWW. I suppose that misspelling was also an unintended signal of a design mistake.
Yeah, well, it started to suck back then, with the little things, and then exploded into the sh*tshow that it is today =)
The thing is, back then it was an "extra" for life, now it's more of a necessity, and now, the fact that it's cr*p matters more.
Sorry for the negativity :p
- Tired of using military/medical metaphors in DevOps ("after-action", "post-mortem", etc). I'm going to start saying "CLOD analysis" instead: "Cold-Light-Of-Day Analysis" is what your team does after the service is restored and you're now all calmly discussing what just happened.
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- Friendly reminder, everyone: free and open source software *never* treats its users like this (read the article, not just the title, to see what I mean): https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/windows-pim-sync-partnersonly
- So this Oregon state board is somehow okay with all the people (some of my friends in Oregon!) whose job titles are, e.g., "Software Engineer", but it punished this person for labeling himself an "engineer" in criticizing the state? https://www.autoblog.com/2017/12/07/oregon-admits-violating-rights-of-man-fined-for-using-math/ #SniffTestFail
- Possibly the worst piece of corporate communications I have ever seen: https://theblog.okcupid.com/an-open-letter-on-why-were-removing-usernames-addressed-to-the-worst-one...
- When another person is talking, I'm sometimes just waiting for them to finish so I can say the thing I'm thinking. But when *I'm* talking, I know that other people are listening carefully, hearing everything before thinking about how to reply. Pretty sure that's the case. Yep.
- Delighted to help the enchanted mineral Feldspar try to save humanity on "Help Me Help You" podcast: http://helpmehelpyou.libsyn.com/propoganda-with-karl-fogel
- Just donated to the Software Freedom Conservancy during their match -- every dollar doubled! If you were waiting, now is definitely the time. https://sfconservancy.org/news/2017/nov/28/largest-match/
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- The @CloudFlare blog is consistently the best corporate blog I read in tech. (I get no reward for saying so and am not a customer, FWIW; this is a genuine spontaneous sentiment :-) ). Take yesterday's post, for example: https://blog.cloudflare.com/the-new-ddos-landscape/
- Just read https://www.datacamp.com/community/blog/data-science-software-engineering by @gvwilson -- now I might have to readjust my mind. TL;DR: software engineering problems we thought were hard to solve aren't so hard, if we just use the data. Highly recommended!