Good job Canadian parliament. Way to play into the "COVID panic is destroying democracy" narrative. Regardless of the intended goal or actual effect, voting to "suspend elections" is not a good look.
@fribbledom I have three, dunno which is the most controversial, but let's go with this one:
Writing a program for an imaginary model user is stupid and produces inferior UX. If you don't have a real user at hand, write a program that you yourself would like to use.
proprietary (no source code included) s/w is like supermarket packaged goods without ingredients label. And you know how bad that would be.
It's not that everybody reads the list of ingredients, but that *anybody* could, & that organisations can randomly sample to confirm the list adds up.
We need this for software just as much as food:
- 20% evil, sends data to Google
- 38% screwed, displays adware based on that data
- 17% previous purchases shared with Amazon
- 26% audio history to Apple
Just published Google lawsuit evidence indicates that like always retained users' location data, even if disabled in user interface, to the extent that its own employees flashed LineageOS on their phones to avoid tracking. Full thread on https://twitter.com/jason_kint/status/1398353211220807682
“Current trends in the automotive industry point to a future with you locked in a remote control car, your vendor holding the remote." https://puri.sm/posts/locked-in-a-remote-control-car/
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Periodic reminder. If anyone wants insight into why the US is such a corrupt and generally screwed up country (it's my hyper-militarized homeland, so I feel justified in pointing this out), see this comprehensive explanation from Larry Lessig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJy8vTu66tE
Yup, this is a very solid position: https://waldo.jaquith.org/blog/2020/12/government-open-source/
> The power to target is the power to discriminate. By definition, targeted ads allow advertisers to reach some kinds of people while excluding others. A targeting system may be used to decide who gets to see job postings or loan offers just as easily as it is to advertise shoes.
Republican North Dakota legislators have introduced SB2333, a bill that prohibits large tech companies from locking their users into a single app store or payment processor.
While his has implications for Android and other large tech platforms, its most immediate and far-reaching effects with be on Apple, whose Ios platform uses lock-in to monopolize both apps and payments (and another domain, not mentioned in the bill: repairs).
An article about legal interest in the EU on Right to Repair stuff: https://reasonstobecheerful.world/europe-guarantee-right-to-repair-ifixit/
Pressure in the right direction, though the biggest threat (at least in the US, don't know EU law here as well) to the right to repair is the use of *intellectual restriction laws* to obstruct repair / reverse engineering / jailbreaking.
Do you own a drill? A saw? A vise? Are you in the United States?
Some jerk has introduced a bill to make you a felon:
"So, there you have it. It is tinfoil-hattedness to raise these concerns. The one area in computer science where tinfoil-hattedness is of absolutely importance is cryptography; and the maintainer of the only Haskell entropy package dismisses these very valid concerns as tinfoil-hattedness."
Very good read, especially since I want to discuss crypto later!
Did you know that @Fitbit can track your sleeping patterns or even whether you are having unprotected sex? Wondering what @google could do with this data?
Sign the #NotOnOurWatch petition to the @EU_Commission to stop the merger!
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