Analysis of how Google's FLoC can hurt users.
"FLoC is meant to be a new way to make your browser do the profiling that third-party trackers used to do themselves"
Google’s FLoC Is a Terrible Idea
Not super proud of this, but when it's a choice between tossing out an old tablet because of a broken USB charging port, or an ugly fix to save it, I'll do the ugly fix.
This article explains why a few kilobytes of macOS updates ends up as gigabytes of downloads and 45 minutes of updating.
Users are losing out against Big Sur’s sealed System
'People often ask: “What’s the next Covid?” An attack on our digital infrastructure is a leading candidate.' and other interesting insights in this great read.
Yuval Noah Harari: Lessons from a year of Covid
I have added a section to my #gemini capsule
for aggregating what people are saying about Gemini, e.g. tweets, toots, and now also the Gemini mailing list, where most of the announcements and spec discussions take place. You can now browse this on Gemini itself!
Gemini mailing list archive on Gemini
FreeHacker is an ezine "created to help the spread of DIY culture in cyberspace". A good, if somewhat short read.
FreeHacker: Issue 2
Few years ago I moved my personal projects from #Git to #Fossil, and can recommend it. It is easy to host (single binary file), feature full (bug tracking, wiki, forum, etc), and all the repo data is stored in a single sqlite db (easy to backup). You can also allow anonymous access so that people can collaborate without creating accounts. That's 2 files you copy into a machine and you have your entire source control and repo up!
Fossil: Fossil Versus Git
My #Gemini capsule is up! It includes my #gemlog which is generated from my website microblog, which is also syndicated as tweets/toots via #IndieWeb. Very cool that all these technologies can play well with each other and are easy to script to my liking.
A well written blog post (from a Google dev advocate) about using machine learning for baking, resulting in inventing a new dessert. Much 'maker' spirit, such wow. #ai #machinelearning
Baking with Machine Learning
"This means in two to five years we may be able to surf the internet or talk on our 900 MHz phones while walking down the sidewalk in nearly any city whose occupants own Amazon or other competing devices."
We may Soon have City-Spanning 900 HMz Mesh Networks
Some thoughts on the #Gemini protocol:
Gemini is to the web what reading a book is to watching TV. The former is focussed, simple, requires some effort, and may be more rewarding. The latter may be more compelling but also full of distractions and advertisements.
Gemini might be a good fit for disseminating information in low-bandwidth long-range mesh networks like Meshtastic, which might become part of our apolcalyptic/dystopian future.
Gemini is a good format for scraping web content or generating content for displaying on devices like DIY smart mirrors, Raspberry Pi tablet screens, Smart watches, etc.
Curious? Try this link below which uses a web proxy to display some random feeds from Gemini sites.
Capcom Gemini Aggregator
"These all use some form of local radio signal. Some, such as Briar, may use short-range Bluetooth and Wifi, while others use radios such as LoRa that can reach several miles with low power. ... Every item on this list uses full end-to-end encryption" #offline #messenger #lora #meshnetwork
Roundup of Secure Messengers with Off-The-Grid Capabilities
Bumper harvest of cherry tomatoes from my #aquaponics
You may be in a quandry about deleting WhatsApp, because EVERYONE is on it. How quickly we forget that this was true of Mixit and BBM. We've moved before, we can move again, the businesses will follow. #deletewhatsapp #deletefacebook
Facebook really wants your data! The long term solution is decentalized/federated, like Matrix.
WhatsApp gives users an ultimatum: Share data with Facebook or stop using the app