As a general privacy and safety rule of thumb, I don’t browse the web while logged in and I don’t use social login. That means when I go to a site, I log in with email and password, do my thing, log out. Nobody needs to know when I’m logging in somewhere, nor where I’m browsing to after that, thanks.
But then there is Medium:
“Medium does not support passwords.”
Sure, the proliferation of accounts and passwords is a pain, but these alternatives are not the solution.
Great plea from Lauren Goode to let people control what memories we want to be reminded of, if any at all:
The internet is clever, but it’s not always smart. It’s personalized, but not personal. It lures you in with a timeline, then fucks with your concept of time. It doesn’t know or care whether you actually had a miscarriage, got married, moved out, or bought the sneakers.
I wish someone made flip phones cool again. Seriously. Look at a smartphone today. Cut it in two, slap a hinge between the top and bottom, et voilà. Same concept as the cheap flip phones of old, but with two screens, one for the display and one for the input (keypad, keyboard, etc). If Apple made one that only supported calling, texting, notifications for say $300? I would totally buy it.
I’m very happy with the 1Blocker new firewall feature that blocks in-app trackers. The iOS 14.5 requirement for apps to ask permission to use the IDFA is good, but nothing like blocking apps from using other means to track me. This thing is gold. ⭐️
Happy to see that Canada is not doing badly in 14th place on the 2021 Press Freedom Index.
In-app tracker blocking? Goodness yes. Yes! TAKE MY MONEY.
Yesterday, CBC broadcasted the Rebellion episode on The Nature of Things. Interesting timing and interesting tone considering Biden making climate a priority again in the US, and Canada announcing new targets this week along with a fair amount of money for climate initiatives in the new budget. I’m glad to see this issue come to the forefront again, despite the pandemic!
Looking for my social media posts? It’s all over here now.
I love that the NHL made a North division so all Canadian teams only play against Canadian teams for the entire season. I know it’s because of COVID and probably temporary, but deep down I really hope we keep it that way. I love it.
I love this so much. It perfectly expresses thoughts I’ve been having about the madness of human complexity, and how straightforward common sense is too often lacking.
The boat is stuck.
That’s all there is to it.
I installed Microsoft Edge on my Mac yesterday to test something and was surprised to see that it uses an installer and the dreaded Microsoft Updater thingy. Also the app comes up full screen, hiding everything else. So not Mac-like. Apparently Microsoft is institutionally unable to make anything simple and self-contained. I uninstalled and cleaned up but now I feel like my laptop has cooties.
In Canada we believe in oil.
Canadian Conservative party votes not to recognize climate crisis as real
As my wife said: assholes.
LinkedIn has this new “Remember and sign out” feature where “You won’t need to enter your sign in information the next time you visit LinkedIn.” So, huh, how does that count as signing out again?
I always find it interesting that “mortgage” has the French word for “death” in it. I looked up the etymology. It is indeed from the Latin “mortuus” meaning death, but I can only surmise that it means engaged in this contract until death. Great.
My daughter included an accurately used semicolon in a text message and I’m feeling so proud.
I intuitively would have guessed that reading code partially involves areas of the brain related to language, but it appears not to be the case. From an MIT study published in December 2020:
Instead, it activates a distributed network called the multiple demand network, which is also recruited for complex cognitive tasks such as solving math problems or crossword puzzles.
However, although reading computer code activates the multiple demand network, it appears to rely more on different parts of the network than math or logic problems do, suggesting that coding does not precisely replicate the cognitive demands of mathematics either.
The fact that understanding code is a distinct skill makes sense but it’s interesting that there is evidence of that in brain activity.
Google is at it again trying to usurp the web for its purposes.
Using Chrome is like being in an abusive relationship and seeking help from the same person who is abusing you.
With the US presidency shit show behind us and their return to appropriate climate policies, I’ve been reflecting how little action (none?) there is from the Canadian government. It’s very much clear that there is no plan. And let’s be clear, the bare minimum of a carbon tax is not a plan. We’re not working to reinvent our economy, we’re just riding the oil train as far as it will take us without proactive emergency action.
When I bought our last TV a couple years ago, I was amazed how dumb TVs have for all practical purposes vanished from the market. One way was to pay well over $1,000. The other was to get a commercial monitor. But then those things are not necessarily designed for quality home viewing so the screen specs and viewing angles are not as good. It’s sad that Grandma Sally and Uncle John have no idea what’s going on when they buy a “smart” TV.
I don’t connect my LG TV to the Internet either. And apparently Roku is the same disaster. How is regulation not happening on this? How can governments be so asleep at the wheel? It’s not like this started recently. We’ve known for years that “smart” in “smart TV” really means it’s watching you.
I saw that Dash 6 is out and for about 12 seconds I hoped that they ditched the browser-like search bar, but no such luck. The Dash 4 and prior UI allowed for 1-click navigation between search results and that tended to accommodate my documentation searches better. Too bad, I used to be a big fan of this tool. I’m starting to wonder if I should write my own. What do you use?
Qatar has the very sad distinction to be the first country each year to overshoot their share of Earth resources.
It’s been years and I still don’t understand why macOS updates mess with Apache config and you have to manually put it back the way it was. Never mind that we can talk to our devices and send spacecrafts into space.
Mark Carney’s piece is right on for me but this particular bit has been on my mind:
[T]o put the market into service of humanity and once again have society’s values drive value.
Has society ever had a say in what has value? I’m not a historian but it seems to me that value is historically defined by those in power. Today that includes businesses. I think we are at a unique time where more of us want the people to decide what has value. Far from a done deal though. Those in power won’t give that up easily.
I was just reading Gruber’s Apple report card. His D grade for the Apple TV is about right. It really feels like they don’t have a team assigned to this product. I don’t get it. They introduced this OS years ago with game support and it seemed like it was the beginning of finally putting their weight behind this thing. But no, they just let it languish there and the UX is still frustrating.
Mark Carney, commenting on countries needing to step up:
[A]sk not what the climate is doing to your country, but what your country can do for the climate.
The whole range anxiety thing pertaining to electric cars is weird. How is that different from a long trip with a gas car wondering if you’re going to make it to the next gas station?
I heard from a recruiter today for a job “with 100 fortune of Canada”. Also no punctuation. And yes, I am a language snob. But if your job requires communication skills, why does this happen all the time?
English is my second language too so I feel entitled to complain about it. Words matter.
This enumeration is spot on and I worry about their erosion in the last few years, not just in the US:
What is at stake in America today is […] also about the authority of facts and evidence and history and science, that no one has the right to override those things for personal gain.
From an opinion piece by Rebecca Solnit in The Guardian today.
If it wasn’t already obvious, it is now painfully clear that the United States have lost the moral high ground when lecturing other countries about democracy.