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Thought on privacy, tech and media.

I’m providing my two factor authentication code to log into my password manager to provide the password into my social network account which asks me to provide a two factor authentication code, just to view an image. #winning

It is 2017 and we’re still asking for 10 character alphanumeric passwords?

Hide Trackbacks 1.1.1

Hide Trackbacks is a WordPress plugin that hides pingbacks and trackbacks from your website comments.

I’ve updated the plugin to indicate it works correctly with WordPress 4.9 and earlier.

Embedding a ted.com video by pasting the URL into a WordPress post means the whole video loads (33mb!) on pageload! Great videos, bad service.

Fix iPhone lightning port disconnection issues by cleaning out the port with a tooth pick. If the inside isn’t white then it’s not clean.

We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

We’re building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren’t even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us — and what we can do in response.

This is why I run PrivacyBadger to block tracking, not ads.

Brexit

 

The Death Of Stalin

Can’t wait to see this film!

Get about thirty percent more battery life and preserve your mobile data plan by deleting Google Hangouts from your iOS device.

How to install pip and pipenv properly on Ubuntu 17.10

Ubuntu 17.10 comes with python3 3.6.3 installed by default but not pip and pipenv. We can install install pip systemwide and pipenv into the user local bin so we can use all the convenience when working with our python projects:

wget https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -O /tmp/get-pip.py
sudo python3 /tmp/get-pip.py
pip install --user pipenv
echo "PATH=$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH" >> ~/.profile
source ~/.profile

Sources: Installing Python 3 on Linux; pip installation; Installing pipenv; How to permanently set PATH on Linux

Update 9 Nov 2017: replaced curl with wget, thanks Peter