How long do people keep their upstream pull requests open on github? Forever to help forks or give up after 6 months?
If you visit this site you will know what browser cookies are and that they are used to store information about you across visits to that website. A typical website will store a few to a few hundred cookies on your computer.
Each cookie has an expiry date for when they are no longer valid and then automatically deleted by the browser. Did you know the lifetime of some of these cookies are several decades in the future and that they are routinely used by data brokers and analytics companies to gather data on you?
That’s why I’ve recommended installing a plugin like PrivacyBadger, to prevent these tracking cookies from being passed back to websites that track you across websites.
But you can also override the maximum lifespan of these cookies. I’ve experimented and 10-14 days seems to be a good medium between having to login to all your websites all the time and maintaining privacy.
On Firefox, open about:config and search for network.cookie.lifetime, you will find network.cookie.lifetime.days (set this to 10) and network.cookie.lifetimePolicy (set this to 3 to override the default behaviour or letting the website decide).
On Chrome or Vivaldi browsers it’s possible to set these values by installing my FreshCookies addon, which does not contain any tracking itself.
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.
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.
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 pip3 install --user pipenv echo "PATH=$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH" >> ~/.profile source ~/.profile
Update 9 Nov 2017: replaced curl with wget, thanks Peter
Amazon Go, shopping without checkouts:
Amazon Go is a new kind of store with no checkout required. We created the world’s most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line. With our Just Walk Out Shopping experience, simply use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products you want, and go!
With the amount of recorded prior art they will find it difficult to pantent the Just Walk Out technology 😉
I think we have stumbled upon the reason why there are no new Macs. Apple was wasting resources on the car.
Apple Inc. has drastically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car, according to people familiar with the project.
Zadesky handed the reins to his boss, Dan Riccio, adding to responsibilities that already included engineering annual iPhone, iPad, and Mac refreshes.
Dropbox was using a sql attack on the tcc database to circumvent Apple’s authorization policy
Another issue like this and a lot of people will switch to iCloud Drive.
The UK government had setup the Independent Commision on Freedom of Information with an eye to review the Freedom Of Information Act:
Last year, the government set up a commission to review the law, composed mostly of people who had expressed scepticism or concern about the scope of the FOIA, and with a clear brief to add restrictions to its workings.
Not my definition of independent.
Schneier explained how, initially, NSA Director General Keith Alexander claimed in 2013 that he had disrupted 54 terrorists plots. A few months later, this was revised down to 13, and then to “one or two.” Eventually, the only success that the NSA could point to was the prevention of a San Diego man sending $8,500 to support a Somali militant group.
Doesn’t sound like a worthy trade-off.