Interesting article that directly compares Tesla's lock-in and remote control tactics to Apple's: washingtonpost.com/technology/

It used to be that "If you aren't paying for something, you are the product" but now you are the product regardless. puri.sm/posts/data-double-dipp

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Why is it so hard for people to have ? Because a TV company can make almost as much profit selling customer data as it can selling the TVs. engadget.com/vizio-q1-earnings

Each time I see someone correct someone else with a pedantic edge case, my brain now sings: "You've been hit by, you've been struck by, a Well Actually" to the tune of Smooth Criminal.

Both proprietary and free software users care about their privacy, but free software users are actually empowered to *protect* it. They can audit the code and, if they have to, remove any questionable bits and still use the software. puri.sm/posts/audacity-telemet

Finally got my new Librem 14 with PureBoot setup with Qubes 4.0.4, and restored my qubes from backup. Going from an i5-6300U to an i7-10710U has been great!

Got my hands on my @purism Librem 14 shortly after I got back to the US. Then I went out for tacos while Qubes downloads. Internet here is so slow. And expensive.

This week’s news about the Audacity project adding telemetry and the public outcry is a perfect test case to explore why free software means better privacy. I do just that in this post: puri.sm/posts/audacity-telemet

This is the key point and the reason FOSS means better : "The joy of open source means that users can, if they wish, verify Audacity's claims for themselves before deciding that the time has come for a fork." theregister.com/2021/05/07/aud

Office culture skipped in this piece: poor managers can only tell if you're working by seeing you at a desk. They also rely on "dropping in" at a desk to force an employee to prioritize their immediate needs. WfH requires them to be level up as managers. washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

In honor of here's my favorite talk I've given on password policy: Sex, Secret and God: A Brief History of Bad Passwords in a 10-minute Ignite-style talk: opensource.com/article/18/5/br and the full-length talk I gave at BSidesLV 2017: infocondb.org/con/security-bsi

Given that classic story of Target knowing a teen was pregnant before her father did, which Big Tech companies would you trust with smart underpants that could track a woman's cycle?

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While I'm sure this clothing will be more expensive (to start) than non-smart alternatives, I wonder who will be the first to follow the "smart TV" route and subsidize the cost by selling your data.

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Apparently the future of clothing is "smart fabric": shirts that act like computer displays, microphones stitched into single strands of fabric, clothing full of sensors and semiconductors. All I can think of is how this will be abused. washingtonpost.com/technology/

I take fiction breaks between volumes of Durant. During my last break I re-read the Iliad (different translation), and read Oresteia, Moby Dick, Old Man and the Sea, Madame Bovary, 170 pgs of Ulysses, and Pale Fire.

It was a nice break, but now let's get back into it!

Tune in to our new episode! @katherined and @dsearls chat with @kyle and Shawn Powers about Signal’s exposure of vulnerabilities in Cellebrite’s mobile device hacking software.
Click the following link for full episode - reality2cast.com/68

#Signal #Cellebrite #cellphone #encryption #technology #podcast #newEpisode

That devs in FOSS projects are 1st-class citizens and doc writers are 2nd/3rd has been so pervasive for so long, that I *still* I dismiss my almost 20yrs of writing and only treat my relatively small code as my "real" contribution. Glad to see some communities trying to fix this.

Why yes, I did just improvise a parody of Lionel Ritchie's Easy like a Sunday Morning about free software Embedded Controller (EC) firmware in my company chat. Why do you ask?

Excited to announce that The Intercept now has a Tor onion service version of its website, giving users a more anonymous option for reading the site

theintercept.com/2021/04/28/to

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