Interesting article that directly compares Tesla's lock-in and remote control tactics to Apple's:

It used to be that "If you aren't paying for something, you are the product" but now you are the product regardless.

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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.

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.

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:

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."

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.

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: and the full-length talk I gave at BSidesLV 2017:

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.

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 -

#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


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