External screen, keyboard and mouse attached to my phone running my favorite IDE - Qt Creator. Looking forward to try this setup on the first post-pandemic game jam :D @purism

It does make me feel good to know that all the articles I wrote for @linuxjournal since 2008 (I just checked my bibliography on kylerank.in/writing.html, I'm a few articles shy of 200) will still be around. I still refer back to them from time to time.

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This Blacklight tool by The Markup is great. While puri.sm got a clean score, it took us a lot of effort over years to get there. Tracking visitors is the industry default for web tools and I only wish this tool existed years ago. themarkup.org/blacklight/

I bet the client and attorney were coordinating their case over gmail and gdocs and realized Google gave itself the legal right to access that data. I wonder if Google did something in the case that would only be explained by that action?

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In summary, the company's ToS allow it to access user data to "protect Google" so does that extend to everyone involved in a legal case against Google? Interesting implications for people (and govts) who have brought cases against Google while using Google services.

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"Attorneys representing a Google employee suing the company want to know whether the search engine giant thinks it is allowed to view his digital communication... [and] access the personal data of non-employees involved in the case, including the judge." washingtonpost.com/technology/

So I had the foresight to brew a Märzen in March this year for Oktoberfest, but didn't have the foresight to carbonate it in time for the start of Oktoberfest this weekend.

In the name of customer security, ATT, Verizon and Tmobile are partnering on a mobile auth service using customer account info as a unique identifier. Why do I think they have an ulterior motive with this unified customer identifier?


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The issue with these situations is you must rely on your credibility to get the benefit of the doubt. FB's history with similar "bugs" erased that credibility.

Good ad for iOS 14 privacy features though. No wonder FB and adtech apps are worried.

A ban on TikTok would have been impossible without closed app store gatekeepers, says EFF board member @Zittrain. Walled gardens are free speech weak links. twitter.com/zittrain/status/13

@mobian Or a proper phone OS that lets you control what you can install and update without vendor permission ;)

Starting Sunday, WeChat and TikTok apps are contraband. You will have to break out of jail to install or update them in the US: arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20

Building tech for freedom?

Is it intuitive, easy to use, focused, and consistent?

Does it have beautiful defaults?

Is it:

- Private by default?
- Secure by default?
- Usable by default?


Burying the lede: "AT&T engineers are creating 'unified customer identifiers,' [AT&T CEO] Stankey said. Such technology would allow marketers to identify users across multiple devices and serve them relevant advertising." arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20

@aral Yes! Yes! Yes! This is key! So many projects ignore design and pick horrible defaults. In many cases the developer designs the interface as an external representation of their internal code (I'm looking at you iptables and tc). If you understand the code then it makes sense, otherwise *shrug*.

Good design requires empathy. You must think of how someone else would approach your software without understanding the code. If your defaults make a user shoot themselves in the foot, it's a bug.

For 4 years my personal website relied ENTIRELY on javascript to display anything 🤦‍♀️ and none of these 4 years show up on the wayback machine, one of my biggest regrets..

Tourists on Tech's Toll Roads


"We can’t accept being a tourist on tech's toll road, the future demands open highways accessible by everyone, where you can freely go where you want, how you want."

In response to the @nytimes article: nytimes.com/2020/09/15/technol

"1984 was a typo. 255-91-1755. That's me. I've been reduced to a series of digits. My Social Security number is in thousands of computers that buy and sell my life story."

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