Imagine if you could file a digital restraining order against tech companies. If a creepy person follows you any time you leave your house, looks through your mail, and watches you from the street whenever you're at home, you can legally make them stop. Why not companies?

"The Federal Trade Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to pursue policies that will make it easier for people to repair their own things." vice.com/en/article/k78xbn/ftc

@karmanyaahm My favorite is the classic "what metadata can tell you" example of: woman gets call from her doctor, then immediately calls her mother, then calls an abortion clinic.

@ajmartinez Yeah, "It turns out this anonymized phone identifier at your home all night every night and during the work week it's at your place of work all day. I wonder if it's you."

@tfb One problem is that even if you explicitly disable location services, iPhones and Android still phone home. When the OS is built around data collection, it's hard to turn it off. puri.sm/posts/snitching-on-pho

"Anonymized" location data, isn't. Catholic priest resigns after legally-obtained Grindr app data from a broker correlated location data with his and relatives' homes, his place of work, and gay bars. arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20

I dislike when companies capitalize on incidents, so I usually publish my thoughts months later to avoid even the appearance. But folks asked us how @purism products fare against a Pegasus-like attack so I wrote about our overall spyware defense. puri.sm/posts/defending-agains

If you want to support an musician, buy their album and go to their shows. If you want to support a writer, buy their book. Speaking from personal experience, subscription services that let you use content w/o buying it (like streaming), rips off creators. entertainment.slashdot.org/sto

@jfred For instance, my initial knee-jerk response years ago was to be against biometric auth as a sole unlock factor for phones, but I realized that for many folks PIN or pattern unlock wasn't something they'd actually use. Without biometrics they would opt for no unlock auth at all.

@jfred Thanks for elaborating on how it's used in this particular case. In person attacks do seem plausible when you are talking about auth for a local login service. But just like you mention, a *lot* depends on individuals and their particular threats. That's why all the nuance and particulars can't be distilled on social media down to "don't do this" or "always do this."

I should make clear that "something you are" factors have a place in authentication and an even bigger place in identification, and over time my opinions on where to use it has gotten more nuanced than can fit well on social media.

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@Sirofthenorthernterritories Yeah the free choice in both razors and blades is what keeps bringing me back to safety razors, and since blades aren't proprietary, I buy in bulk every few years and they cost me a few dollars a year.

@Sirofthenorthernterritories Yes, it uses the standard Gilette-style double-edged razor blades. It's not just the vibration but also the design of the head itself that I think lends to the quality of the shave.

This new razor shaves even better than the other one! I think I might be a convert...

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@choboDOC @todd We continually get contacted by folks who want to invest smaller amounts and finally got around to building something to enable that kind of investment and make it easy both for them and us to contract. That's all.

It's strange that we are solving the problem that people use the same passwords everywhere, by replacing passwords with unrevokable biometrics, that *have* to be the same everywhere to work.

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Biometrics aren't secrets. It seems like "a good quality infrared image of the target's face" is hard to get right now only because the tech isn't ubiquitous yet. Wait until every website the user logs into has a copy. arstechnica.com/information-te

I haven't been on call in many years but when I was, my alert was the song Le Freak. It just came on inside a store and my sysadmin PTSD came flooding back.

My local thrift store is a gold mine! I dropped by there on a whim and found another Stahly live Blade with the original box. Last week we found a vintage ad for the razor online that I framed and will hang next to the sink. I bought this razor cheaper than the MSRP in the ad!

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