Well, looks like it is time for the FSF to do the main thing it is charity money is used for, suing companies that cross them.
"You and I, dear reader, have built up an incredible amount of institutional knowledge about how to deal with broken computers. We’ve effectively had to reverse engineer half the software we’ve encountered to figure out just where to prod it to make it do the thing you asked."
Software developers have stopped caring about reliability
Apple is trying to redefine what it means to violate your privacy. We must not let it.
Uber asked contractor to allow video surveillance in employee homes, bedrooms
Facebook is doing research in AI & #endtoend encrypted messages, to analyze & target ads on them.
How an AI can determine you are trying to buy designer shoes, but your private discussion about health or politics won't leak?
We have no clue either.
@hyperlinkyourheart I apologize but I'm not used to spaces yet, and when I joined the space it says they aren't any rooms. Is there something wrong on my side it are there really no rooms yet?
Any pixel artists on the Matrix chat network? If so there's a space for you!
@aral this article linked interesting too http://computer.rip/2021-04-03-use-computers-to-store-data.html
It's about a general database program and how programmers have given up on creating such things.
“The hacker ethos once championed as a method of subverting prevailing power has become at last its greatest lieutenant … I am not hoping for programmers to organize as a class, not anytime soon – you dudebro losers haven't got the guts – but good software simply won't be possible until we accomplish at least that much. There will never be the time or money to satisfy the guarantees our ethics require until we demand them with all the power we possess.”
The lesson of this story (of a Catholic blog using commercially resold Grindr data to out a gay priest) is *either* that anonymised data can always be de-anonymised (pretty much the intuition of lots of experts I know), or, less generally, you can't expect an org that benefits from selling other people's data to calibrate how much they should spend on anonymising.
The Head of Strategy at Muse Group has now threatened someone publicly on the basis of their immigration status: https://web.archive.org/web/20210719115639if_/https://github.com/Xmader/musescore-downloader/issues/5#issuecomment-882450335
This has NO place in free software and I'm ashamed and embarrassed on their behalf.
This is the same company involved in the wildly unpopular Audacity takeover: https://www.theregister.com/2021/05/07/audacity_telemetry/
here’s a very beautiful infosec experience with Apple, referenced in the article https://medium.com/macoclock/apple-security-bounty-a-personal-experience-fe9a57a81943
I made the SCP Conversion Project https://scp.karagory.com/ and that's about it.
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