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Goodbye, EdgeHTML
From a business point of view Microsoft’s decision may well make sense. Google is so close to almost complete control of the infrastructure of our online lives that it may not be profitable to continue to fight this. The interests of Microsoft’s shareholders may well be served by giving up on the freedom and choice that the internet once offered us. Google is a fierce competitor with highly talented employees and a monopolistic hold on unique assets. Google’s dominance across search, advertising, smartphones, and data capture creates a vastly tilted playing field that works against the rest of us.
chrome  microsoft  browser  mozilla  firefox  blog-posts  future 
3 days ago by mikael
A better, more positive Tumblr
Starting December 17, 2018, we will begin enforcing this new policy. Community members with content that is no longer permitted on Tumblr will get a heads up from us in advance and steps they can take to appeal or preserve their content outside the community if they so choose. All changes won’t happen overnight as something of this complexity takes time.
tumblr  porn  blog-posts  socialmedia 
5 days ago by mikael
Bridging the Gap between Technology and Progressive Politics in Europe
The text below is a proposal, a strategic contribution and we are curious what you make of the ideas and questions we raise. For sure there are more topics and angles that could be added. Do you see any possibility for funding such an effort to come together? Should this be a festival, a translocal network, a support campaign for various movements? Please join the discussion and let us know what you think and if you want to get involved.
netcritique  socialmedia  blog-posts  politics 
5 days ago by mikael
Securing Your Site like It’s 1999
Running a website in the early years of the web was a scary business. The web was an evolving medium, and people were finding new uses for it almost every day. From book stores to online auctions, the web was an expanding universe of new possibilities.
webdev  history  security  blog-posts 
5 days ago by mikael
SRAM Eagle Review, GX vs X01 + Touring on 1x12
With the gearing needed for loaded bikepacking, SRAM’s 12-speed drivetrains are without a doubt intriguing. And, as more affordable groups and parts emerge, 1×12 is becoming increasingly attractive to bikepackers looking for a modern drivetrain. After 2,500+ miles on the Eagle X01 group and putting the 12-speed Eagle GX drivetrain through its paces in Georgia and Armenia, here’s our full review, complete with a detailed comparison, drawbacks, and a tuning how-to…
blog-posts  cycling  reviews  gearing 
5 days ago by mikael
Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10
Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10, this time powered by Chromium.
windows10  windows  microsoft  browser  chrome  blog-posts 
5 days ago by mikael
Discontinued annotations editor on May 2, 2017
We will stop showing existing annotations to viewers starting January 15, 2019. All existing annotations will be removed.
youtube  google  video  blog-posts  preservation  metadata 
13 days ago by mikael
ReFS integrity is not on by default
So how do I trigger a scrub, a check of all checksums? Ha ha ha, you can’t. Because Microsoft is retarded. They’re going with the bullshit “Oh you don’t need to!”, completely ignoring that what I want to find out is if my physical disks are failing, or have corrupted data.
checksum  filesystems  microsoft  windows  security  blog-posts 
21 days ago by mikael
Google Explains Why Their Customer Service Sucks
If you have a billion users, and a mere 0.1% of them have an issue that requires support on a given day (an average of one support issue per person every three years), and each issue takes 10 minutes on average for a human to personally resolve, then you'd spend 19 person-years handling support issues every day. If each support person works an eight-hour shift each day then you'd need 20,833 support people on permanent staff just to keep up. That, folks, is internet scale.
google  netcritique  support  blog-posts  quotes 
22 days ago by mikael
Chaos and control: the story of the web
The error that Barlow and many other Internet enthusiasts made was to assume that the Net’s decentralized structure is necessarily resistant to social control. They turned a technical characteristic into a metaphor for personal freedom. But, as Galloway explains, the connection of previously untethered computers into a network governed by strict protocols has actually created “a new apparatus of control.” Indeed, he writes, “the founding principle of the Net is control, not freedom — control has existed from the beginning.” As the fragmented pages of the World Wide Web turn into centrally controlled and programmed social networks and cloud-computing operations, moreover, a powerful new kind of control becomes possible. What is programming, after all, but a method of control? Even though the Internet still has no center, technically speaking, control can now be wielded, through software code, from anywhere. What’s different, in comparison to the physical world, is that acts of control become harder to detect and wielders of control more difficult to discern.
history  internet  netcritique  blog-posts 
4 weeks ago by mikael
The Commons: The Past Is 100% Part of Our Future
We won’t be deleting anything that was uploaded with a CC license before November 1, 2018. Even if you had more than 1,000 photos or videos with a CC license. However, if you do have more than 1,000 photos or videos uploaded, you’ll be unable to upload additional photos after January 8, 2019, unless you upgrade to a Pro account.
creativecommons  history  flickr  preservation  blog-posts 
4 weeks ago by mikael
Reflections: The ecosystem is moving
[…] once you federate your protocol, it becomes very difficult to make changes. And right now, at the application level, things that stand still don’t fare very well in a world where the ecosystem is moving. […] So while it’s nice that I’m able to host my own email, that’s also the reason why my email isn’t end-to-end encrypted, and probably never will be. By contrast, WhatsApp was able to introduce end-to-end encryption to over a billion users with a single software update. So long as federation means stasis while centralization means movement, federated protocols are going to have trouble existing in a software climate that demands movement as it does today.
decentralization  development  software  blog-posts  instant-messaging  security  encryption 
6 weeks ago by mikael

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