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Ready Player One is the roadmap to digital dystopia - The Verge
“But most of all beware of each other, because everything is about to change. The world is going to crack wide open. The barriers between us will disappear, and we’re not ready. We’ll hurt each other in new ways. We’ll sell and be sold. We’ll expose our most tender selves only to be mocked and destroyed. We’ll be so vulnerable and we’ll pay the price.”
culture  internet  racism  media  1980's  readyplayerone  privilege 
10 hours ago by Nachimir
IRS E-File system crashes on Tax Day [Updated] | Ars Technica
All fixed now, carry on with the last minute filing.
Update, 5:00 PM EDT: The IRS has restored service to its e-file system this afternoon. The IRS has given taxpayers a one-day extension for filing, as the agency's free e-payment system was affected by the outage, which was blamed on a "hardware issue." Our original story continues below.
At midday on the busiest day of the year for the Internal Revenue Service's electronic tax-filing infrastructure, the Modernized eFile (MeF) system has gone offline. Acting IRS commissioner David Kautter informed members of the House Committee for Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing at 10:00am ET that a number of systems associated with tax filings were down and that the IRS is working to resolve the issue. As of 2:15pm, a status message on the IRS' MeF site still read, "The MeF System is currently down. We are working this as a priority."
An IRS spokesperson told Ars via email, "Currently, certain IRS systems are experiencing technical difficulties. Taxpayers should continue filing their tax returns as they normally would."
taxes  gov2.0  internet 
11 hours ago by rgl7194
Millennial streamers and music on smart speakers • Global Web Index
Olivia Valentine:
<p>Millennials are the most passionate generation when it comes to music streaming, with 68% engaging. But just as the music-streaming business is experiencing continued user growth, the interest in smart voice-controlled devices (e.g. Amazon Echo, Google Home) is trending quickly upwards, too, pointing at a potential to shake up the music streaming landscape. 

<img src="https://blog.globalwebindex.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/16_COTD-wc-19-04-THUR-1.png" width="100%" />

Two-thirds of Millennial Music Streamers say they currently use or are planning to purchase one of these smart devices, putting this group 9 percentage points ahead of the Millennial average for this figure across the globe.</p>


So quite a lot of room for Apple to expand into, if it gets it right. This is in the early stages.

(The definition of "music streamer" is someone who says they stream music <em>daily</em>.)
internet  music  streaming 
11 hours ago by charlesarthur
Make the Web Faster  |  Google Developers
Tools and information to help you build high performance web sites.
internet  networking 
11 hours ago by dougleigh
Роскомнадзор начал блокировать IP-адреса облачного хостинга Microsoft — Meduza
Роскомнадзор включил в реестр запрещенных сайтов несколько десятков тысяч IP-адресов облачной платформы Azure, принадлежащей Microsoft.

Как видно из неофициальной копии выгрузки реестра, направляемой провайдерам, Роскомнадзор распорядился заблокировать подсеть 51.136.0.0/15, в которую входит 131 тысяча IP-адресов. В официальном списке IP-адресов датацентров Azure указана подсеть 51.136.0.0/17 (32 тысячи адресов, входящих в заблокированный Роскомнадзором диапазон). Остальные адреса из включенной в реестр подсети также относятся к Microsoft.
Роскомнадзор также включил в реестр запрещенных сайтов подсеть 178.63.0.0/16, относящуюся к популярному хостинг-провайдеру Hetzner.
Роскомнадзор с 16 апреля внес в реестр запрещенных сайтов более 18 миллионов IP-адресов крупных хостинг-провайдеров — Google, Amazon и Digital Ocean. Это делается в попытках заблокировать мессенджер Telegram по решению Таганского районного суда Москвы.
russian  government  internet  telegram  censorship  fail 
11 hours ago by some_hren
A Sobering Look at Fake Online Reviews — Krebs on Security
In 2016, KrebsOnSecurity exposed a network of phony Web sites and fake online reviews that funneled those seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction toward rehab centers that were secretly affiliated with the Church of Scientology. Not long after the story ran, that network of bogus reviews disappeared from the Web. Over the past few months, however, the same prolific purveyor of these phantom sites and reviews appears to be back at it again, enlisting the help of Internet users and paying people $25-$35 for each fake listing.
Sometime in March 2018, ads began appearing on Craigslist promoting part-time “social media assistant” jobs, in which interested applicants are directed to sign up for positions at seorehabs[dot]com. This site promotes itself as “leaders in addiction recovery consulting,” explaining that assistants can earn a minimum of $25 just for creating individual Google for Business listings tied to a few dozen generic-sounding addiction recovery center names, such as “Integra Addiction Center,” and “First Exit Recovery.”
review  fake  krebs  internet 
13 hours ago by rgl7194
Dan McComas, Reddit Product SVP and Imzy Founder Interview
"I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place"
reddit  internet  social-media  politics  moderation  white-supremacy  discord  via-irc 
15 hours ago by brennen
Dan McComas, Reddit Product SVP and Imzy Founder Interview
tl;dr: top-down growth push is destroying the internet. Not really news for anyone working on the internet, but needs to be said publicly more often.
internet  politics  growth 
16 hours ago by thcipriani
What's the length of the shortest bit sequence that's never been sent over the internet? • Sean Cassidy
Sean Cassidy:
<p>A friend of mine posed this brain teaser to me recently: "What's the length of shortest bit sequence that's never been sent over the Internet?"

We can never know for sure because we don't have a comprehensive list of all the data.

But what can we say probabilistically? Restating it like so: "At what value for X is there a 50% chance there's a sequence of X-bits in length that hasn't been transmitted yet?"

What does your intuition say? Obviously every 8-bit sequence has been sent, since there's only 256 values. By downloading this HTML page over TLS you've probably used up every 8-bit value. Has every 100 byte message been sent?

This is how my intuition went: it's probably less than 128 bits because UUIDs are 128 bits, and they're universally unique. It's probably greater than 48 bits because of how common collisions are at that end for hashes and CRCs, and the Internet has generated a lot of traffic.

How would we determine the right value?

I decided to model data as each bit sent is like flipping a coin. This isn't strictly true, of course, but with encryption becoming more prevalent, it's getting to be close.</p>

If you're at all into maths, it's fun just to pause and try this before you go to his solution.
Maths  internet  bit  sequence 
16 hours ago by charlesarthur
1.1.1.1 — the Internet’s Fastest, Privacy-First DNS Resolver
"DNS is usually slow and insecure. Your ISP, and anyone else listening in on the Internet, can see every site you visit and every app you use — even if their content is encrypted. Creepily, some DNS providers sell data about your Internet activity or use it target you with ads. We think that’s gross. If you do too, now there’s an alternative: 1.1.1.1"
dns  privacy  security  internet 
16 hours ago by warnick
Introduction · Front-End Developer Handbook 2018
Front-End Developer Handbook 2018 - this has a little bit of everything for a web publisher
javascript  css  html  frontend  seo  code  internet 
17 hours ago by kexrex
“Ready Player One is the roadmap to digital dystopia”, by Laura Hudson for The Verge
Rather than liberating people from abuse and marginalization, online platforms have become tools for amplifying existing social inequality and harassment in unprecedented ways.
readyplayeronesucks  internet  filmcriticism  literarycriticism  nerdculture  culture  racism 
17 hours ago by beep

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