Browse Against the Machine

Even though it’s written by Firefox’s marketing guy, a few solid reasons within as to why Firefox should be considered. I found even up to last year performance as lagging, but after enabling multi-process and filtering out outdated add-ons, performance is now as good as Chrome on the same machine. “For me, the sacrifices I used to make choosing Firefox over Chrome are finally fading. … Continue reading Browse Against the Machine

What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen

One of the more egregious privacy oversteps in recent memory. Nearly all smart TVs will collect your viewing information to some degree. Keep your TV completely disconnected, and use a separate, more controllable device for streaming purposes (Kodi or Plex come to mind). “On a second-by-second basis, Vizio collected a selection of pixels on the screen that it matched to a database of TV, movie, … Continue reading What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen

What Really Happened with Vista

A refreshing and solid read about what went wrong with Vista, from the inside, from Microsoft’s Director of Development of 12 years. “The bet on C# and managed code included a strategy that reduced investments in the core unmanaged Win32 layers. I remember long meetings trying to get Windows to commit to relatively minor investments in text and graphics features that Office needed. Pulling these … Continue reading What Really Happened with Vista

Be Careful Celebrating Google’s New Ad Blocker. Here’s What’s Really Going On.

Google doesn’t offer an ad-blocker to improve user experience. It does it so become the gatekeeper for publishers who want to get in front of users. Run your own ad-blocker. “According to the Financial Times, Google will allow publishers what it’s calling “Funding Choices.” The publisher could charge the consumer a set price per page view to use third-party sites that block all advertising. Google … Continue reading Be Careful Celebrating Google’s New Ad Blocker. Here’s What’s Really Going On.

Chrome Won

By the former CTO of Mozilla (who make Firefox). Firefox was created to challenge Internet Explorer’s default dominance, and to that end it succeeded. But the transition to Webextensions, a series of management missteps (losing key staff and over-spending on frivolities) and lack of clear vision, as well as an drawn out transition to multi-process all contribute to it’s falling popularity. Not to mention the … Continue reading Chrome Won

Bose Headphones Spy on Users, Lawsuit Says

I’d be surprised if there were any manufacturers that didn’t do this to some degree. Most people are wilfully trustful enough of companies, that being caught out like this is rare enough to make the news. This applies to all ‘Internet of Things’ devices. If something has internet access in some way, it can be either compromised or used against the user’s best interests. “According … Continue reading Bose Headphones Spy on Users, Lawsuit Says

Is Facebook A Structural Threat To Free Society?

Won’t somebody think of the likes? “Let’s step back for a second and take Zuckerberg out of the equation. As we’ve seen, Facebook is the biggest personal data collector in history. It is openly working on simulating human beings for research. It has all the tools needed to manipulate people’s realities, emotions, thoughts, and political preferences. And it continues to build these capabilities, especially with … Continue reading Is Facebook A Structural Threat To Free Society?