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?

The Most Hated Online Advertising Techniques

The solution appears to be either handing over control to a walled garden like Google AMP or Facebook Pages, relinquishing the core values of the Internet, or people contribute to a shared opt-in revenue system, as Brave Browser is doing. The latter seems far more logical, but will fail due to human nature. “While, as a whole, web usability has improved over these past several … Continue reading The Most Hated Online Advertising Techniques

Intel’s Remote AMT Privilege Escalation

If anybody asks why backdoors are a bad idea, mention Intel’s AMT. Well-intentioned, but as with all such systems, eventually succumbs to being hijacked for nefarious purposes. AMT is incredibly powerful, offering much more control over the target machine, not requiring any software, rootkits, authentication nor even an IP address. Being that AMT is implemented at a BIOS level, and the vast majority of motherboard … Continue reading Intel’s Remote AMT Privilege Escalation