Friday, November 13th, 2015

Terrorist attacks in Paris. At least a hundred people dead. My twitter timeline is blood and tears.

A child is born. The proud aunt is putting up the picture on my twitter timeline after hours of worry, but the child is healthy and love is being showered upon the mom and her family.

This is my small lens onto the world on this day, at 1845.

In the future-now, TV watches you

Vizio recently updated its privacy policy to say it has begun providing data about customers’ viewing habits to companies that “may combine this information with other information about devices associated with that IP address.” The company does not promise to encrypt IP addresses before sharing them.

Source: Own a Vizio Smart TV? It’s Watching You – ProPublica

Yet another reason to have your television just be a dumb screen that pushes pixels at your eyes, and have the smart bits live elsewhere.

With other devices (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc, Chromecast, etc) you at least know they’re trying to get that information but you can opt-out of most things.


And in case it gets deleted, here’s a screenshot:

Twitter screenshot

I Gave A Speech About Race To The Publishing Industry And No One Heard Me

Here is the thing about how discrimination works: No one ever comes right out and says, “We don’t want you.” In the publishing world, they don’t say, “We just don’t want your story.” They say, “We’re not sure you’re relatable” and “You don’t want to exclude anyone with your work.” They say, “We’re not sure who your audience is.”

Source: I Gave A Speech About Race To The Publishing Industry And No One Heard Me

I see this in food service all the time. I’ve gone to places to apply for FOH jobs and been told to wait for the chef to come talk to me.

They just automatically assumed I’m there to work in the kitchen.

No, if you tell a woman to smile you’re more of a bitch than a bitch

Men don’t get told to smile like it’s their job. I don’t go up to men and say, “hey, smile! You’re so HANDSOME when you smile!

Why don’t I do that? Because it’s weird and rude and it’s none of my business if you smile or not. I don’t know you, I don’t know what you’re going through. And you don’t exist to mold yourself into whatever I think you should be. Isn’t that cool, that you’re an autonomous person?

Source: smile, you bitch: being a woman in 2015 — Medium

I’ll admit that I’ve done my fair share of idiotic things. Like most I thought I meant well, but now I’m sure in most cases it is much more likely the women I talked to got irritated and annoyed, rather than pleased.

I’m glad there are people like Nora out there, who won’t take shit from anyone and will step up and say “this is not right and we need to change it.”

Twitter changed because it sought to be media itself, instead of underlying everyone else’s media.

Yet the two entities that are called “Twitter”—the San Francisco-based corporation and the character-delimited social network—are not entirely disconnected. And similarly, no matter how many features Twitter-the-company tacks on to draw in new people, it’s still captive to the whims of Twitter-the-network. Recently, I’ve started to wonder if the corporation is trapped in more than a nominal way. What if the network is one of the company’s greatest obstacles, especially when it comes to growth?

Source: The Decay of Twitter – The Atlantic

Whatever happened to the chromeless browser?

First there was Prism. Then Mozilla turned it into Chromeless. Which then was killed off.

When Mozilla killed Prism another developed forked it off and renamed the project WebRunner, but then it also died a few months later. I’d show you the link but they all report 404 when you visit the developer’s website.

Chrome doesn’t have Application Shortcuts anymore either, and they’re the ones who came up with the concept to start.

For now there is the the Standalone (which is buggy as hell) Firefox extension but it’s buggy as hell and it only really seems to work well on OSX. I tried using it on Windows 10 and it was basically useless.

All of this except for Standalone went down before 2011. It’s 2015 and the only options available that work well are for OSX, and commercial at that. There’s hope that WebRT will revive the concept since whatever lives on the web now has to compete with native apps for each mobile platform. They are their own form of single-site browser, but it all depends on the developer and obviously they’re tracking your every interaction with it. We need something that’s open and everyone can use to create the browsers they need.


I’ll always prefer the name over Blame Web 2.0 and it’s long-now tarnished promises.

I’m glad they’re offering a paid option now:

Delicious paid option banner

Perhaps the service will grow again now that the owners are actually trying to get it to work. Yahoo really fucked it up, and then it all went sideways from there.

LibreOffice Writer prints text in black

I was updating my resume and ran into a weird issue where Writer would print everything in black, no matter the destination printer (physical or PDF).

A quick search pointed me to this Ask LibreOffice page where someone had run into this issue, but here’s the procedure to fix it:

Go to Menu/Tools/Options/Print, then make sure “Convert colors to grayscale” is not checked:

LibreOffice Writer dialog

Then go to Menu/Tools/Options/LibreOfficeWriter/Print, then make sure “Print text in black” is not checked:

LibreOffice Writer dialog

This started happening after I updated to LibreOffice 5.0.2, so I’m thinking this a regression in the defaults.

Truly, a citizen of the electronic world

Having a citizenship means that you have a place in the world, an allegiance to a state. That state is supposed to guarantee you certain rights, like freedom from arrest, imprisonment, torture, or surveillance – depending on which state you belong to. Hannah Arendt famously said that “citizenship is the right to have rights”. To tamper with ones citizenship is to endanger ones most fundamental rights. Without citizenship, we have no rights at all.

Algorithmic Citizenship is a form of citizenship which is not assigned at birth, or through complex legal documents, but through data. Like other computerised processes, it can happen at the speed of light, and it can happen over and over again, constantly revising and recalculating. It can split a single citizenship into an infinite number of sub-citizenships, and count and weight them over time to produce combinations of affiliations to different states.

Source: Algorithmic Citizenship | Citizen Ex

DNA/Dongly Things

Now why is this? Well, there’s one possible theory, which is that just as Xerox is really in the business of selling toner cartridges, Sony is really in the little dongly power-supply business.

Source: DNA/Dongly Things

USB 3.0 Type C cables for everything.

Never underestimate the power of the chancla.


Child: Why are you yelling?

Me: I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, I’m really sorry. I’ll order pizza.

Source: Every conversation between a parent and a child, in four conversations.

Parenthood in the United States is very, very very different than in Mexico.

I just happen to be in the market for a new phone

Before, buying a Nexus meant you had to deal with a bad camera or poor battery life, but the Nexus 5X and 6P are the first Android devices built with few to no compromises. The one thing you could complain about is the lack of wireless charging, but we can deal with that. The camera on a Nexus is finally good. The 12.3 MP cameras can hang with phones that are nearly twice the price of the 5X.

Source: Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P review: The true flagships of the Android ecosystem | Ars Technica

I broke the screen on my Canon S100 and the camera on my Nexus 5 is not the best. So by all appearances either phone is a worthy upgrade.