It's almost the start of a new year which means people are making their new years resolutions. I don't have any resolutions (or goals) for 2019.

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The New York Times reports Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, Netflix, Apple, Yandex, Yahoo and others far more access to users' data than previously admitted, including access to private messages:

There is never going to be a better time to #DeleteFacebook, the violations are only going to get worse.

If you know someone who wants to try alternatives and needs a simple non-technical guide, try sending them this:

(via @bobstechsite)

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To the Tumblr refugees: welcome!

Having been on the Internet for over thirty years, I have one piece of advice for creative folks working online:

Control Your Platform.

Don't build a business around Facebook, Tumbler, G+, Geocities, MySpace, AltaVista, or any of these other third parties that claim to offer quick and easy results.

They all go away. Every one of them.

Build your own site. Use third parties to steer people to your site.

Third parties are the devil--useful devils, but devils.

You know it's close to and when you get so many emails related to those things. You even get emails from companies where you didn't signup. Some companies even decide to start the sales early (as early as the Monday before).

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Camera covered with tape
Mic jack covered with tape
Email client is Thunderbird

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That you're celebrating 90 years since your first motion picture debut means you're well past your public domain bedtime you fucking rat.

But because your handlers can't stand the thought of giving you up to the rest of the world means we'll probably have to suffer another 90 years without anything going into the public domain, least of all the stuff that you stole from it.

Fuck you, Mickey. Fuck you.

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"Every service Google makes that you love will someday be sunsetted" —silicon valley proverb

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Reading online news, 2008:
- go to website
- read news

Reading online news, 2018:
- go to website
- no, don’t share location
- hell no, don’t send me notifications
- consent to cookie warning
- consent to policies
- no, don’t open in app
- no, don’t want the newsletter
- skip inspirational quote
- close full page ad
- read news

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Someone on birbsite complaining about Apple, because their downloaded movies disappeared. Apple's response was basically: "we don't carry those films anymore; have two free movie rentals."

This is why I don't trust digital only media, and this is why I hate iTunes. If I really care about what I'm buying, I buy it on disc. You just can't trust digital only media. Amazon isn't much different from Apple in this regard.

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This company that sells clothing says it had to stop selling to EU because of GDPR. This image IS their site now, it says: "Blame your government (no, really)".

Really though? It's that hard to sell me clothes while respecting my privacy? You only have to blame yourself on this one 😂

Thinking about switching to (from Win7) on my main computer. Anyone have any tips, tricks or apps (that I should install)? This isn't going to happen right away but at one point I want to get away from Windows.

This is me right now (while I'm creating my own WordPress theme).

@h4ck3r9 really helped me to see the grid before I coded it, and they let you easily get the code of what you have worked on cc/ @pranz

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Google Glass was an interesting case because it showed us people do care about privacy, but only when they feel it's violated.

They will give endless data on themselves and others including photos, video and location but they will outrage the moment they feel privacy is actually at risk - because someone has a camera on their face instead of their hands.

Facebook is actually very clever to obtain all this data without triggering this sensation for the average person.

People know.. but they do not *feel*.

I delete my toots regularly because I don't want people to easily get info on me. Do a search on OSINT.

@kev It's funny that you are de-googling your life yet you still use google fonts on your site.

'You have enemies? Good. That means you've. stood up for something, sometime in your life.' ~ Winston Churchill


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