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Facebook's "GDPR bypass" gets validated by the Irish DPC.

The Irish Data Protection Commission just validated Facebook's "unusual" reading of the GDPR. Facebook having its European HQ in Ireland doesn't inspire faith in their impartiality, of course.

Max Schrems:

The DPC developed the 'GDPR bypass' with Facebook, that it is now greenlighting as a regulator. Instead of a regulator, it acts as a ‘big tech’ advisor.

It's probable the other European DPCs won't let this pass but it's more proof the system needs an overhaul.

Linked on the 13th of October, 2021 Details

Window art in World War 1.

During the first world war, Parisian shop owners would place lines of tape across their windows to avoid flying glass in case of a nearby bombing or explosion. It turned into something of a design contest as they started creating patterns on their shops.

Published on the 11th of October, 2021 Read full post
Photo of man pasted onto wall as if he is hanging between 2 ventilation holes. Hanging on…
Added on the 9th of October, 2021 View photo

Small vehicles of Tokyo.

A visual catalogue of the many small vehicles found in Tokyo streets where the automobile is rarely seen. We could do with more of these around here.

Linked on the 3rd of October, 2021 Details

I held out as long as I could but I finally upgraded my iPhone 6s to a 13 mini. To be honest, the camera and battery life are better but, for my use anyway, it's not that much of a change. There's definitely work to be done on hardware obsolescence, be it deliberate or not.

Noted on the 2nd of October, 2021 Details

California's vanishing hippie utopias.

Fascinating look at the remnants of California’s hippie communes and the few hardcore idealists, now in their 70s or 80s, still living the dream.

Linked on the 15th of September, 2021 Details