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The privileged have entered their escape pods.

Interesting take on (Silicon Valley) privilege versus exposure to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

They’re simply succumbing to one of the dominant ethos of the digital age, which is to design one’s personal reality so meticulously that existential threats are simply removed from the equation. The leap from a Fitbit tracking your heart rate to an annual full-body cancer scan or from a doorbell surveillance camera to a network of autonomous robot sentries is really just a matter of money. No matter the level of existential security, the Netflix shows we stream are the same.

I've certainly thought about this myself as we sit comfortably at home while delivery drivers and shop staff risk exposure to supply us with anything we need.

Linked on the 13th of September, 2020 Details

Inside the Courthouse Break-Ins that Landed 2 White Hat Hackers in Jail.

I just got round to reading this account of the legal shambles a couple of white hat hackers were dropped into when their clients, the state of Iowa, decided to abandon and ignore them. It's a gripping read.

Linked on the 31st of August, 2020 Details

Wuppertal's Schwebebahn in 1902.

MoMA just uploaded an amazingly clear film from 1902 showing the suspended railway in Wuppertal. It's still impressive today but it must have been something 118 years ago.

Linked on the 10th of August, 2020 Details

The TikTok war.

I was completely out of the loop with TikTok and the various allegations concerning it. This substantial take from Stratechery gave me a much clearer picture.

Linked on the 2nd of August, 2020 Details

The carbon footprint sham.

On the hypocrisy and deviousness of the fossil-fuel companies:

It’s here that British Petroleum, or BP, first promoted and soon successfully popularized the term “carbon footprint" in the early aughts. The company unveiled its “carbon footprint calculator” in 2004 so one could assess how their normal daily life — going to work, buying food, and (gasp) traveling — is largely responsible for heating the globe.

I knew about the anti-litter campaigns being funded by the packaging producers but I didn't know the carbon footprint was a similar industry invention. All created to put the focus on individual responsibility and cloak the oil industry's.

Linked on the 26th of July, 2020 Details

Markdown quicklook preview on Catalina.

I was struggling to get quicklook previews of markdown documents in macOS Catalina to work due to the new enhanced security checking. The various open source and self-install solutions out there all failed, even after following all kinds of convoluted procedures.

The solution was PreviewMarkdown which installs via the app store and satisfies all of Apple's new security requirements. It costs $1 which is worth the no-hassle install.

Linked on the 10th of July, 2020 Details