- GoGo Wireless Adds Surveillance Capabilities for Government→
Bruce Schneier on this despicable act:
It [GoGo] has voluntarily decided to violate your privacy and turn your data over to the government.
- Brightest Flashlight Gets No FTC Fine→
Jeff John Roberts:
On paper, the order looks like stern stuff but, in practice, it’s hard to see how this amounts to real punishment. Even though Geidl did something deeply unethical, compromising the privacy of tens of millions of people, he will not pay a cent for his misdeeds.
The FTC said earlier that it didn’t seek financial restitution because the app was free. The agency’s justification is unsatisfying, however, because it doesn’t acknowledge that Geidl must have earned earned income by selling users’ geolocation. A better approach would have been to strip him of any profits he made through the app, and also name-and-shame the advertisers who bought the information from him.
Agreed. I hate this shit where hands are barely even slapped for major privacy violations.
- NSA and Heartbleed→
I like this denial, in that it is pretty solid and clear that the NSA did not know about Heartbleed and therefore did not exploit it. I tend to believe the statement too, for two reasons:
- It passes my smell test, as I do believe the NSA thinks it would be more of a threat than an asset to leave the security hole open.
- The statement doesn't leave room for weaseling out of legal repercussions for the agency. The winds are shifting and “national security” is no longer a statement that is reason enough alone.
- The Man Behind the Windows XP Wallpaper→
- xkcd: Heartbleed Explanation→
And now everyone gets it.
- Drop Condoleezza Rice or we will #dropdropbox→
I agree wholeheartedly:
Choosing Condoleezza Rice for Dropbox’s Board is problematic on a number of deeper levels, and invites serious concerns about Drew Houston and the senior leadership at Dropbox’s commitment to freedom, openness, and ethics. When a company quite literally has access to all of your data, ethics become more than a fun thought experiment.
- Oso Washington Mudslide→
Great photos from Joshua Trujillo which document the devastation in Oso, Washington. Also a good use of Exposure.
- Minimal ToDo→
Walter Somerville on Begin:
It’s not a system that will appeal to everyone, but I have found it very helpful, if only to slow down and think through the day before I start working.
- Replacing Flickr with 500px
But after Ben posted the intimate photos of his super-cute new daughter, they ended up populating an entire page or two of the feed of the people I follow.
I mean this in the most respectful way possible – but that’s not what > I wanted to see when I went to check the feed of the extremely talented photographers I’ve chosen to follow.
On Flickr or even Facebook, I’ve come to expect this sort of thing in the “recent activity” section of my contacts – but not on 500px.
I don’t want to unfollow Ben as I am interested in his other types of photography, but at the same time I don’t really want to see his personal photos all the time.
His thoughts came at a time when everyone thought Flickr was soon to die. Since then it has been reignited, but still kind of a dead community. Ryan is/was right, my photos were overboard.
It was actually an issue with the 500px plugin whereby new photos added to any collection was also added to my profile, and therefore in “feeds”. Now the Lightroom plugin doesn’t do that (which is great), but Ryan is still right.
500px was always a stop gap while Flickr tried to do anything but that hasn’t really changed. I am faced with two photo sharing sites, one that is great in 500px, and one that is something in Flickr.
The fact is, neither works for the primary purpose of sharing family photos with friends, Facebook probably does, but not these sites made specifically for photos.
I’ve kept sharing photos in collections on 500px for my family, but we need something better. I’ve not seen anything better, even the Kidpost project seems to miss the point.
All I want, all any parents wants, is an easy way to share great photos with family and only family. The best I have found is shared Photo Streams, but those are impossible to add photos to from my good cameras.
Apps like Sunlit get close, but they still aren’t ‘there’. It’d be great for there to be a section of 500px that still looks great, but only designated family members can access. I don’t need passwords, just a hidden, yet accessible, area for grandparents and the like.
- Rice and Dropbox→
John Moltz on Condoleeza Rice joining the very small board of directors for Dropbox:
Here’s a cynical take on this. Clearly in this era of NSA revelations this is a terrible message to be sending to your customers.
Moltz linked to a BoingBoing post by Rob Beschizza which concludes:
Rice joining Dropbox is the insult, not the injury, which is in the firm’s DNA: customer privacy as a feature, not a principle.
Features come and go, but principles are what your company is built around. I love everything about Dropbox from the perspective of tools and how it works. Dropbox is a fine example of building a great product, but I left Dropbox because they inspires absolutely no confidence on the privacy font — all the while asking me to store every file I have with them.
- Stephen Colbert to Succeed Letterman→
CBS confirmed that Stephen Colbert will take over David Letterman’s slot on the Late Show.
When I was in high school I started watching Leno, I never liked it but it always served as the opening act for Conan which was on after. Once college started I ignored all these shows, and it wasn’t until after college that I started watching this type of program again. However this time I started to watch John Stewart and Stephen Colbert and I loved those shows for a good while.
When NBC finally let Leno go this year, and Fallon took over, I watched closely to see what Fallon would do. To my surprise I really love the new Tonight Show — it feels fun to watch again, and often funny to watch.
Adding Colbert into the late night mix feels like a smart move, and I know I will be torn now about who to watch — then again I watch the shows the next day anyways.
This is an interesting ‘passing of the torch’ moment in late night comedy.
- Today Is Like Weather→
Fun new weather app with a great little bit of “trivia” to it. As the name implies it looks at the current temperature for your location and tells you a couple extra things:
- When weather like this normally occurs for your area.
- What other city/area this weather is more like.
For instance today (in Tacoma, WA) is more like mid-March or mid-November — but mostly it is like Detroit today.
Like I said, fun app.
- A 12inch MacBook→
The nitty-gritty of this set of rumors is interesting to me. I’ve long complained that the 13-inch MacBook Air still takes up a sizable amount of desk/lap space. I have owned the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, and found after a while that the size was just too small for me. I think 12 inches could be a nice sweet spot.
It seems crazy to think that just an inch or less bigger/smaller could make that much difference, but I’m with Stephen here. Something in between the two models seems ideal, but I wonder if it wouldn’t replace both sizes of the Air.