I’m not sure how many people still keep up with this. But the one thing the Roundup instills in me is that there is still something great about the Internet. Even with all the noise, the monetization, BIG DATA, eroding privacy, and lack of nuance in discussion, there still remains an interesting wild world out there if you look for it, and that’s pretty neat.
I’m going to continue at this for the time being, as much as it feel like typing into a vacuum1.
Well the Roundup must go on…
Science at work.
However, new documents obtained by the ACLU through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit now reveal the extent of this warrantless data collection. The 6,000-plus records reviewed by the civil rights organization contained approximately 336,000 location points across North America obtained from people’s phones. They also reveal that in just three days in 2018, CBP obtained records containing around 113,654 location points in the southwestern United States — more than 26 location points per minute.
When I discuss privacy and technology with a lot of people, their response is generally “I don’t have anything to hide.” The troubling thing is the government should not have an open right without due process to most of this information and even if it doesn’t affect you, the lack of transparency has an effect on many peoples lives.
The goose will be loose… SOON.
And on the subject of emojis, I present to you the Emoji Kitchen Browser. Now you can finally combine your favorite emojis into something… MORE.
One of the risks of using any media subscription service is that at any time unbeknownst to you may not be able to consume something you’ve added to something called “My Library”. You don’t own it and it can leave. But I used this tip in my own Apple Music and found stuff that had left. It’s pretty rare for stuff to leave Apple Music in my experience, but it does happen.
It’s like Pastebin, but the information can be encrypted with a password. Could be useful.
“To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated inside our client and server applications,” Mojang said, “nor may Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods, be utilized by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset.”
Minecraft is huge with children, and comparing their approach to the game, monetization, etc with something else like Roblox is interesting. What I’m saying is, Roblox will probably be all over NFTs as soon as they can figure out how to sell them to kids.
If you’ve ever wanted to simulate what it’s like to be a The Thing-like creature from the comfort of a browser window, here’s your shot. Kind of like a 3D version of Carrion.
Simulate stepping into an Apple Store in the early 2000s. This lines up perfectly with my experience of becoming a Mac user.
This only works on a Mac computer because why the hell would you try to do this on a Windows machine? A Windows user would never step foot into an Apple Store pre-iPhone.
I had never heard of this. What a weird piece of history.
I wish so hard I could travel places via train.
It makes me very happy that Excel esports is a thing. Disclaimer, I haven’t watched this entire video yet (I’m saving that for a rainy day). But one of the first challenges is to build a scoring mechanism for the results of a fake slot machine with some complicated scoring mechanics like bonuses for repeating symbols.
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