Daring Fireball: ‘An Embarrassment From Start to Finish’
— Read on daringfireball.net/linked/2020/01/24/ars-galaxy-fold

Brutal

Daring Fireball: The New York Times’s Hypocrisy on Ad Tracking and Privacy
— Read on daringfireball.net/linked/2019/12/27/nyt-ad-tracking-hypocrisy

For a closed system, those kinds of open connections are deeply dangerous. If anyone on Instagram can just link to any old store on the web, how can Instagram — meaning Facebook, Instagram’s increasingly-overbearing owner — tightly control commerce on its platform?
— Read on anildash.com/2019/12/10/link-in-bio-is-how-they-tried-to-kill-the-web/

Contract for the Web: Tim Berners-Lee calls on world governments (and us all) to make the web a force for good / Boing Boing:

Governments that sign on are asked to promise to “ensure everyone can connect to the internet,” to “keep all the internet available all the time,” and to “respect and protect people’s fundamental online privacy and data rights.”

Corporate signatories promise that they will “make the internet affordable and accessible to everyone,” “respect and protect people’s privacy and personal data to build online trust,” and “develop technologies that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst.”

Individuals are asked to “be creators and collaborators on the Web,” “build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity,” and “fight for the Web.”

My changing gears from Facebook to WordPress and other outlets started before this contract was posted, but absolutely in that spirit.

I don’t know that anyone is noticing, but I know…

How to recognize AI snake oil / Boing Boing:

Princeton computer scientist Arvind Narayanan (previously) has posted slides and notes from a recent MIT talk on “How to recognize AI snake oil” in which he divides AI applications into three (nonexhaustive) categories and rates how difficult they are, and thus whether you should believe vendors who claim that their machine learning models can perform as advertised.

(164) iSongs – YouTube

November 21, 2019

(164) iSongs – YouTube:

Popular songs covered with Garage Band on iPhone, in realtime.

I have done this once, The Who’s Baba O’Relily, with a bit of trial and error… It’s fun.

Fun Tip: You can export from Garage Band to a ringtone, if so inclined…

A low moment in Apple’s proud history, and a sadly iconic moment for Tim Cook. I hope avoiding those tariffs is worth it.
— Read on daringfireball.net/2019/11/cook_trump_campaign_ad