When Vodafone shut down its e-mail services in 2017, it promised to
continue autoforwarding e-mail to customers’ new addresses indefinitely.
Well, now that “indefinitely” is coming to a definite end. It is just
becoming too hard to maintain the service, particularly when other
e-mail services start treating such auto-forwarded messages as spam or
blocking them altogether.
Is it “hate speech” to tell NRA supporters to “f*** off”? One
high-profile user got banned (supposedly permanently) by Twitter for
doing this sort of thing ... only to have the ban reversed, simply
because there was so much support for his position.
Seems like, when it comes to social media services clamping down on
hate speech, they are simultaneously doing “not enough” and “too
For those pushing for mandatory copyright filtering, here’s yet another
cautionary tale: copies of the (redacted) Mueller Report were taken
down from PDF-hosting site Scribd, even though it is in the public
domain. It seems clear this was an inadvertent result of automatic
filtering policies; one of the many big-name publishers who had put out
for-sale copies of the report had used automated processes to pass the
information to Scribd, and these processes had blocked everybody’s
attempts to upload copies of the report, even though it didn’t own the
But this entertainment nirvana never actually arrived. First came
pricey broadband services required to stream Internet video, often
delivered by the same cable wires consumers longed to cut. Then
came a proliferation of services - offered by Netflix, Amazon, Hulu
plus and more - each with a bill of its own. Then came more boxes,
wires and remotes.
And finally came the question: How exactly do I get my Star Wars
Maybe a bit US-centric, but I think that also reflects the situation
for streaming here as well.
The article talks about “cord-cutting” -- as you may know, most people
in the US have been watching conventional TV stations through cable
connections, not through broadcasts. “Cord-cutting” is the increasing
tendency of customers to terminate their cable TV accounts. But those
same cable companies are also ISPs, and given the limitations on
competition between ISPs in the US (thanks to the current regime’s
allergy to enforcing meaningful net-neutrality legislation), those same
companies will get the money from customers wanting to watch streaming
A heartfelt plea to habitual spreadsheet-wielders in favour of more
advanced data-analysis tools
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8wO4ppE9L8>. Also mentions some of
the more notorious cases of Excel bugs/misfeatures impacting the
correctness of scientific research results.
Came across this tryout <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AvfMMjHX-M>
of yet another open-source video editor, called Olive. The project is
only about a year old, but it’s looking very promising. I recall Thomas
wanting the ability to enable/disable clips in the timeline; I believe
this one can do that.
It may still be under development, but for what it’s worth, the
reviewer didn’t suffer a single crash or loss of work during the
'The Defense and Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) appears to
be in the process of developing its own ultra secure communication
platform. The program is called "Resilient Anonymous Communication for
Everyone," or RACE, and it will be similar to WhatsApp in that it will
be for everyone to use. Trusted Reviews reports:
The objectives of the program are to create a distributed messaging
system that can do three things: Exist completely within a network;
Provide confidentiality, integrity and availability of messaging; and
Preserve privacy to any participant in the system.
DARPA seem to be putting security front and center, and the
description of the project claims that "compromised system data and
associated networked communications should not be helpful for
comprising any additional parts of the system," meaning that DARPA are
keen that one breach shouldn't also give them a leg up on access to
other parts of the system. So, will we soon be using a U.S government
branded DARPA? Probably not, but the chances are that RACE will go
some way to creating a messaging app that's resilient to attacks, with
the protocol and security they find no doubt dripping through to
consumer tech and features in the coming years. '
-- source: https://it.slashdot.org/story/19/04/15/2052250
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
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