“What we Americans go through to pick a president is not only crazy and unnecessary but genuinely abusive. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent in a craven, cynical effort to stir up hatred and anger on both sides. A decision that in reality takes one or two days of careful research to make is somehow stretched out into a process that involves two years of relentless, suffocating mind-warfare, an onslaught of toxic media messaging directed at liberals, conservatives and everyone in between that by Election Day makes every dinner conversation dangerous and literally divides families.”—Matt Taibbi (via azspot)
…today the iPhone brings in more revenue than the entirety of Microsoft.
One Apple product, something that didn’t exist five years ago, has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer. More than Windows, Office, Xbox, Bing, Windows Phone, and every other product that Microsoft has created since 1975.
“Our entire society is based on discontent. People wanting more and more and more. Being constantly dissatisfied with their homes, their bodies, their décor, their clothes, everything – taking it for granted that that’s the whole point of life. Never to be satisfied. If you are perfectly happy with what you got, especially if what you got isn’t even all the spectacular then you’re dangerous. You’re breaking all the rules. You’re undermining the sacred economy. You’re challenging every assumption that society is built on.”—Tana French, The Likeness (via cultureofresistance)
Still filling my little sandbags against the privacy-loss landslide...
It’s nice to keep in touch with folks via facebook. A critical mass of my family & friends are there, and they are (and therefore I am) not going to leave anytime soon. But the new 3rd-party cookie practice where your browsing is tracked and linked to your personal identity EVEN WHEN YOU ARE LOGGED OUT OF FB feels… well, quite excessively shady to me.
So here’s my latest privacy-loss-minimization attempt:
- Browser-based use of FB only. Delete all system and app-registered FB logins, computer & phone.
- Dedicate a separate browser app for FB, both computer & phone. 1x delete all cookies from my primary browser, and never log into FB there again.
- Block all 3rd party cookies: add Ghostery to all browsers (computer)
Even with these facebook-specific precautions, I wonder if it’s a puny row of sandbags against a landslide with developments like Google’s PittPatt acquisition, Amazon’s brilliant and compelling Kindle Fire move, and stupid snafu’s like HTCs huge personal data security hole on their premier Android phones. Well, perhaps out of sheer personal orneriness, I’m gonna keep filling my sandbags.
Oh have you heard of nasty school?
They teach nasty things and they have nasty rules.
They only take nasties and rowdies and fools,
So come, let’s take a walk through nasty school.
You get to nasty school through a secret gate.
The first rule is you must be late.