Then #Uber, for example, does a great job of optimizing how we hail cars, and that’s terrific for people that need to find cars, but it turns out to be pretty bad for people that want to drive cars and make a good living doing it. Those drivers are at the whim of one large corporation in terms of how much #money they make and, because it’s so easy to become a driver, the streets become flooded with #competition. It’s more efficient, but making it harder to become a driver has very serious #consequences, particularly for, say, #immigrants in urban areas who use driving as a way to pull themselves into the middle class.#future #humanity #job #economy #technology #news #life
Chinese, Iranians, North Koreans, and Russians have been breaking into U.S. networks for years without having any control over the #hardware, the software, or the companies that produce the devices. (And the U.S. National Security Agency, or #NSA, has been breaking into foreign networks for years without having to coerce companies into deliberately adding #backdoors.) Nothing in 5G prevents these activities from continuing, even increasing, in the #future....
5G security is just one of the many areas in which near-term corporate #profits prevailed against broader social good. In a capitalist free market #economy, the only solution is to regulate companies, and the United States has not shown any serious appetite for that.#mobile #news #backdoor #privacy #fail #software #capitalism #technology
In September 2007, 75 students walked into a classroom at Stanford. Ten weeks later, they had collectively amassed 16 million users, $1 million dollars in advertising revenue, and a formula that would captivate a generation....
A decade ago, Fogg’s lab was a toll booth for entrepreneurs and product designers on their way to Facebook and Google. Nir Eyal, the bestselling author of the book, Hooked, sat in lectures next to Ed Baker, who would later become the Head of Growth at both #Facebook and #Uber. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the founders of #Instagram, worked on projects alongside Tristan Harris, the former #Google Design Ethicist who now leads the Time Well Spent movement. Together, in Fogg's lab, they studied and developed the techniques to make our apps and gadgets addictive.#news #evil #advertisement #manipulation #economy #internet #history #smartphone #app #software
Una intervista molto interessante a Giuseppe Longo in cui si parla di scienza, ricerca, rating accademici, e riduzionismo meccanicista. Dove il consenso scientifico resta il freno per innovazioni teoriche e sperimentali.
#longo #scienza #ricerca #biologia #software #comunicazione #rizoma
WhatsGap is an app used to identify retailers that are in support of Hong Kong's #democracy.#politics #protest #resistance #technology #android #software #censorship #news
Google told ZDNet the removal of WhatsGap was sparked by "sensitive content" that was being published on the app.
First I would like to suggest a slight shift in meaning to the term “Free Software”. I think you will agree that Freedom is a practical matter, which is to say it is realized in practice. Another way to put this: it is not the software which is intrinsically free (software does not care), it is the users/developers who become free upon their use of the “free” software. Now, if the users’ ability to (“freely”) benefit from the freeness licensed in a software project is in any way impacted, the users are losing some portion of their software freedom.#freesoftware. #gnu, #freedom, #software, #FOSS,
The license remains as-is, but yet system elements or a non-free development environment can make the software far less free. Keep in mind that “control” is closely akin to “ownership”, and so means of control can thus be monetized.
A #Microsoft programme to transcribe and vet audio from Skype and #Cortana, its voice assistant, ran for years with “no security measures”, according to a former contractor who says he reviewed thousands of potentially sensitive recordings on his personal laptop from his home in #Beijing over the two years he worked for the company.#privacy #software #communication #economy #data #news
The telco sells cell phones part of Lifeline, a government program that subsidizes #phone service for low-income Americans....
The #Adups malware was discovered in 2017 by #Kryptowire, and it's a malicious firmware component created by a Chinese company of the same name.#usa #technology #fail #news #government #software #security #privacy
Highlights in OpenWrt 19.07https://openwrt.org/releases/19.07/notes-19.07.0
The OpenWrt community is proud to announce the first stable release of the OpenWrt 19.07 stable version series. It incorporates 3954 commits since the previous release 18.06.0 and 85 commits since the previous release candidate 19.07.0-rc2.
With this release, the OpenWrt project brings all supported targets back to a single common kernel version and further refines and broadens existing device support. It also introduces a new ath79 target and brings support for WPA3.
The tech giants have as much money and influence as nations. So what if we reported on them like countries? What would Apple be? A liberal China…https://members.tortoisemedia.com/2020/01/06/day-1-apple-state-of-the-nation-2/content.html?sig=3Da9Giih1ATNXZEbc0Gqtf-UPHEEStMIOjMY5AFMW8Q
The Best Free And Premium WordPress Themes of 2020https://kinsta.com/best-wordpress-themes/
When building a WordPress site, should you go with a free or premium theme? What types of features do you need? You should answer these questions before spending money on a theme. Today we'll go through all of the ins and outs of selecting one and cover some of the best free and premium WordPress themes in different industries.