History repeats itself, today I came across the term of programmable money, with feature of expiration date, to push consumers to spend it. I got a flashback from 1991 when on post USSR area expiration date has been posted on soviet money. At the end of the day this event defined fate of my professional career, but it was greatest hardship for entire population back there.
After reading stories like one below I really want to build my own search engine which won't create informational bubble around me and let me find information based on pure search terms, regardless of behavior, location and so on. I don't want personalized experience! Tell that to Google, Facebook and Twitter of the world! https://taibbi.substack.com/p/meet-the-censored-the-us-right-to
Found this really nice article, given my FB use, I think this is the journey I'll embark on next. Нашел интерестную статью, так как почти не пользуюсь фэйсбуком буду потихоньку брать все это на вооружение. https://aaronparecki.com/2020/06/14/14/how-to-leave-facebook
Snitching on Phones That Snitch On You
"Our phones are our most personal computers, and the most vulnerable to privacy abuses."
I had previously posted about my new #opensource project, yesterday I sat down to write an article with detailed explanation as to why it was important for me to create this piece of software, let me know if that article resonates with you and of course ping me if you have any issues with MyNewsGenerator project :). Here is blog article to read https://sergeysh.com/2021/03/11/Why-did-I-create-news-generator/
After Fox had an extensive coverage of royal family from UK, with big pharma ads on full display, Brits started asking same question I've been asking for years: "Why would you tell your doc about drugs, who is trained professional in healthcare in such dialogue?" Big pharma became a money making machine rather than business that suppose to take care of people by developing new medicine. Now with COVID vaccine same companies made a vaccine and making billions selling it. Can we really trust them?
Opt-in vs Opt-out debate. Today you are the actual product of all of the services you signed up for, they collect whatever they can and then share it with advertisers, you order a pizza from a chain guess what they'll sell such information it's their part of the deal to use ordering system for free ... privacy is a right every data collection must be opt-in https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/06/opinion/data-tech-privacy-opt-in.html
After a cleanup I just open sourced project that periodically generates mobi file based on list of RSS feeds. In other words that is daily news generator for kindle device. All you need is just to move file to your kindle. There is going to be a simpler way in future versions. https://github.com/sergshk/mykindlenews
It's quite typical hypocrisy when Silicon Valley ignore reality and media writes a story about their supposed "innovative" approach. Truth is such decentralized version of Twitter like social network exist today, and users are in charge of everything on that network not some overarching authority. It's called Mastodon and you are reading post on that network right now. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/365327
It looks like product managers from LastPass forgotten about Evetnote failure, long time ago Evernote attempted to do similar things and miserably failed to explain themselves, buy some popcorn it's going to be fun. https://gizmodo.com/lastpass-is-seriously-nerfing-its-free-tier-starting-ne-1846278777
I've been honored to participate in ShortArm Solutions Inc, Cyber Pro Podcast and talk about cyber security and human factor. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00fay1nmOqk
Privacy is our constitutional right, forth amendment says it all, unfortunately there were no computers back then and as such it does not explicitly mention web, however if it has been written today I think it would have been extended to world wide web, but big shots from Silicon Valley think that they can use our pictures without our consent and train facial recognition models on those. https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/02/05/1017388/ai-deep-learning-facial-recognition-data-history/ #privacy
I have always said that supply chain attacks would bring havock to software companies. However it can be simplified with open source and great level of due diligence. When you have access to source you don't have to blindly trust your vendors security testing you can actually conduct your own. But most vendors think that source code can't be shared, it's their IP ... So results are clear. https://www.wired.com/story/solarwinds-hack-china-usda/
This is just hilarious, you have to be aware of technology you are using and all of it's capabilities ... and keep kids away from your computer :) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/09/style/cat-lawyer-zoom.html
Today's smartphones designed to track everything. It's a joke that companies like Google and Apple selling those, they could have just given them away, since they make way more on information. Same goes for every app that you have on your phone, not hard to understand why many of these apps are free. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/05/opinion/capitol-attack-cellphone-data.html
Bill Gates never liked open systems, since the very beginning MS declared war on open source. Fast forward in today's world open source software is potentially more secure that closed systems, which could accidentally hide questionable practice, backdoors in compiled code until some researches would manage to stumble upon it. So now he pushed Oxford to "team up" with big pharma to hide all research behind IP, what a shame... This is not a story you'll find in media https://www.mintpressnews.com/bill-gates-oxford-ditched-plans-open-source-covid-19-vaccine/274698/