The EU is setting the scene for encryption backdoors via a wishy-washy resolution that goes to great lengths not to mention backdoors at all. That's what they really mean, though.
I've clearly gone mad because I'm defending Facebook here. Perhaps I haven't woken up yet and this is all just a bizarre dream.
After an irritatingly long wait, I've finally received my M1-powered MacBook Air (13 inch, with 16GB memory). I review it here and also compare it to a top of the range 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2013. It's entry-level 2020 vs high-spec 2013.
I've been getting an irritating message from my server for a while now. It didn't seem to cause any other problems but I finally got around to investigating it. It's the 'systemd-logind: Failed to remove runtime directory /run/user/0: Device or resource busy' message.
I've been watching a few of the sci-fi series' available on Netflix over the last few weeks and I've just finished the first two series' of Star Trek: Discovery and am currently on the third. I realise I'm three years behind the curve reviewing this now, but I haven't done a film or TV review for a while and thought this series was worth one.
Don't lose sleep over it, but the solar system might not be here in 100 billion years or so unless Bruce Willis intervenes.
Conspiracy theories used to be a laugh, but now, it seems, many people really do believe them. How can conspiracy theorists learn from the scientific process?
I find the feud between Tim Cook of Apple and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook interesting. I've quoted much of it here and added some of my opinions at the end, for what they're worth.
It was always going to happen. The combination of owning an obsolete (2013) MacBook Pro, the availability of the first M1-powered MacBooks and the release macOS Big Sur has forced my hand.
I have a pop at Netflix and other streaming platforms, unable to resist a jibe at the BBC along the way. It turned into a bit of a ramble about TV-related things. Apologies for that.
There are an awful lot of planets in the Milky Way galaxy, so which ones should SETI look at to stand the best chance of finding a signal from alien life?
The UK is put to shame by countries that manage coronavirus well. The lesson is to lock down early and implement track and trace.
Wired reviews Tim Hwang's book, which is called Subprime Attention Crisis. It draws parallels between online advertising the subprime mortgage crisis of the mid-late 2000s.
Physicists theorise that a pattern may exist in the distortions of the energy blips from some pulsars. Could a cosmic string be responsible?
The battle heats up between Epic and Apple over Apple's app store. Users meanwhile might have to wait until July 2021 to find out whether they can play Fortnight on iOS.
NetNewsWire is a free, open source feed reader app for macOS, iOS and iPadOS. Version 5.1 brought Feedly to the macOS version and this was my cue to start using it. This is my review of NetNewsWire.
Hacking is fairly rampant these days. Should CEOs be responsible if someone dies due to hacking? Could state-sponsored hacking be considered an act of war?
Facebook are desperately trying to cling on to their mass data scraping activities after a couple of recent edicts threaten their ability to do so.
Tinkering with BEM notation and SCSS because I'm a geek and I have no life.