Whining about Netflix

This article strikes me as very odd, claiming that Netflix is going to be terrible in 2019 because they’re removing some older shows from their catalogue and focusing more on original content. Netflix wants to start streaming more original shows and movies and focussing less on acquiring programs they did not produce. That means they […]

Re-decentralizing the web

A few days ago, I came across an article in the Guardian, talking about decentralization as the next big step for the world wide web. It’s a topic I’ve been thinking about for a while, and have written about before. Re-decentralizing the web is a good idea, but I think some of what’s proposed in […]

Redesigning the site

As you can see, I’ve changed the theme I’m using on this site. I’ve also modified the theme very slightly, using custom CSS. I think this is the first time I’ve ever edited CSS on my own, and I’ve got a question. How do I make it so headers that are also links don’t follow […]

Regarding those disturbing videos on YouTube Kids

Even if you aren’t a parent, you’ve no doubt heard about the many disturbing videos being disguised as content for children. James Bridle has done some digging and found that a lot of this content appears to be algorithmically generated. It’s not (only) trolls. It’s a bizarre and, possibly unintentional, side-effect of the exploitative nature […]

We don’t block ads because they’re ugly, we block them because they’re invasive

Not too long ago, Google banned the AdNauseum extension from the Chrome Store. The reason they cited appears to be bogus. They also seem unwilling to discuss the real reason people use ad blockers. It’s not (just) because most online ads are ugly; it’s because they pose a privacy risk. Advocates insist that ads aren’t just […]

It’s time to start taking online privacy and security seriously

On January 25, Donald Trump signed an executive order that, essentially, screws over all non-Americans online. If you use Internet services that touch US servers, your privacy is at risk. As Canadian law professor and tech law expert, Michael Geist, explains: For Canadians, the order should raise significant concerns about government data shared with U.S. […]