Show newer

Proton wins appeal in Swiss court over surveillance laws - SWI -

On Friday, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court upheld Proton’s appeal against the Swiss Post and Telecommunications Surveillance Service (PTSS) over obligations to store data and monitor email traffic. The court confirmed that email services can’t be considered telecommunications providers in Switzerland, and therefore are not subject to data retention requirements.

(20) fasterthanlime 🌌 on Twitter: "🔒"google has a secret deal with facebook called "Jedi Blue" that they knew was so illegal that it has a whole section describing how they'll cover for each other if anyone finds out - google appears to have a team -

Lock"google has a secret deal with facebook called "Jedi Blue" that they knew was so illegal that it has a whole section describing how they'll cover for each other if anyone finds out

(20) Patrick McGee on Twitter: "An *enormous thread* on alleged @Google @Facebook collusion based on the just-released *unredacted* complaint from the Texas AG. First filed December. Anything PURPLE is newly unredacted. Yellow/Orange is just normal highli -

An *enormous thread* on alleged @Google
collusion based on the just-released *unredacted* complaint from the Texas AG. First filed December.

John Carmack pushes out unlocked OS for defunct Oculus Go headset | Ars Technica -

Oculus may have officially discontinued its low-end Oculus Go headset last year, but the company has one more "official" update to help future-proof the hardware. On Thursday, Oculus released an unlocked build of the Oculus Go operating system, allowing for "full root access" on more than 2 million existing units.

Nvidia's GeForce Now Launches New RTX 3080 Membership -

Previously, GeForce Now’s top-tier Priority subscription offered performance that tops out at 1080p at 60fps. But now, Nvidia’s RTX 3080 membership allows for game streaming at up to 1440p at 120 fps on Macs and PCs, or 4K HDR at 60 fps with 7.1 sound on Nvidia’s Shield TV devices. You can also stream games via GeForce Now at 120fps on mobile devices, assuming your phone or tablet has a high refresh rate display.

Mastodon's Founder Says Trump's New Social Network Is Just Mastodon -

“Based on the screenshots I have seen, it absolutely is based on Mastodon,” Eugen Rochko, founder and lead developer of Mastodon told Motherboard in an email. He pointed to one screenshot of Truth Social’s error message, which is using the default Mastodon elephant mascot.

Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers - The New York Times -

The telecom companies had no choice but to step aside as government-approved technicians installed the equipment alongside their own computer systems and servers. Sometimes caged behind lock and key, the new gear linked back to a command center in Moscow, giving authorities startling new powers to block, filter and slow down websites that they did not want the Russian public to see.

AMD Posts Official Fix for Windows 11 Bugs (Update: Microsoft Releases Patch, Too) | Tom's Hardware -

Microsoft has now released the Windows 11 patch to the general public. This patch contains the fix for the second bug that cause the L3 cache latency and bandwidth issues. That means that both required fixes are now available for AMD processors.

EXCLUSIVE Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline | Reuters -

"The server was compromised, and they were looking for me," 0_neday wrote on a cybercrime forum last weekend and first spotted by security firm Recorded Future. "Good luck, everyone; I'm off."

Twitter algorithms bias toward right-wing content - Protocol — The people, power and politics of tech -

"We can see that it is happening. We are not entirely sure why it is happening. To be clear, some of it could be user-driven, people's actions on the platform, we are not sure what it is. It's just important that we share this information," Chowdhury said.

Android Developers Blog: Evolving our business model to address developer needs - android-developers.googleblog.

To help support the specific needs of developers offering subscriptions, starting on January 1, 2022, we're decreasing the service fee for all subscriptions on Google Play from 30% to 15%, starting from day one.

A&W Turns its 'Worst Marketing Fail' Into a New Burger | QSR magazine -

In the 1980s, A&W tried to compete with the immensely popular McDonald’s Quarter Pounder by offering a bigger, juicier 1⁄3 Pound Burger at the same price. Unfortunately, Americans aren’t so great at math. Confused consumers wrongly assumed that 1⁄4 was bigger than 1⁄3 and the whole experiment went down in history as a huge marketing fail.

Apple confirms 'Universal Control' is coming later this fall - 9to5Mac -

Following its special event earlier today, Apple has confirmed that macOS Monterey will be available to all users next week, on October 25. While the update will come with new features such as Focus mode, Shortcuts app, and SharePlay, there is one feature that will not be available right now: Universal Control.

Eating the Cloud from Outside In -

...and declaring that they will be "the fourth major public cloud". When your market cap is $36 billion and your next biggest competitor is worth $1.6 trillion (~45x larger, albeit not pure-play), this is a bold statement. Many startups are trying by offering specialized Cloud Distros, but all building with AWS as the presumptive winner of the "first layer cloud" rather than trying to compete.

You Can Now Play 'Doom' Via Twitter - Slashdot -

Those commands are translated to the bot and you are sent back a video showing you what happened, then you can continue to send more commands and progress through levels. The full list of commands and how it works can be found in this pinned tweet from the account...

Instagram Struggles With Fears of Losing Its ‘Pipeline’: Young Users - The New York Times -

“If we lose the teen foothold in the U.S. we lose the pipeline,” read a strategy memo, from last October, that laid out a marketing plan for this year.

In the face of that threat, Instagram left little to chance. Starting in 2018, it earmarked almost its entire global annual marketing budget — slated at $390 million this year — to targeting teenagers, largely through digital ads,

Apple’s privacy changes create windfall for its own advertising business | Financial Times -

Branch, which measures the effectiveness of mobile marketing, said Apple’s in-house business is now responsible for 58 per cent of all iPhone app downloads that result from clicking on an advert. A year ago, its share was 17 per cent.

Squid Game Season 2? Series Worth $900 Million to Netflix So Far - Bloomberg -

The show cost just $21.4 million to produce -- about $2.4 million an episode. Those figures are just for the first season, and stem from a document that details Netflix’s performance metrics for the show.

Canon sued for disabling scanner when printers run out of ink -

While using his Pixma MG6320 printer from Canon, the plaintiff was surprised to discover that the "all-in-one" machine would refuse to scan or fax documents if the printer ran out of ink.

As ink is not necessary to perform scans or faxes, the argument is that the printer features should continue to work even if there is no ink in the device.

Doctor set for £100k pay-out after judge ruled neighbour's Ring doorbell cameras breached privacy | Daily Mail Online -

Audio-visual technician Mr Woodard insisted that he fitted four devices, including two 'dummies,' around his property to protect his vehicles from masked thieves who tried to steal his car in 2019. But holistic healthcare company director Dr Fairhurst told Oxford County Court that the devices placed her under 'continuous visual surveillance.'

Show older

A Mastodon instance dedicated to TWiT listeners. Think of a Twitter just for geeks, sharing content with other Mastodon servers all over the world. If you're a TWiT fan, consider this your home! Our TWiT Forums live at TWiT Community. Post conversation starters there. is for quick thoughts, fun pictures, and other ephemera. Keep it clean, keep it friendly. Looking forward to your Toots!