Issue 67: May the force be with you
Facebook shenanigans, smart(phone|home), Thunderbolt hacking, and more
how are you? I’m doing slightly better with the pandemic burnout but it’s still a far cry from good. At least I found a way to distract myself, see the content recommendation at the end.
This week’s links
😱 The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you
Nicely done, Signal! I really wish they could have run these ads, could have been eye-opening for many people.
🤮 How Big Pharma Finds Sick Users on Facebook
In other questionable Facebook news…
➕ This Lego experiment shows our brains prefer adding. Here's why it matters
Apparently, our brains prefer adding over subtracting since the latter has a higher cognitive load. This explains so much, from feature creep in software to filling our homes with unnecessary things.
📱 Smartphone is now ‘the place where we live’, anthropologists say
I can’t say I’m surprised but I’m still wondering about the long-term consequences this will have for societies.
🙈 The ‘Not Here’ Syndrome
This was an enlightening read on racism and workplace inequality. tl;dr: Listen to the people who share their lived experiences, even it makes you uncomfortable.
🤯 Optimizing 700 CPUs Away With Rust
Lately, I really got into Rust. It’s my second attempt, I think this time it’ll stick.
📷 Proving that London's double-decker buses were not a tipping hazard, 1933
A nice little bit of trivia about London’s famous red double-decker buses.
🇮🇱 Eight Tips for Reading About Israel
While Isreal is currently in the news, these tips for critical reading apply to most places. And don’t forget to apply them to the article itself too.
🇨🇺 Cuba during the pandemic – photo essay
As if a pandemic itself isn’t bad enough, imagine living through it in an embargoed country.
💥 Thunderbolt Flaws Expose Millions of PCs to Hands-On Hacking
I guess most of the truly paranoid consider every computer left alone with an untrusted third party as compromised.
I haven’t played an MMORPG since I quit World of Warcraft in 2007. But with the real world still in the grips of this pandemic, I decided it’s time to establish a second home in a virtual one again. My choice fell on Star Wars: The Old Republic because (a) I’m a man-child who’s still not over his favorite childhood fictional universe and (b) it’s easy to get into even in the free-to-play version (though I’m a paying subscriber by now). If you happen to play drop me a note, my Sith Assassin and I are always looking for opportunities to create some mischief.
Until next week,