Quando non sei più automaticamente parte della maggioranza

The statistic hints at what the white mainland students are going through. (Studiando alle Hawaii, NdR) They are escaping, probably for the first time, what sociologists call “white transparency.” Whiteness stops being invisible to them; they suddenly perceive themselves as having a color — a race.

Mi è successa la medesima cosa in Giappone. Uno degli aspetti più destabilizzanti (e divertenti, ad essere onesti) è la capacità che si acquisisce d’identificare un “bianco” al volo tra migliaia di persone in una stazione affollatissima (nello specifico, Kyoto).
Un’esperienza istruttiva come poche altre.

Want to Be Less Racist? Move to Hawaii

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…app delivery services? They fuck you. They fuck you every time.

Why? Because they know you have very little recourse.

When you move, or when you have small kids, all too often you find yourself just wanting some food. These apps are super easy and pretty inexpensive to utilize, so you start ordering stuff from them. Whatever, better than you loading crying kids into the car, or trying to figure out where your wallet is in the sea of boxes. Great if you are sick, right?

The thing is, in theory, these services should kill drive thrus. They should wreak havoc like Uber and Lyft have on the taxi cab industry. But they don’t and they won’t, and there’s a few reasons why:

I’m Done With Food Delivery Services – The Brooks Review

Eccesso di legiferazione per disciplinare in modo minuto ogni aspetto dalla condotta umana, nel patetico tentativo di chiudere tutte le scappatoie e controllare ogni azione e reazione. Poche velleità umane sono destinate al fallimento come questa.

Quello che sfugge (ma forse non sfugge realmente), è che nessuna ipernormazione potrà mai sostituirsi alla norma sociale, che è alla base della coesione di una popolazione. La norma sociale è quel potentissimo tratto culturale condiviso che porta a vedere lo Stato come parte di sé e dell’organizzazione di una società, non come una entità che vuol fotterti e che devi quindi assolutamente fottere. La norma sociale genera se non fiducia quanto meno un livello di diffidenza che non porti alla paralisi di una società, ed al suo affossamento. E contribuisce a sostituire l’ipernormazione con i comportamenti individuali.

La sconfitta di Borrelli, la tragedia di un popolo – Phastidio

It’s not so much that Prime is a good deal. It’s that Prime is a great trick. When I look back at my spending over the past five years, my profile perfectly matches up with that of the typical Prime member. According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), Prime customers spend more than twice as much money on Amazon goods than non-members, and when Amazon hikes the price of membership, those Prime customers actually spend even more. That’s the business model. Historically, Amazon has actually lost money on perks like free two-day shipping, but the company is making up for it not only by impelling Prime customers to buy more stuff but also, increasingly, by encouraging them to buy goods from Amazon’s private label brands, which get promoted above other brands in searches on the site. Some say this represents a devious type of monopolistic business practices. I’m inclined to agree.

I’m Starting to Have Serious Doubts About Amazon Prime

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.

The Android malware, which is installed by a border guard when they physically seize the phone, also scans the tourist or traveller’s device for a specific set of files, according to multiple expert analyses of the software. The files authorities are looking for include Islamic extremist content, but also innocuous Islamic material, academic books on Islam by leading researchers, and even music from a Japanese metal band.

 China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border 

Sicuri che l’idea che Facebook & C. sulla base delle elaborazioni di un algoritmo – poco o niente affatto trasparente – segnalino decine, centinaia o migliaia dei loro miliardi di utenti all’intelligence come potenziali criminali, assassini, autori di stragi sanguinarie sia una buona idea?

I processi dei vecchi media hanno già rovinato migliaia di vite condannando, spesso, innocenti.

I processi dei nuovi media possono essere straordinariamente più pericolosi.

E gli algoritmi sbagliano come gli uomini.

Strage di El Paso: precrimine con i social network. Procedere con prudenza – L’Avvocato del Diavolo

In 1942, Executive Order 9066 sent tens of thousands of Americans to internment camps. And history is repeating itself.

Japanese Internment Hasn’t Taught Us Anything – The Nib

Typical review of GORUCK: “This bag might be the most durable bag you can buy.” Typical review of a second tier durable bag (thinK Evergoods, or any other company using 500D Cordura): “this is a very durable bag.”

First, that’s all lies. Second, and I think this is important, those comments are being said without any testing to back them. Oh, yes, sure the writer stuffed his (it is always a guy) laptop and other shit in the backpack for the last week (which actually means Tuesday – Friday because the bag came Monday, and the writer has no need for a bag on the weekend) and went about his days walking around a tiny bit with the bag.

Maybe they even took a flight with the bag! Hot damn!

Durability is not a metric the vast majority (mostly me included, I’ll get to my own bullshit later on) of reviewers cannot adequately speak to, and yet they use that as a metric for why the bag is bad ass and why you should buy it. This is slowly driving me mad.

Durability Is a Bad Metric, Let’s Stop – The Brooks Review

Le recensioni fatte dopo cinque/sei/dieci/ giorni di uso dell’oggetto sono fuffa.
Puro intrattenimento, gradevole, se preso però rigorosamente come tale.

Women losing their jobs for getting pregnant in Japan – Al Jazeera English via Alfonso Lòpez Tena

By adding Amazon Music Unlimited, Prime Student members can now get over 50 million songs, thousands of curated playlists and stations, and discover new music through voice with Alexa

Amazon Music: 50 million songs
Apple Music: 50 million songs
Spotify: 35 million songs
This is no small thing. Amazon is quickly gaining on both Apple Music and Spotify. In part, this is due to the wild success of Echo and Alexa. Imagine how this would be if Amazon had a successful phone and watch to add to the mix.

Amazon introduces Prime Student Amazon Music Unlimited for just 0.99$ a month – The Loop

The DOJ and the FBI argue that catching criminals and terrorists should be the top priority, even if watered-down encryption creates hacking risks. The Commerce and State Departments disagree, pointing to the economic, security and diplomatic consequences of mandating encryption “backdoors.”

DHS is internally divided. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency knows the importance of encrypting sensitive data, especially in critical infrastructure operations, but ICE and the Secret Service regularly run into encryption roadblocks during their investigations.

Trump officials weigh encryption crackdown – Politico

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Quote Of The Day

Once again, The Macalope is forced to drag Schrödinger’s cat from its theoretical box in order to present the mystery of how the iPhone’s percentage of Apple’s revenue can be both bad when it’s high and bad when it’s low.

Writing for MarketWatch, Jon Swartz says “The iPhone just did something it hasn’t done in nearly 7 years, and it isn’t good for Apple.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)
Well, to be fair, Jon, if a thing happens, is it ever good for Apple? Clearly the answer is “no.”
“Two Tiny Particles Collided In A Nebula 495 Light Years Away, And It Isn’t Good For Apple.”

That darn cat: Schrödinger’s iPhone revenue | Macworld

O, se preferite una versione più “seria”:

Chi ragiona per quote di mercato o per andamenti delle vendite capisce nulla di quello che accade. Come corso accelerato, suggerisco la lettura di Jean-Louis Gassée:

Il declino nella vendita di iPhone è il segnale di un business in maturazione ordinata che tra vantaggio dagli effetti di rete generati dal proprio ecosistema.

Se poi si vuole pensare che Gassée sia un fanboy o uno yes-man al soldo di Apple, vabbeh, vale tutto.

Le cinque gambe – QuickLoox

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Neoluddisti tristi, o di come addossare i propri limiti allo smartphone invece di provare a migliorarsi anche solo un pochino

It took me a solid three weeks to truly not miss my smartphone. Though I hadn’t been using social media apps on my phone for more than a year, I had become more tethered to my iPhone than I had realized. As I soon found, it created a false security mentally. I thought I had this great need to carry a smartphone, but suddenly when it was removed I found there was very little I actually needed it for.

The white space of life started to feel normal again. Just in the last week, I have found myself becoming truly comfortable with boredom and being alone with myself. I don’t have to fill every moment. I can be bored and be just fine. Or, instead of reaching my smartphone, I can engage my environment, strike up conversation with strangers, read a book, jot down a quick note in my journal, etc.

One month without a smartphone – The Focus Course

Che bella la vita senza smartphone.

Certo, come no.

In sostanza, il nostro aveva un vita infame quando aveva lo smartphone, non parlava quasi con nessuno, non leggeva, non scriveva sul suo diario, non “interagiva” con l’ambiente intorno a sé (diagnosi: disturbo dello spettro autistico, sine ira ac studio, chiaramente).

Certo, per trascorrere un mese senza smartphone ha dovuto usare tre settimane del suddetto prima di iniziare a non sentirne la mancanza; ma quella quarta settimana, oh, quella quarta settimana che meraviglia per l’umanità!

Questi esperimenti neo luddisti mi lasciano sempre molto perplesso: oltre ai dubbi che potrei definire standard (Non usi lo smartphone per lavoro? Hai altri apparecchi informatici – tablet, computer – cui delegare de facto il 90% almeno delle funzioni “perse”?), se ne aggiungono sempre altri.

Cosa impedisce di leggere quando si ha uno smartphone a portata di mano (incredibile dictu, anche non sullo smartphone medesimo!)?

Perché viene presentata come sempre ed automaticamente vera l’asserzione secondo cui la miserabile carenza di rapporti umani dipende dalla tecnologia?

Perché accettiamo scemenze di questo tipo:

“I’m in control of how and when I engage my iPhone.” (spoiler: lo saresti stato anche prima, è solo questione di autocontrollo. Se così non fosse, significherebbe che soffri di una dipendenza, tale e quale a quelle da oppiacei, alcool, gioco d’azzardo, sesso e mille altre cose: hai quindi un problema che va affrontato con uno specialista).

“I listen to far less music or podcasts when driving now and usually just drive in silence.” (dannati podcast che si autoattivano mentre si guida, quando uno vorrebbe solo stare in santa pace).

“My wife and I got away for a night sans kids. It was the first time in a while we had gotten away and it was REALLY NICE. While on our getaway I realized how much I didn’t miss the noise of social feeds and being connected.” (Vuoi dire che prima, da solo con tua moglie una volta ogni morte di Papa e non avendo al seguito i figli, controllavi i social network? Vi serve per caso un divorzista? Ne conosco qualcuno bravino…).

“We stayed at a nice hotel in downtown Kansas City and sat by the pool for hours. I had no smartphone to check. So I read my book, swam, sat with my thoughts, and it was awesome.” (Vedi scemenze precedenti).

“Carrying my Nokia around has been a nice conversation starter with strangers and has led to some fun interactions.” (Davvero? Un Nokia dumb come spunto di conversazione? Ok, sei una persona triste, ma non immaginavo fino a questo punto).

Stay Tuned,

P.S. “I miss being able to snap photos and conveniently send them to my wife or family and friends. I actually have still used my iPhone and iMessage at times for this.”



My dad was one of the only people with a good-for-life, go-anywhere American Airlines pass. Then they took it away. This is the true story of having—and losing—a superpower.

The man work the golden airline ticket – Narratively.com

Twitter directly contributes to, and profits from, the machines of hatred and white supremacy. Period. It and fellow ad-supported media platforms and publishers—ranging from Facebook all the way back to Fox News—have for a long time. We’re in the Age of Attention, and the insidious incentives of advertising are devouring our humanity whole.

For me, Twitter has become ma ethical and professional dilemma – David Chartier

Nessuno chiede alcun consenso alla persona da trovare salvo a non voler credere per davvero – come forse auspicherebbero i fornitori del servizio – che inviare un sms nel quale si dice a chicchessia che qualcuno lo sta cercando e un link e poi chiedergli una generica autorizzazione all’attivazione delle funzioni di geolocalizzazione del proprio smartphone senza spiegargli chi userà e per quale scopo i suoi dati personali e per fornirli a chi non significhi davvero chiedere e ottenere un consenso libero e consapevole.

Diventiamo tutti 007 alla faccia della privacy – L’avvocato del Diavolo

A flight out of Newark was evacuated when someone sent an image of a suicide vest to multiple Apple devices on the plane as passengers awaited takeoff, the latest warning that Apple’s AirDrop feature can be used for more than flirting and sharing memes.

Flight evacuated after image of suicide vest Airdropped to Apple devices

Have you heard about the best new streaming platform on the internet? It’s totally customizable, works on any device, and, best of all, is basically free. The only problem — and, I mean, come on, it’s barely a problem — is that it might be illegal, depending on how you use it. (In other words, depending on how much piracy you plan to do.) I’m talking, of course, about Plex.

Plex makes piracy just another streaming service – The Verge

As he was looking at his monitor, I opened the new ECG app (Apple uses the abbreviation ECG, whereas doctors generally say EKG) on the Apple Watch Series 4 to take my first EKG. I put my finger on the digital crown and waited while the screen counted down 30 seconds. The Apple Watch classifies your heart rhythm as either AFib, sinus rhythm or inconclusive. My result: inconclusive.

Apple Watch ECG vs. Hospital EKG: Not the results i was expecting – C|Net

Motion smoothing is unquestionably a compromised way of watching films and TV shows, which are meticulously crafted to look and feel the way they do. But its creeping influence is so pervasive that at the Cannes Film Festival this May — the same Cannes Film Festival that so valorizes the magic of the theatrical experience and has been feuding with Netflix for the past two years — the fancy official monitors throughout the main festival venue had left motion smoothing on.

Motion Smoothing Is Ruining Cinema – Vulture

Tinder, nel tentativo di fare la sua parte, nei prossimi giorni inizierà a oscurare i profili dei propri utenti che indicano preferenze sessuali “a rischio” incriminazione quando sbarcano in uno degli Stati in cui il rischio sussiste e a avvertire l’utente di tale rischio.

Se l’utente sceglierà, comunque, di apparire, Tinder, oscurerà i dati relativi alle sue preferenze sessuali.

L’obiettivo dichiarato è quello di proteggere l’utente dal rischio che le Autorità locali possano assumere iniziative contro di lui in ragione dei dati che esso più o meno consapevolmente rende pubblici via Tinder.

La ricetta di Tinder per gay, lesbica e bisex nei Paesi a rischio. Triste ma efficace – L’avvocato del Diavolo

It’s easy to dismiss how reliant a modern lifestyle is on the ability to constantly charge batteries and consume large quantities of data over WiFi. Even minor interruptions to internet and electrical services can be frustrating inconveniences, but how do iPhones, Apple Watches, and Macs fare during an extended period off the grid? I unexpectedly found out this week.

Adapting iPhone and Apple Watch to a 3-day power outage- 9to5Mac

“A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analysed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.” The company added that a very small random subset, less than 1% of daily Siri activations, are used for grading, and those used are typically only a few seconds long.

Amazon and Google use users’ behavioural data to sell targeted advertisements. While they’ve denied that they use voice data for targeting, I still find it slightly more uncomfortable that they may keep records of users’ voice recordings than I do for Apple which doesn’t build huge user data profiles for advertising purposes. In other words, while it’s reasonable to be upset by similar revelations, there are different reasons to be concerned.

 Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings – The Guardian

Molto male, Apple. Basta poco a chiedere all’utente, altrimenti si corre il rischio di passare per un Google qualsiasi…

With Apple putting so much marketing and company effort into differentiating itself on privacy, the company must not only do better than “the other guys,” they must be seen to be doing better than the other guys. this incident is not a good look for the company.

Shawn King – The Loop

e ancor più chiaramente:

Se ti chiami Apple, se negli ultimi anni ti sei erta a difensore civico della privacy globale, hai fatto la prima della classe sfidando – probabilmente a ragione – persino il tuo Governo e accogli i tuoi clienti, sulle pagine del tuo sito dicendo che “tenere al sicuro le tue informazioni personali è un nostro impegno costante”, dire che il tuo genio della lampada non ascolta poi così tanto e, comunque, lo fa al riparo da orecchie indiscrete è davvero troppo poco.

Hey Siri, smetti di registrarmi (o almeno avvertimi!)

IT’S 1:30 IN the morning and I’m pretty sure my girlfriend is dead.

She went out with friends after work to celebrate somebody’s birthday. I opted to stay in and go to bed at a decent hour because I have work in the morning, and also because I am lame. But now I’m awake, staring at the little circular blip on my phone, waiting for it to move.

The terrible anxiety of location sharing apps – Wired.com

Stay Tuned,

Ladri informati(ci)?

The Loop che rilancia un post su Reddit (possibile quindi si tratti dei una bufala, per stessa ammissione di Dave Mark):

Reddit user:

I came home this evening to find my house had been broken into.

TV – Gone
Bluetooth Speaker – Gone
Wifes work Laptop (HP) – Gone
DSLR Camera – Gone
Logitech Headset – Gone
Computer bag – Gone
But my MacBook Pro 15″ on the other hand? They literally took it out of my computer bag and left it on my desk alongside my iPad and Apple TV.

Why not take the Apple gear? Of course, this could just be a hoax, but set that possibility aside and consider the possibility that this is real.

Is it possible that the reputation of Apple gear as trackable, the strength of iCloud locking/deactivation/tracking as a security measure is affecting the theft of Macs, iPads, and iPhones? Interesting.

Magari avessimo a che fare tutti con ladri così (se proprio non si può fare a meno di averci a che fare, ovviamente).

Stay Tuned,


Sei il tuo logo? Quasi mai, in realtà.

If Corporate Logos Were A Little More Honest – Lost In Mobile

You probably noticed the new app when it self-importantly plopped its icon into your MacOS dock today and jumped to the foreground on its own volition. It’s a very rude new app that occupies several times as much hard drive space because it includes a full copy of the Chromium embedded framework.

The poor folks running the Dropbox Support Twitter account have spent the day telling MacOS users that it is not possible to hide or remove the dock icon in MacOS, and helping users disable the new app. Always a good sign on launch day.

Dropbox Widely Distributed Their New Shittier Desktop App Today – Pixel Envy

“Un’immagine vale più…” eccetera eccetera. Questa volta è anche vero (come spesso accade a @tartaro7)


The guys at Corridor Digital don’t hate 2001’s The Mummy Returns, but Dwayne Johnson’s entrance as the Scorpion King is a cringe-inducing throwback to the early days of CG VFX. So they took it upon themselves to try and fix one of the worst VFX shots ever — and nailed it.

Fixing the warst VFX shot ever – Uncrate.com

Polemiche anche in Italia per una pubblicità austriaca della catena McDonald’s, apparsa su cartelloni a Vienna a inizio luglio. Ieri anche il nostro ministro degli interni se ne è lamentato con un tweet (…)
Se però si analizza lo slogan für echte Mampfiosi dal punto di vista dei destinatari a cui è rivolto, dei meccanismi linguistici di formazione delle parole e del contesto in cui è apparso, la presunta associazione italiani = mafiosi va ridimensionata.

Terminologia etc.

Quote Of The Day

Apple does its part in trying to combat these insidious privacy violations. They have rules that disallow tracking users without their knowledge; they display permissions dialogs. But nobody’s fooling themselves: bad developers will always find a way to excavate user data. Just look at the myriad shitty uses of JavaScript on the web. Besides, asking Apple to somehow police the shuffling of user data from one service to another is a ridiculous proposition. I’m not feeling sorry for big tech companies; I’m being realistic.

Theft With Permission — Pixel Envy

La cura in uno SpeedTest

Ho sempre usato l’app (e prima il sito) di Ookla, ma adesso ho un motivo in più.


Download the linked Speed Test app from the App Store
Launch the app
You should see a big Go button
Now, before you go any further, let me put out this caveat: If you hate jump scares, even gentle ones, go no further. With that in mind:

Press and hold the Go button. Don’t let go
You should feel the occasional tap, occurring more and more frequently. Then a bit of a light show. Keep pressing.

Amazing to see the amount of work that must have gone into this incredibly hidden feature. Well done.

Grazie a Dave Mark.

Stay Tuned,

Quote Of The Day

The reason you have to confirm the use of your contacts is directly because of the Path app. If we didn’t have to confirm the use of location data, you can bet every ad-supported app would exploit it. But, since we have to permit the use of our location, surveillance-friendly developers have accepted that they should respect a user’s decision not to opt in. Right?

Of course not. The economy of surveillance capitalism has an insatiable appetite for data and, if they can’t get it legitimately, mischievous developers will figure out another way.

Theft With Permission – PixelEnvy

Stay Tuned,