Panoptipumpkin.

Panoptipumpkin.

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Put the Ad Network Surveillance State to work for you!

It Takes Just $1,000 to Track Someone's Location With Mobile Ads

"Regular people, not just impersonal, commercially motivated merchants or advertising networks, can exploit the online advertising ecosystem to extract private information about other people, such as people that they know or that live nearby," reads the study, titled "Using Ad Targeting for Surveillance on a Budget."

The University of Washington researchers didn't exploit a bug or loophole in mobile advertising networks so much as reimagine the motivation and resources of an ad buyer to show how those networks' intentional tracking features allow relatively cheap, highly targeted spying. [...]

"If you want to make the point that advertising networks should be more concerned with privacy, the bogeyman you usually pull out is that big corporations know so much about you. But people don't really care about that," says University of Washington researcher Paul Vines. "But the potential person using this information isn't some large corporation motivated by profits and constrained by potential lawsuits. It can be a person with relatively small amounts of money and very different motives."

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Current Music: HPC -- Dissociate ♬

Reminder: Monsters Are Real

@Cat_Whitney: "I'm going to do a thread of my favorite spooky plants!"


Don't miss the descriptions! But let me particularly draw your attention to:

Clathrus archeri: The Octopus Stinkhorn or Devil's Fingers. It bursts from a white "eggsack" before splitting & stinks like rotting flesh.


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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein we have angered Poseidon once more.
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That time I dressed as the Dazzle Room in the Dazzle Room

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Today in Jello People news

Esteban Diacono:


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Jake Likes Onions


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Facebook bans Ladyada

Hey look! Facebook banned another of my friends! It must be a day ending in "y".

Of course, Limor has no idea why this happened. Because commenting on specific accounts, even to the owners of those accounts, is "against policy".

If you work for Facebook, quit:

There are more Russian bots or whatever they are on Facebook than USA female EEs & CEOs from MIT on Facebook that have USA manufacturing companies in the USA, way to set the world on fire Mark.

Zuckerberg, 2010 2004:

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Bro McBro]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb fucks

It of course goes without saying that, having banned someone with connections and influence, there may shortly be a fauxpology saying that "upon review", whatever triggered this ban did not actually violate their terms of service. (Implied: "this time"). Maybe they will even, in passive voice, throw an anonymous sweatshop contractor under the bus and abstractly "regret" any "inconvenience".

People without such influence don't get even that level of royal treatment.

This is your irregularly-scheduled reminder:

If you work for Facebook, quit.

It is morally indefensible for you to use your skills to make that company more powerful. By working there, you are making the world an objectively worse place. I'm sure you can find a job working for a company that you don't have to apologize for all the time.

You can do it. I believe in you.

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Hipsters and their fixies

I think this might not be a joke:

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Android srcset bad craziness

Apparently a bunch of Android devices poop all over <img srcset>. I'm seeing nonsense in my logs where Android is trying to load the srcset as if it was src, e.g. from here it's doing:

GET /images/2017/inhuman-drywall1.jpg%20711w,%20https://www.jwz.org/images/scaled/640/2017/inhuman-drywall1.jpg%20640w,%20https://www.jwz.org/images/scaled/360/2017/inhuman-drywall1.jpg%20360w HTTP/1.1

The user agents look like

    "Dalvik/2.1.0 (Linux; U; Android 8.0.0; Pixel XL Build/OPR3.170623.008)"
and so on, with the version going down to 6.0.1.

But when I run an Android emulator, it has a more traditional user agent beginning with "Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 8.0.0".

What is that other crap? And how is it so broken?

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