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Amazon to its now sub-Prime Video customers: "Nice service you have there, be a shame if we did something to it." https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2024/02/11/amazon-prime-videos-new-ads-based-subscription-has-a-surprise/?sh=76f8a5037cd5
Take a few minutes to read this important blog post from @pluralistic. He got scammed, and he describes what happened. https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/05/cyber-dunning-kruger/#swiss-cheese-security
We're heading into a time when the scammers are gaining the upper hand, no matter how good we are at trying to avoid being taken by experts.
That's the thing: They are experts.
Get ready to do business less conveniently in the near future.
So which of the major (and increasingly expensive) streaming services will be first to eliminate the no-ads tier completely, or raise its price so high that it's an obviously bad deal?
The Verge says Netflix is "turning into cable TV" but that understates the decline of what was once a great service. https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/23/24047817/netflix-is-turning-into-cable-tv
It's only January, but DeSantis has surely locked up the "Lickspittle of the Year" prize for 2024.
Newspaper asks its community to connect the dots as virtually all of one day's papers, with story relating to police chief, somehow go missing.
Apple solves its patent infringement dispute by removing a key feature from the new IWatch.
(Already-sold watches keep the feature, but new buyers are out of luck.)
Will it reduce the price?
Fairly sure that's a rhetorical question for which the answer is no...
@pluralistic makes an essential point in his latest roundup:
Some of the spammers polluting your inbox are victims of scams themselves -- and the scammers are simply practicing the rancid version of capitalism that prevails in so many ways at this point.
(Updated with new link)
It's not surprising that China found a way to crack AirDrop to spy on users of iPhones.
What should be surprising -- but maybe isn't because of Apple's consistent bended-knee stance there -- is that Apple knew of the flaw and didn't fix it.
Apple's claims to care about user privacy/security are sometimes empty, or outright lies.
Trump lawyer argued today that Biden would be immune from prosecution if he ordered Trump's assassination.
Substack to remove some pro-Nazi accounts. https://www.platformer.news/p/substack-says-it-will-remove-nazi?publication_id=7976&utm_campaign=email-post-title&r=15jk4b
Sorry for the server lag today, we're digging in on it.
My new favorite Siri quirk is using a HomePod to set a timer, then checking up on the timer and a different HomePod responding and having no idea what I’m talking about and then running around the house whispering at HomePods to find the one that accepted the command initially
This is unethical. Bosses are forcing employees to come into work sick with active COVID. This is why labor organizers need to incorporate public health into their demands.
I will never trust Liz Cheney. She’s every bit as bad as Trump, except for the law-breaking part. She wants to install the fascist government legally.