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“Smart” people.

I often wonder where we’d be if Google had spent their don’t-be-evil honeymoon actually interviewing people for some sort moral or ethical framework instead of teaching a generation of new hires that the important questions are all about how many piano tuners play ping pong on the moon.

Mike Hoye on what matters.

2020-02-04T08:52:29+11:001st June, 2020|Tags: google, tech|

De’Google.

Removing Google from your Android phone.

Pretty much my only experience with Android is running emulators so I can play Ragnarok M on my computer and yeah even that is kind of a wild ride…

2019-12-18T10:13:12+11:001st April, 2020|Tags: android, google, tech|

Secwashing.

Interesting look at how Google’s “auto-delete” feature is essentially useless for protecting user privacy.

(Spoiler alert: it’s got to do with the value of user data over time. Basically, by the time Google allows you to auto-delete data from its services, it’s already extracted most of the value from those data.)

2019-12-03T10:51:52+11:0017th March, 2020|Tags: google, infosec, privacy|

Fonted.

From a while back now, but always relevant: Google apparently uses embedded fonts to track iOS users.

It’s worth noting this also applies to Google’s webfonts (what, you thought they were offering them free out of a burning love of webdesign?).

(Disclaimer: I still use Google Fonts quite extensively because, well. It is just easier than the alternatives; modern browsers can make embedding fonts actually pretty difficult. But yeah Google’s library is definitely A Tracking Thing.)

2019-10-28T09:06:11+11:0018th February, 2020|Tags: fonts, google, privacy|

Purchased.

Tl;dr Google keeps a weird creepy history of everything it knows (e.g. via Gmail) you’ve purchased, makes it really unclear that it’s doing this, and makes it impossible for you to delete the history.

Awesome! Great value-add, just what I wanted! Thanks, Google!

2019-07-09T15:18:36+10:0010th November, 2019|Tags: google, privacy|

Change uncontrol.

Tl;dr one team at YouTube (intentionally) made an unauthorized code change and it effectively ended use of IE6.

On the one hand, by the time this happened, IE6 definitely “should” have been replaced or upgraded. On the other, the fact that a small handful of people at one company were able to effect this change on a worldwide scale really should be… concerning.

2019-07-31T09:40:03+10:0023rd October, 2019|Tags: google, internet explorer, tech|