Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

A Mystery: Firefox and User Privacy

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

I’m mystified by some Firefox browser privacy policies, and I wonder if anyone can help me understand them better. I hadn’t been following browser HTTP referrer policy closely. I knew that referrals were sent, and that had always vaguely puzzled me from a privacy perspective, but I assumed that Smart People Were Working On It, […]

On changing one’s mind. (From ORD Camp some years ago.)

Friday, January 19th, 2018

A few years ago at ORD Camp I participated in one of my favorite conference sessions ever. I don’t remember exactly what we called it, but something like “I Was Wrong: Share One Big Thing You’ve Changed Your Mind About”. There were about fifteen to twenty people in the room. I asked everyone who felt […]

What You Need to Know About the Conservancy / SFLC Dustup.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

TL;DR: The Software Freedom Conservancy is responding appropriately to a surprising and unwarranted trademark action from SFLC (the Software Freedom Law Center). SFLC’s action is especially indefensible given their role in helping set up the Conservancy in the first place. SFLC’s own public statement on the matter does not stand up to scrutiny. If you’re […]


Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

An Op-Ed by Senator Jeff Flake (R) of Arizona on Tuesday (“In a Democracy, There Can Be No Bystanders”) was printed with the wrong title. The correct title is “I Am Running For President in 2020 Via a GOP Primary Challenge”. The New York Times regrets the error.

Is Anyone Helping Anti-Trump Republicans?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Update 2017-05-14: I’d thought Brand New Congress might be the group this post was looking for, but on closer examination, it’s clear that their platform would be unacceptable to most conservative politicians, including anti-Trump Republicans. Not that Brand New Congress has bad ideas — I like most of them. But their plans won’t fly in GOP constituencies. […]

Another source of good journalism in the Trump era: Talking Points Memo.

Friday, January 20th, 2017

In my post yesterday advocating support of independent journalists now more than ever, I forgot to mention Talking Points Memo. I’m a Prime member there, which just means I pay $50/year to read the same articles anyone can read for free, because the site is so good I want to support them. TPM has done sharp political […]

What To Do.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

I was corresponding with a friend recently about what one can do to help repair the damage. This is what I came up with: 1. Support independent journalists, and encourage others to do the same. What we most need during the next four years is a lot of people digging around and uncovering stuff. Facts […]

Five-Day Forecast: Cloudy With an 80% Chance of Faked Kompromat

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Update 2018-02-04: See Rick Perlstein’s and Henry Farrell’s Op-Ed in the New York Times: Our Hackable Political Future. TL;DR: falsified video/audio of real people is here, and people aren’t ready for the implications. Anything you see on a screen isn’t evidence anymore. Update 2017-01-19: After I wrote this post, I read Thomas B. Edsall’s excellent […]

Back from the Brink: Un-Trumping America.

Friday, November 25th, 2016

I’m not going to be a perfectionist about anti-Trump posts — it’s more important just to get them out there. What we need right now is a lot of people being very visible about the fact that they’re not on board with this kind of politics, and being visible about it frequently throughout his presidency. It all […]

Semi-optimistic thoughts after the election.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Quick reaction post — I haven’t edited this much, just jotted it down and put it out there: It looks like a lot of voters apparently didn’t see Trump the same way I do. This post is not for them. It’s for the folks who voted against Trump and are disappointed now. It’s also partly a followup […]