Twitter. Craptastic

Will not send a verification code to my phone. Their Support pages indicate that this can never happen. All I can do is Contact Support.
Then I see this:

Though we cannot respond to individual reports, the information provided helps us make Twitter better for everyone. We appreciate your help!

which actually means

We can’t be arsed – it makes us no money.


To continue or not?

My writing here in the last couple of years has dropped off a lot. So I’m wondering whether to continue to leave this blog up, or whether to just remove it.

I stopped using twitter because it’s just a distraction, provides nothing useful.
I stopped using facebook because it’s facebook.
I stopped writing here as much because I write on another blog.
I also stopped writing here because I will now share links through internal company blogs, or in Slack, or in the irc channels I inhabit.
I also stopped writing here because I don’t have the time, motivation to write long personal posts any more.
And I post a picture a day – or try to – at another blog and the image probably gives more insight into how I am than any writing I could do.
So what is this blog to be then?

I have an account on ello but do not use it.
I have an account on tsu but do not use it.
I can’t see a situation when I would use either. I just created them because I could.

Do I want to write? If I do then what I want to write about is not going to be something that I would be happy to post here. I have posted personal stuff before, but now? No, makes me uncomfortable.

The blog could just stay though, couldn’t it? Yes, but why keep something around that might not be updated? In less than 3 weeks it will be 11 years since this blog started. That’s a long time.

Not sure what to do. Pondering.

Google Hypocrisy

Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be).
Google blog

Google’s success in “assassinating” a democratically-elected legal opponent last week raises troubling questions about corporate power and accountability. … A global corporation which is expected to bank $60bn in revenue this year and which is worth $382bn, has silenced an elected prosecutor.
The Register

Google are the problem.

NSA? Why not Google?

I use Adblock, Ghostery and Privacy Badger.
I went to login to my Indie Gala account and they threw one of the new Google Captcha things at me.
It was blocked by the EFF’s Privacy Badger. I had to allow the tracking to be allowed to access products I had bought.
Because the stupid damn captcha was so distorted I kept getting it wrong. In the end it asked me to copy and paste code:
Fucking Google

They are using the new captcha. The one that is friendly to humans. Yeah, right.

Someone reverse engineered their new code, posted it to Github and posted it to Hacker News. Google asked them to take it down. They complied. Screw Google – as I had a Github account I copied it.
This isn’t just a captcha. It tracks. From the HN thread:

Google servers will receive and process, at least, the following information:

Screen resolution
Execution time, timezone
Number of click/keyboard/touch actions in the iframe of the captcha
It tests the behavior of many browser-specific functions and CSS rules
It checks the rendering of canvas elements
Likely cookies server-side (it’s executed on the domain)
And likely other stuff…

Fuck Google.
I hate spam. I hate spammers. But I despise Google even more.

So when the NSA or GCHQ comes up in the news, just remember that Google does more and with less oversight.