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WebKit Security & Privacy + Hacker Fiction Author

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I see more and more AI-generated images posted with claims that they’re real. Not fake news, but “look at this awesome craft” or “what a great photo.”

Most comments are along the lines “Wow, such talent.”

I don’t know where this is headed but it feels dark and race-to-the-bottom:y.

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Been slacking on my weekly reading updates.

amreading #bookstodonear’ Katie stells an engaging story about politics. Certainly doesn't make me look at DC any more fondly than I already didn’t.

I've been slowing working through the Saga of Seven Suns. It's a fun (But DENSE) series.

#amreading #bookstodon @bookstodon

wilander,
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@jwilker @bookstodon I’m reading “Girig-Sverige: Så blev folkhemmet ett paradis för de superrika” by Andreas Cervenka. Freely translated “Greedy Sweden: How a middle class haven became a paradise for the super rich.”

It's about how the Swedish tax system was changed. Almost no tax on capital gains & properties while salary/wage tax is among the highest in the world. Sweden now has four times as many dollar billionaires per capita as the US. But a tax bracket of 52% is reached at $59k/yr salary.

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Swedish startup Northvolt, Europe’s best-funded battery manufacturer, has secured approval from the European Commission for €902m in state aid from Germany to build a production plant in Heide, a German town near the Danish border.Production is expected to start in 2026 and produce 60 GWh of battery capacity each year, enough to power 600k electric vehicles
https://sifted.eu/articles/eu-e902m-northvolt-deal-germany

wilander,
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@fj The recycling facility is called Revolt Ett.

(Ett is not a location, it just means One, as in Factory One.)

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“Apple today announced Apple Vision Pro will be available beginning Friday, February 2, at all U.S. Apple Store locations and the U.S. Apple Store online.” https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2024/01/apple-vision-pro-available-in-the-us-on-february-2/

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New web platform features and enhancements in Safari 17.2. Lots of great stuff here for developers and users. ❤️ Including for user privacy. https://webkit.org/blog/14787/webkit-features-in-safari-17-2/

dangillmor, (edited ) to random
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Research reminder: Getting infected with covid is bad news for future health. Getting re-infected is really bad news. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-022-02051-3

(Update: Not a new study but still relevant. More recent study: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-023-02521-2 )

wilander,
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@dangillmor Interesting study, but I think it’s good to mention that it was published in 2022. The authors have a more recent paper out studying the effects after two years based on the same cohorts.

fj, to random
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The Gemini video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIZAiXYceBI) was indeed deceptive and very heavily edited.

"the voice in the demo was reading out human-made prompts they’d made to Gemini & showing them still images. That’s quite different from what Google seemed to be suggesting: that a person could have a smooth voice conversation with Gemini as it watched and responded in real time to the world around it”

Nevertheless, Gemini appears to be better than GPT-4 at reasoning tasks https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2023-12-07/google-s-gemini-ai-model-looks-remarkable-but-it-s-still-behind-openai-s-gpt-4

wilander,
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@fj My understanding is that the version that’s better than ChatGPT 4 is Gemini Ultra which has not been released and has no release date. That’s another thing people have been deceived by apparently. I fell for both.

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Interesting paper from the ECB on who bears the cost of inflation the most from the 2021-2022 shock.

“country-level average welfare costs –expressed as a share of 2021–22 income– were larger than a typical recession, and heterogeneous, e.g., 3% in France and 8% in Italy;"

"this inflation episode resembles an age-dependent tax, with the elderly losing up to 20%, and roughly half of the 25–44 year-old winning”

https://www.ecb.europa.eu//pub/pdf/scpwps/ecb.wp2877~698cc193b0.en.pdf

wilander,
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@fj A different data point, from Sweden: Retirees were better off because pensions are automatically indexed up for inflation whereas Swedish workers saw pay increases way below inflation.

wilander, to random
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I’m hiring! We’re looking for a browser engine security engineer to help us with proactive as well as reactive security work. Bug fixes all the way to architectural changes.

The location is our San Diego office, hybrid with three days a week in the office. Check it out and please forward to any good candidates you know!

We are considering both junior and senior folks.

Senior position: https://jobs.apple.com/en-us/details/200517579/webkit-engine-security-engineer
Junior position: https://jobs.apple.com/en-us/details/200517580/webkit-engine-security-engineer

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Mozilla:

“These changes radically expand the capability of EU governments to surveil their citizens by ensuring cryptographic keys under government control can be used to intercept encrypted web traffic across the EU.

(…)

The text goes on to ban browsers from applying security checks to these EU keys and certificates except those pre-approved by the EU’s IT standards body”

https://last-chance-for-eidas.org/

wilander, to random
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The trickiest Swedish word I know: Västkustskt

Each of the consonants needs to be pronounced.

wilander, to random
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I tried tapping Continue without entering an email address. Nothing happened.

wilander, to random
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Wired: ‘Say you search for “children’s clothing.” Google converts it, without your knowledge, to a search for “NIKOLAI-brand kidswear,” making a behind-the-scenes substitution of your actual query with a different query that just happens to generate more money for the company, and will generate results you weren’t searching for at all.’ https://www.wired.com/story/google-antitrust-lawsuit-search-results/

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Moved,…and got a new place… these are called witches stairs. allegedly, witches can't climb up them. you will occasionally find them in very, very old New England homes.

wilander,
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@RIDDLES Sorry, but this is a rumor that spread in 2021. Stairs are built that way to allow them to be steeper and thus save space. See: https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-witches-stairs-idUSL1N2L71QA Cc @glennf

zachleat, to random
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Seeing some discussion about iOS 17’s Safari Advanced Tracking and Fingerprinting Protection feature.

Is there any documentation on what this actually does, practically speaking?

wilander,
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@Schepp @zachleat We’ll see if we can get something up on the WebKit blog.

wilander,
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@zachleat @Schepp While I have you, on a personal note, I use 11ty to build my author website: https://hackerfiction.net 🙂👍🏼

simevidas, to random
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I just realized that Volkswagen should really be written Folkswagen because it’s pronounced with an F, and my brain can’t handle this information.

wilander,
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@simevidas Folk’s wagon. The people’s car.

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DuckDuckGo email newsletter

I wanted to find out more about those “fire windows”, which sound like private mode. Turns out, that link is a download link. Click it and it starts downloading duckduckgo.dmg. Um. UM. That wasn’t a good idea, Duck.

wilander,
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@simevidas That has to be a mistake.

wilander, to random
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I see no one interpret mass signups for new Twitter-like services the way I do.

It’s about securing your username in case it takes off.

I registered for Bluesky and Threads for that reason. Sure, on threads you got your Instagram username but no one knew that beforehand.

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“Meta Platforms will be fined one million crowns ($100k) per day over privacy breaches unless it takes remedial action, Norway's data protection authority said on Monday, in a move that could have wider European implications.” https://www.reuters.com/technology/norway-regulator-fine-meta-over-privacy-breaches-2023-07-17/

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This will be my threaded reading log on Mastodon, from the original on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/johnwilander/status/1044076809392779264

wilander,
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I’m behind on my posts. 🙂 Late August I finished reading the short story collection “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov. They were originally published 1940-1950 and it’s stunning how Asimov could predict so much of our future.

wilander,
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A week ago, I finished reading “The Trident Deception” by Rick Campbell. Often referred to as a modern-day Hunt for Red October, it’s a chilling story of what can happen to nuclear weapon control systems.

wilander,
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This evening I finished reading “The Three-Body Problem” by Cixin Liu. It’s science fiction on an epic scale mixed with the Chinese Cultural Revolution and computer gaming. The English translation has occasional footnotes explaining Chinese references and context which I loved.

wilander,
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This evening I finished reading “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” by Agatha Christie. It’s the debut of Hercules Poirot in a beautiful setting. Christie’s language is exquisite.

wilander,
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This evening I finished reading “Girig-Sverige: Så blev folkhemmet ett paradis för de superrika” by Andreas Cervenka. Freely translated “Greedy Sweden: How a middle class haven became a paradise for the super rich.”

It's about how the Swedish tax system was changed. Almost no tax on capital gains & properties while salary/wage tax is among the highest in the world. Sweden now has four times as many dollar billionaires per capita as the US. But a tax bracket of 52% is reached at $59k/yr salary.

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