While there is no doubt that this feature is very useful to some end users, in prior versions it was available only as an add-on. Now integrated and turned on by default, it's just become another memory hog, requiring fewer open tabs or constant relaunching of the application.
Sunday, Oct 1st 2017 (12:00am)
HMA is a VPN that works on iPhone, Android, Mac, PC/Windows, and more. HMA helps millions of people all over the world to safely and securely enjoy the world-wide-web, preserving our fundamental right to choose how and when we share personal information.
This promo runs 4:43, is moderately entertaining, and gives you an idea of a cheap service to a VPN tunnel. There are free ones out there also, some a bit less secure and certainly limited monthly bandwidth. Here are a few highly rated free ones but just remember that you get what you pay for. No free lunches.
Sunday, Sep 3rd 2017 (12:00am)
Massive proxy service Cloudflare's CEO made a hard call yesterday: he kicked The Daily Stormer, a neo-nazi white supremacy website, the hell off his service. While he had every legal right to do so - they reserve the right to refuse service to anyone - they have to grapple with some very real ethical implications of their actions. Whether you find the Daily Stormer's content and worldview repellent makes no never mind - true freedom means we tolerate opinions and viewpoints we don't share - this act brings us down the very slippery slope of censorship and net neutrality.
His blog post goes over what was done, how they came to the decision to do it, and what it means for their - and our - future online.
Thursday, Aug 17th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: beppo
Anyone of wealth can publish their thoughts anonymously here, limited to 980 characters. To prove that they truly are among the 1%, they pay $980. There are no identity verifications. This way, they can tell the whole world, including one another, what they truly think and feel, under the cloak of anonymity. Their published message will be visible to the whole world to see, under a randomly generated pseudonym for extra anonymity.
Thursday, Jul 13th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: have patience
So your work computer isn't much good for goofing off because the man has installed a firewall that prevents you from going to all the good sites (like here).
The odds are that these sites are blocked also, but well worth giving it a go. And hey, since your ISP is selling your browsing habits without your permission now, maybe you need to use these at home and on the road also.
Monday, Jun 19th 2017 (12:00am)
If you're tired of looking at pictures of Donald Trump, there's a Chrome extension for that.
Make America Kittens Again is an extension you can add to your Google Chrome browser that automatically detects images of Trump on the web and changes them to photos of kittens.
Thursday, Jan 19th 2017 (12:01am)
After nearly fourteen years of operation, Gawker.com will be shutting down next week. The decision to close Gawker comes days after Univision successfully bid $135 million for Gawker Media's six other websites, and four months after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal campaign against the company.
Friday, Aug 19th 2016 (12:00am)
Blockbuster Video is still alive... sorta. There's one store left, a non-corporate location struggling with being the endling of a titan in a now-defunct industry. And they have a twitter account.
Got a great infographic here produced by an SSL certificate website called SSLs.com that is full of information about internet 1sts. Read about when the 1st email was sent, when the 1st domain name was registered, when the 1st image was uploaded, when the 1st blog was launched and more.
Sunday, May 15th 2016 (12:02am)
If carefully curated home design trends drive you batty, this will give you some laughs.
I could live in most of these spaces with my BFFs Alicia Silverstone and Gwyneth Paltrow and we could chug vegan moon dust shakes until we puke.
Fuck your fireplace full of skulls and such! Fuck your book and object color synchronization! Fuck your Michael Graves for Alessi kettle with bird-shaped whistle! Fuck your tripod spotlight floor lamp that resembles professional photo equipment! Fuck your wall-mounted letterpress drawer that displays tiny objects! Fuck your tiny succulent array!
Wednesday, Mar 16th 2016 (1:05am)
Andrew Cuomo says all 278 subway stations will have wifi access by the end of 2016. The thousands of miles of railway between stations might take a little more work.
Separately, old pay phones in NYC are starting to be converted to wifi stations and USB charging ports.
Saturday, Jan 9th 2016 (3:49am)
YUP | 1 The New York Public Library Releases More Than 180,000 Digitized Items into the Public DomainThe New York Public Library has released more than 180,000 digitized items into the public domain. Users can freely browse the digital collection using a visualization tool that allows them to quickly scan hundreds of years worth of content. The collection includes maps, art, books, sheet music, photographs, menus, and more.
The NYPL has also created several tools utilizing the collection including the 'Mansion Maniac' game where users can walk around the floor plans of mansions, and a 'Street View' tool that compares modern New York City with its 1911 counterpart.
Wednesday, Jan 6th 2016 (3:35pm)
If you, like me, still feel the sting of the mighty Topless Robot/The Robot's Voice being unceremoniously shuttered by corporate, you'll be pleased to know that some of the more diligent authors over there have gone off and started their own site, with blackjack! And hookers! As a matter of fact, forget the blackjack!
It's still building at this point, but the outstanding TR community - no longer hamstrung by the facebook-only comments that effectively killed the site - is beginning to re-form under WRT. Things are lookin' up for 2016 already!
Monday, Jan 4th 2016 (12:01am)
Thousands of people were duped into sharing a photo of a dog on Facebook after they believed the pooch had been hurt. According to the Dec. 23 post, the dog had been "badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire." The "burn" was simply a piece of ham on the dog's face.
Friday, Jan 1st 2016 (12:02am)
Seemingly out of nowhere, one of my most very favorite places on the web, The Robot's Voice (nee Topless Robot) has ceased operations. The site started up right about when I did at Voice Media, and even though I was only distantly connected to the site by a paycheck, I've always been an ardent fan of the place and the guys who ran it, Rob Bricken and then Luke Y. Thompson. Thanks, gents, for many years of solid nerd news and entertainment. It's been the source for many a post here over the years. I left the community when facebook became the only way to participate, but I've always been there lurking and reading.
The oldschool web continues to die by inches and it is my lot to live through it, both professionally and personally, while my peers and heroes die around me. RIP TR.
Saturday, Dec 19th 2015 (4:41am)
Are you a vampire?
Nothing! Player's off!
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