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What Apple, Facebook and Google each mean by 'privacy'

Privacy has been a nice benefit of being in the Apple ecosystem and if I had to pick the strategy that makes me feel the most comfortable, it's Apple's.

For all of Facebook's bad news, they're not really tackling the right issues, are they?

Yes, but: Facebook's approach to privacy barely acknowledges the complaint from users and critics that they're most concerned about how much Facebook itself knows and shares about them — and what they most want is privacy from Facebook.

For Google and Facebook 'we' are the product. If either of them pivoted away from that way of thinking, it would be a big win for our rights but would likely put a dent in their profits. I can't see it happening anytime soon.

Meanwhile, when Pichai argues that "privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services," he is looking straight at Apple.

I saw this earlier in the week as part of coverage from Google's 2019 O/I conference and thought it was odd then. Either Google is selling at cost (or a loss), it's now cheaper to produce the Pixel 3a than it was the Pixel 3 or the difference is made up by selling our digital profile for ads.

Posted 9th May 2019 @ 13:59

Philly prosecutor may stop charging drug users as criminals

In 2001, Portugal became the first European nation to decriminalize all drug possession. Since then, the nation has seen the rate of overdose deaths and cases of HIV or AIDS among drug users plummet

This is so important, it's not just that people are taking drugs safely, it's that they are empowered rather than marginalised. As I hear more and more about the benefits of legalizing drugs, it looks like it will become an obvious choice.

Posted 9th May 2019 @ 12:22

Diego Maradona documentary


The Guardian has now released a full trailer for the Diego Maradona trailer.

Posted 8th May 2019 @ 15:00

Google touts AI and search advances at I/O conference

Google is speeding up Google Assistant on smartphones, by bringing more of the AI processing to the smartphone. The on-device features the company demonstrated focused mainly on tasks for controlling the phone, such as turning on the flashlight or taking a selfie, though some also drew on information stored in e-mail, calendar or photos and sending that information to other people. The features are coming first to new Pixel phones later this year.

One of the most frustrating things about Siri is the latency. Given Apple have touted their on-device machine learning, it would be great to see them make the same move as Android and move commands to the device first, only phoning back home as a fallback.

Posted 8th May 2019 @ 13:40

Millhead vs Cartmel & District football game

What a stunning location for a game of football.

Posted 8th May 2019 @ 12:00

Liverpool stage sensational comeback to beat Barçelona

Overturning a 3 goal deficit isn't easy against any team but it's almost become Liverpool's to do the unthinkable. The score line from the first leg flattered the Catalan giants but they took their chances, Liverpool didn't.

Even I couldn't see this kind of turnaround happening. Again. The season has been tough but what a feat. Beating the Spanish champions comprehensively and without reply.

My second club, AS Roma knocked Barcelona out in similar fashion a round earlier last year turning the result around and progressing to play Liverpool.

Hopefully the final ends with a Liverpool victory and the trophy returns to Anfield once more.



While I'm tempted to flood your feeds with more and more coverage of last nights game, I'll stick to updating with links here:

  • An Anfield miracle transcribed from the pages of pure fantasy
  • Liverpool blow the living shit out of Barcelona
  • Rory Smith for the New York Times

You can see the highlights of the historic win below:

Came across some post-match interviews I missed last night. One of the most striking things about Liverpool, especially under Klopp (and Rafael Benetiz before him), it's not about individual glory, this team is more than the sum of it's parts and I think that comes across so well. No matter the conduct of the opposition, how impressive the win or those moments of genius from one or two players, this team just do it all together.


BT Sport's 'No Filter' videos are a fantastic look back at the game.


A bit like BT Sport's unfiltered videos (above), Liverpool FC put together videos about match day, including some coverage of the game. I normally give them a miss, but couldn't this time:

Posted 7th May 2019 @ 22:31

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