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There's no end in sight to Facebook's atrocities.

Facebook paid kids to install its VPN which granted "near limitless access" to their phone activity.

#2105 "Modern OSI Model" 

Good column of Moshe Vardi in CACM: The current crisis in Silicon Valley is not an ethics crisis; it is a public policy crisis.

Free VPN apps on Android–many apps leak your identity, ask for questionable permissions, or track you:

– tested: 150 free VPN apps with over 260M installs from Google Play Store
– 25% fail to protect user privacy due to DNS and other leaks
– 85% feature excessive permissions or functions with potential for privacy abuses

As recommended by Steve Gibson in SN 698 "Which Mobile VPN Client?":

Use OpenVPN, if possible.

#vpn #openvpn #android #privacy

Open deep learning compiler stack for cpu, gpu and specialized accelerators

Hey, tooters: my team is looking for a full-time Build/Tools Engineer in our Sunnyvale HQ.

What we’re looking for: experience in CI/CD and build systems, Jenkins, DevOps on Linux systems and good knowledge of various VCS (mostly Git and Svn), good programming skills with at least Python; some C++ would be ideal.

We’re talking about a very well established NASDAQ-100 robotics 🤖 company.

Shoot me a private message if interested. Boosts welcome, ofc.


Latest Newcom Social Media report:

Almost 700k ppl leave Facebook, but as a concern it remains stable (growth of insta)

WhatsApp is next - and it's been coming for a while 

Preliminary program available at for detailed sessions and other events @ECIR2019! Please note that we may make minor adjustments in the upcoming weeks.

@arjen I'm so glad I moved away from Mendeley a few years ago. I wrote a little PHP interface to manage a .bib file - - which powers read.somethingorotherwhatever.

I was going to announce it a bit later and more properly, but Mastodon received a $70k grant from Samsung NEXT through OpenCollective. I intend to make it available to those who contribute to the project, and have already notified some of the most regular contributors. The way OpenCollective works is that anyone can submit an expense and all transactions are listed transparently. It also holds the money.

As for myself, I intend to continue using Patreon for my own wage/costs.

If you're currently using #GoogleAnalytics, you are helping Google spy on your own site's visitors.

To protect your visitors' privacy, try switching to an independent free open source alternative like #Matomo:

The self-hosted version is FLOSS and (of course) free of charge, while the managed hosting version is a paid account.

It's GDPR compliant and by default respects "Do Not Track".

You can also follow the developers on here:


#AlternativesAtoZ #Analytics

Look at that! Get rid of those ad markets - less middle men means more money for the newspaper.

NYT on their advertising post-GDPR:

Pooh. Bidding for papers for SIGIR, and had to check twice if I did not login to the system for ACM Recsys...

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The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make a viable and valuable social space for anyone working in Information Retrieval and related scientific research.

Everyone welcome but expect some level of geekiness on the instance and federated timelines.