Hi! My name is Cédric Bozzi, I make websites and iOS apps, and this is my blog about technology (mostly a Twitter archive, really).

22 July

@aprilaser:

Amazon has been partnering with police departments around the country for months to offer discounted or free Ring camera doorbells to residents, helping to build a street-level surveillance infrastructure that’s powered by consumer volunteers. My latest [slate.com]

21 July

@marcoarment:

App Store subscription scams are 100% Apple’s fault, with most of the problem being the design of the purchase-confirmation screen.

Look at how little space is used to communicate the price, buried under a wall of boilerplate “policy” text, surrounded by huge calls to action. [twitter.com]

20 July

@jsnell:

At WWDC Apple’s presenters said they would not prevent you from running software you wanted to run on your Mac, but these interface choices are disaffecting. It feels like my Mac is fighting my choices every step of the way, and there’s not even a button to turn it all off.

@jsnell:

After 24 hours of trying to use Catalina in earnest with all my data and apps intact, the new security features are incredibly annoying. Apps constantly asking for permission to see various folders, lots of relaunches and trips to System Preferences. It’s really unpleasant.

Has anyone ever bothered to make a microwave oven that adjusts its spinning speed so that a mug always ends up with the handle in the same place it started?

18 July

@gdm3000:

Amazing!! Deep Learning-based NLP techniques are going to revolutionize the way we write software. Here’s Deep TabNine, a GPT-2 model trained on around 2 million files from GitHub. Details at [tabnine.com] #nlproc

17 July

@Carnage4Life:

Was just reading a blog post about how to locate hidden cameras in your AirBnB and thought it was an exaggeration then saw this tweet 5 minutes later

[isc.sans.edu] [twitter.com]

@0xabad1dea:

Don’t be a condescending 🤬 to people who choose to try a photo filter.

Focus on making it unacceptable for companies to misuse the data rather than making it unacceptable for individuals to have one microsecond of fun on this cruel and hostile earth

16 July

14 July

13 July

Unclogging a regular 3D printer: unscrew the nozzle and scrape the inside of the tube.

Unclogging my stupid dual-extruder printer: haha nope — I mean, you could fill it with acetone then wait a few months to make sure there isn’t any left when you plug it back in, good luck!

Buying a 3D printer was a bad idea and getting a cheap dual-filament model was the worst idea. I could have saved money and so much time and energy going to a makerspace instead.

10 July

Sudden realization while discussing the Nintendo Switch Lite: what if an Ive-less Apple suddenly found itself capable of creating an iPod dedicated to games? As in, with first-party detachable — or even, gasp, integrated! — buttons and sticks?

@dwallacewells:

“The innovation Gutenberg is said to have created was small metal pieces with raised backwards letters, arranged in a frame, coated with ink, and pressed to paper. But Choe Yun-ui did that—and he did it 150 years before Gutenberg was even born.” [lithub.com]

9 July

@chockenberry:

Apple talks a lot about services being the future of the company, but then they pull shit like this and it makes me wonder if they have any clue that the most important part of a data service is protecting its contents.

@chockenberry:

Here’s something simple that Apple could do to focus adoption on people who really need it: remove some popular Emoji in the beta. It would have minimal impact on testing, but normal folks would say “no way!”

They use Emoji to drive adoption: they could use it to throttle, too.

@macguru17:

This year’s betas are a true support nightmare.

10% of our users on these already, and many many are seeing sync outages, some even data loss.

It’s careless of Apple to release such broken OSes to the masses. [twitter.com]

Google’s web app to learn morse code is excellent

Works fine on desktop but refuses to run on mobile without GBoard, even if you request the desktop version. Because obviously the point is to get you on GBoard… which should make you wary of using GBoard.

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