Firefox 69: Flash disabled by default by Martin Brinkmann:

Mozilla plans to disable Adobe Flash in Firefox 69 by default according to an updated bug listing on the organization’s bug-tracking website.
Adobe Flash Player is the last NPAPI plugin that Mozilla Firefox supports; support for other NPAPI plugins like Microsoft Silverlight or Java was removed in Firefox 52. Firefox users could switch to Firefox ESR to continue using NPAPI plugins at the time. Google dropped support for NPAPI plugins in 2015 in Chrome.

Hang on. Mozilla killed of Live Bookmarks, RSS, the legacy extension ecosystem, and other bits but kept Flash around until … tomorrow-ish?

Reeder is my RSS client of choice, especially since most browsers abandoned the “standard”. It works well with Feedly, my Google Reader replacement.

MarsEdit is my WordPress authoring client of choice, especially as the WordPress native client is barely functional and Emacs’ org2blog is a bit too fiddly for my time.

Since macOS Mojave (I prefer the incorrect Americanized pronunciation close to “mo’ java” and not the more correct one near “mo’ have, eh”, because it’s a buggy release & I still have room to grow as a person), these two tools no longer work well together.

Pre-Mojave, when I wanted to write about an article in Reeder I would click the icon for MarsEdit and the text magically appeared in a new MarsEdit post.

Now, I get an error.

I presume the problem is with the ever evolving security protections in Apple’s macOS and that the author of Reeder hasn’t updated for it yet.

I still amaze myself when I talk with people about security. What I say isn’t amazing; it’s the neuro-chemical hit I get in the exercise. Consulting engagements deliver a slower constant drip. Both are good for my mood, personally & professionally, and when balanced

Relentlessly Lowering Expectations:

We always compare performance on a relative basis. “Well, it’s better than it was yesterday…”

Toddlers, for example, seem like geniuses compared to the babies they used to be.

Some people around us have embraced a strategy of always lowering expectations so that their mediocre effort is seen as acceptable. Over time, we embrace the pretty good memo or the decent leadership moment, because it’s so much better than we feared.

And some? Some relentlessly raise expectations, establishing a standard that it’s hard to imagine exceeding. And then they do.

If you’ve been cornered into following, working with or serving someone in the first group, an intervention can be rewarding. For you and for the person trapped in this downward cycle.

Raising our expectations is a fine way to raise performance as well.

(Via Seth’s Blog)

I get Seth’s point, but I argue that he is missing two huge constituencies: those who don’t know yesterday and those who know they need to do better than yesterday.

In my field, the first are an ever diminishing group of organizations that think their cybersecurity blindness coupled with a lack of known breach means they’re “ok”. Maybe their business risk allows them their naïve approach. Time and experience will eventually come to call. 

Then there are the other group, those that know that what they’ve been doing (or not doing) is no longer sufficient. They’re deciding to make a change to improve. Maybe they’re asking for outside help. Maybe what they see in front of them seems insurmountable in time, resources, money, and patience.

For this second group, being better than yesterday can be motivating and empowering.

I agree with Seth that lowering expectations to make middling effort seem effective is bad. It’s always eventually self-defeating. Good metrics, analytics, and reporting addresses this in all but the softest of skills and sciences.

Yet, sometimes, the appearance of success will breed success where there was little or none. Don’t discount the placebo effect.

Did something happen where wispy skinny mustaches, a.k.a. Chester ‘staches, came into style? I’m seeing a creepy number of them on Americans lately

It’s on-brand for a Japanese pole dancer to wipe the pole down when done #japanbrewerscup2019

I should’ve remembered my hydration pack for the #japanbrewerscup2019. 120¥/h2o bottle isn’t bad tho

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While I’m disappointed this happened and wish the best for those laid off, I don’t know how significant a loss this actually is. I think I learned BuzzFeed had a news department that wasn’t link-bait a few weeks ago.

Short answer? Yes. Read the story nyti.ms for a longer version

Did Australia Hurt Phone Security Around the World?

Good story that got me thinking: I would love fivethirtyeight or someone like them to statistically rank the various sports & entertainment Halls of Fame by objective measures nyti.ms

Edgar Martinez Confounds Peers Even as He Joins Them in Cooperstown