✚ Productivity and Promises:

Your productivity and your moral character are not intertwined.

Meaning: Getting things done does not make you a good or better person. And, conversely, failing to be “productive” does not make you a bad person.

… many “productive type things” get thrust upon us by other people. People who have expectations which they’ve projected upon us without our consent!

They want us to reply to their email within their desired timeframe. Or they want us to be available on Slack when they need us. Or whatever.

And then they have the audacity to be disappointed at us when we do not meet their unfair and un-agreed-upon expectations of what they consider to be “productive behavior”.

Well, shame on them. We had better things to do.

(Via Shawn Blanc)

Agreed!

Mozilla Firefox to Enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking By Default by Lawrence Abrams:

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Mozilla has told BleepingComputer that they will be enabling the tracking feature called hyperlink auditing, or Pings, by default in Firefox. There is no timeline for when this feature will be enabled, but it will be done when their implementation is complete.
For those not familiar with hyperlink auditing, it is a HTML feature that allows web sites to track link clicks by adding the “ping=” attribute to HTML links. When these links are clicked, in addition to navigating to the linked to page, the browser will also connect to the page listed in the ping= attribute, which can then be used to record the click.

When these links are displayed on the page, they will appear as a normal link and if a user clicks on it, there is no indication that a connection is being made to a different page as well.

Mozilla feels it’s a performance improvement

While some users feel this feature is a privacy risk, browsers developers feel that trackers are going to track, so you might as well offer a solution that provides better performance.

When we asked if they felt that users should at least be given the ability to disable the feature if they wish, Mozilla stated that they did not believe it would have any “meaningful improvement” to a user’s privacy.
“We don’t believe that offering an option to disable this feature alone will have any meaningful improvement in the user privacy, since website can (and often already do) detect the various supported mechanisms for hyperlink auditing in each browser and disabling the more user friendly mechanisms [ed: bold mine] will cause them to fall back to the less user friendly ones, without actually disabling the hyperlink auditing functionality itself.”

How is this “user friendly” exactly? Let’s block all of the tracking mechanisms and let people explicitly opt in to share their data … especially considering this method is already being used in DDoS attacks.

Or maybe just be transparent. That the user doesn’t know and can’t know without parsing the HTML themselves that these are there is … problematic at best.

The annual Earth Day Matsuri (Festival) is taking place at Yoyogi Park’s event space this weekend (20-21 April 2018). Every year I think I won’t go, I end up going, and enjoy myself in the process.

Every year when I come back I can’t help but think, “If we all consume less and then, when we consume we’re more thoughtful about it”, wouldn’t that be better for the environment than buying a bunch of organically grown and ethically harvested cotton made into a T-Shirt you don’t need?

Of course, that is a gross over simplification of the complexities. And the reality of existence is that one needs income to live pretty much everywhere on the planet. By not consuming you negatively impact the job of the farmer and picker and weaver and dyer and …

Two Part Job:

 
Part of your job is to do your job.

But the other main part of your job is to help others feel good about you doing that job.

If you can cause others to be glad that you do what you do, they’ll want you to do it again and they’ll tell their friends.

(Via Gabe The Bass Player)