Ever wondered why apps that don't need your location still want permission to get your location? It's likely because the app was built with a "free" toolkit that was made by a company that harvests and sells your location data.

One such company is X-Mode, whose first product was an app that was supposed to stop you from making phone calls while drunk. They pivoted to mass location surveillance, providing developer tools to many app creators, from MP3 converters to the beauty app Perfect365.


Google’s new web standard could disable your ad-blocker - redd.it/iigpyy

An interesting thing about Lexi-Cross is that it not only randomizes different hair styles for the cool robot lady in the intro, but also reads your system's clock to put up an appropriate background.
Honestly I can't remember many DOS games that would have different assets based on user's time of day.

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So a quarter of a century too late I find out that the French fps "In Extremis" actually has floor & ceiling textures, as well as text in proper English. Because it turned out what I (& likely most others) were playing was a broken pirate translation.







Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating crucial data - Spreadsheet woes spanning 16+ years force official update Geneticists have issued new guidelines i... - go.theregister.com/feed/www.th

'The Phrygian cap is a soft cap with the top pulled forward. Associated in antiquity with the inhabitants of Phrygia, a region of central Anatolia; from the French Revolution a symbol of revolution, liberty and republicanism – and in modern times with Smurfs.'

YouTube investigates automatic deletion of comments criticising China Communist party

Video platform blames deletion of criticisms on an error in its automated systems

YouTube is investigating the apparently automatic removal of comments critical of the Chinese Communist party amid complaints of censorship.

The company said the filtering appeared to be “an error” amid a greater reliance on automated systems during the (...)

Anti-porn filters stop Dominic Cummings trending on Twitter - theguardian.com/politics/2020/ this is just a foretaste of the large-scale erroneous blocking that #eucopyrightdirective will cause

Apple has taken down New York Times apps in China after a government request

Apple has removed apps from The New York Times from its app store in China, after "what it said was a request from the Chinese authorities," according to the Times itself.

Apple took down both English and Chinese-language apps from China’s iTunes store on December 23, the Times said.

According to app analytics company Sensor Tower, China was (...)

There are rules you've got to follow when doing Web design for your business venture. Even if it's about being a living god with powerful magicks.


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