Comcast continues whining about net neutrality »

Via Techdirt:

… we wouldn’t all be stuck on this idiotic hamster wheel if Comcast and other major ISPs would simply accept the will of the public and stop trying to undermine the health of the god-damned internet. While it’s at it, Comcast and its hired policy flacks could stop incessantly lying about how the relatively-basic rules were an apocalypse for industry investment.

FCC continues to completely disregard public opposition to net neutrality repeal

Karl Bode via Techdirt:

Let’s not mince words: the FCC’s plan to gut net neutrality protections in light of severe public opposition is likely one of the more bare-knuckled acts of cronyism in modern technological and political history. That’s because the rules have overwhelming, bipartisan support from the vast majority of consumers, most of whom realize the already imperfect rules are some of the only consumer protections standing between consumers and giant, uncompetitive companies like Comcast. Repealing the rules only serves one interest: that of one of the least liked, least-competitive industries in America.

Jacob Kastrenakes via The Verge:

Even after millions of comments arguing that internet protections are needed, it’s entirely possible that the commission will go ahead with its original, bare-bones plan to simply kill net neutrality and leave everything else up to internet providers to sort out.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has, for the entirety of the net neutrality comment period, shown a willful disregard for public comments and interests. The FCC appears determined to repeal the rules in a decision that would only benefit companies that already occupy abusive duopoly positions in the market. Even worse, those make the decision seem perfectly willing to accept comments supporting their position that are clearly fraudulent.

Jon Brodkin via Ars Technica:

Despite a study showing that 98.5 percent of individually written net neutrality comments support the US’s current net neutrality rules, AT&T is claiming that the vast majority of “legitimate” comments favor repealing the rules.

The Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality docket is a real mess, with nearly 22 million comments, mostly from form letters and many from spam bots using identities stolen from data breaches.

Sarahah uploads your contacts without permission »

Yael Grauer, writing for The Intercept:

Sarahah bills itself as a way to “receive honest feedback” from friends and employees. But the app is collecting more than feedback messages. When launched for the first time, it immediately harvests and uploads all phone numbers and email addresses in your address book.

This behavior seems to be all too common lately and, while most apps ask for permission to access contacts, it’s worth bearing in mind that they may not need that access. Additionally, once that access is granted, it isn’t always clear what’s actually done with the data.1 If an app asks for access to sensitive data, it’s worth considering what they intend to use it for and how securely it might be stored should they copy it off of your device.

Update: apparently the app is going to be updated to discontinue this behavior. Better late than never, I suppose.

  1. This all assumes the app actually adheres to the platform rules requiring that they ask for permission to access this (or any other) device data. 

Updating to the latest version of git on Ubuntu

If you’re using git on Ubuntu, the version distributed via apt may not be the newest version of git (I use git to deploy changes on all of the sites I manage). You can install the latest stable version of git provided by the maintainers as follows:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:git-core/ppa
sudo apt-get update