Chrome allows google.com Private API use

Simon Willison @simon@fedi.simonwillison.net It turns out Google Chrome ships a default, hidden extension that allows code on `*.google.com` access to private APIs, including your current CPU usage You can test it out by pasting the following into your Chrome DevTools console on any Google page: chrome.runtime.sendMessage( "nkeimhogjdpnpccoofpliimaahmaaome", { method: "cpu.getInfo" }, (response) => { console.log(JSON.stringify(response, null, 2)); }, ); More notes here: https://simonwillison.net/2024/Jul/9/hangout_servicesthunkjs/ 5:54 PM • July 9, 2024 (UTC)

I love the Hide My Email feature of iCloud+, I use it all the time. It’s nice to sign up for something and if I start to get unsolicited email at that address, I can just delete it. 

Mac users served info-stealer malware through Google ads

Dan Goodin writing for Ars Technica Like most other large advertising networks, Google Ads regularly serves malicious content that isn’t taken down until third parties have notified the company. Google Ads takes no responsibility for any damage that may result from these oversights. The company said in an email it removes malicious ads once it learns of them and suspends the advertiser and has done so in this case. Adblockers, everyone should use one, or multiple.

AI Predicting Wildfires - Mastodon

Penny Daflos @pennydaflos@mstdn.social AI is everywhere but the practical applications have seemed far off Not so for the BC Wildfire Service Last year they started piloting machine learning to forecast fire growth and relied on it heavily My exclusive look at how they’re using it, and its limits 👇 https://bc.ctvnews.ca/buying-time-inside-the-ai-technology-trained-on-b-c-wildfires-1.6942869 Buying time: Inside the AI technology trained on B.C. wildfires As frontline crews battled the worst wildfire season in B.

What can I do here? - Mastodon

Jordan Morgan @jordanmorgan@mastodon.social Reminder as a user and a dev: If you’ve got app intents, you can say “Hey Siri, what can I do here?” and intents will be suggested. It’s a good way to discover shortcuts in other apps too. 6:40 PM • June 26, 2024 (UTC)

How Siri could actually win the AI assistant wars

Jared Newman writing for Fast Company The key to Siri’s upcoming overhaul is a developer feature called “App Intents,” which lets app makers define what actions their users can take and exposes them to other parts of iOS. If a to-do list app supports App Intents, for instance, you may be able to search for agenda items in the Spotlight search menu, or add tasks as part of a routine in the Shortcuts app.

Threads seeing replies from the fediverse - Mastodon

The Verge @verge@mastodon.social Meta is connecting Threads more deeply with the fediverse https://www.theverge.com/2024/6/25/24185226/meta-threads-fediverse-likes-replies Meta is connecting Threads more deeply with the fediverse Threads will now let people like and see replies to their Threads posts that appear on other federated social media platforms. 6:00 PM • June 25, 2024 (UTC)

Poster for Politicians - Mastodon

Amish Super Model @AmishSuperModel@mastodon.social Maybe American Politicians need to post this in all their offices: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 6:12 PM • June 20, 2024 (UTC)

GM had $6 billion to spend on next-gen EVs, chose stock buybacks | opinion

Jo Borrás writing for Electrek A few short weeks after labor negotiations led to a six-week UAW strike at GM plants, GM board members approved a $10 billion accelerated stock buyback plan. This week, the board kicked off that initiative with a $6 billion purchase and raising its shareholders’ stock dividend by 33 percent (to 12 cents per share) in the first quarter … a move that, to this writer, seems like a blatantly cynical cash-grab and shockingly shortsighted dereliction of the board’s fiduciary duty to the well-being of the company.

One of my favourite things about Mastodon is being able to follow hashtags.

Roll for initiative - Mastodon

Lesley Carhart :unverified: @hacks4pancakes@infosec.exchange I don’t know who to credit for this because it’s been stolen so much, but I love it. 6:05 PM • June 15, 2024 (UTC)

Google Sandbox: Online tracking instead of privacy

From for noyb: With its Privacy Sandbox, Google wants to take full control over the analysis of the online behaviour of its users: Chrome now tracks every website you visit to generate a list of advertising topics. These include “Student Loans & College Financing”, “Undergarments” or “Parenting”, “Jobs & Education” and “Finance/Credit & Lending/Credit Reporting & Monitoring”. Advertisers then receive this information from the Chrome browser. If you’re still using Chrome at this point, I don’t know what to tell you…

LLMs are like rocks - Mastodon

Esther is doing statistics @esther@strangeobject.space I get the feeling that part of the “AI” proponents strategy is to keep making absolutely nonsensical claims like “LLMs will soon be able to self-improve and surpass human intelligence” until everyone who could form a coherent rebuttal to them gives up in exhaustion, leaving the space to them pushing their bullshit. It’s as if someone claimed that rocks will soon he able to out-perform humans at cycling, and “prove” it by showing a rock rolling down a hill faster than a cyclist.

35th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square - Mastodon

Steve Herman @w7voa@journa.host June 4th marks the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre, in which the PLA killed hundreds, possibly thousands of civilians, stamping out weeks of protests in the heart of China’s capital. The government still suppresses mention and memorializing of the 1989 killings in Beijing. https://www.rfa.org/english/cartoons/tiananmen-35-years-later-05312024152814.html #六四 #天安門 #天安门 10:22 AM • June 4, 2024 (UTC)

Over supply services - Mastodon

Simon McGarr @Tupp_ed@mastodon.ie As a general rule, the state should over-supply services. There should be slack in the system almost all the time. Relaxed GPs with lots of time to talk to their patients. So many teachers that the main trouble is finding rooms for them all. Not only does this see a better quality of service mostly, but it also cushions the system in the event of an unexpected shock.