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The amount of structural support that is not there makes me shiver. 
Dale Creek Bridge, Union Pacific Railway

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Many thanks everyone for using SleepCloud. Your data help us find out new amazing details on our sleep behavior. For several month we are working on the SleepCloud data, and now we are ready to start publishing first results in the largest sleep study ever done.

Do early birds and night owls really exist? Will you sleep better if you jump to bed before midnight? How much snoring is too much? How much sleep do we need? Does it really help to have a smart alarm that wakes you up in the light sleep phase?

Are you curious about those questions? Check out more below..

Is it just me, or keep app icons reverting (to their default) for apps that don't have an icon in the current theme, and which I manually assign one? On beta 9 here.

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A few months ago, I brought to light the insane state of today's advertising and the evil that is VPAID ads

These ads destroy performance, leech bandwidth by 10s of megabytes, and are served by major ad networks, including Google's own AdX and AdSense.

Today, these VPAID ads are as popular as ever - and that is just disgusting. They're the real cancer of the advertising industry.

To showcase just how evil they still are, I took a single AdX ad tag and put it on an otherwise empty page. A static image ad loads, but it's secretly a VPAID one. It then randomly switches to a video, then back to a static image, then back again - it's like a never-ending self-reloading cascade of garbage.


Right now after several minutes of just leaving this one single ad open, I'm at 53MB downloaded and 5559 requests. By the time I finished typing this, I was at 6140 requests. A single ad did this. Without reloading the page, just leaving it open.

A single VPAID ad absolutely demolishes site performance on mobile and desktop, and we, the publishers, get the full blame from our readers. And when multiple VPAID ads end up getting served on the same page... you get the idea.

Google and other ad networks, why are you allowing this kind of garbage to continue flowing through your pipes? Don't you see how much damage it's doing to the whole advertising business as people are practically forced to install ad blockers?

If you don't like to be taken advantage of, tell Google. Tweet at them, send them emails, let them know via any means you can that it is not OK to allow our browsers to be hijacked in this manner.

Thank you.

Edit: AdSense actually lets publishers disable VPAID here AdX does not - I reached out to them, but so far I got an unhelpful response about disabling everything that says "video" in the OptIn tab (doing so did nothing to filter out VPAID). sovrn is another network I actually dropped entirely because of VPAID. Most ad networks don't give you any control over things like that, so at least kudos to AdSense for adding that toggle. Getting rid of VPAID and similar pest ads altogether though - that's a world I'd want to live in.

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This is great. 

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Apple are just crushing it with their Smart Reply initiative:

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I must, sadly, withdraw my endorsement of yubikey 4 devices (and perhaps all newer yubikeys), as apparently Yubico has replaced all open-source components that made yubikey NEOs so awesome with proprietary closed-source code in Yubikey 4s:

Our team will be evaluating NitroKey Pros as devices to replace yubikeys ( and I will follow up here with the results and general recommendations once our testing is complete.

If you are already using yubikeys, there is no need to replace them, as this will not result in a net improvement in security -- especially if you are only using them for one-time password functionality (press the button to emit a 6-digit code). If you are looking to get a device for storing your private PGP keys, I recommend against using Yubikey 4 devices -- but NEOs are okay, as they still use open-source code.

I strongly believe that all security devices must be powered by libre software and I am saddened at the steps taken by Yubico to make yubikey 4 a black-box platform.

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Bam ^_^
No Fly Zone >>> Bye Bye Drone 
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