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Sharing Photos Shares Your Location

When you take a photo with your phone, it records your location so that you can plot your photos on a map. This is a handy way to organize photos, especially when you have a lot. Eons ago, when people still took photos with digital cameras (not phones), you could buy accessories like the Eye-Fi to…

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How much time does cutting corners save?

The answer is: “up to 30%”. What? You thought this was some think piece about craftsmanship and doing things the hard way? No! It’s math time, motherfuckers. How much time do you save by going straight from the red point to the green point? Call the sides of the triangle a, b, and c. Then…

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Diet Dr. Pepper Makes Me Sneeze

Today I have a small but powerful life hack for you. Whenever you feel anything less than your best, ask yourself, “What was the very last thing that I ate or drank?” People wildly underestimate the effect of food on wellbeing. Sure, you might be anxious about that project you have to finish for work… or maybe you just had a coffee and you don’t tolerate it very well but never realized it. In my experience, food responses are fairly quick and simple. You’re not going to get a reaction that only reveals itself when you eat kale within two days of bacon during a full moon. With this technique,…

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How to test DNS speed on macOS

After a successful morning fiddling with my Hackintosh’s wifi and bluetooth antennae (took download speeds from 5mbps -> 100mbps+), I was hungry for more networking gains. Cloudflare just launched a new DNS service 1.1.1.1, that claims to never log IP addresses. I like that sort of thing. But I want to know how fast it…

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Quantifying Graph Paper Quality

The grid lines on graph paper have to be just right. If they’re too dark, they compete for attention with your ink. If they’re too light, what’s the point? I took Edward Tufte’s concept of the data-ink ratio and quantified what makes the best graph paper. I used “machine learning” to compare the darkness of the grid…

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Auto-Update Vendors are Trusted Third Parties

Operating systems and web browsers now auto-update themselves. This lets your OS and browser vendors patch vulnerabilities quickly, but it makes the update vendor a permanently-trusted third party. In exchange for quick patches, you are now continuously vulnerable to the vendor being compromised, or just making a dumb mistake. Whoever controls auto-update can deliver a…

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Fully-Automatic Society

In manual society, the law only stings if you get caught and prosecuted. But we’re transitioning to semi-automatic society, and fully-automatic society is on the horizon. Manual society is like manual transmission in a car: some human has to do all the work. A police officer has to catch you doing a “California roll” through…

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