Zoom’s misleading encryption claims are just the latest problem for the popular service – Six Colors

Dan Moren:

You can’t just make words mean whatever you want. “End-to-end encryption” has a specific definition, and trying to massage it simply because it’s inconvenient is a real problem.

No one should use Zoom anymore. The company is profoundly dishonest. Apparently there’s at least one full-featured open source alternative. Hoping to give it a try soon.

Apple Buys Dark Sky – 512 Pixels

Stephen Hackett:

That is also the cutoff date for the Dark Sky website and API, meaning other weather apps that use Dark Sky data will need to look at other services to populate their apps.

Shutting off the API is a real dick move. Apps like CARROT, which is a fantastic weather app, rely on that data.

Update: Looks like the API will stay active, but they’re no longer accepting new users. That’s fair. Also, a friend of mine speculated that this could eventually become WeatherKit, which I find highly intriguing.

The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun – The Atlantic

McKay Coppins:

In recent days, Republican governors in Alabama and Mississippi have resisted calls to enact more forceful mitigation policies. Polling data suggest that Republicans throughout the U.S. are much less concerned about the coronavirus than Democrats are. According to a recent analysis by The New York Times, Trump won 23 of the 25 states where people have reduced personal travel the least.

I wish this were not a thing, but it's definitely a thing. I've seen it with my own eyes.

NINE INCH NAILS GHOSTS V-VI AVAILABLE NOW – nine inch nails

Trent Reznor:

GHOSTS V: TOGETHER IS FOR WHEN THINGS SEEM LIKE IT MIGHT ALL BE OKAY, AND GHOSTS VI: LOCUSTS… WELL, YOU’LL FIGURE IT OUT.

This music, like the previous Ghosts release, is haunting. Some of it bears a resemblance to work NIN did for the Watchmen soundtrack, which was also moody and, at times, anxiety provoking. I suspect this work was spun out of that soundtrack. There was similar overlap with Ghosts I-IV and the soundtrack to The Social Network.

Enjoying this very much.

Micro.blog – Free microcasting through April

We wanted to do a little something extra for everyone who now finds themselves working from home, or needing to take time off work, to encourage everyone to stay creative and positive.

This is very cool and very thoughtful. I’m thinking about giving it a try, though I’m admittedly better at writing than extemporaneous speaking.

Apple Bows to Pressure and Lists Crimea as Part of Russia in Maps

Gizmodo:

Earlier today, Moscow-based BBC journalist Will Vernon noticed that Apple appears to have quietly ceded to Russia’s stance on Crimea by redrawing national borders on the Russian version of its Maps app and labeling the region as “Russia.”

I don’t want to be compared to those conservative nuts that blew up their Yeti coolers in a fit of perceived betrayal, but between this and Tim Cook cozying up to Trump in exchange for tariff exemptions, I’m getting close to planning a move away from Apple’s hardware and ecosystem if they don’t change course soon.