This article by Dylan Curran of The Guardian is making the circles in social media today with the “scary” realization that Google and Facebook track a ton of data about you. Of course the funny thing about it is that for all of that scary data to be collected you need to be logged in with a Google or Facebook account which the author apparently figures isn’t necessary to mention. He shows us how Google tracks our location and where to see the information (is it really that scary if the company actually gives a page to let us see the nefarious information it’s gathering?). But wow, we’re able to delete the information and turn off location tracking from the same page. Scary. Search history? Same deal. Can turn it off. OK now I’m really scared. If you don’t want Google tracking this stuff go to your My Account page and delete it. Then turn it off. After that log out of your Google account. No more tracking. But I’m going to bet you’re not going to want to do that. Why? Because as useful as that information is to Google it’s also extremely useful to you as well. And at the very least by looking at all of these pages on Google about your activity you’ll be aware of what is going on and able to make an informed decision about just what information you want Google to have.
I’ve been struggling a bit with Java on Windows when I have needed to load a native library required by the application I’m currently working on (believe it or not a Java desktop application. Yes they still exist! :) There are several options:
- Load from an explicitly specified absolute path using the System.load call.
- Make sure the DLL is in one of the paths listed in “java.library.path”
- Handy tip: if running IntelliJ grab the code from this gist and use it for a new Scratch file. Easy way to get the value for your java.library.path.
- Modify the Windows system PATH environment variable to include the folder where the DLL is stored.
- Passing the “java.library.path” on the command line to the java runtime by using the -D option.
After a very long week of events on Twitter, and the regular media, from Trump, to March for Our Lives, to Facebook, it’s time to take a break. Spring break and Easter seem like a great time to reset. Taking a media vacation.
The day this photo was taken back in late summer of 2010 it was very warm. I’ve never been one who enjoys hot weather but really looking forward to Summer at this point (and our Winter wasn’t even that bad!). Bring on the sun and heat! ☀️🔥☀️
Crazy story. Married couple find out they had been in the same snapshot a decade before meeting each other.
Why in the hell am I engaging in politically-motivated posts on Twitter? It’s like a moth to a flame. slaps hand