How to block auto-play video in Chrome
Sep15

How to block auto-play video in Chrome

If you’ve ever visited a website with auto-play video and yelled in frustration as a result … this tip is for you. To disable auto-play plugins in Chrome, go to settings Type this in a browser tab: chrome://settings/ Or navigate to settings by clicking on the “hamburger” on the top right side of the browser and then select “Settings” From settings, navigate to privacy content Select advanced...

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Feds set up internal consulting group for web projects, but what about contracts?
Aug12

Feds set up internal consulting group for web projects, but what about contracts?

In announcing the new U.S. Digital Service (USDS), Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel told the Washington Post: “Think of this as [a team of] management consultants that helps you understand your gaps.” The Playbook is a next step for the digital president and a response to the HealthCare.gov disaster.[icopyright one button toolbar] There were gaping holes – not just gaps – related to both project...

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How the FCC could be like TSA: proposal to create an Internet fast lane
Apr25

How the FCC could be like TSA: proposal to create an Internet fast lane

Using money to privilege convenience may be the American ethic. And it’s a far cry from the egalitarianism exemplified in “all men are created equal.” Look at the TSA and its “precheck” program, for example. With TSA precheck, you pay $85 and cough up your biometrics and an application for government review. If you don’t have a prison record, you can probably get your own ID, a Known Traveler Number...

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U.S. broadband is costly and continues to lag the world
Oct29

U.S. broadband is costly and continues to lag the world

Yet another report highlights that U.S. broadband (aka “high speed internet”) is overpriced and underperforms relative to the rest of the world. This report is from the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. Meanwhile, in larger U.S. cities, we continue to observe higher prices for slower speeds by comparison. In the U.S., for example, the best deal for a 150 Mbps home broadband connection from cable and...

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Review: In ‘Age of Context,’ Scoble and Israel position science fiction as science now
Oct02

Review: In ‘Age of Context,’ Scoble and Israel position science fiction as science now

When asked what I think the future of personal technology might look like, I usually refer the questioner to Rainbows End. This near-future vision from Vernor Vinge, which won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Novel, is set in California in 2025. Just about every object in the world is networked; libraries are becoming extinct as all the world’s books are digitized; and smart clothing plus ubiquitous wifi and heads-up displays...

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