Turning off Javascript

Oh. My. God. I have had NoScript enabled which pretty much claims to do the same thing, but it still seems to slow the browser down considerably. Not to mention the constantly nagging dialog boxes.

If you actually turn off Javascript in Firefox like so (see image), the browsing speed increase is tremendous. I was surprised myself.


Sure, it feels like you’re surfing the web in 1997 and I had to turn Javascript back on in order to be able to upload the above image to this posting, but boy is it quick.

And I suspect that there is _a lot_ of room for speed improvement with clever coding. Come on coders!! Do it! Save those CPU cycles!

Technology company and musicians – a love relationship

I just looked at the (German) Wikipedia page of Twitter and found this table there. It’s pretty self-explanatory, so I don’t think the German matters.

What I find interesting is, that 7 (!) out of the top 10 accounts with the most followers are from musicians. And the tech world keeps telling musicians that their work is a commodity and treats it as basically worthless. Better yet: they™   run a huge campaign to effectively undermine every effort to create a level playing field in the digital world.

But thinking a little longer about this I can sort of understand: it must be a terrible feeling that there are people out there who manage to deeply touch and affect people with a simple song.

Twitter – Reichweitenstaerkste Accounts

Source: Twitter – Wikipedia

Fantastic: FAQ · Self Control App / selfcontrol Wiki · GitHub

Q: How do I disable SelfControl once it has started?

You can’t.

That’s the idea.

Just wait.

“But, but but…” you say.

Seriously, chill out. It’s not the end of the world.

The timer will run out and the internet will come back again. In the meantime, you may find comfort in curling up in a ball under your desk and rocking back and forth for a while.

via FAQ · SelfControlApp/selfcontrol Wiki · GitHub.

Can you say shill? Neelie Kroes and the net neutrality misunderstanding

There’s a great great article over in the register about the missing European internet policy. Read the whole thing, but two quotes are just too sweet not to pass upfront:

It’s all very strange. What, then, may explain the commissioner’s puppyish eagerness to please Silicon Valley? Or to patronise? Surely even if the commissioner herself is off frolicking with the unicorns, her technocratic advisors can’t be quite so gullible? And no, I don’t think they are. They’re just desperately eager to be seen to be with it.

And in what really is behind the whole debate around net neutrality at the moment, the truth behind internet traffic. By the way: the distance between the peering entity and the ISP would be perfect for cultural and entertainment content creators to anonymously (!! meaning without knowing who the end consumer is) monitor the usage of their works and would then be able to correctly distribute any revenue that may come from blanket licensing. You know, the blanket license everybody loves but then wonders why the money doesn’t end up where it belongs. To understand this, you’ll have to read up on peering a little bit.

Today, the world’s internet video travels over private networks. Over two decades, the public backbone has been run down to the extent it cannot carry video. If you’re a startup, European or otherwise, you have to buy a peering arrangement. Hence the controversy over peering deals, and the high anxiety expressing itself in the net neutrality campaign.