- Google agrees to settle Chrome incognito mode class action lawsuit | Ars Technica:
Google has indicated that it is ready to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in 2020 over its Chrome browser's Incognito mode. Arising in the Northern District of California, the lawsuit accused Google of continuing to "track, collect, and identify [users'] browsing data in real time" even when they had opened a new Incognito window.
- A national crackdown on disposable vapes begins today. How will it work? - ABC News. Vape not-exactly-a-ban has started. I hope it works, and I will not miss the stink of cherry-mint fart any more than I miss the smell of stale cigarettes.
- Morrison government failed to give Howard-era national security cabinet papers to national archives | Cabinet papers | The Guardian. As is so common with the Morrison government... whether it was incompetence or malice, the result is the same.
- RTO Policies Don't Improve Employee Performance or Company Value:
Ma compared each firm's financial performance on the stock market before and after implementing return-to-office mandates and found no significant change in either the financial performance or the stock market value. [...] "We found that return-to-office mandates are more common among firms with poor stock performance and stock returns," Ma said
- Should government step in to help Australians quit their big car habit? - ABC News:
Australians didn't just wake up and decide they wanted bigger cars, rather "our tax system makes it attractive to do so".
- 'Impossible' to create AI tools like ChatGPT without copyrighted material, OpenAI says | OpenAI | The Guardian:
The developer OpenAI has said it would be impossible to create tools like its groundbreaking chatbot ChatGPT without access to copyrighted material...what they mean is it's impossible if they have to pay for that copyrighted material.
- Woolworths and Big W Australia Day decision prompts Peter Dutton to call for boycott - ABC News. I mean. Do we start with the fact they just aren't stocking stuff that wasn't selling? Or do we talk about how Dutton and his cronies lose their shit when other people call for boycotts? Or just once again observe Dutton has the imagination of a potato?
- How the humble stink bug helped Australia miss a major EV milestone | Australia news | The Guardian: ship carrying a bunch of EVs was turned around due to the detection of stinkbugs.
The organisation estimates invasive alien species in Australia cost about $25bn each year in agricultural losses and pest management....so hopefully people won't whinge too much about a few cars being delayed.
- Lego worth thousands of dollars seized as police arrest alleged Melbourne drug trafficker | Victoria | The Guardian. When you have an expensive habit, and also sell drugs.
- End of an era, as Tom Scott stops doing weekly videos.
It's that time again with the annual playlist...
- Caro Emerald - The Ghost Of You. Know this one from its use in The Peripheral, and although I watched it a while earlier for some reason this track bubbled back up later.
- The HU - This Is Mongol. The Hu and Alice In Chains, what's not to like? :)
- VNV Nation - Wait. New single that I played to death.
- Up Down Jumper - Boris Brejcha. Came up on a random discovery list in Tidal and got thoroughly stuck in my head.
- Anyma & Chris Avantgarde - Eternity. This track was all over social media with its inseparable visuals, but what really impressed me was how they adapted it to a long, narrow venue (clearly not what they'd designed it for). Bit odd to end up on a music playlist because of the lightshow, but it is what it is!
Next three are from an absolutely massive gig, Regurgitator's "Unit" show which was really a mini festival. It was my first gig since Tool, pre-covid! Also it was like a time machine back to Brisvegas in the late nineties, in the very best way.
- Butterfingers - Get Up Outta The Dirt
- Custard - Girls Like That
- Regurgitator - Polyester Girl
Back to the randomness..
- Armin van Buuren - Computers Take Over The World. Another one that came up on Tidal, at a time when everyone was talking about AI taking over everything AND I was learning to make music. Also it's very tongue in cheek, self-referential humour for music producers. Bit of a gimme for me, then.
- Underworld - and the colour red. Underworld released another amazing track. That's it, that's all they need to do...
- VNV Nation - Invictus. Double-dipping VNV as this one got stuck in my head after the album came out.
Big run to the finish with three gigs that happened in the space of about two weeks, which were all amazing in their own ways, so I'm double-dipping all three.
G. Love & Special Sauce was a total wildcard, suggested by a mate. It lead to an improbable night of running into another mate at the venue; and shenanigans ensued that were Very Inner West.
- G. Love & Special Sauce - Blues Music
- G. Love & Special Sauce - Cold Beverage
Devo's Freedom Of Choice album was one of the first cassettes I had, after my sister dubbed a copy for me. Pretty sure the tape had Scritti Politti on the other side. She was also showing me stuff I might like on VHS-recorded episodes of MTV and Rage - I remember Tears For Fears, The Cure, and lots of totally bonkers Devo film clips.
Somehow though I never quite made it to a Devo gig, nor saw them at a festivale, etc. So when they announced it was their last tour, it had to happen... and it didn't disappoint. They were just as unapologetically weird as I'd hoped.
- Devo - Freedom Of Choice
- Devo - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Followed that up just a few days later with Kraftwerk, which was just amazing. To be able to go see the urtext of electronic music felt like a privilege to me.
- Kraftwerk - Metal on Metal
- Kraftwerk - Tour de France (Etape 2)
While it's not on YouTube, honourable mention to Tycho's release of Tasty (Special Edition)... finally you too can enjoy the Banned By The BBC mix of Tainted/Who ;) Not to take away from all the awesome new tracks Tycho have released this year, it's just that Tainted/Who has a very special history.
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