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Closing my Spotify account

You actually need to fill out a form which is really hard to find (here it is if you need it). Here’s what I said: 1. Please close my account immediately. 2. Please immediately delete all information that you have about me or my activities on Spotify or otherwise. 3. Please immediately advise all third…

Response from Spotify

I sent a note to the Spotify e-mail address that they published for questions re their new privacy policy. This is what I got back: Hello Johannes, Thanks for getting in touch. If you have not already read our blog posts: Please see here for an overview of some of the updates in the Terms…

Bye, bye, Spotify! It was nice while it lasted

I have been a Spotify user for years. They don’t offer all the world’s music, but it is close. Recordings that I never would have bought, and so I never would have heard, just a click away. Absolutely amazing. World-altering, for music lovers. Now I’m leaving. Why? Because not even the NSA is accused of…

We need open-source firmware

Kapersky reports that hackers in the “Equation Group” (see Ars Technica coverage) infiltrated the firmware of most major hard drive manufacturers: ¬†rewrote the hard-drive firmware of infected computers … on 12 drive categories from manufacturers including Western Digital, Maxtor, Samsung, IBM, Micron, Toshiba, and Seagate. The malicious firmware created a secret storage vault that survived…

Independent web principles

Posting my list here, because putting them on Twitter only would just be too ironic: 1. Keep the master copy of all data you create in a way that nobody can prevent you from keep using that data For example, if I write a beautiful poem on Gmail (it is Valentine’s day after all), Google…