Has anybody heard anything about what's going on in the MR/AR teams at Microsoft after Kipman left?

Because of the shakeup, some people seem to think Hololens is on the outs ... thoughts?

Three weeks into my new job starting an AR/VR research group at JPMorgan Chase (will drop job ads soon!), finally checking back in. How are things going in the wider web masto verse?

For those curious if the move to "Meta Account" on Oculus means anything w.r.t. privacy (by not using a FB account for VR), this section of Meta's privacy policy should answer your question: presumably "nope" if they can infer that you are you in both places.

Another example of the shitty design of Airtag software. Talked to someone who was woken THREE times on a red-eye to be told an Airtag was following them and was then woken AGAIN in bed at home to be told it wasn't anymore. Good job, Apple

Beach vacation coming to a close, just finished the second of my two beach reads.

Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang. Short story collection with a wide range of entertaining and thought provoking ideas.

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet! by John Green. A touching collection of short essays on life and the world.

Both are highly recommended.

Mid-afternoon, sitting in the shade on our balcony, looking out over the clear blue water, listening to the waves and Jimmy Buffet, sweating and smelling the sea air, reading a book that has absolutely nothing to do with my academic life. I recognize my good fortune.

RT @svillarsenin
Pretty happy to release Wolvic 0.9.6 today wolvic.com/blog/release_0.9.6/. After weeks of hard work I believe this is a true step forward for the WebXR browser ecosystem. I'd highlight...

I still wish symmetric 1GB fibre was available here, but the Comcost Xfinity is now connected to my UDM Pro gateway and it’s approx 10x faster than my ATT VDSL (860/44 vs 70/6). We’ll see how it performs over time.

In the "making lemonade from lemons" depth: I couldn't ever get a decent RTX 3000 card at a decent price, due to supply ... and now it looks like the RTX 4000's are set to arrive soon. And they look WAY faster.

So, hopefully I can get one, and just skip the 3000!


For those that care, I have moved my personal Mastodon account from @blairmacintyre to @blair@ptwg.xyz (a site I run).

I wanted a social site that is smaller and I control and could be used by friends and relatives.

(the name comes from an old happy hour mailing list we used to have)

Nice to see BTC below $30k again. Burn it down 🙏🏻💰😡

The challenge for BM is to do anything significantly worse than the real world these days … 🙄

“Netflix's Black Mirror is reportedly returning for a sixth season engadget.com/netflix-black-mir

The EU Commission is planning automatic CSAM scanning of your private communication – or total surveillance in the name of child protection. This would be the worst surveillance apparatus outside of China:
#Fight4Privacy #No2Backdoors

The Internet proper as a technological & cultural interconnection of truly different networks of people & their ideas remains out of reach.

Maybe it peaked, regardless we must take it back, as netizens, citizens, governments and even companies with an actual mission.💪🧠🔗

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I'm now pasting twitter links and my comments on Mastodon. I wonder if using tweets as a source of content to be discussed elsewhere will line up with Our Benevolent Overlord's view of "free speech"?

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Wider Web is a Mastodon instance for people who Trevor Flowers knows and are of the open web and/or XR persuasion.