- ‘Hooking Candiru: Another Mercenary Spyware Vendor Comes into Focus’ by Bill Marczak, John Scott-Railton, Kristin Berdan, Bahr Abdul Razzak, and Ron Deibert for Citizen Lab
- ‘Why People Are So Awful Online’ by Roxane Gay for The New York Times
- ‘Habits, UI changes, and OS stagnation’ by Riccardo Mori for his blog
- ‘Press Reset’ by Jason Schreier
- ‘Mistborn: The Final Empire’ by Brandon Sanderson
This week reviews for the Skyward Sword HD remaster came out and it brought me to a realization. I realized that I don’t actually care about Zelda as a franchise.
The reason I played Breath of the Wild was because it was a novel open world game which encouraged exploration. Nothing about the characters or the story was particularly interesting or compelling. The final boss fight felt more like a obligation than a fun thing to do.
One thing that was interesting to me from reading this review was seeing the origin of ideas that got refined in Breath of the Wild. Systems like the stamina system and weapon degradation were present in a crude way in Skyward Sword. I hope BOTW 2 sees further refinement or even removal of the weapon degradation system because that was another part of BOTW that was not enjoyable at all.
Weapon degradation in BOTW meant that the flow of the already mediocre combat system got broken in the middle of a combat encounter. So you stop and switch to another weapon. Aggravating to say the least.
- ‘Africa writes back’ by by D Vance Smith for Aeon
- ‘Dangers Posed by Evidentiary Software—and What to Do About It’ by Susan Landau for Lawfare
- ‘It Matters Who Owns Your Copylefted Copyrights’ by Bradley M. Kuhn for Software Freedom Conservancy
- ‘macOS Monterey First Impressions: The Start of a New Era’ by John Voorhees for MacStories
- ‘Robbing the Xbox Vault: Inside a $10 Million Gift Card Cheat’ by Austin Carr for Bloomberg
- ‘Trust in Software, an All Time Low’ by Lars Wikman for his blog
- ‘Why Indian internet traffic routes from outside of India?’ by Anurag Bhatia for his blog
- ‘Bear plus snowflake equals polar bear’ by Andy for his blog
- ‘One Day the Music Goes Away‘ by Will Hagle for Passion of the Weiss
- ‘The airwaves of Navajo Nation’ by Karen Fischer for The Verge
- ‘This is the Awful Voice Inside My Head’ by Charlie Warzel for his Substack
I’ve been distracted by a great TV show (Vincenzo) all week so I haven’t had a chance to read stuff as I usually do. It will be back next week.